A message from our director:
A grand time was had by all at the Eclipse Viewing Party at Grand Valley Public Library on Monday August 21, 2017. Over 350 community residents came out to enjoy the games, food, and fun at the library. Library staffer, Melissa Johnson worked through NASA to obtain a grant to get the 1,000 solar viewing glasses. “We started to give some away before the event and then realized- when we had given out over 600 – that we better stop or we would not have any left when people arrived for the Solar Eclipse Party,” Johnson said.
The GVPL Friends of the Library hosted a small book sale on the front porch of the library, and people were excited about an extra opportunity to be able to get books for a donation.
Conversation Station arrived with the popcorn machine and the snow cone machine. They provided all the materials to make the goodies and the workers to get the job done. Pat Hunter said they made over 350 snow cones and I am not sure how many bags of popcorn were consumed.
Grandma Duck, AKA Trudy Olah, arrived with 2 very friendly ducks for the children and adults to enjoy.
Jeannette Gage, Fiscal Officer, suffered through searing heat cooking up hundreds of hotdogs for attendees. Jeannie also helps all the time with shopping and making sure we had all the necessary condiments.
A special treat was provided by Mr. Sonny Williams with his solar ready telescope. He has a special filter on the telescope so everyone could see the eclipse close up.
GVPL Board Members volunteered to help the children with a Moon Dust project created with colored sand. Staff members helped students’ select free books and paint stars with glow-in-the-dark yellow paint. Large outdoor games of tic-tac-toe, big dominos, connect four, and the large block Jenga games were enjoyed by all.
The Board, the staff, the Friends of the Library and I want to extend our thanks to the whole community for making this a successful, exciting, and fun event – and the largest one for GVPL in our 114 year history!
Come to Grand Valley Public Library on Wed. July 26th for a Poké -Hunt Party.
Find the Pokémon hidden in the library just like the Pokémon Go app — only better!
The Fun runs from 11a.m – 4 p.m.
PRIZES and Food will be provided
If you need more info, give Melissa a call at 437-6545
We will be closed Tuesday, July 4th in order to observe Independence Day. Two-hundred and forty-one years ago the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4th, 1776 and, as Woodrow Wilson said, “The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.”
We hope that you enjoy the day and look forward to seeing you Wednesday the 5th.
In order to observe Memorial Day we will be closed Monday, May 29 2017. Please take some time on Memorial Day to remember those who died while serving in our country’s armed forces.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
It’s time for another game day!!
Melissa, our YA and teen services librarian, will be hosting a no-school edition of the popular event on Friday, Jan. 13th.
We’ll pull out all the laptops, and the kindles and even the snacks.
If you have a gaming system, you’re welcome to bring it if you wish. We can play it on the big screen.
The fun runs from 11-4 and it’s open for those in grades 5 thru 12.
if you need any additional info, give Melissa a call or stop in at the library.