Thursday, January 21, 2016

Kay El Magnus Book Signing at South Sioux City Public Library, January 30th

This is the weekly column published in the Dakota County Star.  

Kay El Magnus Book Signing at South Sioux City Public Library, January 30th    

How to Buy Home (Spanish) Representatives from the Siouxland Federal Credit Union will offer a Spanish language class of How to Buy a Home on Thursday January 28th at 5:30 p.m.  Whether you want to buy your first home, or just want tips, the home buying presentation provides great information to make sure you better understand what it takes to get into the house of your dreams.
Contact Siouxland Federal Credit Union to register for this event 402-494-2073.

Kay El Magnus Book Signing:  The South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue will host a book signing by Kay El Magnus on Saturday January 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Children’s book author Kay El Magnus has created a series of children’s books entitled, The Adventures of Darla & Mickey.  The first book in the series is The Bird Fountain and the second Raven Midnite, published by Amazon and Amazon Kindle.

His inspiration for the Darla and Mickey series were two parakeets that he purchases as a gift for his daughter, Alexandria. While writing the books he made the decision to devote his full attention to his career as an author.  His mission is to enrich the minds of children around the world one storybook at a time.

The South Chicago native relocated to Sioux City, Iowa several years ago where for many years has spent his nights writing short stories, books and even fiction novels to be released in the future.  When he is not writing, his greatest loves are spending quality time with his children, good movies, positive music especially smooth jazz.

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.

On February 8th, at 6:30 p.m. we will view the documentary The New Latinos (1946-1965).  Dr. Maria Arbelaez from UNO will lead the discussion following the 1 hour screening. 

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.

Cover to Cover Book Club will discuss the second half of Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult on Monday January 25th at 3:00 p.m.

Write for Your Life meets on Monday January 25th at 6:30 p.m.  Our writing prompt for this month is “What are your New Years’ resolutions?”   We will also share previous writing prompts, as well as our current writing activities. 

Tangled Yarns meets on Tuesday January 26th at 6:30 p.m.

Technology Classes:  On Monday, we have Tech Monday at 6:00 p.m., Everything Google at 7:00 p.m.  On Tuesday, we offer Tech Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., Windows 1 at 11:00 a.m., Windows 2 at 1:00 p.m., Smartphone Apps at 2:00 p.m. and E-book Reader at 5:00 p.m.  Then on Thursday we have E-book Reader at 2:00 p.m., Using Reference Sources at 3:00 p.m., and Internet Privacy at 5:00 p.m.

Youth Activities:  This week we have LEGO Build Monday at 3:30 p.m., Wow, You Made That? Is on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., Night of FUN at 6:30 p.m., Pat-a-Cake Pals is on Thursday at 10:00 a.m., and, Toddler Time is on Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Reading Personal Finance:  With a focus on buying a home this week we recommend these books on handling money.

The Opposite of Spoiled:  Raising Kids who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money by Ron Lieber discuss all the basics of teaching your children about money.  This is worthwhile for all parents to read.

On My Own Two Feet:  a Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance by Manisha Thakor gives the young reader a foot up on the money management information that the young adult needs to know and their parents want them to know.

The Women’s Guide to Successful Investing:  Achieving Financial Security and Realizing Your Goals by Nancy Tengler takes the reader deep into the world of successful investing.

Quicken 2014 for Dummies by Stephen L. Nelson is an answer to the request of many of our patrons for Quicken assistance.  This book will help those who learn want to learn this system.

Have a great week and read good books.



Friday, January 15, 2016

Kay El Magnus Book Signing @ South Sioux City Public Library, January 30th

The South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue will host a book signing by Kay El Magnus on Saturday January 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Children’s book author Kay El Magnus has created a series of children’s books entitled, The Adventures of Darla & Mickey.  The first book in the series is The Bird Fountain and the second Raven Midnite, published by Amazon and Amazon Kindle.

His inspiration for the Darla and Mickey series were two parakeets that he purchases as a gift for his daughter, Alexandria. While writing the books he made the decision to devote his full attention to his career as an author.  His mission is to enrich the minds of children around the world one storybook at a time.

