2020 - 2021 Hazleton Library Speaker Series

Monday, April 5: Makerspace Extravaganza
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Recorded Presentation - Makerspace Extravaganza

Erik AngelMakerspaces are not just for “engineers” or “techy people." We will explore the Penn State Hazleton Library spaces and offer examples of creative projects. The makerspace can be used to complete course assignments or simply for fun.

Erik Angel is the Penn State Hazleton Library Makerspace Coordinator and has worked for University Libraries the past 5 years. Before joining Penn State he worked as a Project Manager, Quality Control Manager, Drafting Supervisor, and Drafter/Designer in various utility engineering firms and shops across northeastern Pennsylvania. His passion for design comes from time spent with family and hobbies that include tabletop gaming and model building





Tuesday, March 9:  A Mindful Approach to Self-Care
noon - 1:00 p.m.

Recorded Presentation - Mindful Approach to Self-Care


Blake ColaianneMindfulness and compassion practices have been shown to alleviate stress and emotional struggle, while also improving our health, well-being, and relationships. In this workshop, we’ll introduce what mindfulness is, explore some science behind stress, and then practice various in-the-moment mindfulness techniques. By the end, we’ll understand how to treat ourselves (and each other) with a little less judgement, and a bit more care.

Blake Colaianne is a Ph.D. Candidate in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State. His research focuses on how both a culture of belonging in high schools, as well as prevention and promotion programs that teach mindfulness and compassion, can support adolescents. His commitment to exploring anti-oppressive, caring school practices has given him the chance to work with school districts around the country. He has taught workshops on mindfulness and compassion to students, teachers, and community members. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Juniata College and holds master’s degrees from Penn State and Harvard University.