Calendar of Events

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library. —Albert Einstein

     JULY Holidays & Observances
Our goal is to gather a list of days celebrated every month for you to learn about, celebrate and have fun.    We will highlight as many bookish or library related observances as possible.
The Month of July is National:

Self Improvement Month

Culinary Arts Month

Anti-Boredom Month

Watercolor Month

 Picnic Month

Grilling Month



1st – National Postal Workers Day

2nd – National UFO Day

4th – Independence Day

10th  - National Clerihew Day

14th – Bastille Day

18th – International Nelson Mandela Day

18th – 24th – National Moth Week

20th – National Moon Day

24th – National Amelia Earhart Day

30th - World Friendship Day






National Clerihew Day celebrates a poem style created by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. Bentley is a novelist and humorist (July 10, 1875 – March 30, 1956), who created the first-ever Clerihew at the age of 16.

Sir Humphry Davy
Abominated gravy.
He lived in the odium

Of having discovered sodium.

As with most poetry, the Clerihew is defined by a set of rules. It must:

  • Include four lines.

  • Contain hyming couplets of AA/BB.

  • Include a person’s name in the first line.

  • Say something about that person.

  • Be humorous. It is meant to be a funny poem, of course.

The genre of poetry wasn’t limited to Bentley. Other poets wrote and published in this form as well, and still do.

  • A Cluster of Clerihews by Gavin Ewart

  • Excuse My Clerihews by William Hazell

  • The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram by Paul Ingram (Though they don’t really seem lost, I guess they once were.)


Story Time is suspended until further notice.  Every Thursday (except on major holidays)

Books & Babies/Story Time is incorporated into the summer reading program, held every Thursday from 10:00am - 11:00am.  Books and Babies, as well as Story Time, is held throughout year on Thursday's

Along with stories, children participate in singing, dancing, and coloring activities.  Starting in September 2019 - May 2020, story time will be at Valley View Nursing Home on the 1st Thursday of the month at 10:00 am.

July Valley View Outreach - Suspended visits but still offering weekly book swap.
Valley View Outreach~Tuesdays: 2 pm - 3 pm 

Location: Valley View Homes

Hosted by Karen Anderson from the library.

Nemont Outreach - July 1st & 15th
Nemont Manor Book Swap ~  3:00pm  

Location: Nemont Manor

Hosted by Janet Eidson from the library.

City Council Meetings - July 6th & 20th

City Council Meeting ~ 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

Location: City County Chambers, Civic Center

Hosted by: Mayor Becky Erickson

July 4th - Library closed
Happy Fourth of July!  
Board Meeting - July 16th
Library Board Meeting ~ 1:00 pm

Location: Horizon Room at the library

Hosted by: Library Board of Trustees.

2020 Summer Reading Program 
Location ~ Library: Come & Go, Pick Up Kits, and Virtual
Hosted by: GCCL Staff 
Friends of the Library Meeting - July 2  
 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Horizon Room at the Library

Hosted by: Friends Director, Michelle Bigelbach

GCCL Book Club - July 21  
 1:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: TBD or Horizon Room at the Library

Hosted by: Megan Haddix from the library.

Due to COVID-19 the reading room has been moved to the basement Horizon Room.  For daily use there is a limit of 4 persons at a time.   However, due to the recent rise in cases of COVID-19 in Valley County, there will be no public meetings or gatherings permitted in the month of July.  Please watch for further notices in the upcoming months, as things are subject to change.  
Meetings and Activities​ when operating normally and the horizon room is open to public meetings:  GCCL holds many of its activities and events upstairs in the reading area or downstairs where there is ample space, tables and seating.  A little known fact is that as this is your library; you may reserve the basement facilities for your events at the library (during library hours) free of charge.  


To make a reservation or check for availability pleas call the library at 228-2731.  You may also email the library through the contact page on our website.







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