Testing and Education Reference Center Updates

Testing and Education Reference Center Updates

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Gale is pleased to announce upcoming enhancements to Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) in the coming months. This invaluable education and career database will receive interface updates to the online courses (summer), practice tests (fall), and have a responsive design by year end.

Users will experience:

  • Intuitive navigation
  • Standardized terminology
  • Popular web iconography
  • Improved readability
  • Uniform design across the platform

 

TERC continues to be the most reliable test prep, college readiness, and career development resource available for students and job seekers alike.

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Reading for Independence Day

Early American History (1700-1820)

Our Constitution by Donald J. Ritchie (342.7 RIT)

The Quartet: orchestrating the second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis (342.73 ELL)

The American Soul: rediscovering the wisdom of the founders by Jacob Needleman (973 NEE)

Ladies of Liberty: the women who shaped our nation by Cokie Roberts (973.09 ROB)

American Creation: triumphs and tragedies at the founding of the Republic by Joseph J. Ellis (973.3 ELL)

Liberty’s Exiles: American loyalists in the revolutionary world by Maya Jasanoff (973.3 JAS)

1776 by David C. McCullough (973.3 MAC)

1776: excerpts from the acclaimed history, with letters, maps, and seminal artwork by David C. McCullough (973.3 MAC)

Bunker Hill: a city, a siege, a revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick (973.3 PHI)

Founding mothers : the women who raised our nation by Cokie Roberts (973.3 ROB)

George Washington’s Secret Six: the spy ring that saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade (973.4 KIL)

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: the Forgotten war that changed American history by Brian 9Kilmeade (973.4 KIL)

American Gospel: God, the founding fathers, and the making of a nation by Jon Meachan (973.4 MEA)

My Dearest Friend: letters of Abigail and John Adams by John Adams (973.44 ADA)

The Rockets’ Red Glare: an illustrated history of the War of 1812 by Donald Hickey (973.5 HIC)

Roger Williams and the creation of the American soul : church, state, and the birth of liberty by John M. Barry (974.5 BAR)

The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin : with related documents by Benjamin Franklin (BIO FRA)

John Paul Jones: sailor, hero, father of the American Navy by Evan Thomas (BIO JOH)

American Independence/ Patriotism

The Rights of the People: how our search for safety invades our liberties by David K. Shipler (323.0973 SHI)

American Patriots: the story of Blacks in the military from the Revolution to Desert Storm by Gail Lumet Buckley (355.008 BUC)

A Patriot’s Handbook: Songs, poems, stories, and speeches celebrating the land we love edited by Caroline Kennedy (810.8 PAT)

Patriotism, Perseverance, Posterity: the story of the National Japanese American Memorial 940.54 PAT)

Seizing destiny : how America grew from sea to shining sea by Richard Kluger (973 KLU)

1001 events that made America: a patriot’s handbook by Alan Axelrod (973.02 AXE)

American Insurgents, American Patriots: the revolution of the people by T.H. Breen (973.3 BRE)

American Patriot: the life and wars of Colonel Bud Day by Robert Coran (BIO DAY)

American Wife: love, war, faith, and renewal by Taya Kyle (BIO KYL)

 

Research and Writing Tips for Students

Research and Writing Tips for Students

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Beach Music and Books for Everyone at the South Sioux City Public Library

Beach Music and Books for Everyone at the South Sioux City Public Library

Summer is a great time to catch up on some good books and good music.  Both are found at the library.

Cover to Cover Book Club:  On Monday, June 27th, we will discuss the first half of Beach Music by Pat Conroy.  In this novel Jack McCall is an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after his wife’s suicide. He tells of the dark memories that haunt his family and friends, spanning Rome and South Carolina, reaching back to the terrors of the Holocaust.

Tech Monday/ Tuesday is held on Monday June 27th at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday June 28th at 10:00 a.m. During this class we seek to answer your technology questions.

