Thursday, September 19, 2013

Talk like a Pirate at the Library

September 19th is Talk like a Pirate Day at the library. The day was originally a goofy idea of a few pirate nerds, but it was mentioned in Dave Barry’s column in 2002, and the rest as they say is history. The library celebrates Talk like a Pirate Day to promote our Mango Languages online, language-learning software.  Stop by on Thursday for a demonstration of Mango Languages.

Big Library Read, Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth is a book that South Sioux City Public Library and libraries across the country are reading for OverDrive’s Big Library Read.  The Big Library Read is an opportunity to try OverDrive’s audio and e-book collection for the first time.  Visit 1) Click on Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth, 2) Select South Sioux City Public Library, 3) Enter your library card number and download the book to read.  You need to have a valid library card to checkout the book.  The book will be available through September 30th.

Jane O’Connor’s Nancy Clancy titles are great for young readers who are learning both how to read and a love of literature. Her use of advanced vocabulary, while explaining what the words mean, helps children grow as readers.

If you’d like to learn more about Jane O’Connor and her writing you can join us for a Facebook chat on Tuesday, Sept 24th at 8:00 p.m. You’ll be able to ask Jane anything you’d like to know about her writing process, where Nancy Clancy came from or what we can expect from her next!  The library will not be open for this event, but join us on Facebook for this after hour’s activity.

Results of the Tomato Tasting Contest: We had 8 tomato growers enter 36 different varieties of tomatoes.  The winning varieties are:
Red Slicing: 1. Bloody Butcher, 2. Mortgage Lifter.  The winners of the Yellow Slicing are: 1. Dr. Wyche's Yellow Tomatoes, 2. Wapsipinicon Peach.  For all other colors of slicking the winners are: 1. Pink Brandywine, 2. Black Krim, 3. Cherokee Purple (had to hold a taste off).  The victor for Cherry tomatoes is Mexico Midget.  For Grape/ Pear and Egg tomatoes the winner was the Italian Ice Hybrid.  In the Paste and Canning category the winner was the Italian Heirloom tomato.

Starting Your Garden From Scratch Library Director, Dave Mixdorf will teach a class that covers what one needs to start a garden from the ground-up.  This presentation is on September 24th, at 6:30 p.m.

Banned Books Week September 22-28 In commemoration of Banned Books Week in the United States, South Sioux City Public Library will host two events.

On Monday September 23rd, Library Director, Dave Mixdorf will present a discussion on Banned Books Week.

On Tuesday September 24th we will host a Read-a-Thon from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  We invite people to sign-up and come to the library to read banned books.  Readers will read to themselves and the times are in 15-minute segments. 

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read.   Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.   Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries   More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.  According to the American Library Association, there were 326 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2011, and many more go unreported.

There is still time to enter your quilts into the South Sioux City leg of the “See the Byway the Quiltway” quilt show.  Contact Lois at 712-281-0657 to submit your quilts. 

Cover to Cover Book Group will discuss the second half of the book The Godfather by Mario Puzo on September 23rd at 6:30 p.m.  Cover to Cover is open to all readers of fiction and nonfiction.  We have also started an online discussion of Cover to Cover to on Good Reads and search for Cover to Cover.  We would love to have you live or online.

All of these activities and more are available at the library.

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