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.

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