Children listen to a presentation on reptiles and amphibians at the Spring Valley Public Library last Wednesday afternoon as part of the library's summer reading program.  GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --> <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Children listen to a presentation on reptiles and amphibians at the Spring Valley Public Library last Wednesday afternoon as part of the library's summer reading program. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE



"We had a great turnout at the kickoff of the children's summer reading program yesterday," said Spring Valley Public Library Director Dianne Sikkink, speaking during the Spring Valley Library Board of Trustees June meeting, held Thursday, June 20, "with 99 people in attendance. We had the RADZoo from Owatonna here showing us some snakes, turtles and toads, and the kids loved it."

Sikkink reported that the summer reading program is going very well and is off to a great start, with 87 children registered to participate. In fact, the numbers are so high that the library has encountered a welcome problem - not enough new books to keep up with demand - so patrons are being asked to limit their children's selections of new books to five in order to allow everyone a chance to enjoy them.

She added, "We'd like to thank Chelsey Ramaker for painting the window in the children's section. She's done a great job."

In other business, the board reappointed Carol Gross as the library's SELCO Board of Directors representative, and Stu Gross and Dave Foster as representatives to the SELCO Foundation board.

The board also thanked area residents for donations given in honor of loved ones and to promote the library, including a new flag from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, book and DVD donations from Sarah Reiland, books from Tony and Jody Archer, and a donation from Elsa Wilke in honor of Isabel Larson's 80th birthday.

Meredith "Tootie" Foster memorials were given by Carla and Valerie Barr, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Himle, Danny and Nancy Scrabeck, Joe and Rita Bezdicek, Lucille Prinsen, Jim and Vicki O'Connell, Clarice and Evelyn Clark, and by a host of individuals who donated books to the library to honor Tootie.

Another memorial was given in memory of Laura Mosher by Marilyn Erdman and Emily Fowler and the board thanked the Spring Valley Kiwanis Club for their donation of new books given on behalf of monthly speakers.

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 346-2100.