Friday, April 25, 2014

Fiction Connection allows you to search for books you love in several ways.

Fiction Connection:  What Should I Read Next?
The South Sioux City Public Library offers readers a wonderful tool for finding your next favorite book.  It is called Fiction Connection. 

 Fiction Connection allows you to search for books you love in several ways.


Say that you have read a book that you love, say The Book Thief.


  • Type in the title, author, or ISBN,
  • Choose your field, or search all three and
  • Hit go.

You receive a list of books that are similar to the book you entered.


You also get a graph with your title in the center and a series of terms that relate to your book.  Click on one of these and you will get another list of titles you may like

ere I click “art” and get the following results.




With Fiction Connection you can also browse by literary elements.

Click on an element across the top.  Here we have chosen “Setting”.





Under setting we will select “frontier” and you get these results.



 This tool is relatively simple to use and produces many good results.  When you find a book you like, check our library catalog to see if it is available and let us know if we can get it for you.


Click on “Databases”

Click on “Fiction Connection”

And enter the password that you can get through your librarian.


Happy reading.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dig into Reading at the Library

This is our weekly column, published in the Dakota County Star.
Dig into Reading at the Library
Cover to Cover Book Club will discuss the book The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan Phi lipp- Sendker. In this novel a young woman goes to Burma to discover the truth about her estranged Father. This discussion will he held on Monday April 28th at 3:00 p.m.
E-book Reader:  Covers what an e-Book reader is and provides hands on demonstration of some of the different kinds. Also teaches how to use Overdrive, a way to get e-Books through the Library.  This class meets on Monday April 28th at 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., Tuesday April 29th at 12:30 p.m.,  and Thursday May 1st at 6:00 p.m.
Know Your Computer:  Would you like to learn the very basics of your computer? How about increase your computer vocabulary? This class will teach the very basics of computer knowledge. It will let you feel confident in knowing what all the components are on your computer.  Know Your Computer is held on Monday April 28th at 5:30 p.m.
Windows I:  We will start at the very beginning of Windows 7 with an introduction to the Desktop, Start Menu and the all new Taskbar  Windows I is held on Tuesday April 29th at 2:00 p.m.
Microsoft Excel 3: If you need to insert a chart into an Excel worksheet, this class will teach you how. We will also talk about page breaks and printing your document. Microsoft Excel 3 is held on Tuesday April 29th at 3:00 p.m.
Microsoft Word 1:  We want you to become familiar with Microsoft Word 2007, so to begin we will start with basic terminology, how to accomplish everyday tasks such as creating a new document, saving a document, spell checking, change text and printing.  This class is held on Tuesday April 29th at 4:00 p.m and repeats Thursday May 1st at 10:00 a.m.
Microsoft Word 2 is held on Tuesday April 29th at 5:30 p.m.  We will add to our knowledge from Word 1 and expand a little bit more. We will discuss the ruler, indents & tabs, insert/overtype, cut and paste, using the clipboard, and paragraph styles.
Power Point 2 is held on Wednesday April 30th at 5:30 p.m.  In this class, you will learn how to add graphics, animation, transitions, sounds, and charts to a PowerPoint presentation. Attendees need to have basic PowerPoint skills before attending this class
Google Documents is held on Thursday May 1st at 11:00 a.m.  This class will give learners an opportunity to learn how to create word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the cloud and share them with friends.
Online Bookmarking and Note Keeping is held on Thursday May 1st at 2:00 p.m.  This class introduces various options for online bookmarking and note keeping.
Setting Up and Email Account is held on Thursday May 1st at 3:30 p.mIf you never have had an email account this is the class for you. Yahoo email is a free email service that is very easy to sign-up for and use.
Tech Thursday is at 5:00 p.m. May 1st.  This is an opportunity to bring your tech questions and library staff will help you to find answers.
Tree Care from the Roots to the Canopy is the topic for the May Garden Group meeting on May 1st at 6:30 p.m.
Reading Recommendations:  If you have already read The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, you may also want to read:  Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain, The Ark by Boyd Morrison, Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder, Never Tell a Lie by Hallie Ephron, andThe Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill.
And for those of you who are interested in growing trees we offer:  The New Gardener by Pipa Greenwood, The Secrets of Plant Propagation by Lewis Hill, and Gardening Basics for Dummies by Stephen Frowine.
Have a great week of reading.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library

