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Schlow Summer Hours

Effective since June 1, summer hours are in effect at the library. Schlow will be closed on Sundays during the summer. It will be open from 9 am to 8 pm Monday through Wednesday, from noon to 8 pm Thursday, from 9 am to 6 pm Friday, and from 9 am to 5 pm Saturday. Closes at 6 pm Tuesday, July 3 and reopens at noon Thursday, July 5.  

Schlow now offers streaming video service
Library card holders can access more than 30,000 films through Kanopy

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at Schlow Centre Region Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device, or platform by visiting or by downloading the Kanopy app.

Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS, and thousands of independent filmmakers.

“Streaming video is a big step for us,” says head of adult services Maria Burchill. “There aren’t many services out there that allow library subscriptions, but we were keen to offer one, especially as Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu have become so popular. It will be exciting to see how the community rates this one.”

With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides Schlow patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide variety of foreign language films and films on race and current affairs.

The Kanopy collection includes indie hits such as Hunt for the Wilderpeople and 2 Days in Paris, classic masterpieces such as Aquirre, The Wrath of God and Seven Samurai, and award-winning documentaries such as the 2017 Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro and Sundance Film Festival winner Mother of George.

“Like Flipster, Freegal, and OverDrive, patrons can access all this content, including educational children’s television shows, from the convenience of their living rooms,” Burchill says.

For more information, visit

Schlow to participate in summer lunch program 
Library one of six local sites to offer free lunches for children

Schlow Centre Region Library is partnering with the Penn State Healthy Bodies Project and will be one of six sites in the region to participate in the Summer Food Service Program.

Through August 24, Schlow will offer free lunches each Tuesday to all children under the age of 18. Meals will be served from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The goal is to fill the hunger gap and allow kids and teens to have access to good, nutritious food all summer. 

Other sites include:

  • Tudek Park (noon to 1 pm. Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • Bellefonte Youth Center (11 am to 1 pm Tuesdays)
  • Orchard Park (noon to 1 pm Tuesdays and Fridays).
  • Abba Java Coffee House at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (noon to 1 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays).
  • Blue Spring Park (noon to 1 pm Thursdays).

In addition to meals, there will be fun activities for the entire family.

The Summer Food Service Programs is funded by the USDA and the PA Department of Education.
For more information, visit the website

Singing Onstage brings musical performances to Schlow
Camp students to perform in summer series

Hear some of the most popular songs in musical/movie history — from Over the Rainbow to Hakuna Matata — performed live at Schlow Centre Region Library this summer.

Schlow and Singing Onstage are presenting a series of musical performances that will showcase performing groups from Singing Onstage’s musical theater camps.

The 10 performances will be held mostly on Fridays. Futurer performances includeTrolls Sing-Along (July 13), Moana (July 20), Cinderella (July 27 and August 10), Mary Poppins (August 3), The Lion King (August 17), and Seussical (August 18). All performances are free and begin at noon in the Downsbrough Community Room.

The performers range in age from 4 to 14.

“We choose the theme or show based on what we feel would be exciting and fun for the students, and what would continue their growth and skills,” says Singing Onstage director Heidi Biever. “We also like to provide students the opportunity to explore and celebrate the songs and stories that they love.”

For more information, visit

Images exhibition returns to Schlow
Central PA Festival of the Arts’ juried show runs through July 31

Schlow Centre Region Library is once again home for the Central Pennsylvania of the Arts’ juried exhibition, Images. 

Thirty-six pieces were selected for Images 2018, which will be in the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery and Downsbrough Community Room through July 31. An award reception hosted by the Schlow Library Foundation will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Thursday, July 12.

This year’s juror, Palmer Museum of Art director Erin Coe, chose the pieces for the exhibition from 264 entries. The works selected feature a wide range of media, including traditional pastel, oil, and acrylic, to collage, mixed media, photography, printmaking, and fiber arts.

Images is open to artists living in Pennsylvania, including enrolled students over the age of 16. This year’s exhibition features local artists from State College, Bellefonte, Lemont, Port Matilda, and Pine Grove Mills, and artists from cities and towns such as Pittsburgh, Conneaut Lake, Tyrone, and Lock Haven.

Show hours for Images 2018 are the same as library hours. The library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, noon to 8 pm Thursdays, 9 am to 6 pm Fridays, and 9 am to 5 pm Saturdays. The library is closed on Sundays during the summer. Also, parts of the exhibition may be closed when events are held in the Downsbrough Community Room.

Images 2018 is a production of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and sponsored by the Schlow Library Foundation.

For more information, visit

BookFest PA Back as Part of Arts Festival
More than 20 authors attending Comics to Cozies

Since 2010, BookFest PA has become a popular staple of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The ninth edition of BookFest is bigger than ever, with more than 20 authors attending!

Some of the authors include a classically trained musician, a former professional dancer/choreographer, and an elementary school teacher.

BookFest PA 2018: Comics to Cozies takes place from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, July 14 at Schlow Centre Region Library Parking Lot. 

This year’s authors cover all genres, including young adult fiction, fantasy, romance, historical fiction, children’s fiction, comics, and more. Visitors can meet the authors, purchase books, and have the authors sign books.

The featured artists and authors include areyoshi, Cara Achterberg, Olivia Berrier, Pamela Behrend, M. J. Brunnabend, Judy Ann Davis, Janice Dembosky, Lindsay Detwiler, Jeannette DiLouie, Robert Hack, J.M. Hackman, Denise Kaminsky, Gayle C. Krause, Nickie Krewson, Jason Lenox, Sherri Maret, C.S. McDonald, Jodi Moore, Carrie Anne Noble, John Skerchock, and Aspen Willow.

