Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Books, Music and More at the South Sioux City Public Library

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

Holiday Books, Music and More at the South Sioux City Public Library
Cover to Cover book club will discuss the novel 31 Hours by Masha Hamilton on Monday December 8th at 3:00 p.m.  In this novel a woman in New York awakens knowing, as deeply as a mother’s blood can know that her grown son is in danger. She has not heard from him in weeks.  This novel is loaded with suspense.  It also explores the deep feelings of connection and disconnection that occur between young people and their parents not only in this country but in the Middle East as well.  

Masha Hamilton is the author of five acclaimed novels, 31 Hours was named one of the best books in 2009, by the Washington Post..." She began her career as a fulltime journalist, working in Maine, Indiana and New York City before becoming an international correspondent. 

Tangled Yarns is the name for a group of needle crafters, who meet to share ideas and learn techniques from one another.  They meet each Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

Library Eats: Gingerbread Houses.  Learn how to make gingerbread houses on Thursday December 11th at 6:30 p.m.  Gingerbread has been a popular culinary delight for centuries.  You will learn to make your own holiday

Technology Classes:  We offer technology classes Tuesday and Thursday.  On Tuesday December 9th we have at 10am Know Your Computer, 11am  Windows 1, 12pm Pinterest, 1pm  Windows 2, 2pm  Windows 3, 5pm  E-Book Reader, 6pm Excel 3 and 7pm  Mango Languages. 

On Thursday December 11th we offer 10am  Know Your Computer, 11am  Keyboard Mouse Skills, 2pm E-Book Reader, 3pm Twitter, 4pm  Google Documents; 6pm Tech Thursday, and 7pm  Online Bookmarking and Note Keeping.

Remembering P.D. James:  P.D. James passed away last week at the age of 94.  She wrote up to her last days.  She elevated the mystery to an art form.  The following are the most popular P.D. James novels at the South Sioux City Public Library:

Time to be in Ernest a Fragment of Autobiography; An Unsuitable Job for a Woman; London After Midnight:  a Tour of Criminal Haunts:  Stories by Agatha Christie, P.D. James, Graham Greene and others edited by Paul Haining; and Death Comes to Pemberley. 

Holiday ReadingThe holidays bring out the best in many writers.  The following is a list of some of our most recent holiday centered mysteries:

Wait for Signs:  Twelve Longmire Stories by Craig Johnson; Tamarach County by William Kent Krueger; White Christmas by Diana Palme; Silent Night:  a Spenser Holiday Novel by Robert B. Parker and Helen Brann; How the Light Gets In:  a Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery by Louise Penne; A New York Christmas by Anne Perry, Festive in Death by J.D. Robb; The 13th Gift:  a True Story of a Christmas Miracle by Joanne Huist Smith

Holiday Music If you are looking for music for the holiday season try one of these tidies:  A Dotted Line by Nickel Creek, On This Winter’s Night by Lady Antebellum, Greatest Hits Chapter 1 by Kelly Clarkson, Christmas by Michael Bubl√©; Shania Twain; Thalia; and the Puppini Sisters, So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon, The Classic Christmas Album by Tony Bennett, Heavenly Christmas by Jackie Evancho; Rob Mounsey; Orchestra of St. Lukes; and St. Cecilia Chorus, All I Want for Christmas by Straight Not Shaken, and The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole.

Think of the South Sioux City Public Library for all of your holiday reading and listening pleasure.

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