Schlow Library Podcast

Schlow Library Podcast

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


November 10, 2021 33 mins

We're in conversation with members of the jury for the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, awarded through the Pennsylvania Center for the Book. We talk about what it takes to choose an award winning graphic novel, and what makes the winner, Guantanamo Voices: True Accounts from the World's Most Infamous Prison by Sarah Mirk, so special.

Listening to us talk about comics, publishing, and specifically Guantanamo Voices is great,...

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In this episode we talk about food history with Dr. Marissa Nicosia, who runs the Cooking from the Archives website. You can also connect with her on Twitter @Rare_Cooking, Instagram @Rare_Cooking, and Facebook.

While you are online, check us at Schlow Library to see all the awesome stuff we got going on for you.

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May 5, 2021 23 mins

Join us for this enjoyable Podcast to look back and then forward!
We take a look back on what it took to turn the page on 2020, and where we can head together in 2021. Molly Hetrick joins us as we dive into all the great services and opportunities Schlow Library offers that you might not know about, and an exciting upcoming event that you can be part of.
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We are talking Biking and Sustainability in the Cetnre Region with Trish Meek and Pam Adams.  Our Underwriter from Fiction comes from a darling of Jeff Bezos, and our Poetry Nightcap takes a skeptical look at Spring weather.

After you listen, check out these resources for great information. 

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We are traveling to China to take a look at Chinese Art and Art History. We will be talking to Ashley Yang Liu from  Yang Travel Art.  Ashley will be teaching at a Schlow Labs event on April 24th, 2021. We hope to see you there!

We begin the show talking Chinese Art History with Dr. Tan from Penn State University. Some of the recommendations from Dr. Tan are the works of Peter Hessler, and Xu Bing.

Our poetry nigh...

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You can hand me a page of paper with dark strokes on it, and when I look at it, my brain transports me to an imaginative place. That's pretty weird, right? We take a loving look at this miracle with author Dr. Nancy McCabe. You can hear a review of Dr. McCabe's latest book Can This Marriage Be Saved?  here.

Mentioned in the episode is the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program run by the Children's Libraria...

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February 3, 2021 48 mins

We talk with Lynnicia Massenburg, Dr. Kristen Lillvis, and Dr. Kendra R. Parker about Octavia E. Butler's dystopian novel Parable of the Sower. This is in advance of a book discussion on the novel hosted by Schlow Library  in collaboration with the Black Graduate Student Association at Penn StateCome join us!

If you'd like to read Parable of the Sower, we have it in print, ebook, audiobook, and comic form.

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In this one we  we go on a tour through time with Matt Maris of Local Historia to discover the surprising history of Centre County. Local Historia's mission is to  shine light upon the past, connect with community in the present, and preserve local history for the future.

You can connect with Local Historia for a themed walking tour and much more through the Local Historia website, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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We talk with Dr. John Gastil about role-playing as a feature in his new novel Dungeon Party, as well as with Hansen Bergamini to see what effect role-playing has had in his life.

Our Underwriters From Fiction is from a pharmaceutical giant dedicated to  maximizing medication side effects in order to provide new marketing opportunities.

Our Poetry Nightcap is from the very talented Karine Polwart.

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We talk with Maria Burchill, the head of Schlow's Adult Services, on the various ways we can stay connected together through the winter.  Some of the resources discussed include:

All the virtual programing and services Schlow offers
Schlow's Zoom rooms open to the public for your event or meeting
Schlow's portal to StoryCorps Connect
Centre County Memories on the StoryCorps Archive
All the fr...

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We explore the ways we can create a more deliberative democracy with Dr. John Gastil. Local engagement in a deliberative process can help us overcome factionalism and empower future political participation. Come see what it can do for you!

Our Underwriters from Fiction has a promo that.... well, it has a promo for its time and place.

We conclude with a poetry nightcap by way of Ewan MacColl.

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Professor Scott Smith joins us as we take a deep dive into the fantasy works of JRR Tolkien.

Our Underwriters from Fiction continues with one of the best comedies of all time, and we end with our prose nightcap focusing on some beautiful and chilling selections from The Lord of the Rings.

Come checkout all the cool stuff going on at Schlow Library

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We talk with the judging panel from the Pennsylvania Center for the Book on their awarding the Lynn Ward Graphic Novel Prize to King of King Court by Travis Dandro. We also get a lot of book recommendations at the end, including a bunch of comics to check out.

Also, our Underwriters from Fiction breaks new barriers in retro-nerdism, and we end with a poetry nightcap from local author Katherine Bode-Lang.

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We discuss wrongful convictions with Tim Robicheaux, an Associate Teaching Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Penn State. You can learn more about wrongful convictions at the The National Registry of Exonerations.

Our poetry nightcap is from local author Jim Colbert from his book, Defiantly Blue Sky.

All sorts of stuff is shaking at Schlow Library, come see for yourself!

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Professor Margaret Brittingham talks with us about what we can do to build wildlife habitat on our own lawns. All sorts of useful information on building habitat can be found on the Penn State Extension website.

Our poetry nightcap is from local author Jack Troy, from his book Calling the planet home.

Lots of great programming is going on at Schlow Library, come check us out.

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July 29, 2020 24 mins

Author Mermer Blakeslee talks with us about creativity and writing, and we have an epiphany about why fiction is so important.

Underwriters from Fiction continues, if you have an underwriter from fiction that you would like to see sponsor the show, send your advertisement copy to

All kinds of cool events and virtual programming are happening at Schlow Library, come check us out.

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We talk with Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon of the band Simple Gifts about how you can be playing music with others during the pandemic.

We begin our Underwriters from Fiction spots. If you have an underwriter from fiction that you would like to sponsor the show, send your advertisement copy to .

We end with a prose nightcap by local author Andrew Bode-Lang from his book Field Trips wit...

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July 15, 2020 3 mins

David Pencek, former Communications Manager of Schlow Centre Region Library, bids farewell, and also talks about the future of the Schlow Library Podcast!

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Lee Stout was Penn State's University Archivist for 27 years and retired as Librarian Emeritus for Special Collections. He has numerous articles and authored or co-authored several books on Penn State's history, including Ice Cream U: The Story of the Nation's Most Successful Collegiate Creamery and Lair of the Lion: A History of Beaver Stadium. 

In this episode, Lee talks about the Creamery, as we celebrate...

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BookFest PA is online this year and will run over three days July 8-10. The final event is an evening with best-selling authors Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella. Francesca's debut novel, Ghosts of Harvard, was published this spring.

In this episode, we chat with Francesca about her book, her relationship with her mom, and more!

Francesca Serritella:<...

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