Wait – what kind of a diner is this?!
Sandy Grampsas at the “Main Street Grill”
The Fall Book Tea was an enjoyable evening with a talk by Sandy Grampsas on Jan Karon’s second Mitford novel, A Light in the Window. Special desserts from the Mitford Cookbook were provided by Gerri Nordell (orange marmalade cake), Bernie Smith (coconut cake), and Gail White (brownies). And you don’t want to ask about the nutritional content! Someone brought peanut butter & banana sandwiches (Cynthia’s favorite). Several guests brought their favorite teapots for “show and tell” and you can still see a few of Sandy’s and Claire’s on display at the library. Book teas are presented in fall and spring by Sandy Grampsas and sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Menu for the evening
Can we interest you in some dessert?
Gerri and Bernie got into the diner spirit!
Our book club discussions, led by Bernie Smith, are scheduled on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The November 17 selection is My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir by Clarence Thomas. Copies of the book described as “the story of one of America’s most remarkable and controversial leaders” are available at the library on a first-come basis.
First Tuesday AfterSchool comes around again on November 3. Elementary school students are invited to come right after school for snacks, homework time, planned activities and unstructured time for reading and play. This time we have some “coding for kids” activities with Academy Science Club students and sponsors Michael and Cathy Hanus. Gail Formanack will engage younger children with stories and activities, and a chess coach will be on hand later in the session for those who are interested. Formal programming ends before 6:00 p.m.
Please register children by the day before the event, so we can plan for snacks and other materials. To register, call the library at 402-359-9924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is offered in partnership with the Twin Rivers YMCA. The program is available to all area children.
Gary Brown has loaned this stunning photo of a lidocaine (anesthetic) crystal under magnification. The artist is Carol Roullard. The photo is currently on display at the science station.
You may have seen Officer Kurt Muhle just about everywhere during Valley’s sesquicentennial celebration August 15 – 17, and if so you are probably aware that he was taking pictures. He has made these photos available at the library – free of charge and free of any copyright restrictions. You are welcome to look through them on one of the library computers and copy those you want to have to your own digital storage.
Alan Badour has recently completed a replica of the historic Union Pacific depot in Valley. The building was a local landmark from 1889 until its demolition in 1980. Residents who remember the building will be impressed with the accuracy of detail in the model.
The display case, made to specification just for the project, was donated by Friends of the Library.
Valley, Nebraska Sesquicentennial: 1864 – 2014 is now available at the library for $24. This book updates the volume that was published in recognition of the city’s centennial. Introductory material summarizes Valley’s long history, with emphasis on events of the last 50 years. A section of the book is devoted to civic and community institutions and facilities, followed by histories of Valley businesses. A collage of vintage ads from the centennial book brings a touch of nostalgia, but the many color photos make it a decidedly contemporary publication. Members of the book committee include Tom Batten, Claire Bushong, Patricia Clausen, Lorrie Denker, Linda George, Pat Kojdecki, Ben Schnatz, and Cj Wilson. The book was published by Arnold Fencl of Publication Printing.
Important note: If you purchased your book before July 9, please stop by the library to pick up an insert to be affixed to the inside cover of the book!