The following is the weekly column that we put in the Dakota County Star.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library
E-book Reader:  Monday April 21st at 3:00 p.m. Covers what an e-Book reader is and provides hands on demonstration of some of the different kinds. Also teaches how to use Overdrive, a way to get e-Books through the Library.  This class is repeated on Monday at 6:00 p.m.,
QR Codes for Business:  Monday April 21st 5:30 p.m. Discover the value of QR Codes for your business.  Discover how the use of QR Codes can be used to attract attention to your business, inform prospective clients of products and services available from your business and increase your profits.
SSC Scribes will meet on Monday April 21st at 6:00 p.m.  Join us for a fun time of learning to write together.
Cowboy Poetry Book Talk:  April is National Poetry Month.  To celebrate poetry we will offer a book talk on Cowboy Poetry.  Dan Nieman will discuss talk about the history of cowboy poetry; it’s collection to western movies, music, and stories, featuring the materials we have in our collection.  This program is on Monday April 21st at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., and Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
Setting up an E-mail Account:  Tuesday April 22 at2:00 p.m.  If you never have had an email account this is the class for you. Learn about the different  free email service that is very easy to sign-up for and use.
Microsoft Excel 2:  Tuesday April 22 at 3:00 p.m. Did you know that Excel has a way to input math calculations right on your worksheet? There are ways to edit the cells in the worksheet such as alignments, borders, font changes, background, etc.
Yahoo Messenger:  Tuesday April 22 at 4:00 p.m. Do you have friends or family that live so far away you never get to see them. Yahoo Messenger provides you the opportunity to keep in contact with them for free. Yahoo Messenger is a free instant messaging program that allows you to visually see, talk to and even send text messages to individuals all over the world. This class will teach you how to set up an account and what type of equipment you will need for your computer.
 Microsoft Word 1:  Tuesday April 22 at 5:30 p.m. We want you to become familiar with Microsoft Word 2007, so to begin we will start with basic terminology, how to accomplish everyday tasks such as creating a new document, saving a document, spell checking, change text and printing.
Power Point 1:  Wednesday April 23rd at 5:30 p.m. Learn how to navigate between the different views in PowerPoint. Discover different templates, drawing tools, and slide master. Attendees will create a brief PowerPoint presentation.
Windows 3:  Thursday April 24th at 10:00 a.m.   Did you know that you can Aero Peek, Snap and Shake on your computer? If you don’t know what we am talking about, stop in and let us show you some new ways of working with Windows to make it more productive
Publisher 1:  Thursday April 24th at 11:00 a.m.  Microsoft Publisher is a basic course covering the types of documents that can be created, how to modify templates and how to insert text and images.
 Publisher 2:  Thursday April 24th at 2:00 p.m.  Learn how to use and modify Microsoft Publisher templates.
Publisher 3:  Thursday April 24th at 3:30 p.m. learn how to create a variety of documents using Microsoft Publisher.
Tech Thursday:  Thursday April 24th at 5:00 p.m. bring your technology questions to this class.  We will help you to find the answers.

 Book SaleOur book sale will be held on Saturday April 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week April 13-19, 2014

Along with it being National Library Week it is also National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.  The following is an announcement from the Dakota County Emergency Management Team.

The unseen…….Public Safety dispatchers, hundreds of men and women across the country who handle emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment and render life-saving assistance to the public.

Most of us take police, fire and emergency dispatchers for granted, unless, of course, you have a reason to call 9-1-1. At that very moment, the dispatcher becomes the most important person in the world, and your lifeline to safety and help.

Public safety dispatchers provide a critical service to the community and all emergency personnel while performing their duties with integrity, quality, accountability and respect. As the first person on the scene of nearly every crime, fire and medical emergency, the 9-1-1 dispatcher continues to be an invaluable resource for agencies of all sizes.

Take a few minutes this week to say thank you and recognize your local dispatchers.






Friday, April 11, 2014

National Library Week at the Library

The following is the weekly column from the South Sioux City Public Library.

National Library Week at the Library
National Library Week is April 13th through the 19th.  We have several interesting activities in conjunction with this celebration.

Round House discussion:  Cover to Cover:  The Cover to Cover book club will discuss the second half of The Round House by Louise Erdrich.  The book tells of the story of the Couts family, the mother Geraldine is attacked on the reservation in which she lives.  Brazil, the father seeks legal action on the case.  Joe, the son, finds himself increasingly alone in dealing with the aftermath of the crime.  Cover to Cover book club meets on Monday April 14th at 3:00 p.m.

Real to Reel Movie:  Join us on Tuesday night April 15th at 6:30 for a movie based on the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, which was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.  This movie will be replayed on Saturday April 19th at 2:00 p.m.

