Thursday, May 29, 2014

Literary Elements at the Library

Last Words Author on June 19thFrederick Blanch, author of Last Words will be at the library on Thursday June 19th at 6:00 p.m.

Last Words is a moving, charming, hilarious story of the author’s life. The book has been nominated for the Minnesota Book Awards.  He has also been characterized as Minnesota’s Mark Twain for nonfiction.

During this evening the author will speak, take questions, and sign books. 

More June Activities:  June is a busy month indeed.  The following is a summary of our June events: 
  • Computer Classes– We have a variety of classes from Monday through Thursday.  Stop by the circulation desk, or visit the website for the monthly schedule.
  • Tangled Yarns– Sewing/ needlework group that meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Advisory Board Meeting on June 4th at 5:30 p.m.
  • Garden Group Meeting:  Good Bugs Bad Bugs on June 5th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Cover to Cover Book Club will discuss The Paris Wife:  a novel by Paula McLain Monday June 9th and 23rd at 3:00 p.m.
  • Library Eats Thursday June 12th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Cardinal Festival June 13-15
  • The Amazing Cardinal Chase June 14th
  • Real to Reel Movie:  The Monuments Men June 14th at 2 p.m. and June 17th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Blood Drive June 18th
  • Great Plains Zoo on June 27th at 1 p.m.

Literary Elements is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program for Adults.  During the months of June and July, adults will have several opportunities to participate in Summer Reading activities and have your name entered into a drawing for prizes.

  • Cover to Cover Book Club
  • Tangled Yarns
  • Garden Club
  • Real to Reel Movie
  • Library Eats
  • Science fiction book talk (June 1)
  • Nebraska All-Stars (July 14)
  • Or attend other special events, not announced.

You also have 3 ways to enter your name in for a drawing during the summer.
  • Read 5 books.
  • Read the Big Library Read Book (June 3-18)
  • Bonus:  Enter your name for every 5 books you read from the periodical table (See next article)

Here’s an example of reading the periodic table

  • Hydrogen (H) Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Helium (He) Ernest Hemmingway
  • Lithium (Li) David Lindsay
  • Beryllium (Be) Steve Berry
  • Boron (B) Baldacci
  
Read any 5 & enter for the drawing.  Read 5 more books based on different elements and you can enter again.  Repeat until you have read the periodic table.

Join the e-book Bandwagon.  54% of Americans read e-books.  The book for this month’s read is A Pedigree to Die Fore by Laurien Berenson.

"Iowa Ghosts and the Afterlife"
The South Sioux City Public Library is proud to bring Terry Fisk to the library on Saturday June 14th at 3:30 p.m. for “Iowa Ghosts and the Afterlife. 

Fisk discusses his confrontations with the famous skeptic and debunker James Randi.  He also describes his ghost investigations with world-renowned medium Allison DuBois (the real-life inspiration for the hit CBS series, Medium) and psychic Chip Coffey (from TV’s Paranormal State and Psychic Kids).  This session examines some of the haunted locations in Iowa personally investigated by Mr. Fisk.  He will share photos, case histories, eyewitness accounts, and ghost lore. 

Fisk co-hosted The Unexplained radio talk show, directed The Unexplained television series, lectures at paranormal conferences throughout the US, and has co-authored seven popular books.  


