Thursday, April 4, 2013

Your Home for Cowboy Poetry is the Library

April is National Poetry Month.  In celebration of the month we welcome Marci Broyhill to the library for an evening of cowboy poetry on March 22nd at 6:30 p.m.  Marci brings a broad spectrum of emotions and settings into her poems.  Her poems range in style from cowboy hip hop/ rap to more personal introspective pieces.  Her talent is well-known among the cowboy poetry/ western music circuit. 

To whet your appetite for the reading on April 22nd, I would invite you to check out two of Marci’s recordings from the library collection.  Mending Fences and Window of Memories are available on audio CD for your enjoyment.

Cover to Cover book club will discuss the book Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo on Monday night April 8th at 6:30 p.m.  Find out how a child, a dog and a library can be the beginning of a beautiful community. 

Tangled Yarns meet on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.  If you love to knit, crochet or do any one of a number of needlework projects, or if you would like to learn, join us and we will learn together.

April’s Real to Reel Movie the Academy Award winning story of an amazing escape from Iran of American hostages disguised as movie scouts.  Real to Reel will be shown on Thursday night April 11th at 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday afternoon April 13th at 2:00 p.m.

Youth Programming:  This week we have Preschool Story Time on Monday at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. & Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m., Monday Matinee at 3:30 p.m., Spanish Story Time at 6:30 p.m., Alphabet Party Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Pat-a-Cake Pals Thursday at 10:00 a.m., Night of FUN @ the Library Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Toddler Time Friday at 10:00 a.m., Let’s Create Friday at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday Movie at 11:00 a.m.

Upcoming Events: 
National Library Week is on April 14th-20th.  The library will host the Chamber of Commerce Coffee that week, April 19th at 9:30 a.m. 

Lincoln, the Civil War and the Constitution The library brings this exhibit to South Sioux City via the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia.  The library is one stop on the exhibits tour to public, research, and special libraries; historical societies; museums; civic, community, and heritage organizations; and institutions of higher learning.  The traveling exhibition and tour are funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to the National Constitution Center.

Using the Constitution as the cohesive thread, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. Organized thematically, the exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

The National Constitution Center is one of the nation’s most exciting new museums and a leading provider of constitutionally themed education programs. Created through the Constitution Heritage Act of 1988, the NCC addresses the need to better educate Americans about their Constitution and citizenship rights and responsibilities. Its mission is to increase public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and it contemporary relevance through an interactive museum facility and national outreach programs.

The Lincoln, The Constitution and the Civil War will be on exhibit at the library from April 17th to May 31st.  You may tour the exhibit during library hours. 

We have several speakers during the time the exhibit is in the area. 

Grant Veeder will present our keynote talk entitled “Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War” on Saturday April 20th at 2:00 p.m.  Veeder will discuss the impact of Lincoln’s presidency on the Constitution of the United States.

Jeff Barnes will discuss “Custer in Nebraska:  the Great Buffalo Hunt of 1872 on Saturday May 4th at 2:00 p.m. 

Fred Nielsen will speak on “Completing, Remembering and Forgetting the Civil War on Tuesday May 7th at 6:30 p.m.

As always, read good books.  

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