Everything Google:  Welcome to the wonderful world of Google. Learners will discover some about Gmail, Google Documents, Google calendar, Google Books and more.  We offer this class on Monday June 27th at 7:00 p.m.

Microsoft Word class is held on June 28th at 1:00 p.m.  We want you to become familiar with Microsoft Word 2007, so to begin we will start with basic terminology, how to accomplish everyday tasks such as creating a new document, saving a document, spell checking, change text and printing.  We will also discuss the ruler, indents & tabs, insert/overtype, cut and paste, using the clipboard, and paragraph styles.

E-book Reader class is held on Tuesday, June 28th at 5:00 p.m. and repeated on Thursday, June 30th at 2:00 p.m.  In this class we will teach library members how to checkout and read books on Nebraska Overdrive Libraries.

Tangled Yarns is a needlework group that meets each Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

Introduction to MyHeritage class is held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30th at 3:00 p.m.  Learn to trace your family history through global genealogy resources.

Small Business Reference Center class is held on Thursday June 30th at 4:00 p.m.  Learn how to start, finance, or manage a small business.

Freegal Music for Great Summer Music:  If you are looking for great music to download or stream check out Freegal Music on the South Sioux City Library website www.southsiouxcity.org/library.  The most popular albums are:  When It’s Dark Out by G-Easy, 25 by Adele, Thank You by Meghan Trainor, 7/27 by Fifth Harmony, This is Acting by Sia, The Intro by Ruth B, Eldorado by Ro James, T.R.A.P.S.O.U.L. by Bryson Tiller, Storyteller by Carrie Underhill, and Greatest Hits by Journey.

The Meaning of Names by Karen Shoemaker is the One Book One Nebraska choice for 2016.  This book “is the story of an ordinary woman trying to raise a family during extraordinary times. Estranged from her parents because she married against their will, confronted with violence and prejudice against her people, and caught up in the midst of the worst plague the world has ever seen, Gerda Vogel, an American of German descent, must find the strength to keep her family safe from the effects of a war that threatened to consume the whole world. The Meaning of Names re-creates a world gone by that speaks eloquently to modern day issues” — Provided by publisher.

If you are waiting to read this book, you may want to read one of these titles.

The Cartographer of No-Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy.  When his beloved brother-in-law goes missing at the front in 1916, Angus defies his pacifist upbringing to join the war and find him. Assured a position as a cartographer in London, he is instead sent directly into the visceral shock of battle. Meanwhile, at home, his son Simon Peter must navigate escalating hostility in a fishing village torn by grief.

The Cove by Ron Rash.  Living deep within a cove in the Appalachians of North Carolina during World War I, Laurel Shelton, a lonely young woman branded as a witch, finally finds the happiness she deserves in Walter, a mysterious stranger who is mute, but their love might not be enough to protect them from a devastating secret.

The Star of Istanbul by Robert Olen Butler.  Christopher Marlowe (“Kit”) Cobb, an American war correspondent reporting on World War I, has been tasked to follow a man named Brauer, a German intellectual and possible covert SS agent, into perilous waters aboard the ship Lusitania, as the man is believed to hold information vital to the war effort. Aboard the Lusitania on its fateful voyage, Cobb becomes smitten with famed actress Selene Bourgani, who for some reason appears to be working with German Intelligence.

Exiles by Ron Hansen.  Exiled for their religious beliefs in 1875, five nuns embark on a voyage to America, only to lose their lives when the ship runs aground, in a tale that inspires a grand poem by a doomed priest and Oxford scholar living in literary exile.

Have a great week and read good books.

Teresa Kay in Concert at the South Sioux City Public Library

Teresa Kay in Concert at the South Sioux City Public Library

Celebrate summer at the South Sioux City Public Library.

Hats History and the Music June 20th: Teresa Kay Orr will be at the library on Monday night June 20th, at 6:30 p.m. for her new concert program Hats, History and the Music. Teresa Kay is a popular entertainer who will bring another great program to the library. You don’t want to miss it.