Have a great week.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

June Activities for Adults

Mon  June 2- 3pm:  E-book Reader
Mon  June 2- 5pm:  Know Your Computer
Mon  June 2- 6pm:  E-book Reader
June 2 Science Fiction Book Talk 6:30 p.m.
Tues  June 3- 10am:  Excel 1
 Tues  June 3-12:30pm:  E-book Reader
 Tues  June 3- 2pm: Word 3
 Tues  June 3- 3pm:  Windows 2
 Tues  June 3 - 4pm: Know Your Computer
 Tues  June 3 - 5:30pm: Keyboard Mouse Skills
 June 3: Tangled Yarns 6:30pm
 June 4: Advisory Board 5:30pm
 Thurs  June 5- 10am:  Clean Up Your Computer
Thurs  June 5- 11am: Setting Up An Email Account
Thurs  June 5 - 2pm:  Online Bookmarking and Note Keeping
Thurs  June 5- 3:30pm:  Using Reference Sources
Thurs  June 5- 5pm:   Tech Thursday
June 5: Garden Group Meeting 6:30pm  “Good Bugs, Bad Bugs”
 Thurs  June 5- 10am:  Clean Up Your Computer
Thurs  June 5- 11am: Setting Up An Email Account
Thurs  June 5 - 2pm:  Online Bookmarking and Note Keeping
Thurs  June 5- 3:30pm:  Using Reference Sources
Thurs  June 5- 5pm:   Tech Thursday
June 9: Cover to Cover
 Mon  June 9- 3pm:  E-book Reader
Mon  June 9- 5pm:  Keyboard Mouse Skills
Mon  June 9- 6pm:  E-book Reader
Tues  June 10- 10am:  Excel 2
Tues  June 10- 12:30pm:  E-book Reader
Tues  June 10- 2pm: Know Your Computer
Tues  June 10- 3pm:  Windows 3
Tues  June 10 - 4pm: Setting Up An Email Account
Tues  June 10 - 5:30pm: Clean Up Your Computer
June 10: Tangled Yarns 6:30pm
Wed June 11 - 5:30pm:   Job and Career Accelerator 
Thurs  June 12- 10am:  How to Search the Internet
Thurs  June 12- 11am: Facebook Basics
Thurs  June 12 - 2pm:  Blogging Basics
Thurs  June 12- 3:30pm:  Everything Google
Thurs  June 12- 5pm:   Tech Thursday
Thurs  June 12- 6pm:  E-book Reader
June 12: Library Eats 6:30pm
 June 13-15 Cardinal Festival
 June 14: The Amazing Cardinal Chase
 June 14: Real to Reel 2pm  “The Monuments Men”
June 14 "Haunted Iowa" at 3:30 p.m.
Mon  June 16- 3pm:  E-book Reader
Mon  June 16- 5pm:  Windows Basic
Mon  June 16- 6pm:  E-book Reader
 June 16: SSC Scribes 6pm
 Tues  June 17- 10am:  Excel 3
Tues  June 17-12:30pm:  E-book Reader
Tues  June 17- 2pm: Keyboard Mouse Skills
Tues  June 17- 3pm:  Excel 1
Tues  June 17 - 4pm: Yahoo Messenger
June 17: Tangled Yarns 6:30pm
 June 17: Real to Reel 6:30pm “The Monuments Men”
 June 18: Blood Drive
 Wed June 18 - 5:30pm:   Clean Up Your Computer
Thurs  June 19- 10am:  Search Engines
Thurs  June 19- 11am: Publisher 1
Thurs  June 19 - 2pm:  Publisher 2
Thurs  June 19- 3:30pm:  Publisher 3
Thurs  June 19- 5pm:   Tech Thursday
Thurs  June 19- 6pm:  E-book Reader
 June 19: Author Talk- Frederick Blanch  6pm
 June 23: Cover to Cover
 Mon  June 23- 3pm:  E-book Reader
Mon  June 23- 5pm:  Windows 2
Mon  June 23- 6pm:  E-book Reader
Tues  June 24-12:30pm:  E-book Reader
Tues  June 24- 2pm: Excel 2
Tues  June 24- 3pm:  Excel 3
June 24: Tangled Yarns 6:30pm
 Thurs  June 26- 11am: Your Library Web Page
Thurs  June 26 - 2pm:  Nebraska Access
Thurs  June 26- 3:30pm:  Facebook for Your Business
Thurs  June 26- 5pm:   Tech Thursday
Thurs  June 26- 6pm:  E-book Reader
June 27: Great Plains Zoo 1pm
Mon  June 30- 3pm:  E-book Reader
Mon  June 30- 5pm:  Windows 3
Mon  June 30- 6pm:  E-book Reader

Works by and about Maya Angelou

With the passing of Maya Angelou, we lost a treasure.  These are her works found at the South Sioux City Public Library.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)
Gather Together in My Name (1974)
Oh Pray My Wings are Gonna Fit Me Well (1975)
Roots DVD (1977)
The Heart of a Woman (1981)
All God's Children Need Travelin' Shoes (1986)
Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993)
Soul Looks Back in Wonder edited by Tom Feelings (includes poems by Maya Angelou (1993)
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994)
A Brave and Startling Truth (1995)
Great African Americans in Literature by Pat Rediger (1996)
A Song Flung up to Heaven (2002)
Loving Through the Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepnek, Maya Angelou (2003)
Blushing:  Expressions of Love in Poems and Letters edited by Paul Janeczko (anthology) (2004(
Amazing Peace:  a Christmas Poem (2005)
Mother:  a Cradle to Hold Me (2006)
Letter to My Daughter (2008)
Mom, Me, & Mom (2013)



Thursday, May 22, 2014

E-books and Summer Reading at the Library


Summer is on the way and so is this year’s Big Library Read sponsored by OverDrive.  The Big Library Read allows readers to read the same e-book at the same time.  Many of us have purchased e-readers, but never used them.  The Big Library Read allows all readers to check out the same book at the same time.  It is a great time to dust off that e-book reader and begin e-reading.

