Bill Rowen putts at the Spring Valley Public Library's "Hole in One" winter reading program game.
Bill Rowen putts at the Spring Valley Public Library's "Hole in One" winter reading program game.
With a snowstorm approaching, Spring Valley Public Library Board of Trustees member Bill Rowen putted the golf ball across the green last Thursday evening, Feb. 21, one of many contenders picking up the clubs to take part in the Spring Valley Public Library's "Hot Reads for Cold Nights" adult winter reading program golf contest and other games.

At the Library Board meeting that same night, library director Dianne Sikkink reported, "'Hot Reads' is in full swing, and there's lots of interest in the 'Hole in One Superstars' golf wall of fame. Interest is also growing in other games, and people have been coming in and enjoying good books since it's winter and they're indoors from the cold."

In other matters, Sikkink and library assistant Jeanette Ramaker attended a workshop for the children's summer reading program earlier this month. "We're gearing up for the summer reading program, and there are already four performers booked. It's going to be a hopping good time."

The director noted that the library's state report is coming due on April 1, but that a new system implemented by the state has so far been unavailable until its quirks are worked out. "We've started gathering information for the library state report, but the new format has meant that we're not able to start, and it's supposed to be done by the beginning of April. We'll keep working on it."

Sikkink then shared a copy of a summary of the services provided in 2012 by Fillmore County libraries, calculated on an investment calculator to be worth a value of $3.3 million. Numbers cited in the summary pointed out that there were 147,442 users between the seven libraries in the county, that there were 10,583 registered borrowers, a total of 222,671 checkouts - both city and rural, rural only tallied at 74,841, 5,980 e-reader and audio checkouts, 31,021 public computer access sessions, 395 programs, and 6,044 people in attendance at those programs.

Snow removal at the library will be contracted out, as Sikkink's husband, Lance, has shoveled the sidewalk in past winters, but has been too busy this winter keeping up with his own properties.

Board member Sarah Reiland inquired as to why Lance has been shoveling the sidewalk when the library is city property.

City council representative Tony Archer stated that the likely reason is that the city crews are busy plowing streets and do not have time while at the library to do the sidewalks as well.

Sikkink said, "The city does a wonderful job on the lot, but when Vicki Tate was here as director, she shoveled the sidewalk, so we've just done it, but Lance has been busy with our house and his old car lot." Lance is among the valued volunteers who assist at the library each week, doing the odd jobs that need to be done.

The board thanked Vicki Tate for the donation made in memory of Harriet Heckerson, Tom and Cheryl Boyd for memorials given in honor of June Stender and Scott Copeman, Bob and Jan King in honor of Stender, and Don and Judy Rose in honor of Stender.

The Spring Valley Public Library is located at 121 Jefferson St., Spring Valley, and its hours are Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 346-2100.