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Read for a chance to win prizes!
Join the Hot Reads for Cold Nights Adult Winter Reading Program!
Read, attend programs, and enjoy what the library has to offer. Pick up your reading log at the library and start reading. Each day that you read 15 minutes or more, mark your reading log. For every 10 days you read 15 minutes or more, you earn an entry into our prize drawing.
Win prizes like: $20 Gift Certificates, Travel Blanket, Chocolate-Filled Mug
Also, attend the following events during Winter Reading and earn an extra entry for each!
–Pushing the Limits Book Discussions – January 26 & February 23 at 6:30 pm
–Book Tasting– January 31 at 6:30 pm
–Who on earth is Kevin Kling?– February 9 at 6:30 pm
–Hot Drinks for Cold Nights– February 16 at 6:30 pm
Looking to have some fun with your children this holiday season?
This year marks the 4th annual Festive Family Fun event at the Orange City Public Library. On Saturday, December 17 from 9:00am – 12:00pm there will be homemade cocoa and cookies, along with many different activities. Last year the event drew over 225 people to the library. Parents are invited to join in on the fun and accompany their children of all ages. The festivities begin at 9:00am with a guided craft time. Later on a short story time will be followed up with a cookie craft/snack. All day long there will be an “Elf on the Shelf” scavenger hunt and winter crafts around the library for you and your children to put together. The morning concludes with a delightful performance at 11:00 with Pockets Full of Fun: Lisa Laird! Don’t forget to enter the candy guessing games and book drawings! Also, be sure to check out the handmade ornaments on our Christmas tree.
Get out of the cold and enjoy a festive time with the whole family.
Come for a while or stay all day!
Tired of that old electronic equipment piling up? The cities of Orange City and Alton are co-sponsoring a free e-recycling program that will accept computer monitors, CPU’s, keyboards, printers and mouse(s), smaller batteries, and TVs. Sorry, car batteries and light bulbs are not allowed.
Where to Drop Off: Orange City Street Dept. (809 Concord Place S.E.)
When to Drop Off: Friday, October 28th, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday, October 29th, from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
the City of Orange City and the City of Alton
Over the course of the past two years, the Orange City Library has been working on improving our services to better involve the Hispanic residents with the library and the community. Since the inception of the English program in the summer of 2014, 46 different Orange City residents have improved their English language skills by being involved. For Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), some of the English students agreed to be interviewed. Throughout the month there will be posters around the library featuring these students, and more may be added. Stop by the library and look around to get to know a little bit about these residents, who may live just down the street from you!
The library will also be launching new Spanish materials in order to better serve our community. You may notice more Spanish around the library – there are new signs and forms in Spanish as well as a suggestion box in the Spanish section and a survey in Spanish to help us offer better services to our community. If you are interested in learning or brushing up on your Spanish, there will be brochures available at the front desk with Beginner Spanish words and phrases.
If you want to learn how to make a traditional Mexican piñata, sign up for our Piñata-Making Class! The class is a 4-part series — come every time if you can, or else you will only learn part of the process! The classes are at 10 am on September 24, October 1, 8, and 15, ending with a Piñata Bust on the 15th. We will have two computer classes: Computer Basics (in Spanish) on September 27 at 6:30 pm, and Internet Basics (in English, translated into Spanish) on October 4 at 6:30 pm. Please sign up in the library if you would like to attend any of these events. We hope to see you in the library during Hispanic Heritage Month!
Orange City and Alton household residents (sorry no businesses) will again have an opportunity to safely discard those household hazardous materials (HHM). The Cities of Orange City, Alton, and the NW IA Area Landfill will co-sponsor a HHM Recycling event.
Date: Wednesday, September 21st
Time: Between the hours of 4:00pm and 6:00pm
Place: Orange City Street Department Building
(Just just south of Ace Hardware. 809 Concord Place SE.)
Accepted items: degreaser, waxes/polishes, solvents, lacquers/thinners, caustic cleaners, stain removers, pesticides/herbicides, and oil based paints. (latex paints will be assessed a $1/gal. fee).
Go to http://www.nwialandfill.com/hhm for a complete list of acceptable/unacceptable items.
Is your sump pump running in your basement? Do you know where it discharges your excess water?
If your pump hose is connected to your drain line, you are contributing to a major problem! With the
infiltration of rainwater during large downpours or wet seasons, sewer lines may become overloaded
and cause backups in basements or overflow at lift stations & the wastewater treatment plant. City ordinances
only allow sump pumps to drain into sanitary sewers from October 15 – April 15.
Remember to reconnect pumps to an outdoor outlet.
For more information, contact the City of Orange City at 712-707-4885.
