Summer Reading Program is in its Second Month at the South Sioux City Public Library

The staff members of the South Sioux City Public Library are busy making this year’s Summer Reading Program the best ever.

Youth Activities:  This week we play with Snap Circuits on Monday, June 26th at 3:00 p.m.  Our family movie is shown on Monday, June 26th at 6:00 p.m. and is repeated on Saturday, July 1st at 1:00 p.m.  Night of Fun is held on Tuesday, June 27th at 5:00 p.m.  Build with Keva & Staxis on Wednesday, June 28th at 1:00 p.m.  Build a Reading Fort is held on Wednesday the 28th at 6:00 p.m.  Pat-a-Cake Pals will be held on Thursday the 29th at 10:00 a.m.  Build a Toothpick Bridge on Friday, at 3:00 p.m.

Technology Classes:  Tech Monday is held on Monday, June 26th at 6:00 p.m.  Tech Tuesday is held on June 27th at 10:00 a.m.  “What’s inside a computer?” will take place on June 27th at 1:00 p.m.  E-book Reader class is held on Tuesday, June 27th at 5:00 p.m.  Tech Wednesday is held on Tuesday the 28th at 3:00 p.m.  Microsoft Word class is held on the 29th at 10:00 a.m.  Come and Code is held on Thursday, June, 29th at 1:00 p.m.  E-Book Reader class is held on Thursday, June, 29th at 2:00 p.m.  Microsoft Word class is held on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

Cover to Cover book club will discuss the first half of the novel The Girl in the Spider Web on Monday, June, 26th at 3:00 p.m.

Tangled Yarns sewing group meets on Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m.  Join us to find out what is “sew” fun on Tuesday night.

Build a Better World Reading List:  We are nearly half way through the 2017 Summer Reading Program.  These books are some of the best books on building a better world.  By the way, building a better world begins at home and spreads outward.

Disrupt Aging: a bold new path to living your best life at every age by Mary Jo Jenkins; People 50-plus today face distinct challenges and have different goals than people in their 30s and 40s. They’re at a different place in their lives and are motivated by different things. They see the world through a lens that is shaped by the ups and downs of life, by the wisdom gained from those experiences, and by the comfort that comes from having a better understanding of who they are as individuals and what they want from life. We are living decades longer than our grandparents-how will we spend those years? Disrupt Aging sets out to change the current conversation about what it means to get older. In it, Jenkins chronicles her own journey, as well as those of others who are making their mark as disrupters, to show readers how we can all be active, financially unburdened, and happy as we get older opportunities to live the best life. Our ability to live longer, healthier lives is one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments. It’s time we treat it as such, and this book will show readers how. “– Provided by publisher.

Better than before: mastering the habits of our everyday lives by Gretchen Craft Rubin; “Habits are the invisible architecture of our lives. Rubin provides an analytical and scientific framework from which to understand these habits–as well as change them for good. Infused with her compelling voice and funny stories, she illustrates the core principles of habit formation with dozens of strategies that she uses herself and tests out on others. Rubin provides tools to help readers better understand themselves, and presents a clear, practical menu of strategies so readers can take an individualized approach. She tackles each strategy herself and in doing so shows us the importance of knowing ourselves and our own habit tendencies. Armed with self-knowledge, we can pursue habits in ways that will truly work for us, not against us. Going to the gym can be as easy, effortless, and automatic as putting on a seatbelt. We can file expense reports, take time for fun, or pass up that piece of carrot cake without having to decide.”– Provided by publisher.

People Tools: 54 strategies for building relationships, creating joy, and embracing prosperity by Alan C. Fox; Getting along well with others is the real secret to success and happiness. In tens of thousands of classrooms we teach reading, writing, and arithmetic and yet we leave solutions to the universal problems of human relationships to be discovered, if at all, by trial and error. The trial is painful and the error is costly.  People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity, provides time-proven techniques that you can use to build a better, happier, more successful life.

Have a great week and read good books.


Kindred Spirits in Reading

June 28 '17Our library staff is wonderfully diverse in age, gender and in our literary pursuits.  This week we have staff members reading everything from science fiction to westerns and nonfiction from the worlds of the Lakota people to videogame culture.

