The program at the Feb. 21 Woman’s Club meeting will focus on tablet computers and readers, including IPads, Kindles, Nooks, and others. More and more people are using these devices as readers and for email and general internet access. Sometime in the not-too-distant future, Val Library hopes to offer digital materials to patrons, and this is a good chance to see how to download and use them. We hope there’s a good turnout for this event.
At yesterday’s regular bi-monthly meeting, the Board amended Library Policies to allow waivers of the card fee for non-village residents. The Board then passed a motion to waive that $20 household fee for the entire year of 2013.
Why the change? We’re about to begin a drive to increase use of the library by both Village residents and those who live in the surrounding area. Plans are afoot to interview patrons, survey non-patrons, and launch a variety of new or increased programs and activities.
Our thanks to South Sioux City library for providing inspiration and ideas via their NCompass Live webinar, “Turning Your Library Around,” which the Board watched and discussed after the meeting.
We could increase the size of our collection a lot if we added e-books and downloadable audio books. But would Val patrons check them out?
How about letting us know, by responding to this post, or sending email, or by phone, or in person at the library. Now that we are part of the Pioneer Consortium, setting up to offer e-materials will be possible for us — IF there’s enough demand.
So please, let us know if you would like access to e-books through the Val Library.
Art from the Dream Rocket project, from various states and from other countries, is on display through December at Harry’s Restaurant, the Val Tavern, Shanahan’s, the Oak Creek Valley Bank, and, of course, the Valparaiso Library. The variety is wonderful — paintings, collages, and many different kinds of textile art, some by individuals and a lot by groups like scout troops and school classes. Please come see the art and read about the artists and the Dream Rocket project.
We can participate in the Dream Rocket project, too — if YOU will help by bringing us your art. If you will, we can send an exhibit of our own on tour around the U.S. as part of the Dream Rocket project, representing the Valparaiso area. Individuals and groups can participate. Contact the library for details.
Valparaiso Public Library has arranged for local area artists of all ages to participate in the Dream Rocket project. The DEADLINE for submitting works to Valparaiso Public Library is May 1, 2012. Anyone who lives in the Raymond Central or St. John’s school districts or nearby areas is eligible to participate. If you’ve any doubt, call and ask — you’re most likely to get a “yes.” Entry forms are available at the schools and at the Library.
Between June 2012 and April 2014, the Dream Rocket project will display the art we submit in shows all around the United States. In May and June 2014, the art will be on display at the Space Museum in Huntsville, Alabama, in a gigantic wrap around the Saturn Rocket.
Normally there’s a submission fee to help defray the multiple shipping costs for all the shows the art appears in, but we’ve reserved space for 30 panels, each 2 ft x 2 ft, with no submission cost. However, we MUST submit either 15 or 30 filled panels to qualify for the free entries. HELP US FILL ALL 30 PANELS WITH YOUR DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE.
That’s the only catch. Your art has to express your BIG DREAM — What do you want your future to be like? What do you want our world to be like? You also have to name the THEME of your dream and the art you create to express it. Is the dream about Health? Your Community? Family? Work? Conservation? Science? Technology? Nature? Education? Outer Space? Peace? Freedom? Equality?
Each panel can include work by one or several or many artists. The works that fill a panel can be the same or different sizes, too — they just have to all fit on it. We’ll organize the works so that the art on any single panel centers around the same big theme — but the dreams the art works express and the media they use may be very different. The works can be in almost any media — we just have to be able to attach them safely and securely to the foam panels. Drawings, paintings, collages, fabric arts, all sorts of media will work.
So start dreaming and creating — and let us send your art on tour as part of the Dream Rocket project.