The Orange City Public Library will host its second annual Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros celebration on Saturday, April 30, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Libraries across the U.S. have combined a Mexican holiday honoring children with a celebration of children’s literacy in an event called Day of Children, Day of Books.
This year’s theme is “Trickster Tales from Around the World.” Stories featured include Aesop’s The Fox and the Crow and the traditional Korean tale Why the Sea is Salty.
Trickster tales are often origin stories, offering explanations for things such as how the sun ended up in the sky or why zebras are striped. The Trickster is a mischievous figure in folklore who tries (and sometimes fails!) to deceive others in order to get something or simply for the fun of it. Famous trickster figures throughout the world include Coyote, Fox, Brer Rabbit, Anansi the Spider, Loki, and Til Eulenspiegel.
Our 2016 Día celebration will begin at 9:00 am on April 30 with a bilingual storytime, which is open to English speakers and Spanish speakers alike. From 9:00-12:00, participants can learn about five different cultures around the library, earning prize drawing entries for each stamp in their Día passport. The five stations will display information about Panama, Ghana, Greece, South Korea, and the Tlingit Indians of the Pacific Northwest. Each station will also feature a trickster tale and an activity or craft. Stories that stem from those cultures will be read at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:00. A 10:00, we’ll play a game of Lotería — a traditional Mexican game similar to bingo, which has been adapted to incorporate popular children’s book characters. Children’s books, in English and in Spanish, will be given away throughout the day, and patrons will be able to taste snacks from different countries.
If you are interested in attending or assisting with this program, feel free to contact Anna at the Orange City Public Library at 707-4302 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about Día celebrations across the country can be found at http://dia.ala.org/content/about-d%C3%ADa.
As part of its Spanish Services program, the Orange City Library will host a free presentation entitled, “An Epidemic of Violence: Why are Children Leaving Central America?” The event will take place at the library on Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 pm. Free-will donations will benefit the non-profit Tortillas for Tepecoyo.
Brady Dyson, 2015 graduate of Northwestern College, was inspired to present about the situation in El Salvador after he studied abroad there in the spring of 2015. Dyson combines research with anecdotes and interviews from his semester study abroad in El Salvador. Orange City resident Alex Carpio, a native of El Salvador, and his wife Kassie will also be sharing some of their experiences and leading discussion.
Dyson reflects, “At the end of our semester, they asked us about how we had been changed by the program, and I said that being a part of this program and gaining such an intimate knowledge of the country and the people makes you feel accountable for what you’ve learned and experienced.”
In 2012, the U.S. saw a vast increase in the number of children migrating alone from countries in the Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Although that number has decreased over the past year, violence in El Salvador has been growing steadily. Dyson will examine the push factors that cause child migration and the reasons those situations haven’t improved.
“A lot of people know about the child migrant crisis, but it seems what’s never discussed,” Dyson says, “is the situations that cause people to decide to leave their homes and make a very dangerous journey to the United States.” Dyson hopes to raise awareness and spur conversation about issues that seem to go overlooked. “El Salvador now has pretty much the highest homicide rate in the world. How does that not make our headlines?”
The Orange City Public Library has undertaken a construction project to provide updated and improved services to patrons.
Two areas of the library will be updated with new construction in the upcoming weeks. Just inside the entrance to the library, the reading area will be getting upgraded in two ways. This sunny reading space will benefit from the purchase of new comfortable, casual seating for patrons to enjoy while reading magazines and newspapers. An additional improvement will be provided through the installation of a Tech Bar. The Tech Bar will feature 2 or more iPads for public use as well as increased outlets for personal device charging. This addition will offer a convenient work space for library users. With several outlets for charging multiple devices; iPads for quick reference; nearby printing, scanning, and faxing capabilities; and the library’s excellent wireless internet connection provided by Orange City Communications, the Tech Bar should prove to be an excellent solution for working on the go.
In the north end of the library, two meeting rooms are being constructed. Each of the two meeting rooms will be equipped with a table and chairs for 4-6, and a smart TV equipped with HDMI and USB connections for easy display and presentations. These rooms will be the perfect place for business or committee meetings, tutoring sessions, or as a more private and quiet space for individual work. When completed, the meeting rooms will be available for reservation during the library’s open hours at no cost to non-commercial users. These small meeting rooms will supplement the library’s larger Rieckhoff Room and basement meeting room to better serve the variety of individuals and groups which meet in the library. Our meeting rooms are busy, so contact the library ahead of time if you would like to reserve a room or ask at the circulation desk to check on a room’s immediate availability.
Thanks to George Lawson, Library Planning Consultant, and Krull Construction for designing, drafting, and constructing these projects.