We are Hiring!

The Spring Valley Public Library is seeking applicants for a part-time library assistant. This person will be responsible for circulation, assisting patrons with materials,  technology, shelving books, cleaning and other library tasks as needed. 

Candidates should have strong computer skills, be detailed-oriented, be able to work cooperatively and independently, and possess excellent communication and customer service skills. High school diploma or equivalent is required. 

Schedule will include one day a week, up to two Saturdays a month, two to three hours a week for cleaning when library is closed and additional hours when a sub is needed.

To apply, pick up an application at the Spring Valley City Hall or online at www.springvalley.govoffice.com. Please send completed application and resume to the Spring Valley Public Library, attn: Director, 121 West Jefferson St, Spring Valley, MN 55975, or email a PDF to sv_dir@selco.info.

Application deadline is July 8.

Library Board Meeting Change

NOTICE OF SPRING VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

NOTICE is hereby given that the Spring Valley Public Library Board of Trustees has changed its June meeting to Thursday, June 13, 2024 @ 6 pm. The meeting is being held in the large conference room at the library.

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Joel Huebner, SV Public Library Board President

Hello From the Library!

We have some exciting events coming up over the next few months and we would love to have you join us at the library! 

Because our library hosted the “Testify: Americana from Slavery to Today” exhibit at our library during April, we have the opportunity to also offer a program by Nancy Vaillancourt, the library director in Blooming Prairie. She has done extensive research and written books about the KKK in Minnesota. She will be presenting her program, “Hooded History: The Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Minnesota,” on Tuesday, May 21, at 6 pm in the conference room.

We are continuing our author series into May as we welcome Michael Hall, a children’s book author and illustrator, to the library on Thursday, May 9, at 7 pm. A few of his bestsellers are “My Heart Is Like a Zoo,” as well as the critically acclaimed “Perfect Square,” “It’s an Orange Aardvark,” “Red: A Crayon’s Story” and “Frankencrayon.” Before becoming a children’s author, he was an award-winning graphic designer whose work has been widely recognized for its simple and engaging approach. We hope you will join us to hear how he weaves his stories and creates his unique illustrations.

The Summer Reading Program this year will follow the theme “Adventure Begins at Your Library.” Registration will begin the week of June 3 and the program will run through July 26. As always, there will be weekly activities and programs – fun for all ages! The summer programs will be held at 1:30 pm at the library and will include musician Will Bjorndal on June 5; storyteller Chad Lewis talking about Minnesota legends on June 12; Eagle Bluff with their raptors on June 26; magician Jim Jays on July 10; and Tales by Terry on July 17. We will not have a program June 19 due to the Juneteenth Holiday or the week of the Fourth of July. However, there will be many activities going on in the library those weeks as well. Bring your children in for seek-and-find activities; guessing games; puzzles; activity sheets and more!

Sarah Hansen, president of our Friends of the Spring Valley Public Library, is holding a Beginner Organic Gardening class on Saturdays, May 4 & May 11, from 1 to 3 pm in the library conference room. The class costs $25 (includes both sessions) and will give participants the basics of plant biology in simple terms. The class will discuss how to prepare growing places and how to choose the best garden. Upon completion of this class, you’ll have a list of possible produce to grow tailored to your own particular space and to the amount of time you want to devote to your garden. Register for the class by calling or stopping into the library. 

Sarah will host a second class, “Preserving the Harvest,” on Saturdays, June 1 & 8, also from 1 to 3 pm in the conference room. This beginner’s class covers topics of cold storage, freezing, dehydrating, and canning. Upon completion of this class you will understand how to safely store food in a variety of ways; be able to choose a food preservation method fitting the food type and intended use; know how to choose a dehydrator, blancher, canner, and other tools for food preservation; and have a list of food items you can begin preserving right away. This class is also $25 for the two sessions and one can register at the library.

The Library Board of Trustees has a vacant seat on its board. This seat is for a rural candidate, living outside city limits but within the Kingsland School District. If you are interested, have questions about the position or would like to discuss the responsibilities, please email svlibraryboard@gmail.com for further details.

Please follow our Facebook page, “Spring Valley Public Library,” and the Facebook page of our friends group, “Friends of the Spring Valley Public Library” to keep current on upcoming events and announcements. 

We are open Monday and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 noon to 7 p.m. We are also open the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.