Battle of the Books Begins at the South Sioux City Public Library

This is the weekly column printed in the Dakota County Star.  

Battle of the Books Begins at the South Sioux City Public Library

Basketball is in the air during the month of March:  the high school tournaments, the NCAA tournaments etc.  In that spirit, we have the Battle of the Books.  We have sixty-four books, thirty-two books of fiction and thirty-two books of nonfiction.  We are asking library members to vote on their favorite books.  The winner will be announced shortly after the NCAA championship game in early April.  Stop in, vote for your favorite book each week and see if your choices go all the way to win the Battle of the Books.

The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley will be presented by Charlotte Endorf on Monday March 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Annie Oakley was described as the “greatest woman rifle shot.” A star attraction of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her daring shooting feats. A champion in a man’s sport, she changed ideas about the abilities of women in the 19th century, yet she opposed female suffrage. Her fame and fortune came from her skill with guns, yet she was a Quaker. Endorf’s presentation guides the audience through these dichotomies and dispels myth to reveal the real Annie Oakley.

Charlotte Endorf is a lifelong Nebraskan, a member of Toastmasters International (earning the Distinguished Toastmaster award twice).  She specializes in speaking to elementary schools, women’s groups, museums, town festivals, senior centers, and libraries throughout Nebraska bringing the platform girls of the Canteen, Annie Oakley and the Orphan Train accurately. Endorf and her daughter, Sarah, have published ten books. Endorf also developed three documentaries keeping history alive and a CD with an actual Orphan Train rider after a trip to New York City to uncover her records dating back to 1917.

This program is made possible through grants from the Humanities Nebraska Speakers’ Bureau.  It is also a Women’s History Month Program.

One Book, One Siouxland Book Discussion of One Summer, America 1927 by Bill Bryson will be discussed on Monday March 14th at 3:00 p.m.

In One Summer: America, 1927, Iowa author Bill Bryson transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.

The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop. When he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet. Meanwhile, the talented Babe Ruth began his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history. In between those dates, a Queens’ housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation. Unprecedented rain clobbered the American south, flooding the Mississippi River basin, a great human tragedy, the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover. Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption. The first true “talking picture,” Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression.

All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor.

Fruit Trees – Planting & Growing is held on Saturday March 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  This class would be similar to ones we have offered in the past.  Join us for a refresher and pass the information on to anyone interested in fruit trees.  This class is taught by Vaughn Hammond, Orchard Educator and former Extension Educator, UNL.

Write for Your Life meets on Monday, February 29th at 6:30 p.m.  Our writing prompt for this month is “Why I live in a small town”, in honor of Nebraska author, Bess Streeter Aldrich, who was born on February 15th.  We will read what we came up with for our writing prompt, as well as sharing our individual writing projects.

Adult Coloring:  Each Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. we invite adults to join us for a time of adult coloring.  This is a relaxing and mentally healthy activity that you will enjoy.

Tangled Yarns meets each Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. for a time of needlework and fun.  Join in on the fun.

Get Reading Early:  To prepare to vote for the Battle of the Books get started by reading some of these books on the book list.

Play Dead by Harlan Coben.  When her husband, Boston Celtics’ star player David Baskin, dies on their Australian honeymoon, fashion model-turned-entrepreneur Laura Ayars begins to suspect that David’s death wasn’t a simple accident and launches her own investigation.

Tail of the Tip-off is by Rita Mae Brown.  When the dead body of building contractor H.H. Donaldson is found in the parking lot during a basketball game, felines Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with Tee Tucker the Corgi, know just what will happen next. Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen can’t help but try to solve the puzzle. Who could be the killer? Is it a mistress, an archrival, or Donaldson’s ailing wife? Soon Harry can’t trust anyone. Leave it to Mrs. Murphy and her gang to lead Harry right to the missing piece.

Fire Sale is by Sara Paretsky.  When V.I. takes over coaching duties of the girls’ basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms who inevitably draw the detective into their family woes.

Have a great week and read good books.

 

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