Coming Tuesday: Music and Nebraska History Program

Music and Nebraska History @ Valley Public Library
Tuesday, November 21st at 6:30pm

Free and Open to the Public!

Holtz celebrates and commemorates people, places, and events in Nebraska history through original songs (accompanied by guitar and harmonica) and the stories and background behind them. The songs’ subjects range from a general celebration of Nebraska (“We’re Nebraska”); to a retrospective on the Sandhills; to a tribute to Susan LaFlesche Picotte, the first Native American woman to become a medical doctor; to a salute to Husker football; to a tribute to the migration of the Sandhill Cranes; and more.

This program provided by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the State of Nebraska, and the Friends of the Library here in Valley.

Library Board Minutes for November 9th, 2017

Valley Public Library Board of Trustees Minutes
[DRAFT FOR APPROVAL]

Call to Order: President Nicole Schneider called the November 9th, 2017 Board meeting to order at 6:37 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance: The pledge of allegiance was recited.

Roll Call: Trustees answering roll call: Nicole Schneider, Teresa Mejstrik, Bernie Smith, Kyle Held. Library Director Garren Hochstetler was in attendance.

Proof of Posting / Open Meetings Act Poster: The meeting was held in accordance with the Nebraska Open Meetings Law, with meeting notice posted in the post office, City Hall, and the calendar section of Douglas County Post-Gazette. Continuously updated copies of the agenda were maintained on the library’s bulletin board and the library’s website since October 18th. President Nicole Schneider pointed out the Open Meetings Act poster on the wall of the meeting room.

Approval of Agenda: Motion to approve by B. Smith, second by K. Held. Unanimous approval. There were no consent agenda items which required approval.

Recognition of Visitors/Correspondence: Phyllis Preble, President of Friends of the Library, and Gerri Nordell, Secretary of Friends of the Library, were recognized as visiting. No others in attendance.

Public Comment: President N. Schneider asked for public comment. None was given.

Approval of prior meeting’s minutes: Motion to approve the minutes with corrections was made by T. Mejstrik, second by K. Held. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

Reports

Board President: None.

Library Director: G. Hochstetler handed out a written report (attached Librarian’s Report November 2017) and went over much of it verbally, answering questions by the board.

Friends of the Library: Phyllis Preble gave the Friends Report orally. See attached for the written report (Friends Report November 2017).

Foundation: None.

Old Business

None.

New Business

Library Director Garren Hochstetler spoke about policy changes he recommends to the board.

A motion “that the library remain open for one extra hour on December 2nd” for this year’s Book & Bake Sale was made by B. Smith, second by T. Mejstrik. Motion carried unanimously. A motion “that the loan period for DVDs be changed to 1 week” was made by K. Held, seconded by N. Schneider. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion “that ‘most materials’ are limited to 20 items checked out at a time” (where ‘most materials’ is the language used in the policy to describe things like regular books) was made by T. Mejstrik, second by B. Smith. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion “that e-reader checkout time be extended to 4 weeks and that checkouts be limited to 1 device at a time” was made by K. Held, second by T. Mejstrik. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion “that DVD checkout for minors requires the presence of a responsible adult” was made by B. Smith, second by T. Mejstrik. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

A motion “that a ‘Dog Policy’ be added to the policy guide which reads: ‘Dogs which are securely carried or kept on a leash at all times are welcome in the library.’” Was made by T. Mejstrik, second by K. Held. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

Gerri Nordell was invited to speak about the Cemetery Board’s activities at this time and did so.

A motion “that Valley Public Library store locally produced Cemetery Board materials in a designated cabinet. These will be non-circulating items which are open to public inspection when requested” was made by B. Smith, second by K. Held. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.

Comments and announcements by board members. B. Smith urged everyone to attend the music and storytelling program by Dan Holtz at the library on November 21st.

Motion to adjourn by N. Schneider, second by K. Held. Yeas: Schneider, Mejstrik, Smith, Held. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0.Next meeting will be on Thursday, January 11th at 6:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Garren Hochstetler, Library Director acting as Secretary

Photo credit: CC BY-NC 2.0 stevecorey@flickr

Our annual Book & Bake Sale is coming soon: Saturday, December 2nd at 11am-3pm. We have a bunch of books in good condition and we’ll have some great baked goods. Funds go to Friends of the Library, who help us put on special events like the recognition of DC West’s Robotics Club last night!

 

Want to help? This is the best time of year to donate your books to the library. Bring them in during business hours. They’ll either be added to our catalog, sold at the Sale, or passed on to various charities. This year, COPE (http://copeinfo.org/) will be taking the best unsold children’s books to give to children right here in the area for Christmas, so we would especially appreciate such donations.

