Tuesday October 14, 2014 (Oley, PA): The Consistory of Friedens UCC Church voted unanimously to house the Oley Valley Public Library in space that started as the church’s first Sunday school. “Opening church doors to the community is a part of our mission” states Karen Shearer, Consistory President. “A public library is an important addition to the Valley.”
“We are delighted with the new space” smiled Helen Clogston, OVCL Board President. “The charming lower level space offers direct, easy patron access. The Library will be able to expand service hours and bandwidth to serve the digital needs of our community.”
The Oley Valley Community Library closed its doors at the Oley Valley School District Administration building mid-August as the District determines the future of the 1929 building. “School district support was critical in starting a library three years ago. We truly appreciate the District’s generosity.” said Clogston.
Library and Church staffs have been discussing options for several months. A final decision, however, was not possible until the congregation was able to learn more about the possible alliance. “Educating our parishioners is critical to success.” stated Shearer “We all learned a lot about the value of a modern library”.
There is much work to complete before announcing an opening date. “To state the obvious, sooner is better” said Clogston, “but we also want to prepare the space correctly.”
Contacts: Helen Clogston 610-987-3016
Karen Shearer 610-921-2896
Although the Oley Library is closed to patrons, there still is a LOT going on behind the scenes and we need your help! Below are a list of dates that we are requesting volunteers. To sign up for any of these dates please click the links below:
September 18,19, and 20th 9am-10pm: Oley Fair Booth volunteers needed to stand at our Library Booth display
September 22 2pm-5pm: Emptying the Book Sale books off the truck and back into the Fairgrounds building.
September 24 and 25 2pm-8pm both days: Moving boxes and furniture from Room 208 in the Admin Building onto the truck
October 11 and 12 9am-5pm both days: Apple Fest Book sale volunteers needed.
We are now officially closed at Room 208 in the Oley Valley School District Administration Building. It was a great three years and we thank the Oley School District for this amazing opportunity to start this little library. Their support can never be thanked enough.
So now begins the FUN part! Organizing and packing up over 6,000 books and DVD’s to be moved to our new location down Main Street. (Sorry! We still have to keep that part a secret!) If you are interested in helping out with the moving process please email us at OVCLibrary@gmail.com and we will add you to our volunteer list. We will be starting the packing process the week of August 25th and the actual move out of Room 208 will be the week of September 22.
I want to thank ALL of our loyal patrons for all your support these past three years. Our story is NOT over yet so please stay tuned for future news about the new Oley Library location!!
Summer Programs for Kids
June 16th-August 15th
- Tuesdays 10:30am Discover Zone (for ages 2-7) Your little ones will be discovering the world around them through stories, activities and crafts in this hands on exploratory program. No registration required. All are welcome! (NO PROGRAM ON JULY 1st)
- Wednesdays 10:30am Mad Scientists Club (for ages 7-12) For the older elementary students we will be spending the summer investigating the world of science through books, experiments, and many hands on activities. Registration Required. Email or stop by the library. (NO PROGRAM ON JULY 2nd)
- Thursday Mornings 10:30am Writers Workshop (for ages 7-12) Learn how to write and illustrate your own book and have it bound at the end of the summer! Registration required. Limited Space available! Email or stop by the library. (Dates for this program: June 19,26 July 17, 24, 31 August 7, 14)
2014 SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
How many minutes can we read this summer?
- Register each child for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge at http://www.scholastic.com/summer
- Access reading lists, activities, reading logs, and lots of helpful information to get started. There is even an app to help you track your minutes!
- Encourage your child to read for 20 minutes a day this summer and avoid the “summer slide!”
- Come to any of our programs and that will count as 20 minutes
- Print out your reading log minutes and bring them to the library each week.
- Vote for the wacky stunt you want to see our Librarian Ms. Carin do at the end of the summer!
- If we can read 20,000 minutes this summer she will do whatever gets the highest votes!! (Email suggestions on what you think she should have to do!)
In a virtual photo-finish, the library referendum fell by 19 votes in the Oley township polls May 20. While this is not the preferred outcome for a public library, the OVCL Board of Directors truly appreciates the democratic process. It is encouraging to see record number of voters exercise the right to shape the future of the township.
It is encouraging that half of the voters support a public space and shared resources. Half of the township understands that there is a void in our community that cannot be served by the anonymous internet. Unfortunately, this half is not celebrating today.
The Board will meet to discuss the future of our existing resources. Meanwhile, the staff and volunteers of the library are working to create a dynamic summer of fun for all ages. Thanks to all who support public service and modern libraries.
On May 20, 2014 the township of Oley will be asked to vote on a referendum to provide funding for a community library in the township of Oley. Voters will be asked to approve an increase of .09051828% millage to their Oley Township Real Estate Tax bill.
The cost would be approximately $9 per $100,000 of real estate owned, based on the appraised value.
Why a referendum? A referendum is needed to levy a tax on the community that will fund a public library. One of the requirements in order for the library to receive affiliate status in the Berks County Library System is to receive township support of $5 per capita.
How Does Our Community Benefit from a Library?
- As part of the Berks County Library System, our community will benefit from the shared resources of all of the libraries in the county.
- Making an investment at the local level will allow us, as a community, to reclaim county and state tax dollars that are being given to other libraries.
- Community members can borrow not only print items but also digital items
- A community library provides programming that is unique to the community that they serve and will hear and work to provide programming on topics that you request.
- Provide services to all ages from birth to adult (Examples: computer access, a meeting space for groups and school projects, etc)
The Oley Valley Library would appreciate your support by voting YES on May 20, 2014 to support the referendum. We are providing the following opportunities to meet with us in person to discuss your concerns and hear the ways we can serve you better.
April 29 from 2pm-7pm
It is with regret to inform you that the 2013 Oley House Tour was cancelled for this year. There were many factors to this decision and we hope that next year we can bring it back to the Valley. We DO have some great programs to offer the Oley Valley this December to get everyone in the Holiday Spirit! Please take a look at what we have to offer and consider joining us one evening here at the Library:
Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00 PM: We will be making ornaments using recycled book paper. Other ideas will also be presented to easily recreate at home. Come find out how to make some inexpensive gifts for the holidays! Registration preferred at firstname.lastname@example.org Geared for adults but teens are welcome to come as well!
Tuesday, December 10th at 6:00 PM: Candyland at the Oley Library: Walk through the world of Candyland! Play some sweet games and make delicious crafts with the whole family! For ages 3-12 with at least one adult.
Tuesday, December 17th at 6:00 PM: Gingerbread House Challenge: Which family or group can make the best Gingerbread House? Are you up to the challenge? Open to all ages, gather up a team and compete in our first Gingerbread House Challenge! A $5.00 fee is required to enter challenge. Pay and register in advance at the library!
Lots of fun happening in December at your library! We will also be having our annual Adopt a Book during the month of December. Buy a brand new book in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone special. It makes the perfect gift for that hard person to buy for!
This Monday, the Oley Valley Community Library will be hosting a very special author visit for children. The author of The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets will stop by to sign her book, talk about being a kid author, and maybe give us a sneak peek at her new book?! Check out her website at http://www.StanleyAndKatrina.com
As an extra incentive we will be giving away some tickets to go see the Miller Center production of Bunnicula. For more information: http://www.racc.edu/MillerCenter/events/e-bunnicula.aspx
The author event will begin at 11am on Monday, October 14th. And in case you forgot – the Oley Valley School District has an in-service that day!
We are one week away from the Oley Valley Community Fair! We are once again offering storytimes for the little ones on Thursday, September 19th and Friday, September 20th at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30am with Ms. Parry. Our booth will also be up all weekend so please come and find us. If you show your Library Card you can enter to win a prize! The Oley Valley Community Fair is a such a fantastic time honored tradition in our area and we are so glad to continue to be a part of it.
After the Fair we will be kicking off our Fall programs so please take a look at all we have to offer in the next couple of months. If you click on the “Fall 2013″ link above it will open up a PDF document of our Fall Programs. We have a LOT going on! Star Wars, author events, Native American Storytelling, a huge Dinosaur and Paleontologist visit, Family Game Day, and much, much more. So please take a look and don’t miss out.
We will also be out and about in the community so always keep an eye out for us. We will be at the Oley Elementary Carnival, the Halloween/Homecoming Parade and Zackon Run, and the Middle School Flea Market again this Winter.
Our annual Book Sale is coming this August during the Oley Fire Company Peach and Ice Cream Festival. Books, Peaches, and Ice Cream…what a combination! The sale will be open from 9am-9pm at the Fairgrounds. The Peach Festival begins at 2pm. We have books for adults, kids, and teens. Our $5 bag sale will be the following morning, Sunday August 11th from 9-12.
This year we will have activities for kids from 12-5 featuring two storytimes at 1pm and 3pm.
Click the link above for our flyer!
We are still accepting donations for this event so please drop your books off at the library or contact us to set up a time to drop them off at our Book Sale location.