Caricature artist Seth Young will be on hand to draw your likeness and capture your personality on paper! Prices will vary.

BookFest PA is presented by Schlow Centre Region Library with the cooperation of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and the sponsorship of Jason Lenox, Comic Swap, Nittany Con, and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

For more information, visit


Transportation Options in Centre County
by Jacqueline Sheader, Public Relations Manager, Centre Area Transportation Authority

Whether it be the cost of operating and maintaining a vehicle, a disability that prohibits the use of an automobile, or some other reason, a lack of transportation can be debilitating for an individual and family with work, shopping and child care needs.

In Centre County, we are fortunate to have many agencies and organizations available to offer quality transportation resources in assisting with this basic need. The two largest are the Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) and the Centre County Office of Transportation.

The Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA
(814) 238-CATA (2282)
Customer Service Center:
108 E. Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801

7:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Saturday

CATA’s fixed-route bus system, CATABUS, consists of 23 community bus routes, which provide service between downtown State College, the Penn State campus, and surrounding communities, suburban shopping centers, apartment complexes, residential areas, governmental offices, and many other special points of interest.  Fare for each one-way trip is $2.00.  Persons age 65 and older with a Transit ID Card and children under 40” ride free. Those presenting a valid U.S. Medicare Card or CATA Reduced Fare ID Card may ride for half the fare ($1.00).

CATA now offers $6 Day Passes, which you can purchase on your smartphone through the free
Token Transit mobile app. Visit for details.

The system is further complemented by four integrated routes (the Blue and White Loops and the Red and Green Links) that provide fare-free Penn State University Park Campus/downtown State College service. 

The CATABUS service provides approximately 7 million trips per year, and operates entirely on clean compressed natural gas.

CATARIDE provides origin-to-destination transportation primarily for persons age 65 and over and persons whose disabilities prevent their use of the CATABUS system. Pre-registration and a small fare per one-way trip are required, as are advanced reservations for each trip. (This service is also offered to the general public at a higher fare rate.)

CATACOMMUTE is a family of transportation services that includes the Rideshare, Vanpool and Emergency Ride Home programs, designed to provide long-distance commuters with easy and economical commute alternatives.  

Centre County Office of Transportation
(814) 355-6807
486 Old Curtin Road
Milesburg PA 16853 

Mailing address:
420 Holmes Street

Bellefonte, PA 16823
8:00 am –  5:00 pm 
Monday - Friday

The Centre County Office of Transportation provides door-to-door service to individuals of human service agencies, patrons who are Medical Assistance eligible, persons with disabilities, and the general residents of Centre County (for a fee).  Reservations are required by 1:00pm at least one working day in advance (preferably as soon as possible). Persons needing accessible vehicles are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible. This is a shared-ride service that primarily serves destinations in Centre County. Passengers (MA individuals) may be reimbursed for securing their own ride if the transportation office is unable to meet their needs, and out of county medical trips are available to these individuals through a third party. 

Other Transportation Options
Outside of these two agencies, additional transportation options and resources exist through for-profit groups like Fullington and ZipCar, human service agencies like In Home Services of Central PA and the Bellefonte and Centre LifeLink EMS, and government offices like Veterans Affairs of Centre County. 


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Ferguson Township recycles

Ferguson Township residents may dispose of hazardous household materials, old furniture and appliances, electronics such as computers and TVs, unused prescription drugs, and yard waste. It's also easy to compost food scraps in your backyard.

Learn about these opportunities to recycle:

  • Miscellaneous Plastics Recycling
  • Brush and Leaf Collection
  • Refuse, Recycling, Compost and Yard Waste
  • Prescription Drug Collection

Below, you'll find both the red bin and blue cart guides for curbside recycling. Here's a brief description of each:

Residential: Red Bin
Most residents use the red bin for curbside recycling.

Business: Blue Cart
Businesses and apartment complexes that use dumpsters for trash collection use the commercial 
blue carts for recycling. Smaller businesses that produce recyclables no greater than the amount
used by a normal household may use red bins.


Upcoming Events
Bulk Waste Collection Week, October 15 - 19
Recycling Reminders

Learn more at the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority (CCRRA) website.

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C-NET wins 2018 JAG Video Awards

C-NET, Centre County’s Government and Education Access Network, received two first place awards at the JAG Video Awards held in Morristown, New Jersey on May 31, 2018.  The awards were for the program “2017 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts” in the category of “Local Events," and for “Around the County," hosted by WPSU reporter Anne Danahy. The winning episode of “Around the County” featured Robyn Graboski of Centre Wildlife Care.  

The “2017 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts” was produced by C-NET interns from the Penn State Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.  “Around the County” is produced by C-NET Operations Manager, Stephanie Yager.

The JAG Video Awards are presented by the Jersey Access Group as part of the Eastern Video Expo. Both programs may be viewed on

C-NET is Centre County's Government and Education Access Television Network. C-NET administers two channels: CGTV (Channel 7) and CETV (Channel 98). In addition to the television network, C-NET also manages, providing you with a direct link to government, education, and non-profit information in Centre County, Pennsylvania.

C-NET's mission is to support government transparency and an informed, engaged citizenry. Ferguson Township has embraced the spirit of transparent and open government by having the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors' and Planning Commission's meetings recorded, televised, and available to view online. C-NET records and televises Supervisors and Planning Commission meetings on Channel 7 throughout the six days following a meeting. Learn more...

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