Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's About the Food at the Library

Thanks to the Dakota County Star for publishing our weekly column.

The holiday season is underway with Thanksgiving around the corner and the library is the place to be for all sorts of holiday inspiration and information.

Attention All Writers!!! Whether you have a novel in the works or just want to write a better newsletter for your civic group, the library has an opportunity for you.  On Friday November 16th at 3 pm we are having the first meeting of a new writer’s group.  During this meeting we will discuss the group’s mission, elect officers and lay out a meeting schedule for 2013.   We look forward to having you join us for this event.

Wreath Display and Silent Auction:  The Wreath Display and Silent Auction put on annually by the Optimists’ Club will be held on Friday December 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  Beginning November 19th the wreaths will be on display in the library display case in the main entrance of the library.  You may put your bid in ahead of time or wait until December 7th for the silent auction.  Wine tasting and food will be provided by Hy Vee Food Store.  Funds raised will go to the Optimists’ Club and the South Sioux City Public Library Youth Department.  You may also preview wreaths online.  Go to and click on the wreath display link.

Kwame Dawes to Speak at the Library:  Kwame Dawes, Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, will speak at the South Sioux City Public Library on Wednesday night December 19th at 7 pm. Dawes is Editor-in-Chief of The Prairie Schooner, the international literary journal based out of the University of Nebraska. He will be joined by poet and managing editor, Marianne Kunkel.

Technology Classes:  On Monday 11/19 we have Your Library Online Webpage at 1 pm, Microsoft Excel 2 at 5 pm and Windows Basics at 6:30 pm.  On Tuesday 11/20 we have Microsoft Word 3 at 10 am, Yahoo Messenger at 11 am, E-book Readers at 12 pm, Clean-up Your Computer at 4 pm, and How to Search the Internet at 5:30 pm.  On Wednesday we have G-Mail class at 2 pm, E-Book Readers at 3 pm and Microsoft Word at 5 pm.

Youth Activities:  Join us for Monday Movie 11/19 at 3:30 pm, Alphabet Party Monday 11/19 at 6:30 pm, Preschool Story Time Tuesday 11/20 at 1 pm and Wednesday at 4:30 pm.

Books for Thanksgiving:  The first thanksgiving feast was held in 1621 to celebrate a bountiful harvest and to give thanks for their survival during their first year in the new world.  The following are some cookbooks with ideas for tasty holiday recipes.

Betty Crocker:  Celebrate!  A Year-Round Guide to Holiday Food and Fun has a terrific section on Thanksgiving, with complete tips for thawing and preparing your turkey, fool-proof gravy and edible centerpieces.

The Betty Crocker Cookbook:  Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today is a complete cookbook with a thorough introductory section for the novice cook.  It has a mouth-watering variety of recipes for any time of the year, but for the adventurous Thanksgiving cook it has a tempting recipe for Cajun Deep-Fried Turkey.

Making and Using Dried Foods by Phyllis Hobson is an introduction to the process of drying fresh food for use later.  Along with introducing the types of drying, the book gives times for purchasing dehydrators, drying specific types of vegetables & fruit, as well as recipes for using your dried food once it’s done.  Among the recipes, you will find recipes for various types of cranberry relish and breads.

Have a Happy HolidayThe library will close on Wednesday night November 21st at 8 pm for the Thanksgiving holiday and reopen at 9 am on Saturday November 24th

Have a safe and happy holiday from the staff of the South Sioux City Public Library.

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