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Schlow Begins Winter Reading Program

by on January 28, 2019 5:08 PM

When the weather outside is frightful — especially during these first few months of the year — it can be delightful to enjoy a good book inside where it’s warm and cozy. If you’re a teen or adult, you can now be rewarded for your reading efforts this time of year thanks to Schlow Centre Region Library’s new Winter Reading program.

The program is under way and runs through March 31. It is open to anyone 12 years of age or older and is similar in format to Schlow’s popular Summer Reading program.

“Patrons have asked us over the years to offer reading programs beyond our annual summer challenge,” said Maria Burchill, head of adult services at Schlow. “Thanks to our amazing IT department, we now have the technology to do it! Our website makes it simple to record the books you’ve read and set your own goals. We thought, let’s put together a program that’s fun and encourages our community to be cozy, to allow themselves to snuggle up with a book, and maybe even to earn some prizes while they’re at it.”

Patrons can register at If you participated in the 2018 Summer Reading Program, you can log in with your existing username and password to sign up, or create a new account. Once you’ve registered, you can set a goal and choose the number of books you want to read in two months, and then record your reading along the way. Once you meet your goal, patrons can come to the second floor desk and pick up a Dairy Queen free mini blizzard gift card, while supplies last.

Patrons also can participate in quests, which will allow them to gain bonus entries into the final prize drawing. Quests include Basic Reading, Reading Goal, Centre County Reads and Book Bingo.

“My goal in designing the Winter Reading program was to create a basic program, incorporate Centre County Reads, and encourage reading, or listening, during the gray winter months when curling up with a book and a hot beverage can be a simple please,” said adult services librarian Karen Lambert. “I will be very interested to see Schlow’s patrons reaction to it.”

Possible prizes for the Winter Reading program include a Tavern Restaurant gift card, Tait Farm Shrub, Village Eatinghouse dressings, a Texas Roadhouse gift basket and more. The final prize drawing will be held on April 5.

Last year, nearly 450 adults and 211 teens participated in summer reading.

David Pencek is the communications director at Schlow Centre Region Library.

David Pencek is communications manager for Schlow Centre Region Library. He can be reached at [email protected]
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