Tuesday AfterSchool April 25

This week we’ll have a story about a boy bonding with his dad by hearing stories about his dad’s tattoos. We will also be introducing Ozobots: small line-following robots that can be guided by drawing with a marker, or by being programmed with a visual block language.


Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA and is open to all area elementary school children (under age 8 with supervision). Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play. Formal programming ends before 6 p.m.

Reminder: NESciFest begins this week!

Be sure to stop by the library on Saturday for plenty of hands-on science activity! We have a presentation by Dr. Joel Schrader scheduled at 10:30, noting what he has learned and is still learning about veterinary medicine. From 10:00 until around 2:00 there will be interactive science stations set up for exploration of a variety of science-related topics.

This is a fun, free activity for the whole family! For more about other events in this statewide festival, see http://nescifest.com.

 

Tuesday AfterSchool April 18

This week we’ve prepared stories and activities about adopted kids. First, the story ‘Goyangi Means Cat’ will show what it’s like to come to America from Korea. Then we have a new Hour of Code activity like the Minecraft coding challenge. This time it’s about two famous Force-sensitive adoptees, Rey and Leia, from a galaxy far-far away.


Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA and is open to all area elementary school children (under age 8 with supervision). Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play. Formal programming ends before 6 p.m.

Celebrate National Library Week!

 

Celebrate National Library Week by visiting the library this week – or by checking out an e-book or audio book from home! We will have our regularly scheduled activities this week: AfterSchool on Tuesday afternoon for elementary school children, Story Time on Saturday morning at 10:30 for PreK-2nd Grade children and their caregivers, and Knit & Crochet on Saturday at 11:00.

 

Tuesday AfterSchool April 11

This week we will be taking a look at the youth magazines offered by the library. Did you know magazines can be checked out for three days? We’ll also be continuing to work on woven treasure pouches. We’ve prepared additional cardboard looms to meet the demand!

Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA and is open to all area elementary school children (under age 8 with supervision). Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play. Formal programming ends before 6 p.m.

Nebraska Science Festival

This is Valley Public Library’s 3rd year to participate in the Nebraska Science Festival, and it is always a fun-filled day for families! Our event is scheduled for April 22 (Earth Day!) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A presentation will be a new twist this year, and we are thrilled that Dr. Lance Johnson, head of the biology department at Midland University, will be bringing a forensic science activity.

Special presentation at 10:30 a.m. –  “My Life as a Veterinarian Started in Third Grade…and I’m still in School!” by Joel Schrader, DVM. Dr. Joel Schrader is a veterinarian with years of experience in working with multiple species, including companion animals, agricultural animals, and wildlife. “I never met a critter I did not like, although some may be a bit frightening!”

Interactive science stations will be available throughout the day thanks to volunteers from G.W. Brown Company, Midland University, and others. The stations will provide opportunities for hands-on exploration of microbiology, forensic science, geology, robotics/coding, electronics, chemistry and more!

This free event is for the whole family (children under 8 with supervision). For information on other Nebraska Science Festival venues and events, see http://www.nescifest.com.

Tuesday AfterSchool April 4

This week we’ll be learning about parts of speech by doing a group “Mad Libs.” Building on recent cardboard weaving activities, kids will have the opportunity to weave treasure pouches. See pictures for Garren’s example before adding a drawstring.

Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA and is open to all area elementary school children (under age 8 with supervision). Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play. Formal programming ends before 6 p.m.