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!
Local group to perform readers theater rendition of “Things We Couldn’t Say”
Orange City, IA, June 9, 2016– A story that thrilled local audiences two decades ago will return to the Knight Center at Unity Christian High, Orange City, when a group of local actors will perform the readers theater version of Things We Couldn’t Say.
The story of Diet Eman, a Holocaust survivor and resistance fighter in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation, is basically a love story set against the great human tragedy of World War II. A quarter century ago Ms. Eman sought the services of Alton writer James Schaap to help her write her story. Things We Couldn’t Say has thousands of beloved readers around the world and has been published in several versions and languages.
When the book was published in 1994, Schaap wrote the script, and the play was performed locally and nationally. Ms. Eman visited many area schools back then to tell her story of intrigue and danger, of courage and faith.
Janie Van Dyke, who is directing the performance, was herself part of some of those performances twenty years ago. Van Dyke, who teaches English at Unity, chose to do Things We Couldn’t Say as an experiment because she knew the script could be done without major costuming requirements or elaborate stage design.
“The story is so powerful,” Van Dyke says, “that we still have trouble not getting emotional just reading through it.” She has her own designs on a summer theater program at the Knight Center. “I felt it was important for this first attempt to do something really good and relatively easy to produce.”
James Schaap plays a minor role in the production, introducing the story before Diet Eman (Leanne Bonnekroy) begins to tell it. Soon, Diet’s own younger self (Teresa Ter Haar) appears, along with Hein Sietsma (Jason Alons), the resistance fighter she’d planned to marry. Greg Steggerda and Tom Hydeen play Nazi officials and guards.
Van Dyke is not the only member of the cast to return to the script. Teresa Ter Haar, who teaches theater at Dordt, was a member of the first cast back in 1994, when she was a senior at Calvin College, Grand Rapids Michigan. “It’s quite amazing how much more I feel the story today, now that I’m older,” she says.
Performances are scheduled at 7:30, for Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at the Knight Center. General admission is $5.00. The intensity of the Eman story makes it wise not to take small children.
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All current and former library staff and board members are invited to celebrate the Centennial of the Orange City Public Library.
Orange City, home to Northwestern College, has been ranked fifth among the nation’s top 10 Christian college towns by CollegeandSeminary.com. The website’s rankings are based on how well a city that houses a Christian college offers students big-city amenities with a small-town feel.
“Northwestern College has played an integral role in the development of Orange City,” says Mayor Deb De Haan. “The residents enjoy a healthy ‘town and gown’ relationship that exists between the city and the college, and they recognize that many of the cultural and entertainment amenities available to them are a result of Northwestern being located here.”
The website’s ranking is based around both the on-campus atmosphere and the off-campus amenities located in the town surrounding a college or university. According to the website, “Most of the colleges that made the list are big cities with small-town charms. Let me be clear: Orange City is a small town with small- town charms.” It goes on to say, “It’s very Dutch, very clean and very safe. Students walk to the movies, to the coffee shop, and to Pizza Ranch. It’s a community rooted in family, which helps make it feel like home.”
In addition to amenities, community members and local churches also act as a benefit to Northwestern students. Local residents often welcome college students into their homes for meals, holiday celebrations and free laundry service.
“Among the many benefits Northwestern students and employees receive in Orange City are a safe environment and a vibrant local economy in the middle of America’s heartland,” says Mark Bloemendaal, Northwestern’s dean of enrollment and marketing. “Significant interaction between local residents and college students make it a home-away-from-home that results in lifelong relationships that cross generations, time zones and even continents.”
Orange City has been called one of the cleanest towns in America. With a population of around 6,000, it boasts a five-screen movie theatre, 18-hole golf course and restaurants ranging from coffee houses to fast-food chains and one-of-a-kind eateries. Orange City has also been ranked as the best town in Iowa to raise a family by Niche rankings (the 43rd best in the nation), and one of the 100 best small towns in the United States by livability.com.
The rankings, at http://tinyurl.com/pr8h6cz, list Nashville, Tenn., first; followed by Grand Rapids, Mich., at second. Other cities in the top 10 include Seattle and San Diego.
Fall programs for kids, teens, and adults begin September 14
The cities of Orange City and Alton and all of our citizens are happy to welcome you to our schools and our communities this fall. Our merchants are ready to serve you with the finest merchandise and dependable service to help make your school year an enjoyable experience. Stop in to visit with us, we enjoy meeting you!
Caution: Our children will be walking and bicycling to and from school on sidewalks and painted, designated walkways. Please drive with care when entering our school route zones. Parents, please instruct your children to the safest and best routes to travel to school.
The Northwestern Leadership series conference, Courageous Communication, will offer proven strategies for employing the power of language to speak and lead better.
