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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Kerry Grombacher in Concert at the Library

Kerry Grombacher will be in concert at the South Sioux City Public Library on Thursday, September 1st at 6:30 p.m.

We are proud to announce that Kerry Grombacher will perform at the library on Thursday, September 1st at 6:30 p.m. Kerry Grombacher plays guitar and mandolin and writes contemporary folk and western songs, as well as country songs and ballads. Kerry Grombacher performs regularly at festivals, house concerts, coffee houses and other folk music festivals. He travels throughout the west appearing at numerous cowboy poetry and music gatherings.

There is a $10 suggested donation at the door to go to support the musician.

Youth Activities:  We have LEGO Build on Monday August 29th at 3:00 p.m.  The Family Movie will be shown Monday August 29th at 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday September 3rd, at 1:00 p.m.  Night of FUN meets on Tuesday August 30th at 6:00 p.m.  Pat-a-Cake Pals is held on September 1st, at 10:00 a.m.  Hands-on Science is held on Thursday September 1st, at 4:30 p.m.  Finally, Toddler Time is held on Friday, September 2nd, at 10:00 a.m.

Brian Keith Wallen will perform a concert at the library on Monday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Brian Keith Wallen is on the road all the time. From one coast to another, Brian is spreading his brand of blues-based Americana across the country. His lightning licks on guitar will never let you forget his name. In just a few years, Brian has released multiple albums and performed over 1,000 shows in 25 states. iSpy Cincy writes, “His raw, passionate sound encompasses the blues soul with perfection.”

Brian won 2nd place in the 2015 International Blues Challenge, ranking in the top two out of hundreds of artists from all over the world. He is also the winner of the Starr-Gennett “Blues Artist of the Year” award. Brian has brought his foot-stomping, one-man-band show to timeless treasures, such as Dollywood and the Ryman Auditorium. He’s also taken it all the way to countless blues festivals and the one and only Beale Street.

Li’l Red and the Medicated Moose Band will be in concert at the library on Monday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m.  They have been making their rounds around the Siouxland entertainment circuit.  We are proud to welcome them to the library.

Teneia will be in concert on Monday night October 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Teneia is an original folk/soul wife-and-husband duo consisting of Teneia Sanders-Eichelberger and Ben Eichelberger.  Their music combines elements of folk, soul, Southern gospel, blues, and easy-listening pop.

In 2015 Teneia sold most of their possessions, bought a travel trailer, and transitioned to a life on the road with one goal: spread a message of love and equality through great music. They currently travel the United States playing their original songs for loving audiences across the nation. Teneia intends to connect listeners more deeply with themselves and each other.

Online Genealogy Tools:  Cheryl Kounas and Connie Swearingen from the Woodbury Count Genealogy Society will lead a class entitled Online Genealogy Tools on Tuesday night September 20th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Labor Day:  The Library will close on Saturday, September 3rd at 5:00 p.m. and will reopen on Tuesday, September 6th at 9:00 a.m.  Have a happy and save Labor Day weekend.

Job and Career Accelerator:  For job seekers in the Siouxland area help has arrived! Job & Career Accelerator, a comprehensive online job search system, is now available to help overwhelmed job seekers find employment. This innovative online resource provides job seekers everything they need to find their next job, all in one easy-to-use application. The online program is available to patrons of the South Sioux City Public Library at no charge with their library card and can be accessed at the South Sioux City Public Library or from any internet-enabled computer by going to ( http://www.southsiouxcity.org/library )  LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator™ provides personalized, step-by-step assistance for job seekers at all experience and education levels—from exploring and matching suitable occupations from over 1,000 detailed occupation profiles to finding available jobs in their area from a database of over 5 million up-to-date job postings. With Job & Career Accelerator, users can easily create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing and networking techniques, improve work related skills, and prepare for occupation related exams. In addition, it helps job seekers plan, tailor, and track multiple job searches at the same time while providing expert advice and tips every step. The end result is the most efficient and effective job search possible.  To find out more about how you can access Job & Career Accelerator, call the South Sioux City Public Library 402-494-7545 or stop by and ask any of your neighborhood librarians for more information.

New and Available:  The following are some of our newest titles available at the library.