Some of the other activities available this week are:

Adult Coloring: Stop by for a time of relaxing adult coloring in Friday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tangled Yarns needlework group is held on each Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Tech Monday:  Bring your technology questions to the library on Monday June 20th at 6:30 p.m. and we will help you to find answers.

Legal Information Center:  Learn to find full text consumer legal information plus legal forms from all states at our class of our Legal Information Center on Monday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m.

E-Book Reader class is held on Tuesday June 21st at 5:00 p.m. and repeated on Thursday June 23rd at 2:00 p.m.  In this class you will learn to search for and download books from Nebraska Overdrive Libraries.

Microsoft Publisher:  On Thursday June 23rd at 3:00 p.m. you will have an opportunity to learn Microsoft Publisher.  It is a basic course covering the types of documents that can be created, how to modify templates and how to insert text and images, how to use and modify Microsoft Publisher templates, and how to create a variety of documents using Microsoft Publisher.

Writing for Nebraska 150:  Dakota County:  In commemoration of Nebraska’s 150th Anniversary, the Write for Your Life Writer’s Group and the South Sioux City Public Library is putting together a book of remembrances, of yesterday and today.  We are looking for stories that Dakota County residents want to share with our children and our children’s children.

Some of the topics that one could cover are:  local sports and recreation. local businesses past and present,  important national events that intersected with local history such as war efforts/ local heroes from Dakota County, life during the Great Depression, 9/11 remembrances and local responses, weather events that changed our lives blizzards (1949, 1975), floods (1952, 2011), or origin stories of how our families came to Dakota County.  We live in a wonderful community.  We want to preserve our stories for generations to come.

Reading the Nebraska 150:  Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, the Nebraska Library Commission, and the Nebraska State Historical Society have come together to celebrate Nebraska’s 150th birthday.  The following are some selections from the list.

From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska women in journalism by Eileen M. Wirth are the story of Ms. Wirth, who didn’t set out to be a groundbreaking journalist, but she was.  Her years as one of the first women reporters for the Omaha World Herald give her a unique perspective to chronicle the history of journalism in this volume.

Seasons on the Tallgrass Prairie:  a Nebraska Year by Paul A. Johnsgard collects the author’s musings on Nebraska’s natural history and the issues of conservation facing our future.

Nebraska’s Post Office Murals:  Born of the Depression, Fostered by the New Deal by L. Robert Puschendorf catalogues the twelve post offices that received Depression era murals as part of the New Deal.

Currently Available at the Library:  The following are bestselling titles available at the library.

All Summer Long by Dorthea Benton Frank is a story of a southern gentleman who is moving back south to pursue a slower more peaceful life, and his talented wife who is not so sure that she is ready to make the change.  During the process of downsizing they get glimpses into other people’s lives that will amuse, shock, and transform them.

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah:  “Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Viann and Isabelle’s father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it’s not only the sisters’ relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong. With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions”- from the publisher.

Have a great week and read good books.

This Week at South Sioux City Public Library

Cover to Cover Book Club:  On Monday June 13th, at 3:00 p.m. we will discuss the second half of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson.  In this book Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village.

Club 745.5 (Crafts):  Never let a used milk jug go to waste again.  In this class you’ll learn how to turn a used one into very handy planters for growing plants indoors. Learn how on Thursday, June 16th at 6:30 p.m., and repeated on Friday, June 17th at 10:30 a.m.

Tangled Yarns needlework group is held on each Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Adult Coloring:  Stop by for a time of relaxing adult coloring in Friday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tech Monday/ Tuesday:  If you have technology questions our librarians will help you find the answers on Monday night, June 13th at 6:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 14th at 10:00 a.m.

Find Great Reading on Masterfile:  Learn to search popular magazines, journals, and other sources for info on a variety of topics on Monday, June 13th, at 7:00 p.m.