A professional conference focusing on effective communication will be held on the campus of Northwestern College Aug. 10 through 12. The Northwestern Leadership Series conference, titled Courageous Communication, will offer proven strategies for employing the power of language to speak and lead better. The conference is being sponsored by Northwestern College’s Graduate School and the college’s Franken Leadership Center in partnership with Pizza Ranch. Sessions will cover successful negotiating; conflict resolution; crafting powerful presentations; messaging that motivates; and using technology and remote communication to expand your business, brand and ability to get everyone on the same page. Keynote speakers include former news anchor Kristie VerMulm. Among the other speakers will be Dr. Chris Gurrie, a communication scholar at the University of Tampa; Paul Ten Haken, president of Click Rain, a digital marketing firm in Sioux Falls; Scott Peterson, CEO of Interstates Companies; Dr. Rick Melmer, South Dakota’s former secretary of education; and Angela Ten Clay, communication manager for Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and president of the Iowa chapter of the American Marketing Association. Sessions will also be led by three college presidents: Greg Christy of Northwestern College, Kurt Dykstra of Trinity Christian College and Dr. Alethea Stubbe of Northwest Iowa Community College. Conference registration is open until July 27; the Courageous Communication fee is $400 until July 15 and $450 starting July 16. Northwestern College alumni can attend the conference at a discounted rate of $350. Overnight accommodations are separate from the conference fee and are being provided by the Hampton Inn, Orange City, and the Holiday Inn Express, Sioux Center. Visit www.nwciowa.edu/lead for conference details and to register.
honor the past. celebrate the present. inspire the future.
In 1914, a few ladies gathered to discuss the value and the need of a Woman’s Club in Orange City, and from this nucleus, a Woman’s Federated Club was organized with civic improvement as one of its chief purposes. The greatest improvement and the best influence in the community, they felt, would be a public library which would interest not only the adults but particularly the young people of the community.
Immediately, a house-to-house canvass was made to acquaint the citizens with the project and also for contributions of books & funds. Then in 1915, with a few improvised shelves of books plus the ever helpful state traveling library books, the library was open. With untiring effort on the part of the Woman’s Club, the library grew rapidly until the problem of housing the library arose. With a real vision the club, in 1920, started a sinking-fund toward a community building which might offer recreation halls to the townspeople and a place for community gatherings as well as permanent home for our library. Because of this groups concentrated efforts 100 years ago, the Orange City Public Library is enriching a vibrant community by providing a comfortable space for the community to discover their roots, express creativity, and celebrate diversity through literature, information, and technology.
It is important to remember the rich tradition that all public libraries in our state and country share. Traditional things that libraries have always provided are still here and going strong such as children’s picture books and story times, best sellers, book discussion groups, and community programming, and of course the public library’s most important tradition of providing equal access to a broad range of thought and opinion, so that citizens in a democracy can be informed.
“Libraries remain the meccas of self-help, the most open of open universities, where there are no entrance exams, no diplomas, and where one can enter at any age…”
– Daniel J. Boorstin
This is not just 100 years of having a public library here in Orange City. The Public Library’s Centennial Celebration highlights a wonderful accomplishment—100 years of continually evolving and progressive service in Orange City and historical and traditional services that people enjoy and expect to find. To kick of the centennial celebration, the library hosted a chamber coffee event complete with books made of cake, special guest speaker Bonnie McKewon—the Library Consultant for the Northwest District of State Library of Iowa Services—and musical entertainment by Ensemble Royale.
The 2015 year is full of new and revamped programs for all ages.
New programs this year include a Storywalk installation during the Orange City Tulip Festival, and at the Puddle Jumper Trail in early June; a Día de los Niños/ Día de los Libros celebration in May; and a 100 Years of Books Book Club, featuring titles from the 1900s through the 2010s. The annual Summer Reading Program has been revamped in honor of the library’s 100 years, with a Carnival to be held on July 15th. Combining the City’s Citizen Appreciation Meal, the Arts Council’s OnStage Orange City, the Parks and Recreation Department’s Picnic, and the library’s Summer Reading Celebration, the carnival will have options for all ages.
At the beginning of our next 100 years the Library is poised to continue adding additional programs, services and opportunities to the Orange City area. As we go through the process of reaccreditation with the State Library of Iowa, the library has the opportunity to refocus based on the needs of our community. The next few years will bring new activities for community members, new resources, and new amenities inside and out!
The Orange City Public Library has been updating its technology, and iPads are one of the new additions that patrons can enjoy!
Two iPads have been setup and set out in the magazine and newspaper reading area and near the Juvenile Fiction sections for patrons to use. Many of the apps loaded on the iPads feature databases or other services that the library subscribes to for the use of patrons inside and outside the library.
The Zinio app on the iPads allows patrons to download and view over 50 popular magazine titles for viewing on their computers or mobile devices.
Featured titles include Car and Driver, Cosmopolitan (and Cosmo en Espanol), Guideposts, Rolling Stone, HGTV, Mother Earth News, and more! Many titles available through Zinio are not available in print editions at the library. Overdrive provides audiobook and ebook downloads to patrons through our borrowing consortium WILBOR. Patrons can download these books to the iPads, or use them to browse for items to download to their own devices. We also have some games loaded on for fun—Angry Birds made the cut. Thinking of purchasing an Apple device? Come take the library iPads for a test drive. Ask questions of the staff and see what you think before you take the Apple plunge.
Other devices available to patrons are a Google Nexus, Kindle Fire, and Kindle Paperwhite. Check out all the great features of these devices at the library!
14 Preview Day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Northwestern College
A cappella Choir home concert, 7:30 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College
17–21 Senior art exhibit by Jeriah Dunk, Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern
20 LifeLight Reset Tour concert, featuring Remedy Drive, VOTA, Manic Drive, Jeremy
Vanderloop and speaker Josh Brewer, 7 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College
21–22 World Premiere Festival, 7:30 p.m., Allen Black Box Theatre, Northwestern College
24–28 Senior art exhibit by Kayla Vetter, Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern College
28 Concert by Baladino, a folk group from Israel, 7:30 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College
29 Ethnic Fair, 5 p.m., Rowenhorst Student Center Gym, Northwestern College
31–April 4 Senior art exhibit by Lindsey Vander Velde, Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern