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The Schlow Library Podcast features interviews and news about events, happenings, and services at Schlow Centre Region Library in State College.

The Schlow Library Podcast features interviews and news about events, happenings, and services at Schlow Centre Region Library in State College.
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The Schlow Library Podcast features interviews and news about events, happenings, and services at Schlow Centre Region Library in State College.




Episode 48: Boardgaming in Happy Valley

People coming together to play board games has seen a resurgence and is growing. The Boardgaming meetup group of State College and Central PA meets at various times during the month, including once a month at Schlow Library. The next meetup is Saturday, July 27 from 10am to 4pm. All are invited and welcome to come and play games. We chat the group's organizers Gabriel Szasko and Curtis Frantz about the group and the popularity of board games during this digital age. Boardgaming Meetup...


Episode 47: The Penn State Planetarium

As part of this year's Summer Reading Theme, A Universe of Stories, Schlow is taking visits to the Penn State Planetarium where we can learn about constellations and their stories. The next visit is Friday, July 19. In this episode, we chat with Elizabeth Melton, a graduate student pursuing a PhD in astronomy at Penn State. Elizabeth also does many of the programs at the planetarium, including the one on July 19. Penn State Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics:...


Episode 46: A Talk with Poet Andrea Davis Pinkney

We talk with bestselling poet Andrea Davis Pinkney, whose book, Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, is this year's winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. Andrea will receive the award during a ceremony at 11am Saturday, July 13, in Schlow's community room. Andrea Davis Pinkney: Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award: Pennsylvania Center for the Book:...


Meet the Staff: Schlow Office Manager DJ Lilly

We launch a new monthly series of the Schlow Library Podcast. On Meet the Staff, you'll have a chance to get to know the people who work at Schlow a little better. In this first episode, we talk with office manager DJ Lilly, who has spent her entire career working in libraries and has been at Schlow since 2011. She is responsible for everything from building concerns to payroll and human resources, and she is Schlow's resident tweeter on Twitter!


Episode 45: Images 2019

Schlow Library is once again hosting the Images exhibition, the juried art exhibition held by the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. To preview the exhibition, we chat with this year's juror Shannon Egan. Shannon is director of the Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College. She selected the pieces for the exhibition from more than 330 submissions. The exhibition will be in the Schlow gallery and community room throughout July. The awards reception will be held at 6:30pm Thursday,...


Episode 44: Researching UFOs

A chat with Dr. Greg Eghigian of Penn State's Department of History who does research on the phenomena of UFO sightings. Schlow is celebrating World UFO Day on July 2 and Dr. Eghigian will be giving a talk on July 23 on "1969 and the Flying Saucers."


Episode 43: Central PA Theatre & Dance Festival Preview

Cynthia Mazzant and Elaine Meder-Wilgus, co-founders of the Central PA Theatre & Dance Festival, join us to talk about this year's festival, which runs June 21-23. This is the second year for the festival, and it features performances, workshops, intensives, and more! Several festival events will be happening at Schlow. Central PA Theatre & Dance Festival:


Episode 42: Free Summer Lunches

Schlow is once again participating in the Free Summer Lunch Program presented by the Healthy Bodies Project at Penn State. Schlow will be holding free summer lunches for kids ages 0 to 18 in our Community Room from 11:30am to 12:30pm on Tuesdays, starting June 18 and running through August 20. We talk with Catie Simpson, nutrition educator for the Healthy Bodies Project at Penn State, about the program and some tips on getting kids to eat healthier. Healthy Bodies Project at Penn State:...


Episode 41: A Poem in Our Eyes

The June exhibition in the Schlow gallery is A Poem in Our Eyes and features works done by residents of Centre Crest nursing home's memory care unit. The program was done through Ridgelines Language Arts, which provides expert language arts instructions to those who are impacted by stigma and injustice in central Pennsylvania. We chat with Abby Minor, who founded Ridgelines, along with Robyn Passante, a local freelance writer who taught the A Poem in Our Eyes class at Centre Crest. The...


Episode 40: Reducing Opioid Stigma

The Share Your Opioid Story Initiative will be bringing its Reducing Opioid Stigma Community Conversation event to Schlow on Thursday, May 30. We have a conversation with Dr. Glenn Sterner, who coordinated the initiative and is an expert on the opioid epidemic. Share Your Opioid Story:


Episode 39: Summer Reading! A Universe of Stories

We look ahead to this year's Summer Reading Programs. Paula Bannon, head of children's services, Maria Burchill, head of adult services, and Karen Lambert, adult services librarian, chat about what's in store for the reading programs this summer with the theme of A Universe of Stories! Summer Reading Registration:


Episode 38: Biking in the Centre Region

The Schlow Library Podcast talks about bicycling in the Centre Region with Trish Meek, who will lead the class/discussion Biking in the Centre Region 101 at Schlow on May 16. Trish is the senior transportation planner with the Centre Regional Planning Agency in State College. She has worked to emphasize the importance of incorporating walking and biking into the transportation network in Centre County.


Episode 37: Preparing for Centre Gives

With Centre Gives happening May 7-8, we discuss the popular online giving event with Rachael Hartman from Centre Foundation, Amy Wilson, who is the executive director of Mid-State Literacy Council, and Schlow's own Molly Hetrick. Centre Gives: Centre Foundation: Mid-State Literacy Council:


Episode 36: Reduce, Reuse, Remake 2019

Students from the State College Area School District and Bald Eagle Area School District will once again be having an exhibition in Schlow's gallery. Reduce, Reuse, Remake 2019 will be in the gallery in May and features pieces students did using plastic as a way to promote environmental concerns over plastic. We talk with Julia Nelson, a sixth-grade art instructor from Mount Nittany Middle School, along with State College students Madeline Pate, Jessica Saraka, and Anastasia Shawver about...


Episode 35: Getting Ready for Children's Book Week with Shaina Birkhead

We have a conversation with Shaina Birkhead from the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader as we get ready for the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week, April 29-May 5. Every Child a Reader: Children's Book Week:


Episode 34: Saluting the Volunteers!

It's National Volunteer Week and we chat with Diane Schmidt, head of technical and volunteer services at Schlow, and Jan Miles, who has been a volunteer at Schlow for one year.


Episode 33: Celebrating National Library Week with Centre County Library Director Denise Sticha

We have a conversation with Centre County Library director and Pennsylvania Library Association president Denise Sticha about the state of libraries and what National Library Week means. Centre County Library: Pennsylvania Library Association:


Episode 32: Preview of Research Unplugged Spring 2019

We talk with Charima Young, director of Penn State's Local Government and Community Relations department, about the upcoming Research Unplugged Spring 2019 schedule that begins April 4 and will be held each Thursday in April in Schlow's Community Room. Research Unplugged:


Episode 31: Get Help Finding a Job Through the Link

The Link is the mobile career center from Pennsylvania Career Link, and it visits Schlow Library each month on the fourth Thursday of the month. The Link's project coordinator Craig Kurtz talks about the services, how it has helped people find work, and what sectors are hiring. PA Career Link:


Episode 30: A Conversation with Children's Book Author Rebecca Roan

State High alum and former Schlow employee Rebecca Roan will be returning to Schlow on March 24 for a launch party for her debut picture book Dragons Get Colds Too. Rebecca took some time to be a guest on our podcast, where she talked about her days at Schlow and her book!