Thursday, November 6, 2014

Honoring our Veterans at the South Sioux City Public Library

The following is the weekly column that the library writers for the Dakota County Star newspaper.  

Honoring our Veterans at the South Sioux City Public Library
Veteran’s Day is celebrated on November 11th, the anniversary of the armistice the ended the fighting during World War I.  The library is open on this day.  Stop by and pick up some information on “The Great War”.

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuckman is a classic work on the great military campaigns of World War I

Goodbye to All of That by Robert Graves is a book recounting his leaving country, family, and friends, in order to fight in the Great War.

World War One by Norman Stone is a history of World War I.

Military Families ComputerFamilies of military personnel can contact their loved ones through the South Sioux City Public Library

The computer is equipped with a camera and voice over internet capabilities to allow military families to communicate with their loved ones who are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other fields of service throughout the world. This computer is dedicated to this single purpose, as a service of the South Sioux City Public Library, the city of South Sioux City and generous donors who want to help support our troops and their families back home.

Library Director said this of the donation:

“Part of the mission of the South Sioux City Public Library is to provide services for the community utilizing a variety of technologies. As a former veteran, I know from experience both the cost and the importance of communicating with family at home. We are happy to be able to provide this service to the families of those who are serving in other parts of the world.”

Writer to Writer:  Alicia Rudnicki:  Alicia Rudkicki will speak at Writer to Writer via Google Hangouts on Saturday November 15th at 10:00 a.m. 

Ms. Rudnicki is a writer and editor, who created the e-magazine Library Mix, which celebrates libraries and literacy.  She will speak on writing and publishing a e-magazine.
During the second hour we will read some of our current work.

Cover to Cover will discuss the second half of the bookDefending Jacob by William Landay.  Cover to Cover meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m.

Tangled Yarns is a group that enjoys doing various types of needle work.  Join them for a time of companionship and fun each Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

Library Eats Turkey Leftovers:  This month Library Eats discusses what to do with those turkey leftovers.   Join them on Thursday November 13th at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday Technology Classes: On Tuesday November 11th we offer the following classes:  Know Your Computer at 10:00 a.m. Windows 1 at 11:00 a.m., Pinterest at 12:00 p.m., Windows 2 at 1:00 p.m., Windows 3 at 2:00 p.m., E-Book Reader at 5:00 p.m., Excel 3 at 6:00 p.m., and Mango Languages at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday Technology Classes: On Thursday November 13th we offer the following classes:  Know Your Computer 10:00 a.m., Keyboard and Mouse Skills at 11:00 a.m., E-book Reader 2:00 p.m., Twitter Basics at 3:00 p.m., Google Documents at4:00 p.m., Tech Thursday at 6:00 p.m., and Online Bookmarking and Note Keeping at 7:00 p.m.

Available at the Library:  The following are bestsellers available at the library.

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks. This is the story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they have taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined, and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past. - from the catalog record.

Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline.  "Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to 'aging out' out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse ... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories; Molly learns that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life--answers that will ultimately free them both. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are."--Publisher's description.

Have a good week and read a good book.

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