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Promoting democracy can be serious fun

“Democracy is not a spectator sport”: that is a bumper sticker Josh Lerner could support. The Executive Director of the Participatory Budget Project, Lerner is an advocate for deliberative democracy. He believes that people must participate—not only vote, but also attend meetings, join campaigns, and serve on committees—to ensure that government policies reflect their needs. Participation is key to healthy communities.

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From the President: Thanks for doing your part

To all Friends of Schlow:

As I begin my term as president of the Friends of Schlow, I must first thank our outgoing president, Bob Potter, for his exceptional dedication and commitment to the organization. Under his leadership, the Friends of Schlow has grown in membership, in financial support for the Library, and in legislative and community advocacy. His is a hard act to follow.

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The Director's Outlook: E-books surge in popularity

“Can Schlow buy more e-books, please?”

I’m not surprised when I hear this question because, let’s face it, our community loves e-books! From January through June, 2014, Schlow’s 7,047 e-books were downloaded 16,022 times. E-books now get more use per title than print books.

Schlow is proud to have been one of the first public libraries in Pennsylvania to offer loanable e-books through the software vendor Overdrive. We’d like to buy more e-books to keep up with our voracious readers, but pricing is a big issue. Most publishers charge us much more for e-books than people pay at Amazon., for example. The table on the right shows prices posted this past April.

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Teen Reading Lounge explores graphic novels

A book club might be relaxing or instructive or even in-spirational, but it is rarely hands-on. No one pens their own British cozy at a mystery club meeting.

That is what makes Schlow’s Teen Reading Lounge so unusual: it is most definitely hands-on. In the Reading Lounge’s first session on “Making Comics,” teens will read and talk about graphic novels. In the second session, they’ll use what they’ve learned to produce their own work.

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Check out our Nooks
Settle into your favorite reading nook—with a Nook, courtesy of Schlow. Available now for three-week loans, the Nooks are loaded with titles in a variety of fiction and nonfiction themes. Are you keen on memoirs, in thrall to the Divergent series, or curious about The Fifty Shades Trilogy? Well, here’s your chance. Reserve a Nook using Schlow’s online catalog, or stop by the Reference Desk for assistance.

Children’s events coming soon

Experience The Nutcracker

Saturday, November 22nd, 2:30 pm

Ride the Polar Express

Saturdays, December 6th & 13th, 11 am–3 pm

Sundays, December 7th & 14th, 2 pm–4:20 pm

Make merry with Amelia Bedelia!

Saturday, December 6th, 11am & 2:30 pm

Sunday, December 7th, 2:30 pm

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Beyond birds and bees

Research Unplugged, the popular discussion series partnered by Penn State and Schlow Library, draws on experts from across the university to foster community dialogue. With topics that range from how to talk with your teen about relationships to campus ghosts to robots rising, the fall program promises to be informative and engaging. Don’t miss it.

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We thank our lucky stars

Schlow, as we know it, could not exist without its volunteers.

Library volunteers provide more than 5,400 hours of assistance each year. They check in materials, shelve books, and keep our collections in order. They pitch in for special children’s events and adult programs.

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Public Sculpture Installed
Schlow, CATA and the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts have installed a public sculpture on Beaver Avenue, in front of the CATA office, thanks to a donation by Rich and Sally Kalin. Dubbed “Downtown Eugene Brown,” the 6-foot bronze statue was installed the week of Sept. 8. Eugene, an elderly man, carries Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” in his pocket while using headphones and a tablet computer.

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Schlow Circulation Manager Retires
Pat Colby, Head of Circulation Services at Schlow, is retiring Sept. 30 after 10 years of service. During that time, she has overseen over 8 million checkouts! The Circulation Department handles all checkouts, returns, shelving, reserves, library card registrations, and more, and is the “first line” customer service point as patrons enter the lobby. We wish Pat well in her retirement life in Maine. Pat will be replaced by Lisa Rives Collens, who is transferring into the position after serving as the District Consultant Librarian for 5 years.

Welcome Back Students
September brings a rush of new library card applications as the academic year begins. We are also pleased to benefit from student volunteers, such as these co-eds from PSU’s “Circle K” who dusted and cleaned shelves for us on Sept. 12. The Collegian noted Schlow as a “good place to study” for students seeking some solitude from more social study spaces on campus.

Summer Reading Program Wraps Up
Thanks to CR-COG Parks and Rec and SCASD, 1,351 children participated in summer activities through camps and classes. This “outreach” participated increased by 171% this year and is in addition to the 1,617 children aged 3-12 who registered online to track reading and win prizes. 98 programs were presented during June, July and August and attracted 6,275 children and adults.

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October Events – A Full Calendar
Schlow is pleased to be a partner of the Penn State Reads program. This year’s recommended read for students is “Americanah,” an award-winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi about black and immigrant identity in America, Nigeria and Great Britain. The author will attend a reception at Schlow and give a community lecture at the Days Inn on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

 A full set of storytimes, Gadgets for Grownups classes, and other lectures and events are scheduled for fall.

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