Thursday, April 3, 2014

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 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.

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