Schlow Library

Woman and girls working with fabric
Emily Reddy / WPSU

The "maker" movement that has spread across the country over the last decade has taken hold in State College. Makers are focused on building and creating, sometimes through technology and sometimes through more traditional arts and crafts. They often gather in shared “Maker Spaces” to do their work.

WPSU visited two “Maker Spaces” in State College in the run up to this week’s inaugural Maker Week, organized by Schlow Library.

The Make Space

Community Raising Money to Replace Schlow Books

Feb 18, 2015
AP Images

A group of State College community members is holding a fundraiser this weekend for Schlow Library. The library lost more than 1,000 books to water damage this week when a frozen sprinkler pipe burst Monday at Schlow Library, causing extensive damage.

According to library director, Cathi Alloway, more than 1,500 books, 600 protective cases for audio books and media and $1,100 dollars worth of educational toys were lost due to water damage.

Library Patrons Rally at Schlow Shutdown

May 13, 2014
Steve Herb
Kelly Tunney / Multimedia Intern / WPSU

Friends of the Schlow Library rallied Tuesday in State College to protest cuts to Pennsylvania libraries’ budgets.

More than a dozen library supporters spoke at the rally about Schlow’s place in their lives and communities. State College resident Charles Dumas came to support the library.

“We need the library," said Dumas.  "The library is a vital part of this community.  It’s the heart and soul of the community, and we need to support it.”