All current and former library staff and board members are invited to celebrate the Centennial of the Orange City Public Library.
ORANGE CITY — The Orange City Arts Council has been selected to receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund, to assist in bringing Ballet Quad Cities and The Nutcracker to Sioux County.
Two performances of The Nutcracker, at the Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City, will feature Ballet Quad Cities and 45 local young dancers. The performances will be at 1:30 and 7:30pm on Saturday, Dec. 19. In September, Ballet Quad Cities conducted master classes for local dance students, and library workshops at Orange City and Sioux Center: “Dance me a Story.”
The Ballet Quad Cities December residency will include a school assembly, a lighting design workshop, a talk with the choreographer and a question and answer session.
Arts Midwest Touring Fund is a program of Arts Midwest, based in Minneapolis and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation. In 2013-2015, Orange City was selected to be the community in Iowa to participate in Arts Midwest World Fest—week long residencies here featuring four international music ensembles.
Sioux Center Arts Council is joining with Orange City Arts in bringing The Nutcracker to Sioux County. “This is a huge undertaking,” said Janine Calsbeek of Orange City Arts, “but we’re so excited. Businesses in our communities are stepping up to assist with funding. And of course, we’ve had dozens of people ask about tickets!”
Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Orange City Chamber office and Sioux Center City offices, front desk. The tickets are reserved seating, and purchasers are asked to come in person. Advance tickets are $15 adult, $10 student. At the door, tickets are $20 and $15.
Those interested in participating as corporate sponsors or individual donors may contact Orange City or Sioux Center Arts: orangecityarts.net, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com, 707-4885, siouxcenter.org/arts, firstname.lastname@example.org or 7220781 x118.
Arts Midwest has been the regional arts organization for nine states for 30 years, working to engage professional artists and promote interstate touring in dance, music, theatre and other performing arts The 2015 grant to Orange City Arts totals $4,000.
Fall programs for kids, teens, and adults begin September 14
Every month, library staff spend hours selecting and delivering books from the Orange City Public Library’s collection to residential retirement communities and care facilities. Based on the reading preferences of the residents, Andrea Miedema selects books and audiobooks for each center individually.
Most of the titles come from our collection of Large Print materials, although regular print fiction and non-fiction are also popular selections.
Hundreds of books are checked out, boxed, and delivered to community rooms at Landsmeer Ridge, Prairie Ridge, Heritage Estates, and the Pioneer Home. Residents are then able to browse and select materials they would like to read.
Books are checked out for one month, or until the next visit. At Prairie Ridge, Miedema and library director, Sue Kroesche, visit individual residents in their rooms with a cart full of books and books on CD. Selections are made specifically for each resident based on their interests and requests. Completed materials are returned and new books checked out from the comfort of their room. Library staff have been known to offer help on downloadable audiobooks and ebooks, as well as general tech support on mobile devices owned by residents. Special trips to residents who have exhausted their selections before the next visit are not unheard of either.
Homebound Delivery is one of the most important outreach services offered by the library. Many residents are not able to make a trip into the library, especially during the cold winter months or times of illness. These deliveries ensure that residents are able to spend their time enjoying a good book. If you are interested in supporting this service, the Orange City Public Library is looking for volunteers to select and/or deliver books on a monthly basis.
Please contact Amanda Vazquez or Andrea Miedema for more information. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
During the month of April, the Orange City Public Library will be host to two installations: one of watercolor paintings and another of historical farm equipment. These installations will be accompanied by a variety of programs focusing on the prairie and local history.
Judy Thompson’s Homestead Series will go on display on April 1st and be available for viewing through April 30th. Thompson’s painting Silver Lake Reflections commissioned for use as the cover art for the recently released Pioneer Girl: the Annotated Biography by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Homestead Series includes 13 prairie watercolors.
Judy will offer an Artist Talk on April 7 at 6:30 pm. She will discuss the inspiration for her work in the Homestead Series.
Also on display will be a variety of farming tools on loan from the Sioux County Historical Society Museum. These pieces give insight into the historical practices of farming on the prairie. Bob Huibregtse of the Sioux County Historical Society will present two programs during April. The History of Orange City will be presented on April 9 at 6:30 pm. Huibregtse will use books written by locals and residents, about Orange City and the area, to inform attendees on the history of Orange City. Farming on the Prairie will be offered on April 30 at 6:30 pm. This program will feature machinery, practices, and the challenges faced by pioneers farming on the prairie.
All programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Please contact the library for more information.
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!
Experience the joyful music of Shanren—literally “mountain men.” Hailing from ethnic minority groups who live in the beautiful mountains of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, this Chinese folk-fusion band presents the rich but largely unknown heritage of Southwestern China. Through original compositions and traditional songs, the four musicians fuse their indigenous music with modern styles from around the globe, creating a fresh sound in China’s increasingly diverse music scene. Since its founding in 2000, Shanren has earned critical and popular acclaim at major music festivals in China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Canada, and Spain.
