Book Clubs Old and New at the Library

Cover to Cover Book Club will discuss the first twenty-one chapters of Jane Eyre on Monday, February 26th at 3:00 p.m.  In this novel, “Orphaned Jane Eyre endures an unhappy childhood, hated by her aunt and cousins and then sent to comfortless Lowood School. But life there improves and Jane stays on as a teacher, though she still longs for love and friendship. At Mr. Rochester’s house, where she goes to work as a governess, she hopes she might have found them”–Publisher.

Youth and Family Activities:  We show a G or PG rated movie each Monday at 4:00 p.m. and each Saturday at 1:00 p.m.  Night of FUN is held on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.  Bilingual Story Time meets on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.  Pat-a-Cake Pals meets on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.  Explore the Unknown meets on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  Toddler Time is held on Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs class is held on Monday, February 26th at 6:30 p.m.  In this class you will discover what insects will benefit your garden and which are not beneficial.

What’s Your Story is a new book club where participants bring books they have recently read, or you are currently reading and discuss them with the group.  This book is open to all readers of all genres.  This group meets on February, 26th at 6:30 p.m.

Tangled Yarns needle group meets on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Live at the Redbird Café:  The Rough and Tumble is our first musical guests for the 2018 year.  They will appear at the library café on Monday March 5th at 7:00 p.m.  The Rough & Tumble is a folk-Americana group that is from Nashville, but has lived on the road touring since 2011.  They released their first full-length album, We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didn’t Know was released in 2018.  There will be a $10 suggested donation taken at the door.

Car Care Help: Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Some of Chilton Library’s more popular features include:

  • Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data you need for each specific vehicle.
  • Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.
  • Vacuum diagrams to simplify troubleshooting.
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
  • Close-up photographs and illustrations for visual support.
  • ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams
  • A print button which allows you to easily print out what is needed.

You can use this service at the library, or at home.  Ask a librarian for the password.  You will enjoy using the Chilton Library.  Go to the library website Next you click on “Research”, and then click on “Databases”.  Then click on the link for “Chilton Library”.

If you enjoy Jane Eyre you will enjoy these books.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.—from the catalog record.

The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn; “Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words “shy” or “retiring”, she’s long since tossed them out the window. Besides, even if Hugh did grow to enjoy her company, it wouldn’t matter. A reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now, unable to run, ride, or even waltz, he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her”, — from the catalog record.

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones; “Set in the deep South, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, and surprisingly funny novel that follows an unnamed narrator as he comes of age under the care of his aunt and uncle – who are werewolves”—from the catalog record.

Books for Basketball Fans:  High school basketball tournament is upon us.  These books will keep you interested while you wait for your team to play.

The Boys of Dunbar: a story of love, hope, and Basketball by Alejandro Danois; “The inspirational story of the most talented high-school basketball team ever and the dedicated coach who gave his players a lifetime opportunity by insisting on success”– Provided by publisher.

Fire Sale by Sara Paretsky; When V.I. Warshawsky takes over coaching duties of the girls’ basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms who inevitably draw the detective into their family woes.

Sea Glass Winter by JoAnn Ross; “As an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist, Dillon Slater had one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. Now, he’s enjoying the pace of life in Shelter Bay, where he teaches high school physics. He still gets to blow things up, but as the school basketball coach he also gets to impart leadership skills. His latest minefield: fifteen-year-old Matt Templeton; and Matt’s irresistible mother. Claire Templeton moved her troubled teenage son to the small town of Shelter Bay to escape the bad influences at his school in L.A. But when his attitude earns her a visit from the handsome basketball coach, she wonders if this role model might be too much of a temptation–for her. Because though she isn’t looking for a relationship, she can’t seem to resist Dillon’s playful charm. But what she doesn’t realize is that Dillon isn’t playing games; he’s playing for keeps”, — from the cover.

Have a great week and read good books.


Wednesday Reads, February 18, 2018

Feb 21 '18

Enchanted, Inc by Shanna Swendson; When Katie moves to New York City, she finds her life becoming very strange as a series of odd things involving unusual people and creatures begin to happen around her.

