Microscope Update

Our microscope kits are circulating. A brief orientation will prepare you to make the most of your time with the microscope.


One of the things we could see in a sample of water from Lawrence Youngman Lake.

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CoDee has been through orientation and is ready to take a kit home.

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This is from one of our prepared slides. (intestine)

Look for some additions to our science station and the kits in the future. Coming soon, an adapter will allow for phone photos of your specimens.

These examples were taken in the library with an iPhone.

This project was supported in part by state aid funding appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature, granted and administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

Congratulations, Gary Brown!

NLA award 2016Gary Brown was selected by the Nebraska Library Association as one of 6 outstanding library volunteers! He was recognized today at the NLA Advocacy Day luncheon, and Senator Beau McCoy presented him with an award.

Gary donated the microscopes for our science station and has devoted many hours to maintaining them and offering microscope-related programs. He was the inspiration for the microscope kits we now have available for checkout. (See related post.)

We are grateful for our many dedicated volunteers, and it is exciting when others realize the value of the work they do!

Microscope Kits

Microscope kitOur microscope kits are ready for checkout! We have 2 kits that may be checked out by library patrons over 18 who are in good standing and have a current ID. Please note, parents will need to check out kits for children under 18. We will be scheduling several brief orientation sessions. Please sign up for one that fits your schedule.

The kits contain a compound microscope, prepared slides, blank slides and coverslips, a petri dish and a pipette – all packed neatly in a zippered carrying case. Many thanks to Gary Brown for inspiring this project and for the many hours he has devoted to preparation. This project is supported in part by state aid funding appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature, granted and administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

We also have a small but growing collection of books related to microscopes. Let us know if you have questions!


Nature up close

lidocaineGary Brown has loaned this stunning photo of a lidocaine (anesthetic) crystal under magnification. The artist is Carol Roullard. The photo is currently on display at the science station.

Sesquicentennial Photos

You may have seen Officer Kurt Muhle just about everywhere during Valley’s sesquicentennial celebration August 15 – 17, and if so you are probably aware that he was taking pictures. He has made these photos available at the library – free of charge and free of any copyright restrictions. You are welcome to look through them on one of the library computers and copy those you want to have to your own digital storage.

Valley’s Depot Remembered

depot model2Alan Badour has recently completed a replica of the historic Union Pacific depot in Valley. The building was a local landmark from 1889 until its demolition in 1980. Residents who remember the building will be impressed with the accuracy of detail in the model.

The display case, made to specification just for the project, was donated by Friends of the Library.

It’s here!

book coverValley, Nebraska Sesquicentennial: 1864 – 2014 is now available at the library for $24. This book updates the volume that was published in recognition of the city’s centennial. Introductory material summarizes Valley’s long history, with emphasis on events of the last 50 years. A section of the book is devoted to civic and community institutions and facilities, followed by histories of Valley businesses. A collage of vintage ads from the centennial book brings a touch of nostalgia, but the many color photos make it a decidedly contemporary publication. Members of the book committee include Tom Batten, Claire Bushong, Patricia Clausen, Lorrie Denker, Linda George, Pat Kojdecki, Ben Schnatz, and Cj Wilson. The book was published by Arnold Fencl of Publication Printing.

Important note: If you purchased your book before July 9, please stop by the library to pick up an insert to be affixed to the inside cover of the book!