Halloween Story Time

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Story time with Wendy Anderson began with a Halloween theme on Saturday, October 25. There were songs, crafts, cupcakes and, of course, stories – and even a parade!

Saturday Story Time will be a monthly event for pre-school and early elementary children. On November 22, 10:30 – 11:30, we will have Thanksgiving stories and other related fun. Watch this space for announcements of future events.

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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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Fundraising Events

The library’s two support organizations, Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation, held special fundraising events during Valley’s sesquicentennial celebration. Both events drew many visitors over the weekend and were very successful at raising money to benefit the library. These organizations provide funds for materials, furnishings, and programming over and above the library’s portion of the city budget.

On Friday, August 15, Friends of the Library hosted a reception for author and former Valley resident Gail Rock. Ms. Rock donated copies

Author Gail Rock (seated) with her longtime friend Betty Willmer, treasurer of Friends of the Valley Library.

Author Gail Rock (seated) with her longtime friend Betty Willmer, treasurer of Friends of the Valley Library.

of her books to be made available for autographing for donations to Friends of the Library. Among her books is The House Without a Christmas Tree, based on her childhood in Valley.

 

 

Creator of the quilt, Barb Scott (left) pictured with Darlene Koley of the Library Foundation.

Creator of the quilt, Barb Scott (left) pictured with Darlene Koley of the Library Foundation.

 

 

 

The Library Foundation held a drawing on Sunday, August 17, for a beautiful Christmas quilt made by quilter Barb Scott of Fremont. “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” was on display at the library for several weeks, and Foundation members were on hand throughout the weekend to collect donations for tickets. The lucky winner was Georgene Gottsch. Congratulations, Georgene!

The events made perfect “bookends” for the library’s celebration of Valley’s 150-year history. Thanks to all who contributed to the efforts!

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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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Summer Reading Finale

Brian Henning puppet demo2Participants in our Summer Reading Program enjoyed a puppet variety show on August 6. Brian Henning of Urban Prairie Puppet Co. performed “Puppet Follies” with his marionettes. At the end of the show he demonstrated how the puppets work, and some of the participants got to be puppeteers for a few minutes. Afterward, everyone was treated to an ice cream bar and a nifty new pencil for school.

The puppet show was sponsored by the Library Foundation and treats by the Friends of the Library.

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Sesquicentennial Quilt Show: The Fabric of a Community

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A few of the quilts on display in the Genealogy corner of the library.

The quilt show runs through the month of August at the library. We have a mix of antiques and recent creations on display, from hand quilted and hand pieced to applique and machine quilted, but all have some past or present connection to the community. Many thanks to all who loaned their treasures for our enjoyment, and to Georgene Gottsch for organizing and setting up the display with assistance from Mary Brokaw.

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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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Thanks to all volunteers!

The library held a reception in honor of our dedicated volunteers on Tuesday, April 15. Volunteers serve the library in many capacities, including working with books and other library materials, providing ongoing programming, and preparing for and promoting special events. Additionally, those who serve on the Board of Trustees, the Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Library executive committee spend hours in strategic planning, advocacy, and fundraising. This year’s Volunteer of the Year was announced (see previous post). The reception concluded with Mayor Carroll Smith reading a proclamation in recognition of National Library Week, and attendees had an opportunity to browse the display of materials from the “Geek the Library” public awareness campaign.

Special thanks go to Wendy Deane of Simply Delicious restaurant for providing refreshments for the event, and to Keith Jansen of Valley Floral Company for the donation of a centerpiece for the table.

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Ben Schnatz is Volunteer of the Year

Ben Schnatz receives Volunteer of the Year award

Ben Schnatz receives Volunteer of the Year award

Ben Schnatz was recognized at the library’s volunteer appreciation reception on April 15 as Volunteer of the Year. Ben logged many hours over his summer break assisting library staff with a comprehensive inventory, and was also a major contributor to the Valley sesquicentennial book. Ben has put in much time and energy toward the betterment of the library and the community over the years, but particularly in the past year. He has not only cheerfully worked on tasks under direction, but has taken initiative in thinking about what needs to be done and how to accomplish goals most efficiently and effectively. Ben is a resident of Valley and is in 9th grade at Omaha Christian Academy.

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