"Next month, I'd like the board members to have a bucket list of things they'd like to get done around the library," said Spring Valley Public Library Director Dianne Sikkink, addressing the Spring Valley Public Library Board of Trustees during the May meeting, held last Thursday evening, May 16.

Sikkink asked the board to compile that "bucket list" so that the days of summer may be used to accomplish various tasks to make the library a more inviting place to find resources. She also introduced the 2013 children's summer reading program theme, Dig Into Reading, featuring animals, performers and oh, so many books to read.

"We're geared up and ready to go," she said. "Jeanette Ramaker and I have been working hard on the program and have lots of good performers on the schedule, thanks to a grant that Deb Zimmer wrote for $500 from the Osterud-Winter Trust. Registration begins June 3 and lasts until June 14 this year because we weren't sure how the school year would end, what with all the snow days and that May blizzard...and once the kids get out of school, their parents often like to take time off and air out a bit before committing to something."

She elaborated on the program, which is open to children in preschool through sixth grade, saying, "We start off with the first program of the summer on June 19 at 1:30 p.m. with RADZoo - we had them bring their animals a couple summers ago, and the kids really liked it. We'll have weekly story time, guessing contests, prize drawings and lots of books to read."

Patrons who attended Gary Erickson's book talk at the library - held approximately three weeks ago - learned about his new nature guide and enjoyed the presentation, according to Sikkink, and "lots of people are ordering it online so they can have their own copy." The Kingsland High School Student Art Show began May 6 and was scheduled to end May 10. It has continued through the month, offering an opportunity for the public to enjoy student artwork.

The library's patron catalog will soon be updated from AquaBrowser to Enterprise, a new system that should offer patrons easier searching, and Sikkink related that the Overdrive e-book catalog is "getting a new look that people like...it's a little more user-friendly."

Memorials in honor of Meredith "Tootie" Foster have been numerous, according to Sikkink, who listed the ones the library has already received, including the one she and her husband, Lance, have given and those from William and Sue Puffer, Carol Kohn, Stu and Deb Smith, Nevin and Debby Groth, Jon and Dana Kuehn, Pam Skaran, John and Darlene Vrieze, Frank and Stacy Harreld and Don and Judy Rose. "They're still coming in. We also thank the people who have given a book in her memory at the request of the family, and we appreciate that the Foster family has asked that since Tootie loved to read."

The Spring Valley Public Library is open 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 on library services or the children's summer reading program, call 346-2100 or log onto the library's website at http://springvalley.lib.mn.us.