The South Chicago native relocated to Sioux City, Iowa several years ago where for many years has spent his nights writing short stories, books and even fiction novels to be released in the future.  When he is not writing, his greatest loves are spending quality time with his children, good movies, positive music especially smooth jazz.

This event is a great opportunity to meet the author, buy his books, and have them signed.  The South Sioux City Public Library loves to take every opportunity to promote local authors in your community.  We look forward to seeing you at this event.

If you would like more information about the author you can visit his website at www.kaylmagnus.com.  You can follow him on Twitter.  His handle is @klmagnus. You can email the author for more information on kl@klmagnus.com. 

Learn How to Buy a House at the South Sioux City Public Library

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Learn How to Buy a Home at the South Sioux City Public Library

How to Buy a House:  Whether you’re looking to buy your first home or just want tips, this home buying presentation provides great information to make sure you better understand what it takes to get into the house of your dreams.  The program will be presented in English on Thursday January 21st at 5:30 p.m. and in Spanish Thursday January 28th at 5:30 p.m.  Call Siouxland Federal Credit Union at 402-494-2073 to register for this program.

Club 745.5 Recycled Crafts- Items that you might otherwise throw away are the quite useful for making crafts.  This month we will learn how to repurpose old neckties for handicrafts.  We meet on Thursday January 21st at 6:30 p.m. and repeats on Friday January 22nd at 10:30 p.m.

Celebrate 500 Years of Latinos in America:  Before the Louisiana Purchase, the land we call home was under the control of the French, and before that the Spanish.  Through marriage and trade a Latino culture began which continues today.  In honor of that, the library will host a discussion of In the Middle of Everywhere:  the World’s Refugees Come to our Town by Mary Pipher on Monday February 1st at 3:00 pm.  Contact the library for information obtaining a copy of this book to read in advance of our discussion.

We will host a discussion of Latino Americans PBS series on February 8th at 6:30 p.m.
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.

LEGO Build- Come build with us! We will have LEGO bricks out for imagination time from 3:30 to 5:00 every Monday.

Planning Your Garden– January is the best time to play your summer garden.  We will learn about how to do this on Monday January 18th at 6:30 p.m.

Wow!  You Made That? - Children third grade and up learn how to knit on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.

Night of FUN- Every Tuesday at 6:30 we will enjoy something FUN! Activities vary from video games to craft projects and much more!

Tangled Yarns meets each Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

Pat-a-Cake Pals- This is a time to introduce the library to our youngest customers, those under 2 years old. We sing, read and play!   We meet on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Toddler Time is held each Friday at 10:00 a.m.  This is a story for children 2-3 years old and their caregivers. We enjoy books, crafting and a snack.

Popular Fiction from Latino Authors:  With Celebrating 500 Years of Latinos in America, we would like to recommend these titles by Latin American authors.\

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz is a story about an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez.  Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter's difficult recovery and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy.

We the Animals by Justin Torres.  In this novel, three brothers tear their way through childhood-- smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn--he's Puerto Rican, she's white--and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times. Life in this family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another. From the intense familial unity felt by a child to the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and punch-in-the-stomach powerful. Written in magical language with unforgettable images, this is a stunning exploration of the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how we are ultimately propelled at escape velocity toward our futures.

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.  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."

Ask a librarian about the 2016 Reading Challenge.

Have a great week and read a good book.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Keeping Faith with Readers at the South Sioux City Public Library

Keeping Faith with Readers at the South Sioux City Public Library

During the month of January Cover to Cover book club will discuss Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult on January 11th and 25th at 3:00 p.m.  In this book, Faith, a seven-year-old girl whose family is torn apart by divorce, begins talking to God and performing miracles, and her family enters a media circus of believers, critics, medical professionals, and lawyers.  We invite everyone to join the discussion.

If you enjoy the writings of Jodi Picoult, you may want to try one of these authors.

Chris Bohjalian writes thought-provoking novels about common people dealing with hot-button issues.  His novels are often set in small town New England much like Jodi Picoult.  Some of his latest novels are:  The Light in the Ruins; Sandcastle Girls; and The Night Stranger.

