Celebrating 500 Years of Latinos in America at the South Sioux City Public Library

Celebrating 500 Years of Latinos in America is a program brought to the library via Humanities Nebraska, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Library Association is a nationwide public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country’s largest minority group.

The Middle of Everywhere by Mary Pipher will be the topic of a special Cover to Cover book club meeting on Monday February 1st at 3:00 p.m.  The Middle of Everywhere moves beyond the headlines into the homes of refugees from around the world. Working as a cultural broker, teacher, and therapist, Mary Pipher has once again opened our eyes–and our hearts–to those with whom we share the future.

The New Latinos (1946-1965) from the PBS series Latino American will be viewed and discussed on Monday night, February 8th; at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Maria Arbelaez from the University of Nebraska Omaha will lead the discussion following the 1 hour screening.  Maria Arbelaez, PhD is the Associate Professor Modern Mexico, Borderlands, Latino/Chicano Studies.

We will introduce this new program entitled Your Stories on February 22nd at 6:30 p.m.  In this program, we will begin recording immigrant stories of what brought you to the United States.  This will be a continuing program of the South Sioux City Public Library.

African American History Month:  February is African American History Month.  During this month the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.  The following are some titles that will help you observe African American History Month.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (305.8 COA) In his trademark style — a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage — Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here”– Provided by publisher.

The Wars of Reconstruction:  the Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era by Douglas Egerton (973.8 EGE) 2014 A history of the Reconstruction years, which marked the United States’ most progressive moment prior to the Civil Rights movement, tells the stories of the African-American activists and officeholders who risked their lives for equality after the Civil War.

American Tapestry:  the Story of Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama by Rachel L. Swarms (973.932 SWA) a remarkable history of First Lady Michelle Obama’s mixed ancestry as well as a portrait of America itself in an epic and inspiring family saga.


February is Library Lovers’ Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation’s libraries will continue to serve.  Librarians come in all shapes and sizes.  The following are books about libraries and librarians.

The World’s Strongest Librarian by Joshua Hanagarne is the story of a Mormon boy who had Tourette’s syndrome finds new life in books and weightlifting.  This voracious reader and world class weightlifter became a librarian and author.  This is his story.


Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush is the story of a former First Lady, who was also a former librarian.


Finally, we offer Dewey: the Small-town Library Cat who touched the World is by Vicky Myron who was the Librarian at Spencer (Iowa) Public Library, when someone dropped a kitten in the drop-box.


Have a great week and read good books.


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