Programs & Services

The Valparaiso Library is not just about Books.  While you can always find a good read in our almost 8,000 book collection, we have more to offer.  From birth to 100, there is something here for you and it is our goal to keep adding new activities, events and services to best serve the Valparaiso and beyond community.  Check out what’s here for you! 

How the library is arranged:

The main floor of the library is home to adult and young adult books and movies.  The main floor is divided into sections to assist patrons in finding just what they are looking for.  A separate room is home to our young adult collection, which is referenced as YA.  Here you will find Young Adult (YA) fiction, non-fiction, biographies, poetry, books in a series and more.  Also on the main floor, you will find adult fiction, non-fiction, romance, western, Nebraska collections, Large print, movies, poetry, heritage and more.

The kids book mine in located underground in the basement.  Here you will find book and movie treasures for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary children.  The books are divided into board books (for the youngest adventure seekers), fiction, non-fiction, chapter books and leveled readers 1-4.  Fiction books are on the shelf in alphabetical order according to the author’s last name.  Non-fiction books are arranged by call number based on topic.  Kids under 5 are welcome to explore the book mine with an adult or responsible sibling.  Grab a book and find a cozy spot to dig into your reading adventure.

Birth to 3:

Visit our  Toddler section downstairs in the kids book mine.  Find a pillow or toddler size seat and grab a durable board book to begin your book adventure.  We will be adding to this collection with durable vinyl books, as well as educational toys that encourage language and social skills that promote pre-reading skills!  Parents and Caregivers are encouraged to sit down and enjoy a book with their little one.  Be sure to watch the website and Facebook for special events and activities for parents, caregivers and their young children.

3-Elementary Age:

Take a trip downstairs and visit the kids book mine.   Here you can explore and discover a new adventure through movies and books suited for this age group.  G and PG rated Movies on DVD and Blu-Ray are available in this section of the library, as well as fiction and non-fiction books.  Kids are encouraged to find a good read in their area of interest.  Parents are encouraged to guide their child in finding books at their reading level and challenge them to keep striving for the next level.   Leveled readers are available and placed in baskets according to progressive reading levels Pre-K through level 4.   Early chapter books are also available in this area of the library.  Parents are encouraged to support their child in learning how to use the library and materials in respectful and appropriate ways.  Be sure to follow our Facebook page and website to learn about special events and activities planned for this age group, like the summer reading program.

Middle School – High School:

Readers in this age group are invited to explore the Young Adult Room on the main level of the library.  Many series are available in this area of the library to keep middle schoolers moving from one book to the next.  Young adults may also enjoy a book from the general non-fiction and fiction sections in the library, which are located on the main level.  Special events and activities will be coming up on the calendar to encourage middle school & high school students to stop by the library.

18 – 100 years:

Books:  Fiction & Non-fiction books are available in the library on the main floor.  Also check out westerns, romance and history books.

Large print books, as well as, audio books are available for checkout at the library.

E-books and digital audio books are available for FREE through OVERDRIVE (click the link on the right to explore).

Resources for All ages:

Computer Services:  Laptop computers are available at the front desk for use in the library.  All computers are connected to WIFI and printers.  Printing is available for a minimal charge, as well as faxing and copying.

Local Newspapers are available to read at the library.  Catch up on your local sports teams and stay current on community events.

For those interested in local history and genealogy, we have local newspapers and a heritage collection of memoirs and other items by local authors and fiction and nonfiction by Nebraska writers or about Nebraska and the region.

A “swap” rack  is located just inside the library foyer and is accessible 24/7, even when the library is closed.  This is a special rack of books that are left by community members so that other community members can take a book home.  This is a constantly changing book shelf of paperbacks.  Take one/ Leave one is about community supporting community.

The Library Drop Box is located on the corner of W 2nd and Pine streets, just outside the library.  You may return books and library correspondence here when the library is not open or when you are too busy to come inside.

Reference Help is available, of course. ASK THE LIBRARIAN — in person or by phone or email (see the “CONTACT US” page) — and we’ll do our best to locate the information and items you’re looking for.

The Library “Panning for Gold” section offers books and other items that are no longer in the library’s inventory.  Here you will find hidden treasures that have been deleted from our inventory so we can make room for new titles.  All the books and materials in this section are available for anyone to add to their home collection.  Free will donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.  ALL DONATIONS go directly back to YOUR Valparaiso library.

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