Ancestry Library Edition link

You may follow this link for our trial of Ancestry Library Edition:

Please note that you must be in the library to access this resource, but you may use your own laptop or tablet with the library’s Wi-Fi. It will be available through the month of March.

We want your feedback! If you use Ancestry during the trial period, please let us know. We will use this information when considering whether to purchase it for the library in the future.

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Third Tuesday Book Club

This month’s selection is The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig. Join Bernie Smith at 6:30 p.m. on March 17 for a discussion of this story set in the American west at the beginning of the 20th century. Our books are all reserved at this writing, but let us know if you would like to check one out if it becomes available before the meeting.

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New genealogy tool

See our Genealogy page for a new tool available at the library during the month of March!

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First Tuesday after-school

First Tuesday after-school activities are scheduled for elementary school students beginning right after school March 3. We have snacks and homework time, planned activities, and a little unstructured time to read or play. Programming wraps up before 6:00 p.m. Librarian Gail Formanack has activities planned this month. There is no cost, but please register children before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2.

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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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