El tiempo entre costuras by Maria DueñasLa joven modista Sira Quiroga abandona el Madrid agitado de los meses previos al alzamiento arrastrada por el amor desbocado hacia un hombre a quien apenas conoce. Con él se instala en Tánger, una ciudad exótica y vibrante donde todo puede suceder. Incluso la traición. Sola, desubicada y cargada de deudas ajenas, Sira se traslada a Tetuán, capital del Protectorado Español en Marruecos. Gracias a la ayuda de nuevas amistades forjará una nueva identidad y logrará poner en marcha un taller de alta costura en el que atenderá a clientas de orígenes lejanos y presentes insospechados. A partir de entonces, con los ecos de la guerra europea resonando en la distancia, el destino de Sira queda ligado al de un puñado de carismáticos personajes que la empujarán hacia un inesperado compromiso en el que las artes de su oficio ocultarán algo mucho más arriesgado. El tiempo entre costuras es una novela de amor, de ritmo imparable cargada de encuentros y desencuentros, de identidades encubiertas y giros inesperados; de ternura, traiciones y ángeles caídos–P. [4] of cover.

Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath, : “At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn’t satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won’t acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke’s legitimate son–and woo the heir’s betrothed into his own unloving arms…”–

 Hang Him Twice by William W. Johnstone, There are a lot of ways a man can end up on a wanted poster. There’s the easy way (murder), there’s the hard way (robbery), and then there’s Dooley Monahan’s way (by accident.) On the trail west with his trusty horse and dog, the hapless gunslinger stops a mean, hungry bear from making lunch out of the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody. In turn, Cody grubstakes Dooley for the purchase of a silver mine in the lawless, violent boomtown of Leadville, Colorado. Dooley can’t believe his good luck. But when he guns down three deadly outlaws, the grateful townsfolk pin a sheriff’s badge on Dooley. And that’s when his luck runs out . . .-from

Still Me by JoJo Moyes, Louisa Clark arrives in New York to start a new life and a long-distance relationship with Ambulance Sam while working for the super-wealthy Gopniks, a job that introduces her to New York high society and a secretive man who reminds her of her own past.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue At the intersection of “Americanah” and “The Help” comes a riveting debut novel about two marriages – one immigrant and working class, the other from the top 1% – both chasing their version of the American Dream. In the fall of 2007, Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Their situation only improves when Jende’s wife Neni is hired as household help. But in the course of their work, Jende and Neni begin to witness infidelities, skirmishes, and family secrets. Then, with the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, a tragedy changes all four lives forever, and the Jongas must decide whether to continue fighting to stay in a recession-ravaged America or give up and return home to Cameroon.


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Wednesday Reads: January 17th, 2018

Wednesday reads

Our librarians are reading broadly this week; everything from romance to cooking.  These are this week’s selections.

Revival by Stephen King;  “In a small New England town over half a century ago, a boy is playing with his new toy soldiers in the dirt in front of his house when a shadow falls over him. He looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Jamie learns later, who with his beautiful wife, will transform the church and the town. The men and boys are a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls, with the Reverend Jacobs–including Jamie’s sisters and mother. Then tragedy strikes, and this charismatic preacher curses God, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from age 13, he plays in bands across the country, running from his own family tragedies, losing one job after another when his addictions get the better of him. Decades later, sober and living a decent life, he and Reverend Charles Jacobs meet again in a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and the many terrifying meanings of Revival are revealed. King imbues this spectacularly rich and dark novel with everything he knows about music, addiction, and religious fanaticism, and every nightmare we ever had about death.”

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber; Merry Smith is pretty busy these days. She’s taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry’s well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her–minus her photo–and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl. Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects–or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot. In this satisfying seasonal tale, unanticipated love is only a click away.

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas; Josephine Hurst has her family under control: two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family. When her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.

Salad samurai: 100 cutting-edge, ultra-hearty, easy-to-make salads you don’t have to be vegan to love by Terry Hope Romeo; Award-winning chef and Veganomicon coauthor Terry Hope Romero knows her veggies. In Salad Samurai, she’s back to teach you the way of the veggie warrior, rescuing salads from their bland, boring reputation and “side” status with more than 100 vibrant, filling entrees. This is your guide to real salad bushido: a hearty base, a zesty dressing, and loads of seriously tasty toppings. Based on whole food ingredients and seasonal produce, these versatile meatless, dairy-free dishes are organized by season for a full year of memorable meals (yes, salad can rock even the coldest days of winter).

