Thursday, March 28, 2013

April Programming at the Library

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April Programming at the Library
April is a time for showers (we hope) and quality programming at the library.  We can promise the programming even if we can’t promise the rain.

Lincoln and the Constitution
The library will host   Lincoln the Constitution and the Civil War from April 17th to May 31st

Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American      Library Association Public Programs       Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.   Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

In conjunction with this exhibit we will offer the following speakers.

On Saturday April 20th at 2:00 p.m., Black Hawk County Auditor, Grant Veeder, will speak on “Lincoln and the Constitution”.  Veeder will bring his legal expertise to the topic of the impact of   Lincoln’s presidency on the Constitution of the United States.

Saturday May 4th at 2:00 p.m. Jeff Barnes will speak on “Custer in           Nebraska: The Royal Buffalo Hunt of 1872”.  Already established as an Indian fighter on the Great Plains, George Armstrong Custer’s 1872 visit to Nebraska wasn’t for war, but for entertainment. It was here he met the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia and Buffalo Bill Cody to engage in what is possibly the best-known big game hunt in the history of the world. This 140th anniversary the day – also covers the rapid transition of the five-year-old state of Nebraska, beginning with the fastest growing city on the frontier and ending with the relocation of the Indian tribes and disappearance of the buffalo herds of the Great Plains.

On Tuesday May 7th at 6:30 p.m.  Fred Nelsen will speak on Completing, Remembering and Forgetting the Civil War.  In this presentation we discover: The work of peace was, in its way, as difficult as the fighting of the Civil War. After   Appomattox, divisive questions remained: What was the place of freed slaves? How would former Confederate states be readmitted to the Union? In the end, Americans put their country back together by often forgetting why they had fought in the first place.
National Library Week April 14-20 The Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War display is brought to the library in honor of National Library week.  We will also host the Chamber Coffee on Friday April 19th at 9:30 a.m. Stop by and tour this display during National Library Week.

Cowboy Poetry Presents an Evening of Cowboy Poetry
Marci Broyhill will present an evening of cowboy poetry on Monday April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. This is a One Book One Siouxland event.

Changes in Youth Activity
The youth department has announced some schedule changes beginning in the month of April:  Monday Preschool Story at 1:30 p.m., Monday Movie at 3:30 p.m., Spanish Story Time at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday Alphabet Party at 5:30 p.m. Preschool Story at 6:45 p.m.; Wednesday Preschool Story at 9:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.; Thursday Pat-A-Cake Pals (babies) at 10:00 a.m., Night of FUN @ your library at 6:30 p.m.; Friday Toddler Time at 10:00 p.m., Let’s Create at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday Movie at 11:00 a.m.

Activities for Adults
Adults at the Library have a number of opportunities to participate in activities with other adults.  The following are our regular monthly activities for adults:  Tangled Yarns meet at 6:30 p.m., Garden Club Meeting is at April 4th at 6:30 p.m., Cover to Cover book club meets on Monday April 8th at 6:30 p.m. and Summit Scribes will meet at HyVee in South Sioux City on April 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Weather Related Books
Starting in April we look to the skies in hope of rain, but also watching for storms.  The following titles will be of interest to weather watchers.

The Wave: in Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey investigates colossal ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out

Moby-Duck: an Accidental Odyssey : the True Story of 28,800 bath toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, including the author, Who Went in Search of  Them by Donovan Hohl.

Have a great week and read good books.

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