We will also be accepting baked goods donations either the Friday the day before the sale or when the library opens at 10am.

Agenda for Library Board Meeting November 9th

[Revised 10/23/2017. No action items affected.]
[Revised 11/3/2017. Cemetery club action item added.]

MEETING NOTICE
Valley Public Library Board Meeting
DATE AND PLACE OF MEETING : Thursday, Nov. 9th 2017
Valley Public Library
232 N Spruce St.
STARTING TIME OF MEETING: 6:30pm
CHAIR OF MEETING: Nicole Schneider, President
This meeting’s agenda will be kept continually current and available for
public inspection on the bulletin board in the library’s entryway and on
the library’s website at http://libraries.ne.gov/valley/.

AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call (K. Held, T. Mejstrik, N. Schneider, B. Smith, J. Swahn)
4. Proof of Posting / Open Meetings Act Poster
5. Approval of Agenda [ACTION]
6. Recognition of Visitors/Correspondence
7. Public Comment – Limited to 3 minutes per speaker and 30 minutes total.
When recognized by the chairperson, please state your name and address for
the record.
8. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes [ACTION]
9. Reports
a. Board President
b. Library Director
c. Friends of the Library
d. Foundation
10. Old Business
a. [None]
11. New Business
a. Additional open hour on December 2 for Book & Bake Sale [ACTION]
b. Circulation periods and requirements changed for some types of items
[ACTION]
c. Adding a pet control policy [ACTION]
d. Adding Cemetery Club materials to the collection [ACTION]
12. Closed Session – The President may entertain a motion to enter into closed
session in accordance with the Nebraska Open Meetings Act. [ACTION]
13. Comments and Announcements by Board Members
14. Adjournment

Music and Nebraska History Program on Tuesday Nov 21st

Music and Nebraska History @ Valley Public Library
November 21st at 6:30pm

Free and Open to the Public!

Holtz celebrates and commemorates people, places, and events in Nebraska history through original songs (accompanied by guitar and harmonica) and the stories and background behind them. The songs’ subjects range from a general celebration of Nebraska (“We’re Nebraska”); to a retrospective on the Sandhills; to a tribute to Susan LaFlesche Picotte, the first Native American woman to become a medical doctor; to a salute to Husker football; to a tribute to the migration of the Sandhill Cranes; and more.

This program provided by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the State of Nebraska, and the Friends of the Library here in Valley.

 

English as a Second Language Providers in the Omaha Area

Since a question came up, I wanted to share these results with all of you… Here is a list of organizations that do ESL tutoring:
https://omahalibrary.org/english-as-a-second-language-esl-providers-directory/

And here is a Google Map I created from that list to give a visual sense of where these providers are:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ow9u3HOexrDT4u2ZBE8GvrlJy4A&usp=sharing

Unfortunately, there do not seem to be regular classes any closer than Millard Branch library in Omaha. What we can do at Valley Public Library is keep a list of these providers at our brochure and information table. If you do know of closer services or of a ride-sharing possibility to Omaha, let me know and we’ll keep that information on hand too. – Garren

Around the World

Tuesday, October 17th, the after-school program will celebrate maps and our location on the globe! Join us for puzzles, games, word-searches, and geographic exploration.

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.

[CORRECTED DATE] Robotics Club Recognition & Call For Donations

We’re excited to announce that some of the DC West Robotics club–who just won the World Robot Conference Championship–will be making an appearance at the library on Thursday, October 26th at 7:00pm. There will be a robotics demonstration. Afterward, there will be ice cream! This is all part of the Friends of the Library’s annual meeting that starts at 6:30p. Everyone is welcome to all of the above!

In other news, our annual Book & Bake sale is coming up on Saturday, December 2nd from 10am to 3pm. If you’ve been thinking about donating books in good condition to the library, this is the best time of year for it! We’ll add books to our collection, bring in funds for our Friends of the Library by selling them, or we’ll donate them to charitable causes. Bring books into the library during open hours.

We would also be delighted to receive donations of LEGOS and K’NEX building toys for use in our youth programs.

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting Oct 26

Join the Friends of the Library for their annual meeting on Thursday, October 26th at 6:30pm at the library. This organization helps us out in so many ways through the year, e.g. they’ll be hosting our annual Book & Bake Sale on December 2nd. Membership is $5 per household or business. This event is free and open to the public. Come meet other library lovers!

We will also be holding a recognition ceremony for the DC West Robotics Club, who won the World Robot Conference Championship in China last year.

After-school Tuesday October 3rd

It’s no mystery now: this week we’ll be playing “Poison Dart Frog” aka “Detective Frog.” We’ll also introduce a new board game to go along with the detective theme: Clue Jr.

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.