April Blood DriveThe blood bank will be at the library on Wednesday April 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Chamber Coffee: The library will host the Chamber Coffee on Friday April 18th at 9:30 a.m.

Charlotte Endorf “Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train”
The South Sioux City Public Library is proud to bring Charlotte Endorf to the library of a One Book One Siouxland event on Friday April 18th at 1:00 p.m.

Charlotte Endorf is a lifelong Nebraskan, a member of Toastmasters International (earning the Distinguished Toastmaster award twice), and specializes in speaking to elementary schools, museums, town festivals and the elderly throughout NebraskaCharlotte has authored nine books on the Orphan Train, the North Platte Canteen and her journeys.  She also developed a documentary on the Orphan Train riders for the Madison County Historical Society.  After a trip to New York City she and an actual orphan train rider created a poetry CD of history and their time together.  She was nominated by the Madison County Historical Society and named by American Mothers, Inc. as the 2011 Nebraska Mother of the Year.  Her family developed Nebraska's second Free Little Library in their own front yard.

For this presentation Endorf traveled more than 8,500 miles, seeking the last surviving riders and descendents to document the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929. Dressed in period attire, Endorf entertains and educates audiences of all ages about this little known Nebraska history.

This program is made possible with funds from Humanities Nebraska

Cowboy Poetry:  Dan Nieman will lead a discussion on the Cowboy Poetry collection available at the library on Monday April 20th, at 6:30 p.m.  Learn about the history and development of cowboy poetry in the United States and the collection available at the library.

Technology Classes:  The following is the technology class schedule for the week of April 13th through 19th.  On Monday we have:  E-book Reader at 3:00 p.m., Excel 3 at 5”30 p.m., E-book Reader at 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday:  E-book Reader at 12:30 p.m., Keyboard Mouse Skills at 2:00 p.m., Microsoft Excel 1 at 3:00 p.m., Windows 3 at 4:00 p.m., Power Point 2 at 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday:  Setting Up an Email Account at 5:30 p.m., Pinterest 6:30 p.m.; Thursday:  Windows 2 at 10:00 a.m., Setting Up an Email Account at 11:00 a.m.; Learn Your Library Web Page at 2:00 p.m., Google Documents Spotlight at 3:30 p.m., Tech Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and E-Book Reader at 6:00 p.m.

Youth Activities:  We have on Monday:  Preschool Story Time at 1:30 p.m., Movie Matinee at 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday:  Night of FUN; Wednesday:  Preschool Story Time 9:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m., Mad Science (for grades 3 through 6) at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday:  Pat-a-Cake Pals at 10:00 a.m.; Friday Toddler Time at 10:00 a.m.; and Saturday Movie at 11:00 a.m.

Join us during National Library Week.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train

This was sent to the local press.



Excess Baggage:  Riding the Orphan Train
The South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City, Nebraska, will host Charlotte Endorf when she presents Excess Baggage:  Riding the Orphan Train on Friday April 18th at 1:00 p.m.

In preparation for Excess Baggage, Endorf traveled more than 8,500 miles, seeking the last surviving riders and descendents to document the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929. Dressed in period attire, Endorf entertains and educates audiences of all ages about this little known Neb
raska history.

Charlotte Endorf is a lifelong Nebraskan, a member of Toastmasters International (earning the Distinguished Toastmaster award twice), and specializes in speaking to elementary schools, museums, town festivals and the elderly throughout Nebraska. Charlotte has authored nine books on the Orphan Train, the North Platte Canteen and her journeys.  She also developed a documentary on the Orphan Train riders for the Madison County Historical Society.  After a trip to New York City she and an actual orphan train rider created a poetry CD of history and their time together.  She was nominated by the Madison County Historical Society and named by American Mothers, Inc. as the 2011 Nebraska Mother of the Year.

The program is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska, One Book One Siouxland and the South Sioux City Public Library, through the Humanities Nebraska, Speakers Bureau. The Speakers Bureau connects Nebraskans with over 165 authors, historians, scholars, musicians, and storytellers who give performances and speak on topics as diverse as the immigrant experience, Great Plains history, world folk music, Nebraska literature, international law, and Native American culture. The Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau is the largest of its kind in the United States.

Speakers are available for any nonprofit organization in Nebraska.  Each program lasts thirty minutes to an hour, plus a question and answer period. 

The most frequent users of the HN Speakers’ Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organization, and ethnic organizations.  Humanities Nebraska sponsors the largest speakers’ bureau programs in the United States, according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.


