Mark your calendars for September 15 at 6:30 p.m. for a gathering of your favorite book enthusiasts after our summer break. Enjoy some refreshments and share your summer reading (or just get some ideas for future reading). Copies of The Meaning of Names by Karen Shoemaker will be available for checkout for the October 20 discussion. The novel about the immigrant experience during World War I is set in Stuart, Nebraska.
It’s hard to believe it’s time for fall programs to gear up, but school is beginning and with that comes AfterSchool activities! Mark your calendars now for our First Tuesday programs. Children in elementary school may come to the library directly from school. We will have a snack and activities planned, and also will allow for some unstructured time for reading and play in the library. Parents may pick their children up any time during the evening, but formal programming will end before 6:00 p.m.
Our first program is scheduled for September 1. We will host an encore performance of the
“Drums of the World” workshop by Michael Fitzsimmons. This program was so captivating during our Summer Reading Program that children who participated before will want to return! A performance/demonstration of unusual and beautiful musical instruments will be followed by group and individual participation in rhythmic music-making. This part of the program is scheduled from 4:00-5:00.
There is no charge for this program, but please register by calling the library before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 31. If your child has food allergies, please provide them with their own appropriate snack. First Tuesday Afterschool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA, and is open to all elementary school children in the community. Children under 8 must be supervised. Questions & Registration: 402-359-9924.
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!