Shanren, thanks to the support of Arts Midwest, will perform in Orange City’s Unity Christian Knight Center on Friday, Jan. 16 at 7:30pm. (The date has been changed from Jan. 17 to Jan. 16.) They will be doing workshops, assemblies and coffee house shows the week of January 11-16.
Tickets for the public performance are $10 adult, $7 student and free for ages 5 and under. Tickets are available at the Orange City Arts Council, Dove Christian Bookstore and at the door. For group rates, call Orange City Arts Council at 712.707.4885.
Shanren Jan. Schedule
Monday, Jan. 12:
2:00 to 2:45 pm: assembly/ workshop at Kinsey Elementary in Sioux Center
7:30 pm: Fruited Plain Cafe mini concert, Sioux Center, $2 cover
Tuesday, Jan. 13:
10-10:40 am: assembly/ workshop at MOC-Floyd Valley Middle School, Alton
1:54-2:33 pm: workshop with Unity Christian High orchestra, Orange City
7:30 pm: Old Factory Coffee Shop mini concert Orange City, $2 cover
Wednesday, Jan. 14:
1-2 pm: assembly/ workshop at Boyden-Hull school, Boyden
3:30 pm: assembly/ workshop at Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon
Thursday, Jan. 15:
11:05-11:55 am: workshop at Northwestern College choir room; free to Northwestern community, Orange City
3:45 pm: free workshop for children at Orange City Public Library, sign up by Jan. 13 (for grades K-6, but others ware welcome.)
Friday, Jan. 16:
1:30 pm : assembly at Unity Christian Knight Center, Orange City for students from several schools
7:30 pm: public performance at Unity Christian Knight Center
The Orange City Public Library has hosted two community forums as part of Planning for Results by which the library develops a 3-5 year plan. This plan is a required portion of the library’s application for reaccreditation through the State Library of Iowa. Iowa Library Services’ Northwest District Consultant, Bonnie McKewon, led the community forums and will guide the library board and staff through the planning process.
At the first meeting, attendees learned about the planning process and performed
a S.W.O.T. analysis (Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats) of the Orange City community. At the second meeting, community members learned about a variety of service responses that the library could focus on, and voted on the responses that they believe the library should prioritize.
The library board, director, and staff will consider the information gathered during both of these forums as they evaluate the role of the library in the community and what services will be offered to support those roles. The library board, director, and staff would like to thank the community members and leaders who participated in the forums. The opinions shared will give us a better understanding of the community’s perspective on the library.
The library’s plan must be submitted to the State Library for approval, and will be presented to the community in March, 2015. If you have any thoughts on the role of the library in the community, please feel free to share them with the library’s board members, director, and staff. We appreciate your investment in the future of the library!
ORANGE CITY – King Arthur’s Quest!
The Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming to Orange City again this summer! Come audition for the show King Arthur’s Quest! Up to 50 local children will be selected to perform with two actors from the Missoula Children’s Theatre, Victoria Pace and Augustus Bennett.
Auditions will be held Monday, July 28 from 9:45 a.m. to noon at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre. Local students entering grades 1-12 may audition and all participants must stay for the entire audition session. All children that are cast in the show must be available to attend rehearsals Monday through Friday, July 28 – August 1 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The fee for each child participating in King Arthur’s Quest is $17.
The show will be performed on Friday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 2 at 2 p.m. at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for students K-12.
In addition, Pace and Bennett will be running several free drama workshops for all interested children. For children entering grades 1-2, there will an Acting 1-2-3 workshop on Tuesday, July 29: when odds and evens come together, everyone has a fun time! A workshop on Wednesday, July 30, for grades 3-6 entitled Behind the Scenes, will explore what happens beforethe curtain rises and how role-play helps group dynamics. For youth entering grades 7-12, a Shakespeare workshop will be offered on Thursday, July 31. All workshops will be held at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.
The Orange City Arts Council, sponsor of the Missoula Children’s Theatre, requests you register online by July 24 at oc.spireworks.pro/parks-recreation. Go to the registration tab, select Arts, Crafts, Library link and then Missoula Children’s Theatre. Students in King Arthur’s Quest must attend school at MOC-FV, OCCS, Spalding or Unity, or be homeschoolers in the MOC-FV school district. (Registration is available in person on July 28 if you miss the online deadline.)
For more information, call 707-4885, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or see orangecityarts.net.
Orange City Public Library, Director
Under the direct supervision of the public library Board of Trustees, the Library Director is responsible for the operations of the library and the development and implementation of its programs, including: (A) assisting the board with long-range planning and policy development, and managing all library resources, including facilities maintenance and personnel; (B) organizing the acquisition, access, storage, and control of collections; (C) designing and implementing services and programs for a wide variety of users.
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