For information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking, then please access our website www.humanitiesnebraska.org (Speakers section) or contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68058, phone 402-474-2131, fax 402-474-4852, or email info@humanitiesnebraska.org

Orphan Train Presentation at the Library

The following is our weekly column printed int he Dakota County Star.  We want to thank them for printing it each week.

Excess Baggage:  Riding the Orphan Train
The South Sioux City Public Library will host Charlotte Endorf when she presents Excess Baggage:  Riding the Orphan Train on Friday April 18th at 1:00 p.m.

In preparation for Excess Baggage, Endorf traveled more than 8,500 miles, seeking the last surviving riders and descendents to document the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929. Dressed in period attire, Endorf entertains and educates audiences of all ages about this little known Nebraska history.

Charlotte Endorf is a lifelong Nebraskan, a member of Toastmasters International (earning the Distinguished Toastmaster award twice), and specializes in speaking to elementary schools, museums, town festivals and the elderly throughout Nebraska. Charlotte has authored nine books on the Orphan Train, the North Platte Canteen and her journeys.  She also developed a documentary on the Orphan Train riders for the Madison County Historical Society.  After a trip to New York City she and an actual orphan train rider created a poetry CD of history and their time together.  She was nominated by the Madison County Historical Society and named by American Mothers, Inc. as the 2011 Nebraska Mother of the Year.

The program is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska, One Book One Siouxland and the South Sioux City Public Library, through the Humanities Nebraska, Speakers Bureau. Speakers Bureau connects Nebraskans with over 165 authors, historians, scholars, musicians, and storytellers who give performances and speak on topics as diverse as the immigrant experience, Great Plains history, world folk music, Nebraska literature, international law, and Native American culture. The Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau is the largest of its kind in the United States.


Technology Classes:  This week’s technology classes are:  Monday April 7th:  E-book Reader at 3:00 p.m., Excel 2 Excel 2 at 5:30 p.m., and E-book Reader at 6:00 p.m. On Tuesday the 8th we have:  E-book Reader at 12:30 p.m., Know Your Computer at 2:00 p.m., Microsoft Word 3 at 3:00 p.m., and Windows 2 at 4:00 p.m.  Wednesday the 9th we have:  Pinterest at 10:30 a.m. and Clean up Your Computer at 5:30 p.m.  On Thursday April 10th we have:  Windows I at 10:00 a.m., Facebook at 11:00 a.m., Twitter at 2:00 p.m., Blogging Basics at 3:30 p.m., Tech Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and E-Book Reader at 6:00 p.m.

Youth Classes:  We have on Monday: Preschool Story Time at 1:30 p.m., Movie Matinee at 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday: Night of FUN at 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday:  Preschool Story Time 9:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., LEGO® Club (for Grades 3 through 6) at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday:  Pat-a-Cake Pals at 10:00 a.m.; Friday:  Toddler Time 10:00 a.m.; and Saturday:  matinee Movie at 11:00 a.m.

Do you believe… libraries empower the individual, libraries support literacy and lifelong learning, and libraries strengthen families; then join us on Friday April 18th to sign the Declaration for the right to libraries, when you attend the Chamber of Commerce coffee, or when you attend the Excess Baggage presentation.  If you don’t want to wait, go to www.southsiouxcity.org/library and click on sign the declaration to participate.

National Library Week is April 13th to 19th.  We will celebrate the week by hosting the Chamber Coffee on Friday April 18th at 9:30 a.m.

Celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week:  April 20th to the 26th is Cowboy Poetry Week.  With that in mind, we are hosting a Cowboy Poetry Talk on Monday April 21st at 6:30 p.m.  We will discuss the history of cowboy poetry, some of the great writers and some of the cowboy poetry in our library collection. 


Have a great week and read great books.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Library e-Newsletter

The April Library e-Newsletter is now available.

Boob Girls Author Talk

Joy Johnson, author of the Boob Girls (Burned out Old Broads), will be at the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City, Nebraska, on Saturday April 5th, at 2:00 p.m..

 Joy Johnson is over 70 now. With her husband, Dr. Marvin Johnson, she co-founded two non-profit organizations in Omaha, Neb., Centering Corporation and Ted E. Bear Hollow. Joy is a nationally-known speaker and has written or edited more than 100 books on grief, mostly for children.


 The main characters in Joy's novels the Burned Out Old Broad novels are affectionately called the BOOB Girls. Joy believes that older, seasoned women are beautiful too!

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