Centre County Reads Kick-off Event


Sunday, February 19th



Centre County Library & Historical Museum 203 North Allegheny Street, Bellefonte

The Bellefonte Art Museum 133 Allegheny Street, Bellefonte

Join Centre County Library & Historical Museum and the Bellefonte Art Museum for a Centre County Reads kick-off event to celebrate Stacey Lee’s Under a Painted Sky. Beginning at 1:30pm and continued every half hour, enjoy cowboy stories and poetry performances at the Bellefonte Art Museum. While you’re there, enjoy food of the place and period: trail snacks and “hard tack” shortbread, as well as many other treats.

Also at the Bellefonte Art Museum, take a tour of the Underground Railroad exhibit, help us piece together our large puzzle and join in on a continuous poker game just for fun! Use our dress-up trunk full of hats, chaps, cowboy vests and sheriff badges to create a period effect

Meander over to Centre County Library’s Historical Museum to learn about your Chinese Zodiac sign and warm up with tea and fortune cookies. At 2:30pm, join us for a ukulele jam session and learn some cowboy songs! First come, first served for ukes on hand, or bring your own if you have one!

Rethinking the American West

A Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read Roundtable



Monday, April 3



Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

In Under a Painted Sky, Stacey Lee envisions life on the Oregon Trail in 1849 from the point of view of two female outcasts: a second-generation Chinese-American violinist and a runaway slave. Using Lee’s text as a touchstone for this roundtable discussion, panelists will discuss contemporary ideas about the American West as it has been reimagined and recreated in literature, film, and television. The panel will feature three invited scholars of the American West. Following their opening statements, the panelists will invite questions from the audience.


Sponsored by the Center for American Literary Studies

Entries due by March 13. Send submissions to cals@psu.edu

This contest is part of the 2017 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Stacey Lee’s Under a Painted Sky. The novel tells the story of two female runaways on the Oregon Trail in 1849 as they make friends, escape their enemies, and seek both freedom and family.

What does it mean to be “wanted”? The word may have either positive or negative connotations: to be wanted is to belong, but the word may also signify pursuit, escape, and a sense of danger. This year’s writing contest asks you to submit your best writing—7,500 words or less—on what you think it means to be “wanted,” in any of the following categories:

  • Best Short Fiction
  • Best Nonfiction
  • Best Poetry
  • Best Entry for a writer under 18

Evening With Stacey Lee

Guests can validate their parking for the Nittany Deck at the Nittany Lion Inn Main Desk.


Thursday, April 6



Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom C


Guests can validate their parking for the Nittany Deck at the Nittany Lion Inn Main Desk.

Joins us for the culmination of the annual one book, one community read. Stacey Lee will visit the Centre Region to discuss her novel and her work with We Need Diverse Books

Book signing to follow.

Book Discussions

  • Monday, March 13th, 6-7pm

    Holt Memorial Library, Philipsburg

  • Wednesday, March 15th, 12:15 - 1:15pm

    CR Active Adult Center, Nittany Mall

  • Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30-7:30pm

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Tuesday, March 21st, 6:30 -7:30pm

    Schlow Library

  • Wednesday, March 22nd, 2-3pm

    Schlow Library

  • Friday, March 24th at 1 - 2pm

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Wednesday, March 30th, 6-7pm

    Centre Hall Library