Library Announcements

Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest is back!

posted Oct 5, 2015, 11:57 AM by Krystina Kelley

What book will your pumpkin look like?

Celebrate your love of books this fall by decorating a pumpkin for the Belle Valley Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Pumpkins may be decorated in any way that  represents a book or book character. 

  • One entry per student.
  • Pumpkin cannot be carved. You may use any other materials to decorate them with, but you may not carve them!
  • Pumpkin must represent a book or book character!
  • All entries are to be brought to the library. Entry forms will need to be filled out when they are brought in.
  • Entries may be brought to the library between Oct. 13th and 16th. Judging will take place the following week.
  • Entries should be picked up October 26 or 27th.

Clifford's Slumber Party

posted Sep 29, 2015, 7:41 AM by Krystina Kelley

Clifford had a slumber party and invited all the kindergartners' stuffed animals to spend the night in the library. They played games, had snacks, and Clifford read them a bedtime story. 

What a fun time! 

Help us Save the Big Cats!

posted Sep 14, 2015, 11:40 AM by Krystina Kelley   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 11:41 AM ]

Inspired by Alan Rabinowitz's book, A Boy and a Jaguar, the library will be collecting loose change to send to Dr. Rabinowitz’s wild cat conservation program, Panthera. Children will use their change to “vote” for their favorite cat—lion, tiger, snow leopard or jaguar.

 For more information about Panthera and wild cat conservation, go to




Welcome, Mrs. George

posted Aug 19, 2015, 11:26 AM by Krystina Kelley   [ updated Aug 19, 2015, 11:36 AM ]

The Belle Valley library is pleased to have Mrs. George join our team! She has a love for reading and looking forward to sharing new books and old favorites with our students.

If you see Mrs. George in the library, be sure to stop and say "Hi!"

Tim Green visit a success!

posted Feb 3, 2015, 12:06 PM by Krystina Kelley   [ updated Feb 3, 2015, 12:07 PM ]

Students and teachers learned about the value of reading and working hard from author and former NFL player, Tim Green. After Mrs. Green's motivational presentation, he came to the library to sign book and talk with students. This selfie was captured just before Mr. Green left the building! 

Look for opportunities to win Tim Green's newest book in March! 

Author and NFL Star to Visit Belle Valley

posted Jan 8, 2015, 7:13 AM by Krystina Kelley


Former Atlanta Falcons star and author, Tim Green will visit Belle Valley on January 21. While Tim played in the NFL, he also studies law and began his writing career. After penning more than one dozen books for adults, Tim began writing novels for young people set in the world of sports.

Tim's presentation will be followed by a book signing in the library. Paperbacks are available for purchase in the library ($6) while supplies last! 

Wimpy Kid Visits Belle Valley

posted Nov 7, 2014, 1:16 PM by Krystina Kelley

Students at Belle Valley had a surprise visit from Greg Hefley, aka the Wimpy Kid. Greg was celebrating his new book, "The Long Haul." You never know who is going to show up at Belle Valley! 

Clifford's Slumber Party

posted Sep 18, 2014, 11:48 AM by Krystina Kelley

Kindergartners' stuffed animals had a slumber party with Clifford! The stuffed animals played hide and seek, ate snacks, watched a movie and even hear a story from Clifford. For more pictures, click here

Mini-Science Camp

posted Aug 22, 2014, 10:35 AM by Krystina Kelley

Belle Valley students entering 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades were invited to participate in the a mini-science camp held in the library over the summer. They engineered boats from aluminum foil and created marshmallow catapults. The kids also built Lego robots and became detectives. On one day, they also learned all about bugs they could find in their own neighborhood! 

The library received a $5,000 grant for new science books for the Illinois State Library. Students who participated in the program also got a sneak peek at these books over the summer. 

Above: 2nd grader Matt Wolfe tests his aluminum foil boat to see how many pennies it can hold before it sinks. 

Battle of the Book Winners Announced!

posted Mar 6, 2014, 8:24 AM by Krystina Kelley

Over 100 students read books this year form the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award list. Twelve of those students were invited to play "Battle of the Books" and have lunch in the library. 

This year's team winners were (from left to right): Aubrey T., River W., Dominique L. and Taylar N..  

Bria J. and China T. read all 20 books and received a $10 gift certificate to the book fair and other prizes. Both Aubrey T. and Dominique L. received prizes for reading more than 10 books. 

Congratulations to everyone who participated!

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