The Spring Valley Public Library board, meeting Jan. 17, thanked Don Rose for six years of service as he attended his final meeting as a board member.

Spring Valley Library director Dianne Sikkink welcomed Bill Rowen as the member taking Rose's place. The board elected officers for the year - board chair Shirley Gangstad, treasurer Sarah Reiland and secretary Mary Ann Schultz will remain in their roles and Sue Skifter will become vice chair, as Rose served in that capacity.

Sikkink's report for the months of December and January began with furnace replacement, as one unit of the building's six had to be replaced at a cost of $5,098. She noted that it is working better than the original unit and that it was paid for using contingency and maintenance funds.

Next, Sikkink spoke of the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce's community calendar available to patrons at the library.

"The community calendar's here through the Chamber, and people who come in can post their organization's events, so if they have a church supper they'd like people to know about, or if they're still planning, they can either post it or check the date to see if there's anything going on in town already."

Retired Kingsland Elementary secretary Marcy Capelle has joined the library staff as a substitute library assistant and "is familiar with computers and the community ... we look forward to her joining us."

The library hosted a book signing and author visit with local author and teacher C.J. Boerger, and Sikkink cited a good turnout of more than 50 people.

Upcoming activities at the library include the annual "Hot Reads for Cold Nights" adult reading program, beginning Feb. 4 and ending March 15. The director promised "contests and prizes ... there's more news to come on the program at the February meeting."

Preschool children of the community are invited to participate in story hour with Kingsland Elementary School Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) instructor Ann Priebe each Thursday afternoon from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Sikkink added, "Last week was the first week she was here, and there were quite a few kids from a daycare. This week, there were several families here. Ann does an excellent job and has good ideas for story hour."

The library director and the board thanked Don and Judy Rose and Lee and Carol Himle for their respective $25 memorials given in honor of Joe Hamre, and Hamre's family for its $200 memorial.

Sikkink also expressed appreciation to those who gave used books to the library to be sold as part of the annual Christmas book shop, those who brought Christmas cookies for staff members, and those who supplied refreshments for Boerger's book signing.

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, call 507-346-2100.