Anita Shreve writes novels primarily about female characters who deal with emotional, intimate novels of psychological depth.  Her latest novels are:  Stella Bain; Rescue; and A Change of Altitude.
Jane Green writes novels about modern people making decisions to get them through modern problems.  Her latest books are:  Summer Secrets; Promises to Keep; and Dune Road.

How to Buy a House:  Whether you’re looking to buy your first home or just want tips, this home buying presentation provides great information to make sure you better understand what it takes to get into the house of your dreams.  The program will be presented in English on Thursday January 21st at 5:30 p.m. and in Spanish Thursday January 28th at 5:30 p.m.  Call Siouxland Federal Credit Union at 402-494-2073 to register for this program.

Celebrate 500 Years of Latinos in America:  Before the Louisiana Purchase, the land we call home was under the control of the French, and before that the Spanish.  Through marriage and trade a Latino culture began which continues today.  In honor of that, the library will host a discussion of In the Middle of Everywhere:  the World’s Refugees Come to our Town by Mary Pipher on Monday February 1st at 3:00 pm.  Contact the library for information obtaining a copy of this book to read in advance of our discussion.

We will host a discussion of Latino Americans PBS series on February 8th at 6:30 p.m.

We will introduce this new problem 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.

Library Eats: Dip Mixes– Dips go great at any celebration.  This month we will learn how to make several dip mixes for your January football playoff parties.  Library Eats meets on Thursday January 14th at 6:30 p.m.

LEGO Build- Come build with us! We will have LEGO bricks out for imagination time from 3:30 to 5:00 every Monday.

Wow!  You Made That? Children third grade and up learn how to knit on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.

Night of FUN- Every Tuesday at 6:30 we will enjoy something FUN! Activities vary from video games to craft projects and much more!

Pat-a-Cake Pals- This is a time to introduce the library to our youngest customers, those under 2 years old. We sing, read and play!   We meet on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Toddler Time is held each Friday at 10:00 a.m.  It is a story for children 2-3 years old and their caregivers. We enjoy books, crafting and a snack.

Tangled Yarns meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Keep Your Resolutions at the Library

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Keep Your Resolutions at the Library 

LEGO Build- Come build with us! We will have LEGO bricks out for imagination time from 3:30 to 5:00 every Monday.

Wow!  You Made That? Children third grade and up learn how to knit on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.

Night of FUN- Every Tuesday at 6:30 we will enjoy something FUN! Activities vary from video games to craft projects and much more!

Pat-a-Cake Pals- This is a time to introduce the library to our youngest customers, those under 2 years old. We sing, read and play!   We meet on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Toddler Time is held each Friday at 10:00 a.m.  It is a story for children 2-3 years old and their caregivers. We enjoy books, crafting and a snack.

Tangled Yarns meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

How to Buy a Home is the subject two classes that will be held on January 21st in English and the 28th will be the one in Spanish.  The classes are led by representatives from Siouxland Federal Credit Union.  The information that will be taught applies to the requirements for first time home buyers, regardless of the lending institution one uses.  Find out how you can move from renting to the benefits of home ownership.

Weight Loss is perennial favorite in the field of New Year’s Resolutions.  The following are a few new titles to help you keep this resolution.

The Whole30:  the 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by Melissa Hartwig provides the step-by-step, recipe-by-recipe guidebook that will allow millions of people to experience the transformation of their entire life in just one month. Melissa and Dallas Hartwig's critically-acclaimed Whole30 program has helped hundreds of thousands of people transform how they think about their food, bodies, and lives. Their approach leads to effortless weight loss and better health--along with stunning improvements in sleep quality, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem.

The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by J. J. Smith will jump-start your weight loss, increase your energy level, clear your mind, and improve your overall health.

Thinner This Year:  a Younger Next Year Book by Chris Cowley is a guide to weight loss that challenges today's "quick-fix" methods draws on up-to-date science to outline strategic methods that explain specifically how to eat and exercise for permanent results.

Getting one’s finances in order is another popular resolution.  These books will help with various challenges of personal and family finance.

