Summer Reading Program SUCCESS!

I wanted to share with you some of the successes of this year’s summer reading program, Reading Colors Your World! A BIG thank you to Jeanette, Jenni L., and Chelsey for all their hard work on the program and it’s delivery. While this year was different in style from our traditional program due to the lingering (and possible continuing) effects of the pandemic, it was a GREAT summer with WONDERFUL children and their adults. Each child chose a FREE book thank you to generous funding from the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation (SVACF.) We handed out weekly grab-and-go bags (approximately 110 bags a week for each of 6 weeks!) with crafts and activities while still offering many on-site things to do. Our I-spy window and picture search were huge hits as well as the guessing jar and coloring wall. Checking out new books each week and also taking part in a pop up game outside kept lots of kids happy and coming back. Chesley did a fantastic job with our FB Live story times! She certainly brought about many giggles with her story reading skills.

And our Story strolls? AMAZING success. These new books were also funded by the SVACF and we had so many families walk through our lawn to read them. We will be posting them in Wykoff periodically now so they can enjoy them right in their community. We hope to get some more going before too long. In addition to the children and families, we had many individual adults and non-patrons also walking through and reading them which really showed me how great these story strolls are for our community. They are for everyone. Prize bags are being handed out to those who simply turned in a reading log. These were filled with an assortment of goodies and fun trinkets to reward their hard work. Thank you to The Pizza Place, Casey’s and SVACF for contributing incentives for the kids to enjoy!

I also want to share with you that the library is doing a STORYTIME during Ag Days! We will be at the J.T. Synder Pavillion beginning at 5:00 pm on Saturday, August 21st to read some stories. Each child who attends will get to take home a free book paid for by the SVACF. Feel free to have your child come in their PJ’s or bring a favorite stuffed animal to listen with them.

Lastly, I hope you keep coming in and checking out books and telling us how you are doing! We have gotten really used to hearing about your adventures. We met some new friends this summer and we were so excited to see many of our regulars back again!

We are looking at some fun ideas for ADULT programs for the fall-stay tuned!

Jenny Simon, Director

Take a look at some pictures from our summer program~!

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Library Closed on July 5th, 2021

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Reading Colors Your World!

We hope you are ready for a few weeks of library fun! Thanks to the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation all kids will be receiving a couple free books and will have a NEW story stroll in the front lawn to read each week. This week is “Outside, Inside” by LeUyen Pham. It’s a terrific book that talks about what has happened this last year and how we pulled through and are moving forward. We hope to see you at the library to take part in the MANY activities we have available. Stop in any day of the week EACH week to participate!

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Reading Colors Your World Starts MONDAY!

The summer reading program begins Monday! Stop in and sign up and get your first Fun-to-go-Kit as well as take part in MANY other activities! You can also pick out a FREE book that is paid for by the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation. You can come anytime during the week to take part and pick up materials. We are looking forward to 6 weeks of FUN!

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MN State Parks Library Pass

Free 7-Day MN State Park Pass! Yep, you read that right!

After a competitive application process, the Spring Valley Public Library was selected as one of 67 libraries out of 143 applicants to be part of a new MN State Parks Program! We were selected based on specific criteria that included being located in a county where the median annual household income is less than $58,000, or where more than 40% of residents are enrolled in free and reduced price lunch. We have (1) MN State Park Pass available for “checkout” for a 7 day window. You must be a resident of Fillmore County and you must come to the library to obtain the pass. It is offered on a first come, first serve basis. There will be no pre-holds or reservations. The pass must be displayed in the front windshield of your vehicle with the proper documentation from our library. It expires 7 days from the day you check it out. This is a GREAT way to explore our local State Parks such as Forestville/Mystery Cave and Lake Louise. However, you may use it at ANY MN State Park! If you have questions please call the library at 507-346-2100. We hope you are as excited as we are!

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