The Source of the Force at South Sioux City Public Library

This was first printed in the Dakota County Star.  We thank them for printing it.

The Source of the Force at South Sioux City Public Library

Lost in the Stacks:  Science Fiction/Fantasy will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the premiere of Star Wars:  A New Hope.  We will cover the themes that make science fiction such a popular literary form.  You will discover the best books and movies available in the science fiction genre at the library and discover the source of the force.  This class is held on Monday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m.

The Five Tribes of Nebraska will be presented by Nancy Gillis on Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m.  The presentation will cover Omaha, Ponca, Pawnee, Santee, and Winnebago tribes.  It is a look at the origins, history, and current state of these five tribes. This can be easily adapted for age group appropriate K-12 or adult. 45-60 min.

Cookbook Book Club will be double the fun on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30 p.m.  We will share our bread from April’s meeting which was postponed and dessert bars from this month’s meeting.  Pick up a cookbook, find a recipe and bring it to this meeting.

The Family Movie this week is a modern take on Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.  Family movies are held on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Tech Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday:  Bring your technology questions and we will help you to find answers.  Dan Nieman hosts Tech Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Peter Mutayoba will host the class on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Microsoft Excel class is held on Tuesday, May 16th at 1:00 p.m.

E-book Reader class is held on Tuesday, May 16th at 5:00 p.m. and Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Tangled Yarns is a group of needle workers who meet each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to ply their needlecraft and to teach one another new techniques in crochet, knitting and other needle work.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Microsoft Word class is held on Thursday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m.

Microsoft Publisher class is held on Thursday, May 18th at 3:00 p.m.

Author Spotlight Rainbow Rowell is one of Nebraska’s new popular authors.  Wikipedia describes her in this way:  “Rainbow Rowell is an American author of young adult and adult contemporary novels. Her young adult novels Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On have been subjects of critical acclaim.”  Recently at Cover to Cover book club she was mentioned with some curiosity.  I decided to try her book Landline. 

The publisher describes Landline in this way: “Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. The Lake Shore LimitedThat night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. Is that what she’s supposed to do?  Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?”

If you have read Rainbow Rowell and liked her work or if you are wondering if you would like Rainbow Rowell, you may want to read these authors.

John Green is the author of The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska.  Both authors write realistic fiction involving characters trying to find their way in the world and often falling in love along the way. Both authors have a way with fast paced dialogue that will draw you into the stories.

Stephen Chbosky is the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Chobsky writes witty fiction involving offbeat characters, with a hopeful yet realistic tone.

Madeline L’Engle is the author of A Wrinkle in Time.  Both Rowell and L’Engle write stories that focus on love stories, specifically on stories about first love.

The following are some books that are similar in style to Landline.

After You by Jojo Moyes is described as, “Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started. Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies? They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding — the paramedic whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future.”

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks; “At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear, and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter, and struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding– one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined”–Goodreads.com.

Have a great week and read good books.

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