Ross Poldark:  a novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 by Winston Graham; In the first novel in Winston Graham’s hit series, a weary Ross Poldark returns to England from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth―believing Ross to be dead―is now engaged to his cousin. Ross has no choice but to start his life anew.

Cellar of Horror: The Story of Gary Heidnik by Ken Englade; Serial killer Gary Heidnik’s name will live on in infamy, and his home, 3520 North Marshall Street in Philadelphia, is a house tainted with the memory of unbelievable horrors. What police found there was an incredible nightmare made real. Four young women had been held captive–some for four months–half-naked and chained. They had been tortured, starved, and repeatedly raped. But more grotesque discoveries lay in the kitchen: human limbs frozen, a torso burned to cinders, an empty pot suspiciously scorched…

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction
by Grady Hendrix; An affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970s and ’80s.

Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason Schreier; Developing video games—hero’s journey or fool’s errand? The creative and technical logistics that go into building today’s hottest games can be more harrowing and complex than the games themselves, often seeming like an endless maze or a bottomless abyss. In Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, Jason Schreier takes readers on a fascinating odyssey behind the scenes of video game development, where the creator may be a team of 600 overworked underdogs or a solitary geek genius. Exploring the artistic challenges, technical impossibilities, marketplace demands, and Donkey Kong-sized monkey wrenches thrown into the works by corporate, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels reveals how bringing any game to completion is more than Sisyphean—it’s nothing short of miraculous.

The Woven Figure:  Conservatism and America’s Fabric by George F. Will; This collection of columns shows how, in the mid-1990s, conservatives fancied themselves poised to conduct a revolution, a radical reorientation of politics and governance. But in the late 1990s, they have discovered how resistant a complex nation is to being undone and rewoven.

Yoga Story time and More at the South Sioux City Public Library

storytime_logoYoga Story Time  and More at the South Sioux City Public Library

Gardening Information Sources class meets on Monday, January 15th at 6:30 p.m.  In this class you will be introduced to the most reliable sources for gardening catalogs and websites.  Library Director, Dave Mixdorf, will introduce to some of the best information in the business.

Cookbook Book Club will tackle the topic of Noodles and Pasta on Thursday, January 18th at 6:30 p.m.  To participate bring your new noodle, or pasta dish, along with a list of ingredients and the book, magazine, newspaper, or website through which you found the recipe to the meeting and be prepared to sample the goodies on the night of the event.

Yoga Story Time meets on Saturday, January, 20th at 10:00 a.m.  Get involved with movement, mindfulness, and good stories.

Pokémon Club meets on Saturday, January 20th at 1:00 p.m.  Bring your cards join the fun.

Moving Past Ramen- Adulting 101 is a time to learn some of the basic skills of adult life that no one ever taught you, or you didn’t catch.  We meet on Saturday, January 20th at 6:30 p.m.   

Tangled Yarns group meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for a time of needlework, discussion, and fun.

Weekly Youth Activities:  Our schedule of weekly activities is full this week.  Family Movies are shown each Monday at 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.  These are G or PG movies that will be popular with the entire family.  Kindness Rocks meets each Monday at 6:00 p.m.  Night of FUN meets each Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.  Bilingual Story Time meets each Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m.  Explore the Unknown meets on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Pat-a-Cake Pals meets each Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  Toddler Time meets each Friday at 10:00 p.m.

Reading Martin Luther King Jr.:  January 16th is the official day for celebrating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The following materials will give you some insight into the man.

King:  the Photobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. by Charles Richard Johnson (OVERSIZE 323.092 JOH); covers the life of Dr. King’s journey through photography.

Hellhound on his trail : the stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international hunt for his assassin by Hampton Sides (364.152 SID); is an intense narrative about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the largest manhunt in American history–a sixty-five-day search that led investigators to Canada, Portugal, and England.

An act of state: the execution of Martin Luther King by William F. Pepper (364.152 PEP); covers the television trial of James Earl Ray and subsequent investigations into the assassination Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Australian Open Tennis Tournament takes place runs from January 15th through 20th.  The following are some of our books on tennis.

Getting a Grip: on my body, my mind, my self by Monica Selles (BIO SEL); is the story of the youngest winner in French Open history, racking up eight Grand Slam titles, former tennis champion Monica Seles relates her struggles with binge-eating and depression and the peace and balance she had been searching for after an excruciating injury forced her on the sidelines.

