Romance is in the Air at the South Sioux City Public Library

The Following is the weekly column that is posted in the Dakota County Star.

Romance is in the Air at the South Sioux City Public Library

Mark your calendars for Wednesday February 24th at 6:30 p.m., when Flagship Romance performs in concert at the South Sioux City Public Library.

Flagship Romance consists of newlywed singers and songwriters Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson. To describe their sound, they have coined the term “Harmonic Alternative Folk.” Anchored by Fisher’s unique guitar playing, Flagship Romance compositions are centered around and feature the couple’s unclassifiable vocal blend.

Since the release of their debut EP, The Fudge Sessions, in January of 2013, Flagship Romance has toured the US multiple times, making stops at legendary venues such as The Bitter End in New York City and multiple performances at the historical Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL. The variety of acts that this duo has shared the stage with is a tribute to the universal accessibility of their compositions and live show. These names include Iris Dement, Claire Lynch, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jack’s Mannequin, and Mason Jennings. Flagship Romance has also been a part of some of 2013’s biggest festivals including SXSW, Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, and the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival.

Flagship Romance headed into the studio in January 2014 to record their first full-length album, entitled Fee Fie Foh Fum. The stripped tracks on this new album consist of full-takes, with no splicing or tuning. Given the intimate, yet energetic quality of their live performances, this new record is a raw, real, and organic experience. In addition to the album, Fisher and Jackson invited a team of professional cinematographers to travel with them and document the entire recording process. This behind the scenes documentary features the studio performances, the duo’s love-laced back-story, and the beautiful nature surrounding the home-studio. Fee Fie Foh Fum was released on physical formats (CD/DVD) in June 2014, and will be released digitally in conjunction with a radio campaign in January 2015.

Flagship Romance has aligned their musical career with the clean water cause via the organization charity: water. In August 2012, Fisher and Jackson founded and organized the Clean Water Music Fest in Florida, to raise funding and awareness for the 800 million people on this planet without access to safe, clean drinking water. Since then, these two troubadours have raised over $125,000; 100% of that money is currently being used for well building and tap-stand projects in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the Sahel region of Africa.

There is a #10 per person suggested donation at the door for this event.

Technology Classes:  We offer classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday February 16th through 18th.  On Tuesday we offer Tech Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., Microsoft Windows 1 at 11:00 a.m., Microsoft Windows 2 at 1:00 p.m., Smartphone Apps at 2:00 p.m., and E-book Readers at 5:00 p.m.  We offer Clean up your Computer on Wednesday, February 17th at 6:00 p.m. and Yahoo Messenger at 7:00 p.m.  Finally on Thursday February 18th we offer Microsoft PowerPoint 1 & 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and E-Book Reader class at 2:00 p.m.

Club 745.5 will teach participants how to make bookmarks with recycled book pages on Thursday, February, 18th at 6:30 p.m. and Friday Feruary, 19th at 10:30 a.m.

Presidents’ Day:  We will close in honor of the Presidents’ Day on Monday February 15th.

Popular Romance:  February is a month for romance.  The following are some of the most popular romance novels owned by the library.

Penny Town Justice by A.L. McWilliams is a western love story set in the Arizona territory.

Corsets & Clockwork:  13 Stempunk Romances edited by Trisha Telep is a series of mashup stories, combining romance with steampunk settings.

Streets of Fire by Solidad Santiago.  In this novel, Francesca Colon struggles to find a balance between raising her children, finding romance and proving herself as a police officer.

Presidential Biographies:  In honor of Presidents’ Day we recommend these popular presidential biographies.

Thomas Jefferson:  the Art of Power by Jon Meacham.  In this biography the author draws upon archives in the United States, England, and France, as well as unpublished transcripts of Jefferson presidential papers to give readers a view of Jefferson the politician and the President, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. The father of the ideal of individual liberty, of the Louisiana Purchase, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and of the settling of the West, Jefferson recognized that the genius of humanity, and the genius of the new nation, lay in the possibility of progress. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously, catapulting him into becoming the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history.

Andrew Jackson:  His Life and Times by H.W. Brands is an expansive book on the life of the first popularly elected President of the United States.

The Fiery Trial:  Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner.  In a landmark work of deep scholarship and insight, Foner gives us a life of Lincoln as it intertwined with slavery, the defining issue of the time and the tragic hallmark of American history. The author demonstrates how Lincoln navigated a dynamic political landscape deftly; moving in measured steps, often on a path forged by abolitionists and radicals in his party, and that Lincoln’s greatness lay in his capacity for moral and political growth.

Destiny of the Republic:  a Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of the President by Candice Millard tells the story of the career of President James A. Garfield, his assassination, and attempts to save his life.

Have a great week and read great books.

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