April 9, 2014: The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) announced the winners of the 2014 Teen Video Challenge.

The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program. Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2014.

Iowa’s winning video for 2014 was submitted by a group of five teens from the Sibley Public Library, Paige Hurlburt, Mariah Elser, Ben Wollmuth, Skylar Rueter and Rachel Poppen. The teens who submitted their video were sponsored by youth services librarian Rachel Loutsch.

This video competition is in its fourth year of encouraging teens to get involved with promoting summer reading and public libraries with a focus on the CSLP 2014 slogan, “Spark a Reaction.” Each participating state selected one winning video to be named the official CSLP Teen Video Challenge state winner for 2014. Twenty-six states and over one hundred teens participated in the creation of these winning videos.

The winners were announced on April 9, 2014 during the CSLP Annual Meeting held in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winners were named from the following states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

To view this year’s winning videos, please visit CSLP’s website at www.cslpreads.org <http://www.cslpreads.org/> . The winning videos can be used by all teens and all public libraries to promote summer reading nationwide.

The winning videos exemplify the diversity of our country and of the teens that created them. Whether produced by an individual teen, groups of teens, a teen library club, or a teen school group, all exhibit creativity and illustrate quality work on the part of the industrious teen film makers. Many videos use humor or literary references to communicate the “Spark a Reaction” idea. Others use more introspective and informative approaches, incorporating inspirational quotes and original music compositions. In addition to promoting reading and the “Spark a Reaction” slogan, it is clear from all these videos that teens value their public libraries.

For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year’s competition will receive a monetary award of $275 and the associated public library will receive prizes worth $125 from CSLP and Upstart. The awards can be used as each winner sees fit.

CSLP plans to continue the Teen Video Challenge for 2015. Please check the CSLP website (www.cslpreads.org <http://www.cslpreads.org/> ) in early fall for information on the 2015 Teen Video Challenge.

CSLP is a consortium of states working together, sharing ideas, expertise, and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children, teens, and adults.

March 25, 2014 - 10:10 am - Posted in Community Calendar, School News

4HOsceola County 4-H Carnival will be on Saturday, March 29th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Sibley Legion.

All ages are invited! Cost is only $0.25 to attend and game tickets are also only $0.25! Featuring: Carnival Style Games, Prizes, and Food Stand! Hosted by Osceola County 4-H Clubs.

Questions contact Michael Compton Osceola County ISU Extension & Outreach office @712-754-3648. All proceeds go to Osceola 4-H Clubs. See you there!


sibley ocheyedan school logoThe Fifth Annual Sibley-Ocheyedan Education Foundation Fundraiser will be on Monday, April 7, 2014.

Schedule of Events: 5:00 to 7:00 pm  Buffet Dinner in the S-O High School Commons. Menu will include Pork or Chicken, vegetable, dessert, potatoes, roll and beverage. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children and students (K-12)

For reservations, please return RSVP with payment by March 31, 2014.

From 6:00 to 8:30 pm is the Fine Arts Night, entertainment will be in the S-O High School Commons. Enjoy performances by choir, band, and speech students. Browse through the fine art work created by S-O students.

You are not required to come for dinner to enjoy the fine arts, but would love to have you join us.

Proceeds from the evening will be used to support the development of educational opportunities through academic enrichment.  Please check our tab on the school’s website at www.thegenerals.org to see the Sibley-Ocheyedan Education Foundation brochure.

Thank-you in advance for your support of the S-O Education Foundation.

Please RSVP by March 31 to S-O Schools.


The Ashton Public Library Presents: Pushing the Limits,  A reading viewing and discussion series.

We want to be stronger, smarter and more aware, But how and why do we push the Limits? How do advances and technology affect our lives every day? Get involved in these questions and more in our four part reading, viewing and discussion series at the Ashton Public Library that is to begin on Saturday march 22nd at 1:00 pm.

Each section will focus on the topics of nature, connection, survival and knowledge and will include a book discussion and the viewing of two short videos.  A light lunch will be served and the participants will receive a free copy of all four books.

  1. when the killings done by TC.Boyle
  2. Thunderstruck by Eric Larson
  3. Artic Drift by Clive cluster
  4.  the land of the painted caves by Jean M Auel


Contact Heather at the Ashton Library to register or for more information, Phone: 724-6426, Email: ashtlib@nethtc.net

Pushing the limits is a reading, viewing and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries, made possible by A grant form the national science foundation.

February 10, 2014 - 10:09 am - Posted in Church News, Community Calendar, School News
Orange City Area Health SystemOrange City Home Health & Hospice is hosting a day camp on Saturday, March 22, for children TK through sixth grade who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Camp Hope’s mission is “to provide a safe place where children have the opportunity to share their feelings and experiences with other children who have also experienced death and to equip parents and caregivers with education and support.” According to social worker Kim Jansma, “Orange City Home Health & Hospice cares about grieving children. Our hope is to educate them about the grief process and give them tools for coping with their loss. We do this by working with the kids as a group while focusing on their individual needs.”
Camp Hope, will be held at First Impact of the First Reformed Church in Orange City. There are a variety of hands-on activities planned to help children identify and express their feelings of loss, as well as a puppet show presentation by “Pockets Full of Fun,” Lisa Laird. According to social worker Michelle Vaas, “Facing grief is not easy at any age. Camp Hope provides an encouraging environment where children can begin to accept the death of their loved one, reflect on their relationship, and begin to understand grief and loss.”
For more information and to pre-register, please contact Orange City Home Health & Hospice at 712-737-5279.

musicSpirit Lake High School will be host to seventeen area high school jazz choirs participating in the Iowa High School Music Association State Jazz Choir Festival Monday February 10 from 3:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts in Spirit Lake.  Here’s a look at when some of the local area schools will perform.

  • Harris-Lake Park – Kathy Greve, Director  - 3:00
  • Central Lyon – Ann Langholdt, Director – 4:07
  • South O’Brien – Deb Tornow, Director – 5:16
  • Sheldon – Adam Orban, Director – 6:02
  • Sibley-Ocheyedan – Corky Koerselman, Director – 6:35
  • Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn – Kristi Wingert, Director – 6:58

Following each school’s performance, the choir will move to the Black Box for a 20 minute clinic to receive comments/suggestions about their performance. Spectators will be allowed to observe the clinic as long as the room capacity does not interfere with the clinic.

A full performance schedule can be located at www.samicenter.org/JazzChoir.pdf.



If you have a child who will be (4) by September 15, 2014, and are interested in having him/her attend S-O Elementary Preschool in the fall, please register by calling 712-754-3636.


FIVE-YEAR OLD CHILD: If you have a child who will be (5) by September 15, 2014, and are interested in having him/her attend Pre-K in the fall, please call to register your child at 712-754-3636.


KINGERGARTEN: If you have a child who will be (5) by September 15, 2014, and they are not currently enrolled in the S-O Preschool or Pre-K programs, please call 712-754-3636 to register.


DEADLINE for registration is Friday, February 21.