Get Ready for Karate Night!

karate-clip-art-free-martial-arts-karate-clipartWear some comfortable clothes and come to the library Tuesday night at 6:30 to learn some self-defense and karate moves.  Lynn Lofshult from the American School of Karate and Judo in Elkhorn will lead our class.

Author Visit on July 9

sneaky sock flyerWhat happens to the socks that go missing in the laundry?  Two ladies from Omaha have found out and together wrote and illustrated The Sneaky Sock Gremlin.  Join us on Saturday July 9 at 10:30 when they read the story, lead some activities for the kids, and autograph their books.  Maybe you’re interested in self-publishing your own book and you’d like to talk with them about their experience??

Thank you Knights of Columbus!

k of cThe Library would like to thank the Valley council of the Knights of Columbus for their donation to the Summer Reading Program.  These funds will be used to bring a karate instructor and a Zumba instructor to two of our Events for Everyone programs on Tuesday nights.  Thank you so much!

Library Partners with DC West Family Facilitator and Preschool

On Monday, June 6, Valley toddlers and preschoolers gathered for the first “Read With Me: Stories and Activities” event with staff from DC West.  Sue Guerrero, Family Facilitator, and Barbara Young, Early Childhood Specialist, led a program using the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom as their theme.  After listening to the book, children created their own coconut trees, their own books, and some bracelets and necklaces.  You can view more photos on our Facebook page.chicka 4 chicka 3 chicka 2 chicka 1.

Cinderella and a Princess Party

Eleven princesses from Valley met with Cinderella at the library on June 14.  Cinderella read them a story, played “Princess, Princess, Frog,” and taught them tea party manners.  Thank you Cinderella for taking a break from your royal duties to visit us.  You can view more Cinderella 1 Cinderella 2 Cinderella 3pictures on our Facebook page.

Our First Whiz Kid Wednesday

Donna (whose clown name is “Rainbow Trout”) came to the library on June 8 to teach us balloon twisting.  She taught us how to twist a bumblebee, a sword, a flower and a hat.  Some  kids got very creative!  The library presented this in partnership with the Twin Rivers YMCA Summer Camp.  You can see more pictures on our Facebook page.balloon 4 balloon 3 balloon 2 balloon 1

Enter to win a $529 scholarship!


Children and teens, ages 3-18, can have their names entered into a drawing for a $529 scholarship. Fifteen names will be drawn, five each from our three Congressional Districts.  In order to be included in the drawing, children and teens need to complete their library’s summer reading program, as determined by each individual public library.  Additionally, each winner’s home library will receive $250.