Friday, January 31, 2014

Get Out and Enjoy the Week at the Library

The following is the weekly column published in the Dakota County Star.

Get Out and Enjoy the Week at the Library
Many of us have been holed-up in our houses in an attempt to stay warm during the month of January.  With the coming of Ground Hog Day it is a great time to get out of our holes and go to the library.

Islamic Art Spots Discussion:  Most of us have encountered Islamic art in one form or another. Oriental rugs, white ceramic dishware decorated in cobalt blue, and buildings with horseshoe-shaped arches can be found throughout the United States and around the world, and are vaguely understood to be “Islamic” in some way. But what makes a work of art “Islamic”?

We will discuss Islamic arts and their connections to the faith and life of the Muslim people.  This discussion will be held on Monday night February 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the main library.  Art forms we will discuss are: Calligraphy, Mosques and Religious Architecture, The Arts of Trade and Travel, Islamic Gardens, Islamic Textiles, Geometry, and The Arts of the Book and Miniature Painting.  This programming is part of the programming for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.

Youth Activities:  The Youth Department has a full schedule of activities for the week:  Monday Preschool Story Time 1:30 p.m., Monday Movie 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday Preschool Story Time 9:30 a.m.; Thursday Pat-a-Cake Pals 10:00 a.m.; Friday Toddler Time 10:00 a.m., Let’s Create 4:00 p.m. and; Saturday Movie at 11:00 a.m.

Technology Classes:  The library offers a full list of technology classes this week:  Monday E-book Reader 3:00 p.m., Keyboard Mouse Skills 5:00 p.m., E-book Reader 6:00p.m.; Tuesday Setting Up an Email Account 10:00 a.m., E-book Reader 12:30 p.m., Know Your Computer 2:00 p.m., Windows 1 3:00 p.m., Mango Languages 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday Yahoo Messenger 5:30 p.m.; Thursday Microsoft Word 1 10:00 p.m., How to Search the Internet 11:00 p.m., Using Reference Sources 2:00 p.m., Publisher 13:30 p.m., Tech Thursday 5:00 p.m., E-book Reader 6:00 p.m.

Tangled Yarns a fun group of ladies interested knitting, crochet and other needle arts.  They meet each week on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m.

 Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week is during the first week of February.  In honor of this week salute the recent Caldecott Award winners.  The Caldecott Awards was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 

Some of the most recent winners are:  This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassem; A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka; A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead; The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney; and The House in the Night illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson.

The Winter Olympics will take place from February 7th to the 23rd.  To prepare for the games, here  are some titles you will want to share with your children:  Winter Olympics by Larry Dane Brimner; Freeze Frame:  a Photographic History of the Winter Olympics by Sue Macy and Peggy Flemming; and Great Olympic Moments by Haydn Middleton, is filled with Olympic moments from both the summer and winter games.  A book that the adults will enjoy is The Boys of Winter:  the Untold Story of the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team by Wayne Coffey.

The National Homemade Soup Day is on February 4th.  If you are looking for a new soup recipe, we recommend one of these cookbooks:  100 Great Soup, Stew, and Chili Recipes by Carol Prager; Recipes from the Root Cellar:  250 Ways to Enjoy Winter Vegetables by Andrea Chesman; and Fix-It And Forget-It New Cookbook:  250 New Delicious Slow Cooker Recipe by Phillip Pellman Good.

Learning Express Learn-a-Test 3.0:  We received information about updates on Learning Express Learn-a-Test.  Learning Express Learn-a-Test for practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.  To access this database, one must have a South Sioux City Public Library card.  Create your account and begin your learning adventure. Visit the library website at  Click on databases.  Click on Learning Express to discover all that is new with Learn-a-Test.  If you have an account on the original Learn-a-Test, you will have to re-register for Learn-a-Test 3.0

Have a great week and visit your library.


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