AfterSchool November 8

Garren Hochstetler has prepared stories, crafts, and activities around a Veterans’ Day theme for this week. We are within a few steps of the new Veterans’ memorial park, which is nearing completion, so there might even be an opportunity to get a closer look!

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.

Tuesday AfterSchool November 1

garren-book-selfieThis week’s Tuesday AfterSchool activity will be a print it – color it – play it board game activity presented by Waverly librarian Garren Hochstetler. (Garren will be joining our library staff in a few weeks!) The afternoon includes a snack, homework time, planned activities, and unstructured time for reading and play. We begin right after school, with formal programming finished before 6:00. Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA. All elementary school children are welcome to attend (children under 8 with supervision).

Friends of the Library Officers

friends-board-oct-2016Friends of the Library held their general meeting and election of officers on October 27. Officers for the coming 2-year term are (from left) Gerri Nordell, secretary; Arlene Cochran, president; Betty Willmer, treasurer; and Linda George, vice-president. Outgoing vice-president Sandy Grampsas and outgoing secretary Gail White were commended for their years of service.

October 11 AfterSchool

niemoth-safari1 niemoth-safari2Every Tuesday after school we have different activities scheduled. This week, John Niemoth told us of his recent travels to Africa. He also worked with the upper elementary grades on making Sonobe structures (origami-like geometric shapes).

All local elementary school students are welcome to attend Tuesday AfterSchool programs!

This program is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA.

October Story Time

We are changing our Family Story Time schedule for the month of October. Our next story time will be a special (not too scary) Halloween edition! Wendy Anderson will return with seasonal stories and activities for younger children (PreK-2nd Grade) and their caregivers. Join us on Saturday, October 29, at 10:30 a.m. Children are welcome to come in costume!


Senior Social

The library will host a Senior Social on Wednesday, September 28, at 1:30 p.m. We’ll provide coffee and cookies, and you provide the conversation! There will be a puzzle out for those who are interested. We are open to suggestion for other activities you might like to see in the future. Please invite your senior friends who might not get our posts or email notices. We’ll look forward to seeing you at this relaxed and unstructured get-together!


It was very nearly standing room only at our author event kicking off our Nebraska Reading Challenge on Thursday evening (September 22) with Tom Adamson reading from his latest collection of poetry. We are now ready to roll out our reading challenge!

Nebraska turns 150 years old on March 1, and we are celebrating Nebraska books! You can find a statewide reading challenge at, but our challenge adapts the list to include more books from our own collection and highlights more “close to home” authors.

Read 6 books from the Valley Library Nebraska Book Challenge (copies available at the library) and you may enter the drawing for one of four $25 gift cards from Barnes & Noble! Completed forms are due by February 28 and the drawing will be held on March 1. We also have a version of the reading challenge for children, and they may enter the drawing as well!


2000px-Light_bulb_icon.svgOur Watt Detector kits have been updated by OPPD to adjust for the new rate. This is an easy way to check up on how much energy some of your appliances or electronics are using. We don’t always think about the “phantom load” behind the scenes on gaming devices or DVRs, for example, but a Watt Detector kit can show you how much they are costing you when you aren’t even using them. Watt Detector kits may be checked out for 2 weeks.