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.

SSC Library Celebrates Decade of bringing independent Musical artists to Siouxland

2018 is the tenth year that the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, in South Sioux City, Nebraska, has brought independent music to Siouxland.  This summer they have three more shows for you to enjoy.

Kira Hooks will perform on Thursday July 12th at 7:00 p.m.  Nashville based singer/songwriter, Kira Hooks, is an independent and free-spirited soul that refuses to be put in a box. She was born in Houston, TX in 1993 and raised overseas in The Netherlands, Nigeria, Scotland, and China. Kira’s musical versatility is reflective of her exposure and curiosity to cultural differences and emotional similarities. She is always in search of what, ultimately, brings us together and what feels like honest work. This has led her to remain conversational and light-hearted in her writing process. Through the humbling inspiration of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Antonio Carlos Jobim, India.Arie, and Lianne La Haves, she has grown more in love with her path and is in constant development of her musical abilities. After graduating from the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, CA (2013), she’s released one album, three EPs, and four singles.

Paul Sprawl will sing on Monday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m.  Paul Sprawl has owned and operated his own full-time music career since Sept. 1997. He plays all over North America and several countries in Europe. He’s got nine full-length recordings of his own songs (so far), the first on a German label and the rest on his own. He’s also produced three full-length CDs for other artists. Born and raised in California, he and his dancer/choreographer, video artist wife are currently building a place for artists to find refuge and inspiration (Glint) in the Chihuahuan Desert near Big Bend National Park. He’s been playing guitar, singing and writing songs, recording and performing them since he was a boy. His music uniquely combines percussive guitar techniques with bottleneck, tapping, harmonica and a baritone voice.

The Rough and Tumble will perform on Monday August 20th at 7:00 p.m.  The duo has been perpetually on tour for more than three years.  They call their music a mix of boutique folk and dumpster Americana.  The mix is sure to delight.

The title of the concert series is “Live @ the Redbird Café”.  The name was inspired by the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee.  The shows are performed in the library café area, that provides a warm venue for intimate concerts.

Senior Health (SHIIP) Meeting May 17th

Brad Grier, a local SHIIP representative, will discuss Senior Health issues on Thursday May

17th, at 6:30 p.m., at the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City, Nebraska.  The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) educates people with Medicare, assisting seniors and individuals with disabilities make informed decisions about health insurance. This program is free and open to the public.

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) educates people with Medicare, assisting seniors and individuals with disabilities make informed decisions about health insurance.

Because Medicare can be confusing, the State of Nebraska has developed a program to educate older Nebraskans and people with disabilities about their health insurance and increase awareness of health care fraud. This program is known as the Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program, or SHIIP. The Nebraska SHIIP program is funded through federal grants provided by the Administration on Community Living.

The Nebraska SHIIP does not sell any products or policies, does not conduct market research, and is not related to any insurance companies. SHIIP not only provides presentations at senior centers and other organizations but also maintains a counseling program for Nebraskans who request one-on-one assistance. SHIIP counselors provide accurate, objective information; they help you understand your options so that you can make a better-informed decision.

shiip for bradPrivate counseling sessions may be scheduled to discuss Medicare benefits, Medicare Advantage products, Medicare Supplement policies, Medicare Part D, or healthcare fraud – just to name a few. All SHIIP presentations and counseling sessions are free and unbiased. Also, all counseling sessions are completely confidential.

Kray Van Kirk Live @ the Redbird Cafe

(South Sioux City, Nebraska)- Kray Van Kirk will perform at the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, in South Sioux City, Nebraska on May 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Kray tours throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, performing both in large festivals and small coffee shops.  A writer from the  Daily Fringe Review, of Edinburgh, Scotland, “The evening’s act was Kray Van Kirk, whose 12-string guitar and soaring vocals were spellbinding. The Alaskan singer-songwriter, in his Edinburgh debut, was not the reason I arrived early, but was certainly why I stayed late.”

The room was almost empty after Van Kirk’s show at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. A man with shirt-sleeves rolled up in the August heat walked over to him and stood hesitantly for a moment before thrusting out his hand. “I use to sing for my wife in the evenings, but she has dementia now and doesn’t remember me. That song about the lost lovers and the dance hall…” he stopped for a moment before his Scottish reserve reasserted itself. “That’s it exactly.”

Encounters like that are the heart of Kray Van Kirk’s music. He has played festival stages in front of thousands and coffee shop corners for only a handfull of listeners, but feels most at home playing house concerts and small stages where he can listen to his audiences and hear their stories. His connection with those who come to spend an evening with his exceptional fingerstyle guitar and storied lyrics led the Borderline Folk Club in New York to write that Van Kirk was “what every singer-songwriter should aspire to.”

If you ask someone about Kray Van Kirk’s music, comparisons to John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Richard Thompson, or Douglie MacLean will come up. If you ask Van Kirk himself to describe what he does, he is likely to jump on top of a table in a crowded coffee shop and shout ‘The wind is changing! Look sharp! Get out the map – it’s time to go! We ride across a thousand pages and sail beyond the sunset, to seek, to find, to strive, and not to yield!’ Some won’t understand it, and that’s perfectly fine. But those who do will wipe the tears from their eyes, smile knowingly, and drain their cups, toasting their own wild lands and wilder passions.

Kray’s website is  If you would like to interview or book him email him at  Contact me at for more information. kray van kirk 2