Flagship Romance to Perform at the Library

Flagship Romance will perform at the South Sioux City Public Library on Wednesday night February 24th at 6:30 p.m.

Flagship Romance consists of newlywed singers and songwriters Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson. To describe their sound, they have coined the term “Harmonic Alternative Folk.” Anchored by Fisher’s unique guitar playing, Flagship Romance compositions are centered around and feature the couple’s unclassifiable vocal blend.

Since the release of their debut EP, The Fudge Sessions, in January of 2013, Flagship Romance has toured the US multiple times, making stops at legendary venues such as The Bitter End in New York City and multiple performances at the historical Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL. The variety of acts that this duo has shared the stage with is a tribute to the universal accessibility of their compositions and live show. These names include Iris Dement, Claire Lynch, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jack’s Mannequin, and Mason Jennings. Flagship Romance has also been a part of some of 2013’s biggest festivals including SXSW, Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, and the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival.

Flagship Romance headed into the studio in January 2014 to record their first full-length album, entitled Fee Fie Foh Fum. The stripped tracks on this new album consist of full-takes, with no splicing or tuning. Given the intimate, yet energetic quality of their live performances, this new record is a raw, real, and organic experience. In addition to the album, Fisher and Jackson invited a team of professional cinematographers to travel with them and document the entire recording process. This behind the scenes documentary features the studio performances, the duo’s love-laced back-story, and the beautiful nature surrounding the home-studio. Fee Fie Foh Fum was released on physical formats (CD/DVD) in June 2014, and will be released digitally in conjunction with a radio campaign in January 2015.

Flagship Romance has aligned their musical career with the clean water cause via the organization charity: water. In August 2012, Fisher and Jackson founded and organized the Clean Water Music Fest in Florida, to raise funding and awareness for the 800 million people on this planet without access to safe, clean drinking water. Since then, these two troubadours have raised over $125,000; 100% of that money is currently being used for well building and tap-stand projects in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the Sahel region of Africa.

There is a #10 per person suggested donation at the door for this event.

Set sail for a night of romance  with Flagship Romance.


Emergency Snow Routes

With the impending winter storm coming this evening and tomorrow here is a list of Snow emergency routes designated. It is asked that all vehicles are removed from these streets to provide the city street crews better access for plowing.

The following streets or portions of streets within the city are designated as snow emergency routes:

(1)          Dakota Avenue from the Missouri River to the south corporate limits.

(2)          “B” Street from the Missouri River to East 34th Street.

(3)          “G” Street from East Sixth to the south corporate limits.

(4)          East 39th Street from the east corporate limits to Timberline Drive.

(5)          East 29th Street – Dakota Avenue to “G” Street – West 29th Street from Dakota Avenue to the west corporate limits.

(6)          East 21st Street – Dakota Avenue to “G” Street – West 21st Street from Dakota Avenue to U.S. 77.

(7)          East 13th Street – Dakota Avenue to “G” Street.

(8)          West Ninth Street – First Avenue to Ninth Avenue – East Ninth Street – Dakota Avenue to “G” Street.

(9)          East Sixth Street – Dakota Avenue to “G” Street – West Sixth Street – Dakota Avenue to Eighth Avenue.

(10)        Fifth Avenue – Missouri River to West 21st Street.

(11)        Fourth Avenue from West 21st Street to West 29th Street.

(12)        First Avenue – West Fourth to U.S. 77.

(13)        First Avenue from West Tenth to West 17th Street.

(14)        West Twenty-Fifth from Dakota Avenue to U.S. 77.

(15)        “C” Street from 21st Street to 33rd Street.

(16)        East 33rd Street from Dakota Avenue to “G” Street.

(17)        East 19th Street from Dakota Avenue to “A” Street.

(18)        All of Broadmoor Drive.

(19)        All of Southridge Drive.

(20)        All of Timberline Drive.

(21)        East 15th Street from Dakota Avenue to “G” Street

(22)        All current and future school bus routes and Sioux City Transit routes.

Celebrating 500 Years of Latinos in America at the South Sioux City Public Library

Celebrating 500 Years of Latinos in America is a program brought to the library via Humanities Nebraska, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Library Association is a nationwide public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country’s largest minority group.

The Middle of Everywhere by Mary Pipher will be the topic of a special Cover to Cover book club meeting on Monday February 1st at 3:00 p.m.  The Middle of Everywhere moves beyond the headlines into the homes of refugees from around the world. Working as a cultural broker, teacher, and therapist, Mary Pipher has once again opened our eyes–and our hearts–to those with whom we share the future.

The New Latinos (1946-1965) from the PBS series Latino American will be viewed and discussed on Monday night, February 8th; at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Maria Arbelaez from the University of Nebraska Omaha will lead the discussion following the 1 hour screening.  Maria Arbelaez, PhD is the Associate Professor Modern Mexico, Borderlands, Latino/Chicano Studies.

We will introduce this new program entitled Your Stories on February 22nd at 6:30 p.m.  In this program, we will begin recording immigrant stories of what brought you to the United States.  This will be a continuing program of the South Sioux City Public Library.

African American History Month:  February is African American History Month.  During this month the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.  The following are some titles that will help you observe African American History Month.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (305.8 COA) In his trademark style — a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage — Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here”– Provided by publisher.

The Wars of Reconstruction:  the Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era by Douglas Egerton (973.8 EGE) 2014 A history of the Reconstruction years, which marked the United States’ most progressive moment prior to the Civil Rights movement, tells the stories of the African-American activists and officeholders who risked their lives for equality after the Civil War.

American Tapestry:  the Story of Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama by Rachel L. Swarms (973.932 SWA) a remarkable history of First Lady Michelle Obama’s mixed ancestry as well as a portrait of America itself in an epic and inspiring family saga.


February is Library Lovers’ Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation’s libraries will continue to serve.  Librarians come in all shapes and sizes.  The following are books about libraries and librarians.

The World’s Strongest Librarian by Joshua Hanagarne is the story of a Mormon boy who had Tourette’s syndrome finds new life in books and weightlifting.  This voracious reader and world class weightlifter became a librarian and author.  This is his story.


Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush is the story of a former First Lady, who was also a former librarian.


Finally, we offer Dewey: the Small-town Library Cat who touched the World is by Vicky Myron who was the Librarian at Spencer (Iowa) Public Library, when someone dropped a kitten in the drop-box.


Have a great week and read good books.