Tuesday After-school August 29th

Our after-school program is starting up again tomorrow with a library scavenger hunt! (Kids who did the scavenger hunt during summer reading will have a special role to play.)

This will be Garren’s last week of leading the program as he is changing from youth librarian to library director. The good news is that our new youth librarian, Sydney, will be helping out and meeting the kids tomorrow before taking on regular duties next week. Come say ‘hi’!

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.

Garren’s Year of 1,000 Picture Books

In 2016, my personal reading challenge was to read 1,000 picture books. Then of course I wanted to share the best books I discovered, some older and some newer. At this website, you can find a categorized list of 115 of the books that I’m most excited about:


We don’t have most of these available at Valley Public Library (yet). Here are the ones we do have:

The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge
H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination by Christopher Myers
Girls A to Z by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Suzanne Bloom
A Prairie Alphabet by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet, illustrated by Yvette Moore
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story about Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
More-Igami by Dori Kleber, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Heather Ross
Nightsong by Ari Berk, illustrated by Loren Long
Goyangi Means Cat by Christine McDonnell, illustrated by Steve Johnson
Do You Know Dewey? by Brian P. Cleary, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
The Grannyman by Judy Schachner
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure by Wynton Marsalis, illustrated by Paul Rogers
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Happy to be Nappy by bell hooks, illustrated by Chris Raschka
I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino

Come check one out, and we have many more great picture books as well!

— Garren


Valley Public Library does not have eclipse glasses. You may be able to find them locally at convenience stores, but at last check this weekend they were sold out. Be sure whatever glasses you are using meet recommended safety standards. For the NASA eclipse site with these recommendations and additional safety precautions, click here.

The library will be closed on August 21.

Summer Project Contest & Ice Cream Party Photos

Last week we had our closing event for Summer Reading Program 2017: an ice cream party sponsored by Friends of the Library. The Friends also judged the 5 projects registered for the grand prize of an Ozobot robot.

Here are some photos of the event:

These siblings brought a volcano with an active chemical eruption and a model of the solar system!


And here we have an electric car that moves along the floor when the propeller spins!








Finally, we have our winner: a string-art vase with yarn pom-pom flowers!







Remember, the library owns two Ozobots that we sometimes bring out during youth programming. Our Tuesday AfterSchool program will be starting up again on August 29th. As always, it’s open to all area elementary age kids. (Under 8 must be accompanied.)

Thank you all for making our Summer Reading Program a success this year! – Garren