Storytelling of the Dakota

Humanities NebraskaJoyzelle Gingway Godfrey will present Storytelling of the Dakota at the South Sioux City Public Library on Monday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m.

This presentation demonstrates the historic societal structure of the Dakota people through the medium of storytelling. The adventures of the first set of twins born in the world will give a glimpse of the family structure, food gathering and beliefs of their tribal people.

Joyzelle Godfrey is a retired college professor who taught Lakota Studies for Sinte Gleska University in South Dakota as well as English and Writing. Her storytelling is based on the historical culture of her .

This program is made possible through the generosity of Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and the State of Nebraska.


Diane R. Bartels presents “Sharpie” at Dakota County Historical Society Event

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Diane R. Bartels will present, “Sharpie: Nebraska’s Queen of the Air”, on Friday October 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City, Nebraska.  This program is presented by the Dakota County Historical Society.

This Power Point presentation is based on Bartels’ extensive research and book about Evelyn Sharp, a pioneering, teenage aviatrix who became a war hero. Sharp taught men to fly and was one of the first women to ferry U.S. Army Air Force fighters during World War II, freeing men for combat. The program is appropriate for students as well as adults.

Diane Bartels is a lifelong Nebraskan who grew up wanting to fly airplanes. She earned her pilot certificate in 1966 and with that evolved a commitment to aerospace education and the preservation of Nebraska’s rich aviation heritage. In 1991, Diane was recognized as Nebraska’s Teacher-Scholar by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award made it possible for her to write and publish “Sharpie: The Life Story of Evelyn Sharp, Nebraska’s Aviatrix.” Diane belongs to several aviation organizations, has been published in journals and periodicals and has presented at national conferences. She served as principal consultant for the NETV documentary film “Sharpie: Born To Fly.”

The program is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska and the Dakota County Historical Society, through the HN Speakers Bureau. Speakers Bureau connects Nebraskans with over 165 authors, historians, scholars, musicians, and storytellers who give performances and speak on topics as diverse as the immigrant experience, Great Plains history, world folk music, Nebraska literature, international law, and Native American culture. The Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau is the largest of its kind in the United States. All presentations last for approximately thirty minutes to an hour and include time for questions from the audience. Programs are available for any non-profit or educational organization in the state and can be tailored based on the age and size of the audience. More information about how to book speakers through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau can be found online at

The Dakota County Historical Society Board of Directors meets on the third Thursday each month from January to October, at the Dakota City Public Library, at 7:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.  The Dakota County Historical Society operates Combs School, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and the O’Connor House.  For an appointment call 402-987-3516.

National Preparedness Month: Make and Practice Your Plan

September is National Preparedness Month.  This year’s theme is Disasters Happen.  Prepare now.  Learn how.  This week, September 1st through 8th, the focus is on Make and Practice Your Plan. has several pages to help you to make and practice your plan.

Be Informed  has links to a number of pages on how to prepare for a number of potential dangers/ disasters.

Make a Plan brings the participant to create a checklist of what you need to do to prepared for disasters.  They provide PDFs on related issues.

Get Involved has several helpful ways you can get involved in your community before a disaster.

Kid’s Page is a condensed version of what youth need to know to be a part of helping their family and/ or community to prepare for disasters.

School Bus Awareness

The following is from the Dakota County Emergency Management Team.

Schools are starting in the area and drivers need to pay attention to children walking, crossing the streets and school buses picking up and dropping off children.

Students all over the country rely on school buses to get them safely to and from school and other activities. As responsible drivers, we can help keep kids safe by practicing caution when school buses and children are present.

Here are some basic bus safety rules that every driver can follow:

  1. When you see a school bus’s flashing red lights with a stop sign, this indicates that drivers should stop.
  2. When you see flashing lights on school bus, drivers in either direction of the bus should stop until the lights go off and the bus moves again.
  3. Yellow flashing lights on the bus indicate the bus is getting ready to stop to unload or pick up children. Consider stopping or proceed with caution.
  4. Always wait until children are safely on sidewalks before accelerating near a bus stop.

If you’re driving near a school bus and you aren’t sure exactly what the rules are? Better safe than sorry! Stopping for school buses is one of the most important things you can do on the road. Remember, children may not know or understand just how dangerous the roadway can be and it’s up to you to be appropriately – and often overly – cautious around them.

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Today is International Cat Day

International Cat Day is a full 24 hours of recognition of one of humanity’s oldest and most beloved pets.   The following are some of the most popular materials about cats.