Dark Road Home:  a Gin Sullivan Mystery by Anna Carlisle- “The summer after she graduated from high school, Gin Sullivan’s little sister Lily went missing. Her family fell apart, not to mention her relationship with her high school sweetheart, Jake. Now, almost twenty years later, Gin is living in Chicago and working as a medical examiner when she gets the call: a body’s been found in the woods outside her small hometown. It could be her sister. After all these years, it’s time for Gin to go home and face the demons she tried to leave behind. Confronting your past is never easy, but for Gin it also means confronting Jake, who was the prime suspect in Lily’s disappearance. To find an answer to the question of what happened to her sister that fateful summer, Gin makes the difficult decision to use her talents as a medical examiner to help the police investigation. But as Gin gets deeper into the case, she uncovers a shocking truth that could change everything– if it doesn’t destroy what’s left of her and her family first”–Amazon.com.

Babel 17; Empire Star by Samuel Delaney, n “Babel-17,” Rydra Wong, a poet and code expert, must break an enemy government’s code, but discovers that the code is really a super sophisticated language, while in “Empire Star,” a simple-minded teenager is entrusted to carry a vital message to a distant world.

Have a great week and read good books.

Resume Writing Class at the South Sioux City Public Library

Resume Writing Training:  Representatives from Nebraska Workforce Development will provide resume training on August 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  This program is for all those who are seeking a job.  It is a free program open to the public.

Cover to Cover Book Club will discuss the first half of the book Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.  They meet on Monday August 22nd at 3:00 p.m.

If you have read and enjoyed Flight Behavior you will also enjoy these books.

Home by Toni Morrison is the story of a Korean War veteran on a quest to save his younger sister.

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen:  When their humiliated father, an ex-army Colonel, severs their access to the family fortune, Maddie and Ellis Hyde travel to war-torn Scotland, where colorblind Ellis plans to find the Loch Ness monster his father failed to locate, hoping to win his father’s approval once more. Meanwhile, Maddie embraces her true identity. Society awakens the true woman within as Hitler’s war rages.

Elsewhere by Richard Russo is set in Gloversville, New York, where the author grew up. By the 1950s prosperity in that manufacturing town was being replaced by poverty and illness, everyone barely scraping by. A world elsewhere was the dream his mother instilled in Rick and strived for herself, and their subsequent adventures and tribulations – beautifully recounted here – were to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville’s fearsome grasp on them both.

The Bride’s House by Sandra Dallas is set in 1880, and for unassuming seventeen-year-old Nealie Bent, the Brides House is a fairy tale come to life. It seems as if it is being built precisely for her and Will Spaulding, the man she is convinced she will marry. But life doesn’t go according to plan, and Nealie finds herself in the Brides House pregnant—and married to another. For Pearl, growing up in the Brides House is akin to being raised in a mausoleum. Her father has fashioned the house into a shrine to the woman he loved, resisting all forms of change. When the enterprising young Frank Curry comes along and asks for Pearls hand in marriage, her father sabotages the union. But he underestimates the lengths to which the women in the Brides House will go for love. Susan is the latest in the line of strong and willful women in the Brides House. She’s proud of the women who came before her, but the Brides House hides secrets that will force her to question what she wants and who she loves.

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan is the stories of three generations of women which converge on the family beach house in this wickedly funny, emotionally resonant story of love and dysfunction.

Tangled Yarns will meet on Tuesday August 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

Book Sale:  This month we have a buck a bag sale on Saturday August 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Youth Activities:  We have LEGO Build on Monday August 22nd at 3:00 p.m.  The Family Movie will be shown Monday August 22nd at 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday August 27th at 1:00 p.m.  Night of FUN meets on Tuesday August 23rd at 6:00 p.m.  Pat-a-Cake Pals is held on Thursday August 25th at 10:00 a.m.  Hands-on Science is held on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.  Finally, Toddler Time is held on Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Kerry Grombacher will be in concert at the South Sioux City Public Library on Thursday, September 1st at 6:30 p.m.

