Summer Reading Program: Science Day

SRP science day

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New Computer Class

We are happy to be able to offer another computer instruction session by Cathy and Michael Hanus at 6:30 p.m. on August 28. This will once again be tailored to meet the needs of individual participants. If you are interested, please register for the class and let us know the areas you are interested in—word processing, spreadsheets, email, or other areas of interest. The class is free, but please register by August 22. If we do not have enough participants by that time, we will cancel the class or try to reschedule on another date.

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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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Summer Reading Challenge

Participants in our Summer Reading Program can enter a drawing to win one of fifteen $529 NEST 529 College Savings Scholarships by completing our summer reading challenge! If a winner comes from our library, the library will also win $250.

A drawing will be held in August to select the winners from Nebraska libraries. There is still plenty of time for children to complete our reading challenge. Details are available at the library.

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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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Call for Quilts

“Sesquicentennial Quilt Show: The Fabric of a Community” will be showing at the Valley Public Library during the month of August as a part of Valley’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebration. The committee is still interested in obtaining a few more vintage Valley quilts to be on loan for the show. Even though August is a few months away, plans need to be made for display in the coming weeks. If you have a piece of Valley’s history in the form of a quilt that could be on display, or if you have questions, please contact the library and we will put you in touch with the organizers.

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New Library Hours

Beginning this month we have adjusted library hours slightly in order to better meet the needs of the community. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we are now open at 3:00 PM and still remain open until 8:00 PM. School students may now come directly to the library from school. (Watch this space for announcements of after-school programs!) Saturday hours are now 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Monday, Wednesday & Friday hours remain unchanged at 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

You can always find our hours and contact information under the “About Us” tab above.

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