Adult Books

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood (FIC ATW)

The Cat Who Went Underground by Lillian Jackson Braun (FIC BRA)

The Complete Cats in the Sun by Hans Walter Silvester (599.75 SIL)

The cat bible : everything your cat expects you to know by Tracie Hotchner (636.8 HOT)

Young Adult Books

The Alchemist’s Cat by Robin Jarvis (YAFIC JAR)

Sideshow : ten original tales of freaks, illusionists, and other matters odd and magical (YAFIC SID)9647497507_76bfdcb71f_b
Children’s Books

Snot Stew by Bill Wallace (JFIC WAL)

Critter Jokes and Riddles by Janet Nuzum Myers (J 818 MYE)

Dolores and the big fire: a true story by Andrew Clements (E CLE GREEN)

Go Away Monster, Lickety Split!  by Nancy Evans Cooley (E COO BEDTIME)

Cloudy by Deborah King (E KIN PETS)

Signs for pets and animals (BRD SIG)

Music CDs

The Heart of Classic Rock.  Don’t Stop Believin’  (MCD ROCK HEA)

Singers and Songwriters, 1970-1971 (MCD ROCK SIN)

Singers and Songwriters, 1974-1975 (MCD ROCK SIN)

Singers and Songwriters, 1976-1977 (MCD ROCK SIN)

The Woodstock Collection.  Born to be Wild (MCD ROCK WOO)

Movies and Television

W.C. Fields Comedy Collection (DVD COM WC)

The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection (DVD COM STL)

August is Happiness Happens Month

August is Happiness Happens Month.  Happiness Happens Month is a whole month dedicated to celebrating what makes you happy.

The following are some titles of materials that make our patrons happy.  Maybe they will make you happy tool.

Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall-Smith (FIC MAC) part of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books,

The Nine Rooms of Happiness:  Keys to a Joy-Filled Life   by Lucy Danziger  (158.1 DAN)

You Are Here:  Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh (294.3 NAH)

Cyanide and Happiness by Kris Wilson (741.5 WIL)

Happy Trails:  the Story of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans) by Roy Rogers (BIO ROG)

Young Adult Books

Awaken by Meg Cabot (YAFIC CAB)

Earth Flight by Janet Edwards (YAFIC EDW)

Twice Upon a Marigold  by Jean Ferris (YAFIC FER),

It’s Happy Bunny:  the Good, The Bad and the Bunny  by Jim Benton (YA 128 BEN),

Children’s Books

Guinea Dogs by Patrick Jennings (JFIC JEN)

Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth (JFIC SHE)

What to Do? What Not to Do? by Toni Teevin (E TEE FOLK? FAIRY TAILS)

The Chocolate Cat by Sue Stainton (E STA PETS)

Alicia’s happy day : el dí́a más Feliz de Alicia by Meg Starr (E STA)


Duets by Tony Bennett (MCD ROCK BEN)

Pop Memories of the 60s.  My Special Angel (MCD ROCK POP)

I;m With You by The Red Hot Chill Peppers (MCD ROCK RED)

The Woodstock Collection.  Age of Aquarius (MCD ROCK WOO)

Woodstock Collection.  Summer of Love (MCD ROCK WOO)

Movies and Television

Delta Farce (MCD COM DEL)

Beausoleil live from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (DVD DOC BEA)

The Dick Van Dyke Show (season 1) (MCD TV DIC)

The Munsters: The Complete Collection (seasons 1 and 2) (DVD TV MUN)

True Grit (DVD WES TRU)91-kwbintel

Staff Recommendations, June 29th, 2018

Songs of Rodeo Life by Chris LeDous is a treat for traditional country music fans.  The is a 1991 CD that has been rereleasedm  and been added to the library collection.  The songs are sometimes humorous and sometimes sad, but it doesn’t glamorize the dangerous work of riding in the rodeo.  There are no gimmicks in this release.  It is al relaxing recording that will take you back to a simpler time.


Colorado Mornings by Rupert Wates is subtitled True Love Songs and it is just that.  Wates’ vocal and guitar work is a blend of Roger Whittaker and John Denver, but it has much more to offer.  Colorado Mornings  Parts 1 and 2 and Lady Gray are fairly traditional genre bending love songs.  Wates does much more that traditional folk Americana music.  His work also seems to be similar in structure with an acoustic version of progressive rock.  Some segments of the recording he has a jazzy style, other songs are thoughtful and poetic.  The music is enchanting.


The Dry by Jane Harper is a slow burning mystery novel in which Federal Agent Aaron Faulk comes back to his home town after being summoned with an ominous note.  Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets..


In Reach by Pamela Carter Joem is an elegant set of stories tat humanizes a small town in western Nebraska.  Each story is set in, or contains characters from Reach, Nebraska..  The stories talk about real problems and challenges in Nebraska.