Film Night at the Library

WHEN

Tuesday, January 29

6:00 - 8:00pm

WHERE

Downsbrough Community Room, Schlow Library

OR

WHEN

Friday, February 1

1:00 - 4:00pm

WHERE

Centre County Library, Bellefonte

Join us to watch and discuss Winged Migration (G, 90min). This family-friendly documentary (2003) focuses on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED.

Winter Bird Walk

WHEN

Saturday, February 23

2:00 - 3:00pm

WHERE

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

Meet some of our feathered friends that call the marsh their home during the winter months. The walk will be held at a moderate place and focus on bird survival techniques. Open to all ages with any level of experience. Some basic binoculars are available for participants use. Please dress to be outside for the duration of the program.

NOTE: IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER THE WALK WILL BE CANCELED.

WRITING THE NONHUMAN

$200 GRAND PRIZE

Entries due by March 11.

Send submissions to cals@psu.edu

Please include a cover letter with your name, address, contact information, a brief biography, and contest category.

This contest is part of the 2019 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Penn State alumna Katie Fallon’s Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird, in which Fallon traces the past, present, and future of the turkey vulture halfway around the world, starting and ending in her own Appalachian backyard.

As birds that travel far from their native North American habitat, turkey vultures venture across many different kinds of borders, including in the ways that they are perceived in different cultures or geographic areas. Inspired by this bird and its journey, enter your best example of writing—7,500 words or less—from the point of view of the nonhuman—from the perspective of an animal, vegetable, or any other object—in one of the following categories:

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

Winning entries to be displayed at Schlow Centre Region Library and cals.la.psu.edu.

THE CHANGING NATURE OF NATURE WRITING

WHEN

Tuesday, March 12

3:30 – 5:00pm

WHERE

Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

"The Changing Nature of Nature Writing" Roundtable Discussion | Tuesday, March 12, 3:30-5:00 PM | Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

In Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird, author Katie Fallon illustrates a wide variety of possibilities, ranging from the scientific to the literary, for representing “nature” in writing. Inspired byVulture’s diverse approach to nature writing, this roundtable invites three panelists to think together about how writers and researchers from different backgrounds interact with the natural spaces around us.

Panelists include:

  • McKay Jenkins, Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware, whose articles and books on people and the natural world include (most recently) Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet; ContamiNation: My Quest to Survive in a Toxic World; and Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: Madness and Murder in the Arctic Barren Lands;
  • Talley Kayser, director of the Adventure Literature program in the Penn State English department, whose work includes both scholarly and creative writing about place, space, gender, and materiality;
  • and Elizabeth Hajek, Associate Professor of Geosciences, whose research and writing about Earth's stratigraphic record crosses disciplinary and geographic boundaries.

Following the panelists’ opening statements there will be ample time for question and answer with the audience.  Light refreshments will be served. 

MEET THE CREEK

WHEN

Sunday, March 31

2:30 - 4:00pm

WHERE

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

Join Centre County Reads at Shaver’s Creek to bring back the center’s weekend animal program, in the newly constructed raptor center. Inspired by Katie Fallon’s, Vulture: the Private Life of an Unloved Bird, we will be celebrating these fascinating ecosystem cleaners. Meet the Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center’s resident Turkey and Black Vultures, as well as other avian scavengers, such as Bald and Golden Eagles.

EVENING WITH KATIE FALLON

WHEN

Thursday, April 4th

7:30 - 9:00pm

WHERE

Assembly Room, Nittany Lion Inn

Joins us for the culmination of the annual one book, one community read. Katie Fallon will visit the Centre Region to discuss and read from Vulture: the Private Life of an Unloved Bird.

BOOK SIGNING TO FOLLOW.

Free and open to the public; no registration necessary.

Parking at The Nittany Parking Deck is free with validation from the Nittany Lion Inn.

Book Discussions

  • Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 - 7:30pm

    Schlow Library, State College

  • Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 - 7:30pm

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Friday, February 22, 1:00 - 2:00pm

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Monday, March 11, 6:00 - 7:00pm

    Holt Memorial Library, Philipsburg

  • Thursday, March 14, 6:00 - 7:00pm

    Centre Hall Area Branch Library, Centre Hall

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2:00 - 3:00pm

    Schlow Library, State College

Story Times

  • Book Babies

    Monday, March 11, 9:30am

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Pre-K Storytime

    Monday, March 11, 10:30am

    Centre Hall Area Branch Library, Centre Hall

  • Mother Goose on the Loose

    Tuesday, March 12, 10:30am

    Holt Memorial Library, Philipsburg

  • Pre-K Storytime

    Wednesday, March 13, 10:30am

    Holt Memorial Library, Philipsburg

  • Toddler Storytime

    Wednesday, March 13, 9:30am

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Pre-K Storytime

    Wednesday, March 13, 10:30am

    Centre County Library, Bellefonte

  • Saturday Stories Alive

    Saturday, March 16, 11:00am

    Schlow Library, State College