Friday, January 16, 2015

Nebraska Spirit at the South Sioux City Public Library

This is the weekly column that is published in the Dakota County Star newspaper.  


Nebraska Spirit at the South Sioux City Public Library
This is a great week to visit the library if you have not been here for some time.

Charlotte Endorf- Nebraska Spirit:  the North Platte Canteen
Charlotte Endorf will speak at the South Sioux City Public Library on Saturday, January 24 at 2:00 p.m.  Her topic is “Nebraska Spirit:  the North Platte Canteen”.

During World War II, American soldiers from across the country rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains en route to Europe and the Pacific.  Learn the story of the community that turned a railroad depot into a legend and touched the lives of more than six million soldiers from 1942 to 1946.

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.  Her family developed Nebraska’s second Free Little Library in their own front yard.

Nebraska Spirit:  the North Platte Canteen is part of the 2015 One Book One Siouxland programming.

Humanities Nebraska (HN) provides major funding for this program. The NHC receives support from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Nebraska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mary Persinger Book Signing:  Mary Persinger will be at the South Sioux City Public Library for a book signing on Saturday January 24th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Mary is a retired school counselor, who lives in South Sioux City.  Her most recent book is entitled Bailey’s Butterfly. 

Writer to Writer meets on Saturday January 17th at 10:00 a.m.  This month Marci Broyhill will speak on writing for performance.  During the second hour, we will discuss our work.  Writer to Writer is open to all writers at all skill levels.

Getting Ready to Invest Webinar is held on Tuesday January 20.  This webinar is held at 6:30 p.m.  Participants can ask questions of staff at the end of the webinar.

Tangled Yarns is held on Tuesday, January 20th at 6:30 p.m.

Technology Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The Tuesday classes are Microsoft Word 1 at 10:00 a.m.; Microsoft Word 2 at 11:00 a.m.; Microsoft Word 3 at 1:00 p.m.; -Know Your Computer at 2:00 p.m.; E-Book Reader at 5:00 p.m.; Job and Career Accelerator 6:00 p.m.; and Clean Up Your Computer 7:00 p.m.

The Thursday classes are Excel 2 at 10:00 a.m.; Excel 3 January at 11:00 a.m.; Blogging Basics January at 3:00 p.m.;  Online Bookmarking and Note keeping at 4:00 p.m.; Tech Thursday at 6:00 p.m.; Facebook Basics 7:00 p.m.

Youth Activities:  We have a full schedule youth activities on Monday Tell Me a Story at :30 p.m.; Night of FUN is on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday we have Tell Me a Story at 4:30 p.m.; Pat-a-Cake Pals is held on Thursday night at 10:00 a.m.; and Toddler Time is held on Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Our Family Movies are held on Monday at 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Recommended Reading:  In preparation for the Nebraska Spirit presentation, you may want to explore on of these titles.

Once Upon a Town:  the Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene is a memoir of the North Platte Canteen based on interviews from people who were there.

Sharpie by Diane Ruth Armour Bartels is the biography of Evelyn Sharpe who died during a training mission, while in the Woman’s Pilot’s Service.  Ms. Sharpe was a Nebraska native.

No One Ever Asked Me:  the World War II Memoir of an Omaha Indian Soldier by Hollis Stabler tells the story of the author’s war experiences.

Have a great week and read good books

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