Cozy up with Winter Reading at Schlow, and get ready for the April Book Club

While weather-wise, March may come in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, reading-wise at Schlow Centre Region Library, the month comes in with Winter Reading for Teens & Adults and goes out with the Children’s Department opening registration for its April Book Club.

This year marked the first year Schlow has held a Winter Reading Program for those 12 years old and older. Nearly 100 people have registered — and one can still join the program that ends on March 31. Participants have ranged in age from 13 to 72.

“We’re thrilled with the response to the program,” said Maria Burchill, head of adult services at Schlow.

The program follows a similar format to Schlow’s popular Summer Reading Program, which attracted 450 adults and 211 teens last year. Participants can set goals and choose the number of books they want to read by March 31, and then record their reading along the way. Participants also can participate in quests, which allow them to gain bonus entries into the final prize drawing. Quests include Basic Reading log, Reading Goal, Centre County Reads and Book Bingo.

Prizes include a Tavern Restaurant gift card, Tait Farm Shrub, Village Eatinghouse dressings, a Texas Roadhouse gift basket, and more. The final drawing will be held on April 5.

“It’s not too late to join,” said Schlow adult services librarian Karen Lambert. “Participants can join the program and record their reading until March 31.”

To register, visit reading.schlowlibrary.org.

As Winter Reading winds down, Schlow’s Children’s Department will be starting its annual April Book Club. Registration begins March 25 at reading.schlowlibrary.org.

This year’s theme is “Reading Builds Imagination.”

“We chose that theme because one of the PA One Book Every Young Child selections for this year is ‘Not a Box’ by Antoinette Portis,” said Paula Bannon, head of the Children’s Department at Schlow. “It’s about what one small bunny can do with a box and some imagination — it could be a rocket ship or even a race car!”

The April Book Club is for children ages 0 to 12. Participants can set their own goals by choosing the number of books they want to read (or have read to them) during April. Those who meet their goals by April 30 win a prize book — either “Not a Box” or “Barnyard Banter” by Denise Fleming — and are entered into a drawing for a wooden castle.

“The April Book Club is fun for kids because they get to set their own reading goals,” Bannon said. “Last year, we had over 100 kids meet their goals for the book club, and we hope to get even more this year!”

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