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;id=3421.  Send your name, phone number, bid item number, and bid amount to

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.




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