Nature up close

lidocaineGary 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.

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NE SciFest 2015

The library was one of the venues for the Nebraska Science Festival! On Saturday, April 18  interactive science stations were set up in the library, featuring physics, chemistry, microbiology, and geology. Academy Science Club members assisted participants in building rockets, and when the rain stopped for a bit they were able to launch them. The club also had a robotics display. Below you’ll find some photos from the day. We’re already looking forward to next year!

SciFest 2015 microscope station SciFest 2015 microbiology station SciFest 2015 chlorination SciFest 2015 physics station SciFest 2015 sonobe1 SciFest 2015 microscope station2

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Thank you, volunteers!

Volunteer certificates 2015Library volunteers were honored with a reception on April 14 at the library, and special recognition was given to the group of volunteers who have helped with children’s programming in the past year. Children’s programming at the library has increased both in number of offerings and in participation due to the efforts of this group. Mayor Carroll Smith read a proclamation announcing National Library Week, encouraging all residents to visit the library and take advantage of the resources available to the community. The party table, including a beautiful cake, was provided by Wendy Deane.

Volunteers serve in many capacities in the library, including the often behind-the-scenes work of the Board of Trustees, the Friends of the Library, and the Library Foundation. Other volunteers work directly with the collection, and most of our regular adult and children’s programming is provided by volunteers. They are truly the heart of the library.

Pictured (from left): Mary Caffey, Michael Hanus, Sebastian Hanus, Wendy Anderson, Cathy Hanus, John Niemoth, Sarah Hankins, Gary Brown, Angel Peterson. (Not pictured, Alan Badour, Gail Formanack, Nate Schwanke.)

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Spring Book Tea

Friends of the Valley Public Library hosted the Spring Book Tea on April 9 at the library, 232 N. Spruce St. in Valley. Former literature instructor Saundra Grampsas led the discussion of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, noting that the author’s attitudes about the place of women in society were mirrored in the main character in the story, and that her progressive ideas might explain the continued popularity of the book. Three special guests enhanced the program as well, with Karen Biben bringing her “Little Women” doll collection, Eunice Levisay informing participants about some of the birds that might be in their spring gardens, and LuAnn Dritley with a display of special china. The “Garden Party” décor was a welcome contrast to the April snowstorm outside!

2015 spring tea Sandy Grampsas

Sandy Grampsas sports a teacup


Karen Biben's "Little Women" doll collection

Karen Biben’s “Little Women” doll collection

2015 spring tea china

LuAnn Dritley’s china helped set the theme.


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Third Tuesday Book Club

Book Club meets for the last time this spring on May 19 at 6:30 p.m. Stuart Woods is this month’s author. We have a book bag for Run Before the Wind, one of his earliest books, but we also have many other titles if you prefer a more recent book (or a larger font).

According to book club leader Bernie Smith, the book is “an action-packed, well-written story with good characters. Stuart Woods has been writing best sellers for over 30 years and many of us have read some of them.” Whether you choose the book bag paperback or one of his others from the library collection, we hope you’ll come to discuss Stuart Woods, his writing, and his appeal!

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Story Time

Saturday, May 30 (during Valley Days) will be the next Story Time event for pre-school and early elementary aged children. Wendy Anderson will be here from 10:30-11:30 with stories, snacks, and activities.

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First Tuesday after school

March after schoolAFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

The after-school program wraps up for the semester with our final program scheduled for May 5 right after school. All elementary students are welcome, but please register children by May 4. This program is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA.


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Sesquicentennial Photos

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.

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Valley’s Depot Remembered

depot model2Alan 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.

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It’s here!

book coverValley, 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!

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