Valley Days

Don’t miss all the special activities scheduled during Valley Days! Here at the library we have several events on the calendar:

Friday, May 29 – Friends of the Library book sale, 1:00-5:00 at the library, and Friends will be serving refreshments. There are lots of books available! Also, be sure to look over the duplicate snapshots left over from the recent scrapbook update. These are available to anyone who wants them (donations gladly accepted). You might find a photo of yourself or a friend from years back!

Saturday, May 30 – Beginning at 8:00, members of the Library Foundation will be holding a bake sale just outside the library! Come early, because the baked goods are sure to go quickly!

The book sale continues when the library opens at 10:00 until closing at 2:00.

At 10:30, Wendy Anderson will present a special story time at the library for pre-school and early elementary aged children. Everyone always has a good time with stories and activities!

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Reading Challenge

Children completing grades K-6 may pick up a Reading Challenge form at the library. Those who complete the reading challenge will be eligible to enter the drawing for a $529 NEST scholarship. There will be 15 winners from across the state. The drawing is sponsored by the Nebraska State Treasurer, First National Bank of Omaha, and the Nebraska Library Commission. More information is available at the library.

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Summer Reading Program 2015

Summer Reading is just around the corner! Our theme is “Every Hero has a Story” and we will have a variety of programs on historic and fictional heroes and even some local heroes! Once again we have teamed up with Twin Rivers YMCA to offer a fun-filled summer! Most programs are on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 at the library in June and July, but watch this space for updates. Here is the preliminary list:

June 10 – Heroes of Exploration

June 17 – Local Heroes #1

June 24 – Science (of) Heroes

July 1 – No program

July 3 – DIFFERENT DAY/TIME/LOCATION – 10:00 Puppet show at the YMCA – All area children are welcome!

July 8 – Local Heroes #2

July 15 – Fictional Heroes

July 22 – Participatory Percussion Program

July 29 – Certificates for Reading Challenge completion and ice cream!

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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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Third Tuesday Book Club

We love Book Club so much that no one was ready for a summer break! We will meet again on Tuesday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m.

This month is READER’S CHOICE. Read anything that appeals to you, and share your thoughts on the book, the subject, or the author. We’re all sure to learn something new!

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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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