By participating in the Big Library Read, you can join a global movement of passionate readers and library patrons who support the availability of eBooks and audiobooks at your local library.  This year’s book is A Pedigree

About the book:  In A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson:

“The apparent heart attack that killed kennel owner Max Turnbull has left seven pups in mourning, and his wife Peg suspecting foul play. But the only evidence is their missing prize pooch—a pedigreed poodle named Beau.
Enter Melanie Travis. With her young son happily ensconced in day damp, the 30-something teacher and single mother is talked into investigating her uncle’s death—unofficially, of course. Posing as a poodle breeder in search of the perfect stud, Melanie hounds Connecticut’s elite canine competitions, and finds an ally in fellow breeder Sam Driver. But her affection cools when she’s put on the scent of Sam’s questionable past . . . and hot on the trail of a poodle-hating neighbor and one elusive murderer who isn’t ready to come to heel.”

In related e-book news, the library is participating in the OverDrive Challenge to raise our circulation by 25 percent.  That means we are shooting for 359 checkouts of audio or e-books during the month of June.  If you have access to a computer, smart phone or a tablet you can participate with us.  Your e-book and audiobook reading totals will also counts for points for the Summer Reading Program for Adults, “Literary Elements”..

Recliner Book Club:  One final thing while we are on the topic of e-books, we have just created the Recliner Book Club.  The Recliner Book Club is a place where we can discuss the e-books we are reading.  Sign-up on the library website www.southsiouxcity.org/library and join us on Good Reads and Facebook.  The Recliner Book Club:  Because e-books and easy chairs were meant for each other.

Summer Reading Program for AdultsLiterary Elements is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program for Adults.  During the months of June and July, adults will have several opportunities to participate in Summer Reading activities and have your name entered into a drawing for prizes.
  • Cover to Cover Book Club
  • Tangled Yarns
  • Garden Club
  • Real to Reel Movie
  • Library Eats
  • Science fiction book talk (June 1)
  • Nebraska All-Stars (July 14)
  • Or attend other special events, not announced.

You also have 3 ways to enter your name in for a drawing during the summer.
  • Read 5 books.
  • Read the Big Library Read Book (June 3-18)
  • Bonus:  Enter your name for every 5 books you read from the periodical table (See next article)

Here’s an example of how you can read through the periodic tabel.

Hydrogen (H) Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Helium (He) Ernest Hemmingway
  • Lithium (Li) David Lindsay
  • Beryllium (Be) Steve Berry
  • Boron (B) Baldacci
  
Read any 5 & enter for the drawing.  Read 5 more books based on different elements and you can enter again.  Repeat until you have read the periodic table.

Technology Classes:  It may be the end of the month, but we have a full list of technology classes for the week.  We have on Tuesday May 27: E-book Reader at 12:30 p.m., Microsoft Word 2 at 2:00 p.m., Windows 1 at 3:00 p.m., Powerpoint 1 at 4:00 p.m., Powerpoint 2 at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday May 28th: Windows 1 at 5:30 p.m., Thursday May 29th:  Microsoft Word 2, Search Engines at 11:00 a.m., How to Search the Internet 2:00 p.m., Internet Privacy at 6:30 p.m., Tech Thursday 5:00 p.m., and E-book Reader at 6:00 p.m.


