124 episodes

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

Schlow Library Podcast Ben Drain

    • Arts
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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 116: Guantanamo Voices & the PA Center for the Book

    Episode 116: Guantanamo Voices & the PA Center for the Book

    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,  but whatever you do, don't miss the actual Lynn Ward Graphic Novel Prize event with author Sarah Mirk  on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 accessible online right here.

    This podcast is brought to you by your friends at Schlow Centre Region Library. 
    Thanks for listening!

    • 33 min
    Episode 115: Cooking from the Archives and food history with Dr. Nicosia

    Episode 115: Cooking from the Archives and food history with Dr. Nicosia

    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.

    • 29 min
    Episode 114: Growing Schlow

    Episode 114: Growing Schlow

    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.
    After the podcast:
    Please visit the Turn the Page Newsletter Please consider a donation to support Schlow Library Foundation: Now or During Centre Gives May 11 & 12 (links)Visit the Schlow Library website to learn more about upcoming programs and opening hours.

    • 23 min
    Episode 113: Biking and Sustainabilty in the Centre Region

    Episode 113: Biking and Sustainabilty in the Centre Region

    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. 
    A great portal of all things biking in our area, with many many resources.Learn how to get involved with the Centre Region's sustainability work.Come see everything you can do with your friends at Schlow Library.

    • 50 min
    Episode 112: Chinese Art and Art History with Dr. Tan and Ashley Yang Liu!

    Episode 112: Chinese Art and Art History with Dr. Tan and Ashley Yang Liu!

    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 nightcap is from Felix Jung, used under the CC BY-NC 3.0 license.

    We'd like to draw your attention to the sustainability work going on at the Centre Region CoG. You can do the following here.


    Take local government’s Sustainability Survey by April 30 th for a chance to win a $100 gift card or other prizes.Attend the virtual open public forum on Addressing Climate Impacts in the Centre Region on Tuesday, April 13  from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
    For further discussion in Comparative Art History
    Compare and contrast the sense of place and belonging depicted in Yang Yongliang's View of Tide (2008), with Chairman Mao And Officials With Children (1983), and that of a western example in Thomas Blink's Unity (1800's; The dogs pictured are an English Setter, an Irish Setter, and the Gordon Setter, a breed from Scotland).

    • 30 min
    Episode 111: Celebrating the crazy phenomena that is writing (and reading) with Dr. Nancy McCabe

    Episode 111: Celebrating the crazy phenomena that is writing (and reading) with Dr. Nancy McCabe

    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 Librarians at Schlow. If you are keen to sign up, send an email with your child's name and birth date to children@schlowlibrary.org . This and much, much more is going on at Schlow Library. Come check out all the rumpus!

    Also in this episode is a poem about language* by the poet Jackson, and our Underwriters from Fiction is sponsored by a transformative figure in scholastic sports.




    *licensed under a (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license.

    • 26 min

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