We are proud to announce that Kerry Grombacher will perform at the library on Thursday, September 1st at 6:30 p.m. Kerry Grombacher plays guitar and mandolin and writes contemporary folk and western songs, as well as country songs and ballads. Kerry Grombacher performs regularly at festivals, house concerts, coffee houses and other folk music festivals. He travels throughout the west appearing at numerous cowboy poetry and music gatherings.  KWIT Community Calendar

Brian Keith Wallen will perform a concert at the library on Monday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. Brian Keith Wallen is on the road all the time. From one coast to another, Brian is spreading his brand of blues-based Americana across the country. His lightning licks on guitar will never let you forget his name. In just a few years, Brian has released multiple albums and performed over 1,000 shows in 25 states. iSpy Cincy writes, “His raw, passionate sound encompasses the blues soul with perfection.” Brian won 2nd place in the 2015 International Blues Challenge,  ranking in the top two out of hundreds of artists from all over the world. He is also the winner of the Starr-Gennett “Blues Artist of the Year” award. Brian has brought his foot-stomping, one-man-band show to timeless treasures, such as Dollywood and the Ryman Auditorium. He’s also taken it all the way to countless blues festivals and the one and only Beale Street.

Li’l Red and the Medicated Moose Band is our final concert for the month.  They will perform on Monday September 26th at 6:30 p.m.  This duo out of Elk Point, South Dakota has been making the rounds of the Siouxland scene for some time.  We are proud to bring them to the library for their first concert with us.

At each concert we will receive a $10 suggested donation at the door.  The money goes to the performers for their travel expenses.

Have a great day and read good books.

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.

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.

Beach Music and Books for Everyone at the South Sioux City Public Library

Beach Music and Books for Everyone at the South Sioux City Public Library

Summer is a great time to catch up on some good books and good music.  Both are found at the library.

Cover to Cover Book Club:  On Monday, June 27th, we will discuss the first half of 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.

Tech Monday/ Tuesday is held on Monday June 27th at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday June 28th at 10:00 a.m. During this class we seek to answer your technology questions.

Everything Google:  Welcome to the wonderful world of Google. Learners will discover some about Gmail, Google Documents, Google calendar, Google Books and more.  We offer this class on Monday June 27th at 7:00 p.m.

Microsoft Word class is held on June 28th at 1:00 p.m.  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.

E-book Reader class is held on Tuesday, June 28th at 5:00 p.m. and repeated on Thursday, June 30th at 2:00 p.m.  In this class we will teach library members how to checkout and read books on Nebraska Overdrive Libraries.

Tangled Yarns is a needlework group that meets each Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

Introduction to MyHeritage class is held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30th at 3:00 p.m.  Learn to trace your family history through global genealogy resources.

Small Business Reference Center class is held on Thursday June 30th at 4:00 p.m.  Learn how to start, finance, or manage a small business.

Freegal Music for Great Summer Music:  If you are looking for great music to download or stream check out Freegal Music on the South Sioux City Library website www.southsiouxcity.org/library.  The most popular albums are:  When It’s Dark Out by G-Easy, 25 by Adele, Thank You by Meghan Trainor, 7/27 by Fifth Harmony, This is Acting by Sia, The Intro by Ruth B, Eldorado by Ro James, T.R.A.P.S.O.U.L. by Bryson Tiller, Storyteller by Carrie Underhill, and Greatest Hits by Journey.

The Meaning of Names by Karen Shoemaker is the One Book One Nebraska choice for 2016.  This book “is the story of an ordinary woman trying to raise a family during extraordinary times. Estranged from her parents because she married against their will, confronted with violence and prejudice against her people, and caught up in the midst of the worst plague the world has ever seen, Gerda Vogel, an American of German descent, must find the strength to keep her family safe from the effects of a war that threatened to consume the whole world. The Meaning of Names re-creates a world gone by that speaks eloquently to modern day issues” — Provided by publisher.

If you are waiting to read this book, you may want to read one of these titles.

The Cartographer of No-Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy.  When his beloved brother-in-law goes missing at the front in 1916, Angus defies his pacifist upbringing to join the war and find him. Assured a position as a cartographer in London, he is instead sent directly into the visceral shock of battle. Meanwhile, at home, his son Simon Peter must navigate escalating hostility in a fishing village torn by grief.

The Cove by Ron Rash.  Living deep within a cove in the Appalachians of North Carolina during World War I, Laurel Shelton, a lonely young woman branded as a witch, finally finds the happiness she deserves in Walter, a mysterious stranger who is mute, but their love might not be enough to protect them from a devastating secret.

