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.

Special Agricultural Innovations Program

On Saturday, July 22, from 10:30 a.m. until about noon the library will host a teen ambassador from the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Council. Grace has been trained in agricultural innovations and will be presenting a program on soil and no-till farming ideas. The program is especially suited for children in grades 1-4, but others are welcome (under 8 must be accompanied).

Participants will work with soil on a hands-on project. Each child will receive a nano bug (robot) to make their own no-till planter. The program will be interactive and fun! All supplies have been paid through a Nebraska agricultural innovators grant.

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


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.


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


Bring in overdue books/audio books on Fridays in February & March and fines will be forgiven! This applies only to books and audio books (no DVDs or other materials) and only to items that are brought into the library (not to items left in the book drop) during library hours on Fridays.

Charges for books that have had to be replaced still apply. Otherwise, fines on even long-overdue books will be removed from library records, so it’s a good time to clean those bookshelves!