Kindred by Octavia Butler (FIC BUT); Dana, a black woman, finds herself repeatedly transported to the antebellum South, where she must make sure that Rufus, the plantation owner’s son, survives to father Dana’s ancestor.

This is how you lose her by Junot Diaz (FIC DIA); on a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lovers washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness-and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”

End of Watch by Stephen King (FIC KIN); In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something evil has awakened. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, has been in the clinic for five years in a vegetative state. Behind the drool and stare Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room. Retired police detective Bill Hodges now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney. When they are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find their lives at risk– and an entire city in danger.

Console wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the battle that defined a generation by Blake J. Harris (338.7 HAR); “In the tradition of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball, a behind-the-scenes business thriller about how the small, scrappy Sega, led by one unlikely visionary, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and changed the face of entertainment”– Provided by publisher.

Black Elk speaks: being the life story of a holy man of the Oglala Sioux by Nicholas Black Elk with John G. Neihardt (970.2 NEI); the 2017 One Book, One Nebraska selection

A Stranger in Town by William W. Johnstone (PBK J); The train grinds to a halt somewhere in the Indian Nations, and the bandits get onboard. They take everything on the train worth stealing and gun down a guard to make their escape–just another notch on the belt for Ben Trout and Zack Larsen, two of the most savage killers in the west. U.S. Deputy Marshal Ed Pine follows them to Muskogee. There the trail runs cold, and Ed Pine disappears. To save his friend, Deputy Will Tanner rides for Muskogee, where justice extends only as far as the range of a Colt .45. Tanner earned his badge in a blistering gunfight, when he got the drop on a trio of killers and saved the life of another fellow marshal. Now, he have to be just as quick–and just as deadly. To bring in Trout and Larsen, Tanner must set his badge aside, and resort to the law of the gun.

Perfect for You by Candis Terry (PBK T); Meet the Kincade brothers: they’ll do what it takes to protect their legacy-but what happens when love gets in the way? Declan Kincade has spent so much time chasing success he’s almost forgotten how to just live. Lately, though, his all-business routine has been thrown into disarray. Brooke Hastings is the best employee Dec’s ever had: polished, capable, and intelligent. After four years, he’s just realized that she’s also smoking hot. But their working relationship is too valuable to stake on a fling, no matter how mind-bendingly pleasurable it promises to be …What’s worse than never meeting the right man? Finding him, and then working side-by-side every day while he remains absolutely blind to your existence. That is, until one temptation-packed road trip changes everything. Teaching her gorgeous, driven boss how to cut loose and have fun is the toughest challenge Brooke’s ever faced. But it’s one that could give both of them exactly what they need, if Dec will take a chance on a perfect-and perfectly unexpected-love…

No confíes en Peter Pan by John Verdon (FIC VER) “El asesinato de un rico empresario ocurrido tiempo atras es el punto de partida de una compleja red de mentiras que David Gurney debera desentrañar. Y la identidad del asesino resulta ser la más grande de todas las sorpresas.”– from

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (YAFIC BRU); “In the tradition of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball, a behind-the-scenes business thriller about how the small, scrappy Sega, led by one unlikely visionary, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and changed the face of entertainment”– Provided by publisher.

Google Drive and Chrome Web Store Apps Coming in Late June

This comes from the EBSCO newsletter.  Many of the Nebraska Access databases are EBSCO products.  This is something to make things easier for those patrons using our databases.


EBSCO is committed to providing you with innovative resources to engage your students in learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Last year, we introduced Google Classroom to help educators easily share EBSCO content with students. With the number of G Suite Apps for Education users now at 70 million worldwide, we are pleased to be taking the next steps toward achieving Google for Education Partnership status with the late-June release of Google Drive integration and Chrome Web Apps.


