LIBRARY IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY
- Valparaiso Public Library FACEBOOK page – SOON
- New CARPETING – over the holidays
- Computer Tablets for kids available – January 14
- Teen Advisory Board Video Project – January
Look at this Schedule!
- Dec. 7, Sat., 10 a.m. – KIDS MOVIE PARTY
- Dec. 10 through Dec.18 – OPEN during regular hours for computer use and for renewal and return of materials only.
Volunteers are welcome to help us. We will be packing materials for storage those days.
- Dec. 12, Thursday, 7 p.m. – SENIOR CENTER Program, Health Care Options – “Navigating the Marketplace”. – presented by Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties
DEC. 19 through JAN. 13, 2014 – LIBRARY CLOSED
Look at this Schedule!
Volunteers needed to help us throughout this process!
- Friday, Dec. 20, 4:00 p.m. till done– Volunteers help us organize Harry’s Auction Room for easy storage of upstairs library furniture
- Saturday Dec. 21, 7:30 a.m. till done – Scouts and Volunteers help us move
materials to the basement and furniture to Harry’s Auction Room
- Dec. 26-30: Carpet installed upstairs
- Jan 1-5 (TBA) – Scouts and Volunteers help us move furniture from Harry’s Auction Room and materials up from the basement
- Jan ?(TBA) – Jan 7 – Staff move materials and furniture out of the basement
- Jan 8-10 – Carpet installed downstairs
- Jan ?(TBA) – Jan 13 – Staff and volunteers re-shelve all the materials, upstairs and down
JAN. 14 LIBRARY RE-OPENS
Jan. 18, Saturday — OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATION AND KIDS MOVIE FESTIVAL
We’re having another MOVIE PARTY for kids this Saturday Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. Kids ages 3 up are welcome. Parents are welcome, too.
We’ll have popcorn and lemonade and a super good time!
Hello, VAL area Teens.
If you live in or close to Valparaiso, you’re invited to join the Advisory Council and help us plan events, activities, and programs for the teens, ‘tweens, and youth of the Valparaiso area. Your ideas matter — we want to help you make the most of them.
For starters, in January the members of the Advisory Council will learn to use flipcams to make videos to post on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media. The library will furnish the information, software, and equipment for you to use. In return for each short video you make promoting something about the library, you’ll be able to make and post two more about something that personally interests you.
Contact either me or another librarian to sign up. And start thinking about things you wish were easily available for teens, ‘tweens, and kids in the Val area. The library can be a LOT more than books!
This month’s THING for Nebraska Learns 2.0 (a learning program the NLC sponsors for librarians) features using BITSTRIPS to create a personal avatar and post various cartoons with it on Facebook. If you are a Facebook user, you might want to try it out.
The text says “It’s a bit disconcerting when a cartoon avatar actually looks better than you do.” I often feel like I’m up a tree in some way, and I’m barefoot most of the time, but are those weird slippers or extremely muddy toes?
This month’s Nebraska Learns 2.0 features using image generators. They’re fun. Here are two I made quickly:
Here is a link to photos of some of the kids who came to the Halloween Costume and Movie Party on October 26 — and our new Volunteer Sara Martin. http://www.flickr.com/photos/58314572@N02/sets/72157637502983303
Jan Hygnstrom sent me this note about the movie she checked out recently:
I found the perfect DVD to watch on a cold fall day — The King’s Speech. It’s great for those who are interested in history. I learned more about the English king who gave up the throne when forced to choose between that and his fiance, an American divorcee. The brother who then became king, King George the 6th, had a stutter. Imagine trying to inspire a nation with moving speeches if you stutter. Besides showing the difficulties people overcome, the DVD made me more curious about life as royalty.
If you haven’t scanned our DVD shelves recently, you’ll be happily surprised at the new films we have on hand, just waiting to entertain you. Come check one out!
Kids ages 3-up are invited to the library’s Halloween Costume and Movie Party this coming Saturday, October 26, at 10 a.m. We hope that lots of young goblins, ghosts, and heroes will come to watch a Disney Halloween film and share in the treats. We’ll have candy and popcorn and lemonade, oh my – and a really good time!
Parents are welcome, too. The party will be over a bit before noon.
The Oct. 12, 2013 Salad Luncheon/Style Show/Quilt Raffle netted $2086.58 for the library this year. Sales outdid last year — $1151 for raffle tickets and $1329.04 for luncheon tickets. Expenses totaled $393.46 (hall rental and sandwich meats and buns).