The Star of Istanbul by Robert Olen Butler.  Christopher Marlowe (“Kit”) Cobb, an American war correspondent reporting on World War I, has been tasked to follow a man named Brauer, a German intellectual and possible covert SS agent, into perilous waters aboard the ship Lusitania, as the man is believed to hold information vital to the war effort. Aboard the Lusitania on its fateful voyage, Cobb becomes smitten with famed actress Selene Bourgani, who for some reason appears to be working with German Intelligence.

Exiles by Ron Hansen.  Exiled for their religious beliefs in 1875, five nuns embark on a voyage to America, only to lose their lives when the ship runs aground, in a tale that inspires a grand poem by a doomed priest and Oxford scholar living in literary exile.

Have a great week and read good books.

Teresa Kay in Concert at the South Sioux City Public Library

Teresa Kay in Concert at the South Sioux City Public Library

Celebrate summer at the South Sioux City Public Library.

Hats History and the Music June 20th: Teresa Kay Orr will be at the library on Monday night June 20th, at 6:30 p.m. for her new concert program Hats, History and the Music. Teresa Kay is a popular entertainer who will bring another great program to the library. You don’t want to miss it.

Some of the other activities available this week are:

Adult Coloring: Stop by for a time of relaxing adult coloring in Friday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tangled Yarns needlework group is held on each Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Tech Monday:  Bring your technology questions to the library on Monday June 20th at 6:30 p.m. and we will help you to find answers.

Legal Information Center:  Learn to find full text consumer legal information plus legal forms from all states at our class of our Legal Information Center on Monday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m.

E-Book Reader class is held on Tuesday June 21st at 5:00 p.m. and repeated on Thursday June 23rd at 2:00 p.m.  In this class you will learn to search for and download books from Nebraska Overdrive Libraries.

Microsoft Publisher:  On Thursday June 23rd at 3:00 p.m. you will have an opportunity to learn Microsoft Publisher.  It is a basic course covering the types of documents that can be created, how to modify templates and how to insert text and images, how to use and modify Microsoft Publisher templates, and how to create a variety of documents using Microsoft Publisher.

Writing for Nebraska 150:  Dakota County:  In commemoration of Nebraska’s 150th Anniversary, the Write for Your Life Writer’s Group and the South Sioux City Public Library is putting together a book of remembrances, of yesterday and today.  We are looking for stories that Dakota County residents want to share with our children and our children’s children.

Some of the topics that one could cover are:  local sports and recreation. local businesses past and present,  important national events that intersected with local history such as war efforts/ local heroes from Dakota County, life during the Great Depression, 9/11 remembrances and local responses, weather events that changed our lives blizzards (1949, 1975), floods (1952, 2011), or origin stories of how our families came to Dakota County.  We live in a wonderful community.  We want to preserve our stories for generations to come.

Reading the Nebraska 150:  Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, the Nebraska Library Commission, and the Nebraska State Historical Society have come together to celebrate Nebraska’s 150th birthday.  The following are some selections from the list.

From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska women in journalism by Eileen M. Wirth are the story of Ms. Wirth, who didn’t set out to be a groundbreaking journalist, but she was.  Her years as one of the first women reporters for the Omaha World Herald give her a unique perspective to chronicle the history of journalism in this volume.

Seasons on the Tallgrass Prairie:  a Nebraska Year by Paul A. Johnsgard collects the author’s musings on Nebraska’s natural history and the issues of conservation facing our future.

Nebraska’s Post Office Murals:  Born of the Depression, Fostered by the New Deal by L. Robert Puschendorf catalogues the twelve post offices that received Depression era murals as part of the New Deal.

Currently Available at the Library:  The following are bestselling titles available at the library.

All Summer Long by Dorthea Benton Frank is a story of a southern gentleman who is moving back south to pursue a slower more peaceful life, and his talented wife who is not so sure that she is ready to make the change.  During the process of downsizing they get glimpses into other people’s lives that will amuse, shock, and transform them.

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah:  “Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Viann and Isabelle’s father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it’s not only the sisters’ relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong. With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions”- from the publisher.

Have a great week and read good books.