Plan now to attend the annual Book & Bake Sale on December 6! The event runs from 11-3 (open extended hours that day). This is the primary fundraising event of Friends of the Library. Books donated throughout the year will be available as well as books that have been taken out of the library’s collection, and there will be a variety of delicious baked goods contributed by Friends of the Library members. You’ll be able to do a little Christmas shopping, pick up some things for your own holiday celebrations, and visit over a cup of coffee. All donations go to Friends of the Library to support library programs and special purchases.

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Library Visitor

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We love it when our younger patrons get big enough to see over the counter!

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Holiday Story Time

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We began our monthly Story Time in October (see Halloween photos above), and it has been a hit with the pre-school and early elementary age set! Wendy Anderson has developed a delightful series of events on holiday themes for each month with stories, snacks, and other activities.

December 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m., will be our Christmas Story Time, and Santa will be our special guest!

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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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Science Station

Science station photoOur library now has a new Science Station! Gary Brown, of G. W. Brown Co., has donated microscopes and has helped us set up the station so anyone can stop by for a close-up look at what is on hand in our specimen collection or on the prepared slides that he has furnished. At our Family Night on June 19, we had a great view of life in a drop of lake water! Other specimens on hand currently include a mosquito and a fly (both dead), some seeds and other plant matter, printed paper, etc. We also have some prepared slides. What would you like to see up close? You’ll only be limited by your imagination!

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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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