At Home Fun

While things are returning to some semblance of normal,  we’re still not there quite yet.  No matter how smart your TV or how big your screen, sooner or later Netflix and other streaming services will lose their appeal. Don’t worry, we have you covered.

We’ve all red more in the past year, and Schlow Centre Region Library’s BookFestPA is a great place to explore new works by local authors and book artists and to “meet” featured artist Brom and New York Times bestselling author J. Courtney Sullivan.

Friendship bracelets are a summer accessory that will never go out of style. Try making your own friendship bracelets or assembling our Festival poster jigsaw puzzle (if you think it’s too easy, try it without looking at the image on the box).  Or simply snuggle up with a great book from Schlow Centre Region Library’s spring reading list.

For more adult fun, you can try your hand at putting together one of three specialty craft cocktails.


Since its founding, Schlow Centre Region Library’s BookFestPA has been an important community event that celebrates something many of us take for granted – the book!

This year’s event features a drink and draw event with tabletop game artist and novelist Brom on Thursday, July 8 and a visit with New York Times bestselling author, J. Courtney Sullivan on Friday, July 9. She’ll be chatting about motherhood in modern fiction, the pandemic, and her sources of inspiration. Sullivan is known for Commencement, Maine, The Engagements, and Saints For All Occasions. Her recent work, Friends and Strangers, is a Today “Read with Jenna” book club pick.

The virtual BookFestPA tent is a great place to “meet” authors and book artists.

Festival Puzzle

It’s the year of the jigsaw puzzle!  Sponsored by the Downtown State College Improvement District, the puzzle is a collage of Festival posters dating from 1990 to 2019. This 1,000 piece puzzle is 20″ by 28″ when completed.  If you fall in love with any of the posters in the puzzle, please check our Festival Store. There’s a chance that poster might be available for purchase.

The puzzle is $25 plus $7.50 shipping. Purchase it here.

Festive Spirits Craft Cocktails

Big Spring Spirits, Centre County’s first craft distillery, makes it easy to enjoy of their signature cocktails while supporting the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. 

During our the 2021 Festival, take a virtual trip to Big Spring Spirits. We’ll drop a different video each day, where master mixologist Brandon Wagner shows us how to make cocktails so good, they’re worthy of a French statesman, not to mention the seven governors who have called Bellefonte home.

Each cocktail is available in kit form so you can make your own with Brandon. The kits contain everything you need except the ice and glass to make a delicious craft cocktail.

Summer Reading List

Anna Quindlen once wrote “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” Indeed, reading is one of life’s great pleasures, like a cold drink on a hot day, or sharing a well prepared meal with family and friends. What better time is there to enjoy a good book than on a rainy spring afternoon?

Our friends at Schlow Centre Region Library looked through the 150,000 items available at the library or online, and offer reading lists for adults, teenagers, and children. The titles include both fiction and non-fiction.

Happy reading!

Tying Us Together Friendship Bracelets

At the end of May 2020, we announced our Tying Us Together project. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping us apart, we wanted something that would highlight how the bonds of love and friendship tie us together. And we couldn’t think of a better way to do that than with friendship bracelets, long a staple of the Festival’s Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale. 

Our friendship bracelet kits have everything you need to make some bracelets that will take you back to lazy summer evenings, that trip to the beach, or time spent with special friends.  Each kit contains approximately fifteen skeins of embroidery floss. The number of bracelets each kit will make depends on the the style of bracelet you make. Kits are $7.50; shipping is free. Purchase them here.

Bring Nature Indoors with a DIY Terrarium

The Centred Outdoors is a program of ClearWater Conservancy. The folks at ClearWater Conservancy know that getting outside is good for our minds and bodies. It’s also good for the Earth, since even a short walk in the woods connects us to nature and its many wonders. Centred Outdoors shows us that we shouldn’t take the natural gems in our backyards for granted. In this project they show us how to great a simple DIY terrarium.

Happy making!

Feed our Feathered Friends with Birdseed Biscuits

We shouldn’t ignore the songbirds who don’t fly south for the winter. After all, not all birds like hanging out around golf courses and watching retirees play shuffleboard. As our birds’ habitat is diminished by suburban sprawl, feeding birds takes on more importance, and provides a good way for kids to learn about nature. With this in mind, our friends at Clearwater Conservancy have a great project in mind: birdseed biscuits. These cookies made from just a few ingredients are easy to make, attractive to look at, and most importantly, tasty for the birds. They make an excellent gift for anyone who likes to see birds enjoying a snack in their backyard.

Visit the Festival Store!

Visit our online store to buy Festival t-shirts, posters, friendship bracelets and our special jigsaw puzzle.