Guests arrived at 11:00 and enjoyed touring the room to see the table decorations. Members of the Woman’s Club decorated the tables (except for two decorated by a local Red Hat Ladies group) and each was unique. Members also contributed two salads each (one protein, one vegetable or dessert salad), quick breads, and their time in setting up for the event, making the sandwiches, and making and serving beverages. Our special thanks to Woman’s Club Officers Michelle Gerdes, Jan Hygnstrom, Cheryl Ludvik, and Cheryl Rieck, kitchen coordinator Jean Ohnoutka, and to all the members who together did everything from planning and coordinating the work to making and selling tickets.
Members and their daughters and granddaughters modeled clothes the Vickerage furnished – as it has every year since 1988! Models included Jean Ang, Becky Gould, Harriet Gould, Jean Lentz, LuAnn Maly, Sara Martin, Leonita Masek, Alyce Matulka, Lexi Matulka, Diane Matulka, Samantha Matulka, Erma Nord, Malorie Paxton, Cheryl Rieck, and Monica Tvrdy
Before and during breaks in the show, Mistress of Ceremony Harriet Gould announced winners of the many door prizes furnished by businesses and local residents. The final event was the drawing for the quilt, which Don Suchy of Valparaiso won.
OUR PROFOUND THANKS TO JEAN ANG FOR MAKING AND DONATING THE QUILT AND TABLE RUNNERS. You are truly a marvel.
Our thanks to Shannon Sydik for taking photos of the event. You can see her photos of the tables and many of the guests and Style Show models AND OF THE QUILT at this link:
Shannon Sydik’s photos:
Our thanks also to Mary Buresh for acquiring the door prizes and to the many prize donors:
- A Rustic Place BeautiControl — Gift Certificate and Candle
- Benes Heating and Air — Portable Jump Starter
- Burger King — Meal Cards
- Carlos O’Kelly’s — Gift Certificates
- Char’s — Gift Certificate/Sinus Pillow
- Chili’s Grill & Bar — Gift Certificates
- Cici’s Pizza — Gift Certificate
- Classic Kitchens — Towel Set
- Cornhusker Bank — Fall Blankets
- Cuts and More — Fall Decorations/Bag
- Dairy Queen — Gift Certificates
- Don & Millie’s — Meal Cards
- Ernie’s of Ceresco — Queen Sheet Set
- Famous Dave’s — BBQ Sauces and Seasonings
- Harry’s Restaurant — Dinner Certificate
- Hy-Vee — Gift Card
- Juice Stop — Gift Certificates
- Lazlo’s — Gift Card
- Martin’s Hillside Orchard — Apples
- Mill Road Auto Service — Gift Certificates
- Nelson Oil — Necklace
- Oak Creek Valley Bank — Gift Certificate
- Oak Valley Lumber — Food Storage Set
- Olive Garden — Gift Card
- Randolph Car Wash — Gift Certificates
- Raymono’s Pizza Plus — Gift Certificates
- Red Lobster — Gift Certificates
- Runza — Meal Cards
- Shear Paradise – Hair Care Products
- Skeeter Barnes – Gift Card
- Starbucks — Coffee/Gift Basket
- Texas Roadhouse — Gift Certificates
- TreeHouse Daycare — Double Easel
- Tvrdy’s One Stop — Candle
- Val Market — 12 pack of Pop
- Val Tavern — Dinner Certificate
- Valparaiso Woman’s Club — Cookbooks
- The Vickeridge — Gift Certificates/Jewelry
If you attended this year’s event, we look forward to seeing you again next year. If you didn’t attend, plan to join us next October. Watch this space for the date!
Cheri, Sue, and I have been hard at work culling (and culling and culling and culling!) and reorganizing all our materials. So far we’ve culled the basement items and most of the items in the main first floor room. And we’ve reorganized the main room’s fiction, DVDs, and audio books. Still to do: the kids’ and young readers’ rooms and the reference materials and heritage materials in the main room.
It’s a big job but worth doing. Along the way, Sue’s also mended quite a few books and we’ve discovered and corrected some call numbering errors. We’ve also discovered a number of authors we plan to feature soon, to give their work one more chance at circulating.
All this is happening now because we’re getting ready for new carpeting. We don’t want to pack and unpack items that we should cull, and we’re hoping the reorganizing will help us pack and label boxes so it’s easier to re-shelve everything.