- What types of bi-/multilingual resources are available to children/adults/families who visit Schlow Library?
Schlow collects books, movies, and educational material to aid in the mastery of multiple languages, including media to support learning English as a second language. We offer excellent online resources as well: Muzzy Online for children or beginners is available in nine languages, including English, and we also have workbooks and flashcards. In addition, Transparent Language includes more than 80 languages with fantastic ESL instruction.
- How does Schlow Library engage in bi-/multilingual community events or outreach?
Schlow is known for our World Stories Alive program where children can experience songs, stories, and art in different languages. Our director, Cathi Alloway, also is on the board of the Mid-State Literacy council, a nonprofit that supports literacy development in our community. We also partner with Global Connections to bring programming and welcome their tutors on the 2nd floor.
- What do you enjoy most about outreach in the bi-/multilingual community?
The Centre Region is wonderful in its diversity and inclusivity. The library loves that we are able to offer resources and support for incoming families and students.
The Schlow Centre Region Library hosts World Series Alive, an event co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies, Global Connections, and Bilingualism Matters at Penn State, featuring stories, songs, and fun projects for kids, conducted in multiple languages.