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.