Microsoft Excel:  Trying to make a spreadsheet?  Need a little starting guidance?  We can help. We will teach all about the worksheets in Excel, how to move around the worksheet, all about the cells in the worksheet (cut copy paste) inserting rows/columns, and saving all your hard work.  In addition to this you will discover that Excel has a way to input math calculations right on your worksheet? There are ways to edit the cells in the worksheet such as alignments, borders, font changes, background, etc.  Finally, if you need to insert a chart into an Excel worksheet, this class will teach you how. We will also talk about page breaks and printing your document.  This class is held on Tuesday, June 14th, at 1:00 p.m.

E-book Reader:  In this class you will learn how to download e-books using the Overdrive app on Tuesday, June 14th, at 5:00 p.m. and it is repeated on Thursday, June 16th, at 2:00 p.m.

Microsoft Word:  We want you to become familiar with Microsoft Word 2007, so to begin we will start with basic terminology, how to accomplish everyday tasks such as creating a new document, saving a document, spell checking, change text and printing.  We will also discuss the ruler, indents & tabs, insert/overtype, cut and paste, using the clipboard, and paragraph styles.  This class is held on Wednesday, June 15th, at 6:00 p.m.

Facebook class is held on Thursday, June 16th, at 3:00 p.m.  This class will help you get up to speed on how to create, use and maintain a Facebook page of your own and understanding the privacy policies and settings.

Twitter class is held on Thursday, June 16th, at 4:00 p.m.  This is an introduction to signing-up, creating a profile and using the service to find friends and/ or use Twitter for a news source. Patrons will have the opportunity to have two Twitter friends by the end of the class.

Hats History and the Music June 20th:  Teresa Kay Orr will be at the library on Monday night June 20th, at 6:30 p.m. for her new concert program Hats, History and the Music.  Teresa Kay is a popular local entertainer who will bring another great program to the library.  You don’t want to miss it.

Cardinal Festival Silent Auction:  Seven wood carvings on display at the library are up for silent auction to help raise funds for the annual Cardinal Festival expenses.  Bids will increase in $5.00 minimum increments.  Bidding began on May 25th.  View the carvings online at http://www.southsiouxcity.org/egov/apps/document/center.egov?view=item;id=3421.  Send your name, phone number, bid item number, and bid amount to dwmixdorf@southsiouxcity.org.

Writing for Nebraska 150:  Dakota County:  In commemoration of Nebraska’s 150th Anniversary, the Write for Your Life Writer’s Group and the South Sioux City Public Library is putting together a book of remembrances, of yesterday and today.  We are looking for stories that Dakota County residents want to share with our children and our children’s children.

Some of the topics that one could cover are:  local sports and recreation. local businesses past and present,  important national events that intersected with local history such as war efforts/ local heroes from Dakota County, life during the Great Depression, 9/11 remembrances and local responses, weather events that changed our lives blizzards (1949, 1975), floods (1952, 2011), or origin stories of how our families came to Dakota County.  We live in a wonderful community.  We want to preserve our stories for generations to come.

Reading the Nebraska 150:  The following are some book recommendations from Nebraska’s 150 books.

In Dating Dead Men by Harley Jane Kozak, Wollie Shelley is a greeting card artist and small business owner, is dating forty men in sixty days as a participant in a social science research project when she stumbles over a dead body. Wollie decides to investigate the murder because she is afraid her paranoid schizophrenic brother may be involved.

The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Shoemaker “Set in 1918 in the farm country at the heart of America, The Meaning of Names is the story of an ordinary woman trying to raise a family during extraordinary times. Estranged from her parents because she married against their will, confronted with violence and prejudice against her people, and caught up in the midst of the worst plague the world has ever seen, Gerda Vogel, an American of German descent, must find the strength to keep her family safe from the effects of a war that threatened to consume the whole world. The Meaning of Names re-creates a world gone by that speaks eloquently to modern day issues” — Provided by publisher.  This is also our One Book One Nebraska selection.

Have a great week and read great books.