Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Freegal Music and the South Sioux City Public Library
St. Patrick’s Day has sparked the imaginations of Americans, making us all Irish for at least one day. Freegal Music has put together a great playlist of Irish music to make your holiday bright. Artists on this playlist include: John Mayer, Johnny Cash, Celtic Women, Van Morrison, the Irish Tenors, Steve Earle, Celtic Thunder and many more artists.
Reading the Irish: If you want to be more than a one day Irishman tries one of these titles from Irish authors.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (LPFIC WIL) An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption.
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (LPFIC SWI) Gulliver sees life from many different perspectives during the course of his exciting voyages around the world. In Lilliput he is a giant among a race of little people only six inches high; in Brobdingnag he himself seems tiny compared to the giant inhabitants; and in the country of the Houyhnhnms, horses rule and the human creatures there have the status of animals. Life back in England seems very ordinary after all that he has seen.
Room by Emma Donoghue (FIC DON) in this novel, it’s Jack’s birthday and he’s excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real. Until the day Ma admits that there’s a world outside.
Tara Road by Maeve Binchy (FIC BIN) Thanks to a chance phone call, Ria from Dublin and Marilyn from New England switch houses for the summer, with extraordinary results
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (YAFIC BOY) Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-With” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
All these book descriptions come from the library’s catalog record.
One Book One Siouxland 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 out-sized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor.
Growing Grapes is the topic of the March 12th orchard class from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Vaughn Hammond, Orchard Educator, former Extension Educator, UNL is the instructor for this event.
Club 745.5 Cherry Blossom Art from Recycled Soda Bottles– In preparation for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Club 745.5 will learn how to make cherry blossom art using recycled soda bottles.
The tradition of the National Cherry Blossom Festival came after a gift of 3,000 Cherry Blossom Trees from Tokyo in 1912. Club 745.5 meet74s on Thursday March 17th at 6:30 p.m. and repeated on Friday March 18th at 10:30 p.m.
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.
Have a great week and read good books.