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
The sun is shining a little longer here at the Oley Library. I am grateful for this of course because this old building at night gives me the shivers! Patrons have teased me of an old Oley Librarian ghost in the building. If I’m going to have a ghost though, I’m glad it’s a librarian!
I am looking forward to Spring and what it will bring. Click on “March Events” below for a selection of what the Oley Library is bringing to the Valley. We hope to see you here soon at one of our events or programs!
Welcome to our new and improved but hopefully temporary website! We have had many complaints that our website is full of outdated and just plain incorrect information. And well, we are a library and that is unacceptable. Since we don’t have control of that website we are making a new one for now. I say for now because we are hoping that in the next six months you will see the Oley Valley Library listed on the Berks County Library page as an official and recognized library!! Cross your fingers, your toes, knock on wood, wear your pajamas inside out (wait, that’s for snow right?) Whatever you need to do to bring us some good luck, DO IT! This next step is a big one and I think it will give us the momentum we need to get this community the library it deserves.
For now I hope you enjoy this little place online where you can find up to date information about our little library. I will also be rambling on here from time to time about cool stuff I see and hear in Room 208. Please feel free to post comments and share with your fellow Oley Valley peeps.