The following is the weekly column published in the Dakota County Star.
Smart Investing at the South Sioux City Public Library
Winter is here indeed. As I write this column, I am reminded that all snow is to be removed promptly after the cessation of a snow (five hours for the business district, or eight hours for residential areas). Stay safe during winter weather events.
Smart Investing @ your Library Kickoff: Learn more about investing, planning for retirement, budgeting, repairing your credit and much more. The Smart Investing @ your Library Kick-off will be held on January 13th at 6:30 p.m.
This program is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart Investing @ Your Library, a partnership with the American Library Association. This program is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and Northeast Library System.
Writer to Writer: Marci Broyhill: Marci Broyhill will speak on writing for performance on Saturday January 17th, at 10:00 a.m. Marci researches the men and the women who lived and traveled the trails west of the Missouri River. She marvels at the determination and courage; honoring their efforts by giving them a voice through verse and story.
She will share some of her secrets to doing good research, finding compelling stories, and the process of writing for performance. During the second hour of our meeting members of Writer to Writer will be invited to share and discuss their work. Writer to Writer is open to writers of all skill levels. Whether you are in your writing journey, Writer to Writer is a place for you to develop your skills.
Youth Activities: We have a full schedule of youth activities: Tell me a Story on
Tell Me a Story Monday, January 12th at 1:30 p.m.; Family Movie Monday, January 12th at 6:00 p.m.; Night of FUN Tuesday, January 13th at 6:30 p.m.; Tell Me a Story, Wednesday, January 14th at 4:30 p.m.; Pat-a-Cake Pals Thursday, January 15th at 10:00 a.m.; Toddler Time, Friday, January 16th at 10:00 a.m.; and Family Movie, Saturday, January 17th at 1:00 p.m.
Cover to Cover book club will discuss the second half of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot on Monday, January 12th at 3:00 p.m.
Technology Classes: We offer technology classes each Tuesday and Thursday. These are the classes for this list: Windows 3 Tuesday January 13th at 10:00 a.m.; Excel 1 at 11:00 a.m.; Excel 2 at 1:00 p.m.; Excel 3 at 2:00 p.m.; E-book Reader at 5:00 p.m.; Thursday January 15th Microsoft Word 1 at 10:00 a.m.; Microsoft Word 2 at 11:00 a.m.; Publisher 1 at 3:00 p.m.; Publisher 2 at 4:00 p.m.; Pinterest at 5:00 p.m.; Tech Thursday at 6:00 a.m.; and Microsoft Publisher 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Tangled Yarns is a group that enjoys their needlecraft. We have a seat for you.
Cowboy Poetry and Music: Marci Broyhill has two recordings available at the library: Mending Fences and Windows of Memories, Where the Prairie Flowers Bloom: and Other Stories by Yvonne Hollenbeck, Buckaroo: Visions and Voices of the American Cowboy edited by Hal Canon.
Bestsellers Available for Checkout: The following are bestselling books, currently available for checkout.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This is a novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Redeployment by Phil Klay. Redeployment is an award-winning collection about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the return to civilian life.
Prince Lestat by Anne Rice. In this book, the Vampire world is in crisis, as the Voice commands the burning of maverick vampires. A host of supernatural creatures come together to discover the identity of the Voice.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. “A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that remind him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art"-- Provided by publisher.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. “One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it"-- Provided by publisher.
Have a great week and read good books.