May bridges spring and summer as it prepares us for warmer weather to congratulate our graduates. It begins with May Day, a day of unity, togetherness, and rebirth; a day for everyone to come together and celebrate life. Thus, it’s an appropriate month to honor mothers on Mother’s Day. In some countries, May 1st is also known as International Workers’ Day and celebrates laborers and the working classes. The US celebrates its Labor Day on the last Monday of May. 

May bring awareness to Jewish Americans and Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders as we celebrate their Heritage month. John F. Kennedy had said: “Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal.” The American ideal is to recognize the rich cultural diversity of our nation and honor the contributions of all immigrants. 

May pronounce Get Caught Reading Month. So let’s register on May 18th for the Summer Reading Program at Schlow Library and check out some reading and writing events from NVWN and our community.

May 10th Meeting
Open read: 3-5 minutes to share something you’ve written with a respectful audience.
Where: Schlow’s Community Room @ 5:30-6:30 pm.

Three critique groups are considering new members:

1. OLLI Writers Group ( members only) All genres
The Writers Group welcomes writers of all genres and skill levels to share their writing. The group meets from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on the second Friday of each month. Details about meetings will be communicated via monthly emails.
Contact: Rita ( and Mike ( for more information.

2. Wednesday Workshops – Fiction
Contact:  Karen ( for more information.

3. The Christian Writers Roundtable of Central Pennsylvania
Established in State College in 1999, the Christian Writers Roundtable currently meets via Zoom on the third Thursday of the month.  The club welcomes experienced and new writers alike, with a letter of invitation extended upon submission of a brief writing sample that shows promise.

They write from a Christian worldview on a wide variety of topics.  Genres include articles, devotions, short stories, fiction and non-fiction books, coffee-table books, contributions to anthologies, and blogs.  If you’d like help honing and publishing your work, now is the right time to join our circle of friends. 
Contact: Email Laurel (

May Social
Join us for our monthly social
When: Thursday, 5/26/2022 @ 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: The Social (located in the Scholar Hotel, corner of Beaver Ave and Pugh St in State College).

What Our Local Book Clubs Are Reading

Inspirational Book Club
All the Children are Home by Patry Francis
Meets every Monday at Barnes& Noble from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Tuesday Book Club
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zaunder
When: Tuesday 17th @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Where: Schlow’s Community Room
CDG/SCASD Community Book Club
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
When: Discussion 1, May 19th, Chap 1 through 6 (including the Introduction)
@ 7-8 pm.
Where: Virtual

AAUW Book Club
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
When: May 19th @2:30 pm
Where: Virtual

Well-Read Book Club
The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
When: Wednesday 25th @7-8 pm
Where: Virtual
Register at Schlow Library

For more information on any of these Book clubs, or if you want your book club mentioned, please contact: