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 email@example.com 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.
As the Oley Library is closed this week (sniff…sniff) I have been able to pause and reflect on how much fun we have had so far in just three short weeks! We have picked strawberries, played with dirt, painted with mud, danced like dinosaurs, explored pre-historic creatures, had Lazy Lego mornings, and even exercised on the track! I have met new Oley families, welcomed back old friends, shared new books, introduced readers to my favorites from my childhood, stamped and stamped and stamped due dates on hundreds of books this month all carried home with excitement. I love watching a three year old try SO hard to lift that gigantic book onto my desk to check out! (Why do the smallest readers pick the biggest books? Is it because maybe the bigger books promise bigger adventures? )
As exciting as June was, July is shaping to be even better (despite our one week closure!) Storytimes will bring us flowers, vegetables, underground animals, worms, rocks, and buried treasures. July is the month of the guest star readers! We will have Oley teachers, farmers, gardeners, and even our own Oley rockstar! In our Underground Explorers club we will learn the parts of a flower, learn how vegetables grow, have a taste test of vegetables you might not have had before (how do you pronounce Jicama?), worm races, and more.
For teens in July we will be hosting the Yocum Institute of the Arts in an Improv Workshop on July 10th at the Fair Centre in Oley.
Please click on the Summer Reading tab above for our complete list of events and programs. We have lots going on! And starting this month we will be giving raffle tickets to every person who attends ANY of our programs in July and August! The more programs you attend the better your chances of winning any of our grand prizes: A giant Lego set of your choosing (valued at $115), a Julie American Girl Doll and Book, 4 tickets to a Yocum Institute show, and 2 Nook HD Tablets!! Increase your chances by participating in our Reading Challenge! Reading Challenge sheets can be printed off from the Summer Reading Tab above. Lots of way to win our grand prizes. Let’s make July and August our biggest months yet!!
Can’t wait to reopen on July 8th at 10am! We hope to see everyone out next week to welcome us back! Until then have a very Happy 4th of July!
Summer is here (unofficially) and we are already digging into our annual Summer Reading Program. Last week we started at the Prout’s Strawberry Festival. I have to say that if you missed it, then you missed out! What a great local event and the library was so pleased to be a part of it. We spent the day talking to families about reading and face painting and enjoying the local strawberries and live music. Super fun!
Then we kicked off our Summer Storytime series with a group of fantastic kids and talked all about construction vehicles that love to DIG. We even created our own construction site complete with real dirt! I think the kids were so excited to be playing with dirt in a library!!!
Whew! And that was just week one. Click on our Summer Reading tab above to view our complete list of events happening this summer at the library. We have a lot of exciting and FREE things for you to explore for kids, teens, and even adults.
If you are having trouble getting your kids to read this summer then perhaps the chance of winning some great prizes will motivate them. We have four grand prizes to choose from this year: a LEGO set valued at $115, An American Girl Doll and Book, 4 tickets to a future Yocum Institute show, and a Nook HD Tablet. We have TWO Nook HD Tablets to give away this summer! One for ages Birth-12 years old and for the first time one just for teens ages 13-18 years old. Come into the library to pick up your Summer Reading Game Boards today and get your kids reading!
Get your tickets for the Fightin Phils Summer Reading Kickoff at the Oley Valley Library. We only have 84 tickets to sell. The more we sell the more money we will raise for the library!
Hurry in and get your tickets, then meet us at the Ballpark for a fabulous day of baseball and fun! Go Fightin Phils!!
I hope you are enjoying the Spring finally, ACHOO! No seriously at least the sun is shining, I have packed away my mittens and scarves, and gotten outside in my garden. May is also a time to start spring cleaning and organizing. So while you are deciding what stays and what goes I hope you will take a moment and see if you have any Children’s books that may need a new home. May 13- May 19th is Children’s Book Week and we are celebrating by looking for some new or gently used children’s or teen books. Please bring them to the Oley Valley Library this month. If you would like to purchase new books for our library in honor or in memory of someone visit our Amazon Wish List: Books will be used for Summer Reading incentives from June 10- August 17.
For more information on Children’s Book Week visit http://www.bookweekonline.com
Spring has officially arrived in Oley. Although you would not know it from the snow and cold winds still blowing around. If you visit our little library though you will walk into a sunshine yellow room and instantly be warmed up. (And no, I can’t control the heating in the building so sorry if it’s too warm!)
I am already thinking past Spring into Summer, busy planning our 2nd annual Summer Reading Program. Our theme this year is “Dig Into Reading,” or for teens “Beneath the Surface.” We are in search of many things to make this summer spectacular: guest readers for storytime, buddy readers for elementary school students, speakers for teens and adults. The topics we will be covering this summer are digging machines, dirt, animals that live underground, worms, gardening, vegetables, and then on to digging for dinosaur bones, pirate treasure, and ancient egyptian tombs! Do you have knowledge or skills in any of these areas? Would you be willing to help make our Summer Reading Program stupendous? Contact the library today and let me know how you would like to help out!!
Carin, your librarian