What’s the deal?

Tuesday, December 12th, the After School program is breaking out the cards. We will be playing War and Garbage, and students will be able to use the cards for their own games, too.

Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA and is open to all area elementary school children (under age 8 with supervision). Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play. Formal programming ends before 6 p.m.

Cookies, Cocoa and Cramming

Stressed about upcoming tests? Come to the library for cookies, hot chocolate, study/stress management tips, and resources to help you study!

Thursday, December 7th (Today) from 3:30-7:30
Friday, December 8th from 2:00-4:30
Thursday, December 14th from 3:30-7:30

Floating Legos

The library has new Legos! This week (Tuesday, December 5th), After-School students will build their own creations to be tested on water. How many “passengers” (pennies) do you think the strongest can hold before it sinks?

Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA and is open to all area elementary school children (under age 8 with supervision). Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play. Formal programming ends before 6 p.m.

Compositions of Lyric Verse

Or “poetry,” in other words.
Tuesday, November 28th, After-School will explore poetry with charades, magnets, black-out poetry, and some help from Mr. Silverstein.

Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA and is open to all area elementary school children (under age 8 with supervision). Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play. Formal programming ends before 6 p.m.

The above photo is part of a new magnetic collection of words located on the entrance of the Nebraska room. Feel free to come in any time during library hours to play around with these words!

After-School, November 21st

What do you call a sweating yam?

A hot potato!
This week in After-School, we’ll play this classic game, have Thanksgiving word searches and coloring sheets available, and we’ll also have our usual array of choices.

Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA and is open to all area elementary school children (under age 8 with supervision). Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play. Formal programming ends before 6 p.m.

Coming Tuesday: Music and Nebraska History Program

Music and Nebraska History @ Valley Public Library
Tuesday, November 21st at 6:30pm

Free and Open to the Public!

Holtz celebrates and commemorates people, places, and events in Nebraska history through original songs (accompanied by guitar and harmonica) and the stories and background behind them. The songs’ subjects range from a general celebration of Nebraska (“We’re Nebraska”); to a retrospective on the Sandhills; to a tribute to Susan LaFlesche Picotte, the first Native American woman to become a medical doctor; to a salute to Husker football; to a tribute to the migration of the Sandhill Cranes; and more.

This program provided by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the State of Nebraska, and the Friends of the Library here in Valley.

Third Saturday Story Time: Imaginary Friends

Please join us this coming Saturday, November 18th, for our monthly story time. This week, we will be reading about imaginary friends. If your little ones have their own imaginary friends, as many young children do, please bring them along and introduce them! We would love to hear about their likes and dislikes, and we would love to have the imaginary friends model for us, so that your little ones can draw pictures of them to show us what they look like.
If you don’t have an imaginary friend to bring, no worries! You can make one up when you get here, inspired by the different kinds of imaginary friends we will read about.
Third Saturday Story Times are aimed at preschool-aged children, but all families are welcome to come! Each story time also comes with a snack and a few songs.

Library Board Minutes for November 9th, 2017

Valley Public Library Board of Trustees Minutes
[DRAFT FOR APPROVAL]

Call to Order: President Nicole Schneider called the November 9th, 2017 Board meeting to order at 6:37 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance: The pledge of allegiance was recited.

Roll Call: Trustees answering roll call: Nicole Schneider, Teresa Mejstrik, Bernie Smith, Kyle Held. Library Director Garren Hochstetler was in attendance.

Proof of Posting / Open Meetings Act Poster: The meeting was held in accordance with the Nebraska Open Meetings Law, with meeting notice posted in the post office, City Hall, and the calendar section of Douglas County Post-Gazette. Continuously updated copies of the agenda were maintained on the library’s bulletin board and the library’s website since October 18th. President Nicole Schneider pointed out the Open Meetings Act poster on the wall of the meeting room.

Approval of Agenda: Motion to approve by B. Smith, second by K. Held. Unanimous approval. There were no consent agenda items which required approval.

Recognition of Visitors/Correspondence: Phyllis Preble, President of Friends of the Library, and Gerri Nordell, Secretary of Friends of the Library, were recognized as visiting. No others in attendance.

Public Comment: President N. Schneider asked for public comment. None was given.

Approval of prior meeting’s minutes: Motion to approve the minutes with corrections was made by T. Mejstrik, second by K. Held. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

Reports

Board President: None.

Library Director: G. Hochstetler handed out a written report (attached Librarian’s Report November 2017) and went over much of it verbally, answering questions by the board.

Friends of the Library: Phyllis Preble gave the Friends Report orally. See attached for the written report (Friends Report November 2017).

Foundation: None.

Old Business

None.

New Business

Library Director Garren Hochstetler spoke about policy changes he recommends to the board.

A motion “that the library remain open for one extra hour on December 2nd” for this year’s Book & Bake Sale was made by B. Smith, second by T. Mejstrik. Motion carried unanimously. A motion “that the loan period for DVDs be changed to 1 week” was made by K. Held, seconded by N. Schneider. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion “that ‘most materials’ are limited to 20 items checked out at a time” (where ‘most materials’ is the language used in the policy to describe things like regular books) was made by T. Mejstrik, second by B. Smith. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion “that e-reader checkout time be extended to 4 weeks and that checkouts be limited to 1 device at a time” was made by K. Held, second by T. Mejstrik. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion “that DVD checkout for minors requires the presence of a responsible adult” was made by B. Smith, second by T. Mejstrik. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion “that a ‘Dog Policy’ be added to the policy guide which reads: ‘Dogs which are securely carried or kept on a leash at all times are welcome in the library.’” Was made by T. Mejstrik, second by K. Held. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

Gerri Nordell was invited to speak about the Cemetery Board’s activities at this time and did so.

A motion “that Valley Public Library store locally produced Cemetery Board materials in a designated cabinet. These will be non-circulating items which are open to public inspection when requested” was made by B. Smith, second by K. Held. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

Comments and announcements by board members. B. Smith urged everyone to attend the music and storytelling program by Dan Holtz at the library on November 21st.

Motion to adjourn by N. Schneider, second by K. Held. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.Next meeting will be on Thursday, January 11th at 6:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Garren Hochstetler, Library Director acting as Secretary

Go Noodle

Tuesday, November 14th, the After School program will explore Go Noodle! Students may be familiar with Go Noodle through their school classrooms, and now the library will start our own “champ,” (the characters Go Noodle uses). As this is designed for groups of kids in kindergarten through fifth grade, Go Noodle will be a welcome addition to our program.
Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA and is open to all area elementary school children (under age 8 with supervision). Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play. Formal programming ends before 6 p.m.

International Games Week

In celebration of International Games Week, our After School program on Tuesday, November 7th, will be playing games! All of our board games will be out, so bring your “game face” and get ready to have some fun!

A display of games will be out, ready for drop-in games for any players that are interested during regular library hours.

Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA and is open to all area elementary school children (under age 8 with supervision). Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play. Formal programming ends before 6 p.m.