Have a great week.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

South Sioux City Public Library Named Read a Loud Community for 2014-2015

The following is our weekly is our weekly column 

South Sioux City Public Library Named Read a Loud Community for 2014-2015
South Sioux City Public Library joins several communities across the state that has earned the designation of “Read Aloud Community” for 2014-2015. Read Aloud Communities are required to promote November as “Read Aloud to a Child Month” among citizens throughout the community as well as to engage in a variety of read-aloud activities throughout the year. “South Sioux City has made the commitment to promote reading aloud to children as one of the most important things adults do to help children improve their vocabulary, enhance listening skills and develop positive attitudes toward reading and learning,” says Mark Claussen, chairman of Read Aloud Nebraska. “We are proud to support “Read Aloud Communities” throughout Nebraska as they share the joy of reading with people of all ages.”
The South Sioux City Public Library offers many read-a-loud opportunities for parents and children each week.  These include Preschool Story Time, Pat-a-Cake Pals, and Toddler Time.  The library facility offers parents and teachers a place in which to choose books and read-a-loud to their children independently of library programs.  The Youth Library staff has promoted Read Aloud to Child Month activities for several years.  We are proud to receive this recognition.
Ready or Not Summer’s Here:  Ready or not summer’s first long weekend is upon us.  The South Sioux City Public Library is the perfect place to get that first weekend off to a great start.
Technology Classes: Monday May 19 E-book Reader is at 3:00 p.m., Microsoft Windows 2 at 5:30 p.m., E-book Reader at 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday May 20th E-book Reader class is at 12:30 p.m., Microsoft Word 1 at 2:00 p.m., Keyboard Mouse Skills 3:00 p.m., Job and Career Accelerator at 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday May 21st Know Your Computer 5:30 p.m., Pinterest 6:30 p.m.; Thursday May 22nd Microsoft Word 1 at 10:00 a.m., Setting up an Email Account 11:00 a.m., Facebook Basics 2:00 p.m. Publisher 3 at 3:30 p.m., Tech Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and E-Book Reader at 6:30 p.m.
 SSC Scribes will meet on Monday May 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room.  Gather together with other writers to encourage and practice the craft of writing.
Tangled Yarns group will meet on Tuesday May 20th at 6:30 p.m.  Bring your current sewing project and be prepared for a great time.
Real to Reel Movie:  Discover the source of the magic of Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins in this biographical dramatization on Tuesday May 20th at 6:30 p.m.
Children’s Activities:  May 22nd is the last day of school, so the library is gearing up with some great summer programs. The Monday Movie is at 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday we have Night of FUN at 6:30 p.m.  Wednesday is Preschool Story Time 9:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m., and Mad Science club for grates 3 through 6 at 6:30 p.m.  Thursday is Pat-a-Cake Pals at 10:00 a.m.  Friday we have Toddler Time at 10:00 a.m.  Winding up the week we have with the Saturday Movie at 11:00 a.m. 
Books on the Go:  If you are traveling during the Memorial Day weekend, you may want to choose one of these books on CD available at the library: Inferno by Dan Brown, Low Pressure by Sandra Brown, The Chance by Karen Kingsbury, First Born CD Collection by Karen Kingsbury, and The Next Always by Nora Roberts.
Music for the Road:  Good music makes the miles fly by.  The following are a few of the popular titles you can use as a sound track for your summer weekend:  Up All Night by One Direction, Taylor Swift by Taylor Swift, Move Along by the All-American Rejects, Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars, and Fearless by Taylor Swift.
Summer Cooking:  Summer is a time for picnics, barbecues, and parties.  These books will give you splendid ways to enjoy your summertime events.
Gastro Grilling:  Fired-up Recipes to Grill Great Everyday Meals by Ted Reader is a compilation of 135 simple-to-follow recipes.
Pairing Food and Wine for Dummies by John Szabo offers tips on making good wine choices for any meal on the fly.  No one-size-fits-all list here. 
Paula Deen’s Cookbook for the Lunch-box Set is filled with ideas for parties, picnics, and summer holidays.

Have a happy reading week.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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South Sioux City Public Library Named Read a Loud Community for 2014-2015

 South Sioux City Public Library  joins several communities across the state that have earned the designation of “Read Aloud Community” for 2014-2015. Read Aloud Communities are required to promote November as “Read Aloud to a Child Month” among citizens throughout the community as well as to engage in a variety of read-aloud activities throughout the year. “South Sioux City  has made the commitment to promote reading aloud to children as one of the most important things adults do to help children improve their vocabulary, enhance listening skills and develop positive attitudes toward reading and learning,” says Mark Claussen, chairman of Read Aloud Nebraska. “We are proud to support “Read Aloud Communities” throughout Nebraska as they share the joy of reading with people of all ages.”

The South Sioux City Public Library offers many read-a-loud opportunities for parents and children each week.  These include Preschool Story Time, Pat-a-Cake Pals, and Toddler Time.  The library facility offers parents and teachers a place in which to choose books and read-a-loud to their children independently of library programs.  The Youth Library staff has promoted Read Aloud to Child Month activities for several years.  We are proud to receive this recognition.

The “Read Aloud Communities” program is an initiative of Read Aloud Nebraska, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “promote healthy, successful children and families through reading aloud”. To learn more go to the Read Aloud Nebraska website at www.readaloudnebraska.org.