Thursday, December 26, 2013

What’s New at the Library?

The following is our weekly column.

What’s New at the Library
The staff of the South Sioux City Public Library has been busy adding new materials to the library for the New Year.  This week we highlight some of the new books, audiobooks, and movies at the library.  All descriptions are from the library’s online catalog.

Books
Christmas at Ladybug Farm with recopies from Ladybug Farms (LPFIC BAL) It's Christmas Eve, and Cici, Bridget and Lindsay are busy preparing for their annual holiday party. The tree is sparkling, the turkey is roasting, the stockings are hung and the eggnog is chilled. The scene is set for the Perfect Christmas...with one or two exceptions. The entire state is in the midst of a heat wave. No on can find any mistletow. The Christmas tree lights keep exploding, and perhaps worse of all, something has gone terribly wrong with Ida Mae's fruitcakes. It wouldn’t be Ladybug Farm if everything went according to plan, and as the ladies deal with one mishap after another, they remember Christmases past, laughter shared, and lessons learned.

Microsoft Word 2013:  Plain & Simple by Jay Freedman (005.52 FRE) Presents step-by-step instructions on the essentials of the word processing program, covering such topics as creating different types of documents, formatting, editing, reviewing, publishing documents on the Web, and integrating with other Office products.

Quicken 2014 for Dummies by Stephen L. Nelson (332.024 NEL) "Learn to: maintain detailed financial records; manage your bills, save money, and create a budget; reduce your debt and maximize your investments; categorize deductions and plan for tax time."—Cover

Pairing Food and Wines for Dummies by John Szabo (641.2 SZA) Szabo provides expert tips and strategies to help you create the perfect food and wine pairing every time! He goes beyond offering a simple list of which wines to drink with which foods, but instead gives you access to the principles that enable you to make your own informed matches on the fly, whatever wine or food is on the table -- Source other than Library of Congress.

Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America by Owen Matthews (979.8 MAT) "The Russian Empire once extended deep into America: in 1818 Russia's furthest outposts were in California and Hawaii. The dreamer behind this great Imperial vision was Nikolai Rezanov - diplomat, adventurer, courtier, millionaire and gambler. His quest to plant Russian colonies from Siberia to California led him to San Francisco, where he was captivated by Conchita, the fifteen-year-old daughter of the Spanish Governor, who embodied his dreams of both love and empire. From the glittering court of Catherine the Great to the wilds of the New World, Matthews conjures a brilliantly original portrait of one of Russia's most eccentric Empire-builders"-- Provided by publisher.

Audiobooks:
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton (FIC HAM (CD)) introduces the character of Anita Blake, a young necromancer and vampire hunter, who is assigned by the master vampire of the city of St. Louis to find out who is killing the city's vampires and why they are doing it.

Burial Rites by Kent Hannah (FIC HAN (CD)) The final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Movies
The Shoes of the Fisherman (DVD 2466) All eyes are focused on the Vatican, hoping to see the puffs of white smoke signaling the selection of the next Pope, but this time, much more is at stake, for the new pontiff may be the only person who can bring peace to a world on the brink of nuclear war.

Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (DVD 2467) 1917. World War I rages across Europe and Portugal is in the grip of an anti-religious government. As three children play in a meadowland near Fatima, they see a vision, a woman in a cloud of light who brings prophecies and words of faith.


The library is a great place to start a new year.

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