  • A Google Drive icon will appear at the top of the Tools menu on Detailed Record and Full Text screens in EBSCOhost®, EBSCO Discovery Service™ and Explora™ by June 30. This functionality will allow users to save EBSCO content, such as PDFs and images, directly to their personal Google Drive cloud storage.
  • Chrome-optimized apps for EBSCOhost, EBSCO Discovery Service and Explora will be available for download via the Chrome Web Store by June 30. Because they’re hosted on the web, these apps are easy to install, always up-to-date, and can be synched across multiple devices.

Cover to Cover Reads

Cover to Cover book club is currently discussing The Girl in the Spider Web by David Lagercrantz.  On July 24th we will discuss Black Elk Speaks translated by John G. Neihardt.  We will discuss the following books in the upcoming months.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Dry by Auguste Burroughs

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Just Kids by Patti Smith

M Train by Patti Smith

Doc by Mary Dorian Russel


What We’re Reading, June 7, 2017

As always our librarians are busy reading in their off hours.  These are what we are reading.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore; A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the worlds most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story-and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminismWonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history.Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Womans creator. Beginning in his undergraduate years at Harvard, Marston was influenced by early suffragists and feminists, starting with Emmeline Pankhurst, who was banned from speaking on campus in 1911, when Marston was a freshman. In the 1920s, Marston and his wife, Sadie Elizabeth Holloway, brought into their home Olive Byrne, the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential feminists of the twentieth century. The Marston family story is a tale of drama, intrigue, and irony. In the 1930s, Marston and Byrne wrote a regular column for Family Circle celebrating conventional family life, even as they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity. Marston, internationally known as an expert on truth-he invented the lie detector test-lived a life of secrets, only to spill them on the pages of Wonder Woman.The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history. Wonder Woman, Lepore argues, is the missing link in the history of the struggle for womens rights-a chain of events that begins with the womens suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.

Project Smoke by Steven Raichlen; “Project Smoke is the How to Grill of smoking, both a complete step-by-step guide to mastering the gear and techniques and a collection of 100 explosively flavorful recipes for smoking every kind of food, from starters to desserts. Project Smoke describes Raichlen’s seven steps to smoked food nirvana, including: 1. Choose Your Smoker; 4. Source Your Fuel; 7. Know When Your Food Is Done. There’s an in-depth rundown on various smokers; the essential brines,rubs, marinades, and barbecue sauces; and a complete exposition of woods: and ways to smoke-cold smoking, hot smoking, smoke-roasting and smoke-braising. Then the recipes, all big-flavored dishes. Bacon-Crap Poppers, Cherry-Glazed Baby Back Ribs. Slam-Dunk Brisket, Porkstrami, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken. Even desserts and cocktails-Smoked Chocolate Bread Pudding or a Mezcalini, anyone? Illustrated throughout with gorgeous full-color photographs, it’s a book that inspires hunger at every glance, and satisfies with every recipe tried” — Provided by publisher.

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik; This high stakes drama is set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident. With intimately observed characters, visceral prose, and pacing as ruthless as the river itself, The River at Night is a nonstop and unforgettable thriller by a stunning new voice in fiction.

Unlikely Friendships:  Dogs by Jennifer S. Holland; “A heartwarming and inspirational book for the tens of millions of dog owners and dog lovers-and the newest addition to the phenomenal Unlikely Friendship series, a publishing program with three New York Times bestselling books and, with its bestselling calendars, nearly two million copies in print. Unlikely Friendships: Dogs brings together twenty-seven new stories of canine kindness and courage, plus a handful of classic tales involving dogs from Unlikely Friendships, Unlikely Loves, and Unlikely Heroes. Meet Rex, a Belgian Malinois who learned to love and trust again through the improbable friendship of a goose. Popeye the Mastiff, who ran into a burning stable and saved seventeen terrified horses by nibbling at their hooves. And a pit bull named Dolly, whose antics with her best friend, Sheldon the tortoise, include games of tag. (Yes, picture a tortoise running after a dog!) Enhanced with beautiful full-color photographs, these true stories of camaraderie, affection, remarkable bravery are more than a lovely tribute; they are proof that dogs are every creature’s best friend”– Provided by publisher.

The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver; “Orphans Philippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max must find out who stole a valuable artifact in order to save to save their home, Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders”– Provided by publisher.