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money by Ron Lieber covers all the basics: the best ways to handle the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, savings, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, splurging, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition. But he also identifies a set of traits and virtues--like modesty, patience, generosity, and perspective--that parents hope their young adults will carry with them out into the world.

Money, Master the Game:  7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Anthony Robbins lays out a plan for achieving financial freedom, based on years of research and interviews with the world’s greatest financial experts.

The Women's Guide to Successful Investing: Achieving Financial Security and Realizing your Goals by Nancy Temple introduces women to wealth accumulation strategies that can be implemented with success.

Good Stuff on the Web:  While we love books, we know that there is much good knowledge on the internet as well.  The following are some pages that you should consider visiting.

Diet Plans and Weight Loss Programs http://www.freedieting.com/  offers links to popular weight loss plans:  Weight Watchers, South Beach Diet Paleo Diet and more.  It also has tools for calculating calories and nutrition.

Tax Help from the IRS https://www.irs.gov/ offers links to all the tax forms you will need to do your own taxes.

Winter Travel Safety Tips http://www.transportation.nebraska.gov/rca/wz/winter-page.htm includes links to travel safety tips, information about travel safety and more.

Have a great week and read good books.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

End 2015 Strong at the Library

End 2015 Strong at the Library
Cover to Cover book club meets on December 28th at 3:00 p.m.  They will discuss the book Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas.  

Write for Your Life meets on Monday December 28th at 6:30 p.m.  We will share our writing based on the writing prompt “What is the best present you ever gave?  What is the best gift you have ever received?”

LEGO Build- Every Tuesday starting at 3:30 and ending at 5:00, we will have LEGO’s out in the youth area of the library for children to build with. Come let imaginations fly.

Night of FUN is a program to get families used to coming into the library and finding a fun atmosphere. We explore books, crafts, games, and science.  They meet on Tuesday night December 29th at 6:30 p.m.

Tangled Yarns is a group of needleworkers who meet each Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

Pat-A-Cake Pals – This is a time to introduce the library to our youngest customers, those under 2 years old. We sing, read, and play. This is held on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Holiday Hours:  We will close on Thursday December 31st at 12:00 p.m. and reopen on January 2nd at 9:00 p.m.  

How to Buy a Home is the subject two classes that will be held on January 21st in English and the 28th will be the one in Spanish.  The classes are led by representatives from Siouxland Federal Credit Union.  The information that will be taught applies to the requirements for first time home buyers, regardless of the lending institution one uses.  Find out how you can move from renting to the benefits of home ownership.  

Books from the Hawkeye State:  The University of Iowa picks up the Midwest mantle this week in the college football games.  In honor of their participation, we recommend these books from the Hawkeye state.

A Wrestling Life:  the Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable by Dan Gable with Scott Schulte offers the reader numerous stories from the wrestling mat and the life of one of America’s most successful wrestlers and wrestling coaches.

A Practical Guide to Prairie Reconstruction by Carl Kurts is a book that deals with properly rebuilding prairies.  The book takes readers from seed selection to mowing and care for prairie areas.  He includes answers to common questions.

What the River Carries:  Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri and Platte by Lisa Kopp.  “In this informed and lyrical collection of interwoven essays, Lisa Knopp explores the physical and cultural geography of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte, rivers she has come to understand and cherish. At the same time, she contemplates how people experience landscape, identifying three primary roles of environmental perception: the insider, the outsider, and the outsider seeking to become an insider”- from the back cover of the book.

Spending More Time with Family and Friends is listed as one of the most popular New Years’ resolutions this year.  The following books will help and inspire you to make spending more time with those you love a reality.

At home with Madame Chic: becoming a connoisseur of daily life by Jennifer L. Scott is a toolbox of ideas on organizing, entertaining, and living every day to its fullest.

Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts is personal look at her battle with cancer.  It reminds us that life is short and should be lived well.

Small Victories:  Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott looks at the struggles that we all have in our daily lives and helps us to find that those small victories are victories of light over darkness in our lives.

Have a happy and safe New Year and of course read some good books.