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‘Escape the Ordinary’ this summer

What do you get when you combine the magic of reading with the fun of summer vacation? Schlow Library’s summer reading program!

With incentives, prizes and hands-on events for all ages (including a drop-in crafts studio for teens and adults), Schlow’s summer reading program offers enrichment and entertainment for everyone.

This year’s summer reading theme, “Escape the Ordinary,” gives you the opportunity to find the extraordinary within yourself and our community. As you record your reading with our easy-to-use tracking systems, you’ll become eligible for great prizes donated by local businesses. And each week, special programming promises to engage and delight children and adults.

Are you into reptiles, ukuleles, crafts or Taiko drumming? Escape the ordinary and head over to Schlow, where all these and more will make an appearance this summer! Find our full calendar of events at — or stop in and pick up a print copy of our seasonal calendars.

The fun begins Saturday with a day full of festivities to kick off summer reading. Join us for Family Fun Day and a World Sounds Concert.

Family Fun Day will include visits from superheroes, balloon-making with the clowns of Happy Valley Alley and a magic show to round things off at 1:30.

The World Sounds concert will feature performances and instrument demonstrations by the Indian Society for Music and Arts and Penn State Taiko. All of these events are free and open to the public, so stop by Schlow this Saturday — and while you’re there, register the whole family for the summer reading program!

Why, you may ask, do we put so much effort into three months of reading?

It’s simple: Summer reading pays off. Children who read over the summer are less likely to experience the dreaded “summer slide.”

Really, children who read any time of year are expanding their minds and building a vital skill set. The same is true for teens and adults. Summer reading helps cement good reading habits and sets the course for becoming a lifelong learner.

Whatever your interests or reading level, Schlow has the perfect book for your summer adventure — and the perfect incentive to log it and receive credit for reading. And whether you love print or e-books, Schlow has lots of great titles in the format you prefer.

So what are you waiting for? Crack open a book and “Escape the Ordinary.” Extraordinary things await you.