You Cannot Be Serious
by John McEnroe (BIO MCE); is the story of professional tennis’ hothead.

Open: an autobiography by Andre Agassi (BIO AGA); is a candid memoir by the tennis champion covers his Grand Slam wins, establishment of a charitable foundation for underprivileged children, and marriage to Stefanie Graf.

New on the Shelf:  The following are new title recommendations from the library.

A Natural History of Hell:  stories by Jeffrey Ford (FIC FOR); is “A book of fantastic stories about the hell on earth that is living”– Provided by publisher.

The Last Man in Tehran by Mark Henshaw (FIC HEN); “Decorated CIA analyst Mark Henshaw continues the “authentic, compelling, and revealing” (Jason Matthews) Red Cell series following agent Kyra Stryker who must work with retired analyst Jonathan Burke to save the CIA from being torn apart by a conspiracy of moles. New Red Cell Chief Kyra Stryker has barely settled into the job when an attack on an Israeli port throws the Middle East into chaos. The Mossad–Israel’s feared intelligence service–responds with a campaign of covert sabotage and assassination, determined to protect the homeland. But evidence quickly turns up suggesting that a group of moles inside Langley are helping Mossad wage its covert war. Convinced that Mossad has heavily penetrated the CIA’s leadership, the FBI launches a counterintelligence investigation that threatens to cripple the Agency–and anyone who questions the official story is suspect. With few officials willing to help for fear of getting accused, Kyra turns to her former mentors–now-retired Red Cell Chief Jonathan Burke and his wife, former CIA Director Kathryn Cooke–to help uncover who is trying to tear the CIA apart from the inside out”– Provided by publisher.

Bloodstains with Bronte by Katherine Bolger Hyde (FIC HYD); “Windy Corner is being remodeled into a writers’ retreat. Two of the young workers, Jake and Roman, are showing too much of the wrong kind of interest in Katie, Emily’s young single-mother housekeeper. It’s a stormy autumn and Emily is reading Wuthering Heights. Roman, a dark and brooding type, reminds her of Heathcliff. At a Halloween murder mystery fundraiser at Windy Corner, someone is found stabbed to death. Windy Corner’s very own detective, Luke, is reluctantly forced to investigate Katie. Luke digs into the background of the contractor, Jeremiah Edwards, and Emily, now reading Jane Eyre, realizes Jeremiah resembles St. John Rivers in his obsessive, tormented piety. Will Luke figure out who the murderer is before Katie ends up in jail or someone else is killed?”– Provided by publisher.

As always have a great week and read good books.





Wednesday Reads January 10th, 2018

Jan 10 '18

These are the books that the staff members of the South Sioux City Public Library are reading.

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed- The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. But these killings are only the earliest signs of a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn the great city of Dhamsawwaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle- The lives of two different couples–wealthy Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher, and Candido and America Rincon, a pair of Mexican illegals–suddenly collide, in a story that unfolds from the shifting viewpoints of the various characters.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline- “An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline’s imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe.”–Booklist, starred review.

Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix- An affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970s and ’80s– Amazon
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor- In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different—special—she names her Onyesonwu, which means “Who fears death?” in an ancient language.– Amazon

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts–  “The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose–and her mind has been shattered. When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him–and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past–and the threat that follows in her wake–will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined”– Provided by publisher.

Final Girls by Riley Sager- Emerging as the lone survivor of a serial killer’s massacre a decade earlier, Quincy Carpenter struggles to ignore traumatic memories and move on as one of a group of other survivors who look to her for answers when one of them is found dead in a suspicious suicide.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson- Five thousand years later after a catastrophic event rendered the Earth a ticking time bomb, the progeny of a handful of outer space explorers–seven distinct races now three billion strong–embark on yet another audacious journey: to return to Earth.

Tangled up in Tinsel by Candis Terry–  As if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, Parker Kincade has a restaurant to open. The fact that his Groomzilla brother wants the place for his perfect Christmas wedding doesn’t help. Then there’s the stunning woman who appoints herself his new chef before he’s ready to hire one. But one look at Gabriella Montani has Parker reassessing needs vs. wants. And that’s before he tastes what she has to offer…

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailackas- Josephine Hurst has her family under control: two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family. When her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.