Expand Your Horizons at the South Sioux City Public Library

The following is the weekly library column printed by the Dakota County Star newspaper.

Expand Your Horizons at the South Sioux City Public Library

On Monday July 11th we will discuss the second half of the book 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.

If you like the novel Beach Music by Pat Conroy, you will like these books as well.

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume is set in 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling.

Early Warning by Jane Smiley finds that family patriarch Walter Langdon has died, and his children have fanned out across the country. The narrative moves year by year from 1953 to 1986, encompassing Cold War blinkeredness, Sixties rebellion, and escalating wealth into the Eighties.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis is set in 1923; fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation.

Tech Monday/ Tuesday:  Bring your technology questions to the library on Monday night July 11th at 6:00 p.m. or on Tuesday, July 12th at 10:00 a.m. and we will help you to find answers.

What do I read Next? NoveList Plus:  You will learn how to find recommendations, reviews, and series info for fiction/nonfiction books on Monday night, July 11th 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.  Did you know 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.   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.  Learn all of these things on Tuesday, July, 12th at 1:00 p.m.

E-Book Reader:  Learn how to download and read books on Overdrive on Tuesday July, 12th at 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, July, 14th at 5:00 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 on Wednesday July 13th at 6:00 p.m.

Tangled Yarns:  If you are a needle worker, join the Tangled Yarns group on Tuesday, July 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Have a great week and read good books.


Prenatal Classes at St. Luke’s/ Unity Point

We have fielded many questions about Prenatal Classes from St. Luke’s.  We are not hosting the classes this year, but this is the schedule for the classes hosted at St. Luke’s/ Unity Point in Sioux City.

Breast feeding classes

7/12/2016 – 6:20 PM      St. Luke’s Lower Level

8/9/2016 – 6:20 PM        St. Luke’s Lower Level

9/13/2016 – 6:20 PM      St. Luke’s Lower Level


Childbirth Express Classes

8/6/2016 – 9:00 AM        UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s

10/1/2016 – 9:00 AM      UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s

12/3/2016 – 9:00 AM      UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s


Childbirth Prep Classes

7/7/2016 – 6:30 PM        UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s

8/4/2016 – 6:30 PM        UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s

9/1/2016 – 6:30 PM        UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s


Natural Childbirth Comfort Techniques Classes

7/21/2016 – 6:00 PM      UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Lower Level

8/18/2016 – 6:00 PM      UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Lower Level

9/15/2016 – 6:00 PM      UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Lower Level


New Baby’s Siblings Class

7/28/2016 – 6:30 PM      UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s

8/25/2016 – 6:30 PM      UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s

9/22/2016 – 6:30 PM      UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s


Boot Camp for New Dads

7/19/2016 – 6:30 PM      St. Luke’s Lower Level

8/16/2016 – 6:30 PM      St. Luke’s Lower Level

9/20/2016 – 6:30 PM      St. Luke’s Lower Level

From https://www.unitypoint.org/siouxcity/classes-and-events-list.aspx?id=ff8eb6ca-f7de-4278-9ca5-dc62fd573e53

Celebrating U.S. Independence at the South Sioux City Public Library

Celebrating U.S. Independence at the South Sioux City Public Library
On Monday, July 4th, the library will be closed in celebration of Independence Day. During this holiday we celebrate the founding of the United States of America. The following are some book that you may want to read about United States history.
Bunker Hill: a City, a Siege, and a Revolution, by Nathaniel Philbrick brings his prodigious talents to the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution. Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists. Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story. He finds new characters, and new facets to familiar ones.
The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789, by Joseph J. Ellis “is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible–some familiar, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, and some less so, such as Robert Morris and Governeur Morris. It was these men who shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement”– Provided by publisher.
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: the forgotten war that changed American History, by Brian Kilmeade. This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America’s third president decided to stand up to intimidation. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa’s Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford. Over the previous fifteen years, as a diplomat and then as secretary of state, Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco). Unfortunately, he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy–at least not while easy money could be made by extorting America, France, England, and other powers. So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy’s new warships and a detachment of marines to blockade Tripoli–launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America’s journey toward future superpower status.
Tangled Yarns needlework group meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
E-Book Reader Class will be held on Tuesday July 5th at 5:00 p.m. This class teaches patrons how to download and read books from Nebraska Overdrive Libraries.
Settng Up an Email Account is held on Thursday, July 7th, at 10:00 a.m. If you never have had an email account this is the class for you. Learn about the different, free email service that is very easy to sign-up for and use.
How to Search the Internet is held on Thursday, July 7th, at 11:00 a.m. Tired of having 100,000’s of results appear whenever you search the internet. Learn some of the tricks librarian’s use to make your search a lot more manageable.
Legal Information Center is held on Thursday, July 7th, at 3:00 p.m. Find full text consumer legal information plus legal forms from all states.
Introduction to My Heritage is held on Thursday, July 7th, at 4:00 p.m. Learn to trace your family history through global genealogy resources.
Cooking for Picnics and Celebrations July 4th is a great time for picnics and other family celebrations. The following are some books for cooking for your holiday parties.
Rachel Ray 30-Minute Meals: Gettogethers provides a variety of quick meals for your holiday party.
Picnic & Outdoor Meals from Time-Life also provides some great holiday meals that are quick and simple to make.
Have a great week and read good books.