Friday, June 12, 2015

From Country Music Heroes to Technology Classes at the Library

This is the weekly column by the South Sioux City Public Library staff and printed in the Dakota County Star.

From Country Music Heroes to Technology Classes at the Library
Patsy Cline Country Music Hero:  Local artist Jamie Lee Nieman will give a presentation entitled Patsy Cline:  Country Music Hero on Monday June 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Patsy Cline permanently changed the role of women in country music.  Before Ms. Cline, female country singers played the role of “the girl singer” in a male country music band.  Patsy Cline proved that a woman could take the role of headliner in the world of country music.  Cline mentored stars like Loretta Lynn and Dottie West, as well as paving the way for people like the Judds, Martina McBride, and many other great stars today. 

Club 745.5 (Crafts) will continue their work with Hypertufa by making pots that are shaped like hands.  This class will be held on June 18th at 6:30 p.m. and repeated on Friday June 19th at 10:30 a.m.

Tangled Yarns is a group of needle workers that meet every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

Technology Classes:  Tuesday and Thursday we have technology classes this week. 

Microsoft Windows 1:  We will start at the very beginning of Windows 7 with an introduction to the Desktop, Start Menu and the all new Taskbar.  This class is on Tuesday June 16th at 1:00 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m.

Microsoft Windows 2:  With this class we will build on the knowledge of Windows Basic and learn more about the Start Menu, where you can launch any programs installed on your computer and also search for files (pictures, videos and music) we’ll also demonstrate how to “pin” your favorite programs to the Start Menu or Taskbar.  This class is held on Tuesday June 16th at 2:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m.

E-Book Reader:  Covers what an e-Book reader is and provides hands on demonstration of some of the different kinds. Also teaches how to use Overdrive, a way to get e-Books through the Library.  This is held on June 16th at 5:00 p.m. and Thursday June 18th at 2:00 p.m.

Setting up an Email Account:  If you never have had an email account this is the class for you. Learn about the different free email service that is very easy to sign-up for and use.  This is held on Thursday June 18th at 10:00 a.m.

Mango Languages:  Learn how to use the Mango Languages software to learn languages on Thursday June 18th at 11:00 p.m.

Blogging Basics:  We will cover how to create a blog, use templates to create the look you want and how to add fun stuff to your blog on June 18th at 3:00 p.m.

Nebraska Access:  An introduction to the search engine developed by the Nebraska Library Commission and the databases available to South Sioux City Public Library card holders.

Music Biographies:  With the focus this week in Patsy Cline this week, it seems good to focus on some of the newest biographies.

The art of Asking, or, How I learned to stop worrying and let people help by Amanda Palmer. Description from the publisher:  “Rock singer, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world's most successful music Kickstarter. Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for -- as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn't alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of the art of asking.”

Commando:  the Autobiography of Johnny Ramone.  Johnny Ramone, born John Cummings (1948-2004), was a founding member of the Ramones, one of the most influential bands of all time. Before that, though, he was a kid from Queens, New York, who didn't think twice about throwing TVs off roofs, hurling bricks through windows, decking people's parents, or robbing old ladies. He eventually found his reprieve from a dead-end life thorough rock and roll. The book also features Johnny's assessment of the Ramone's albums; a number of eccentric top-ten lists; pages from his legendary "black books," with concert notes; and scores of personal and professional photographs, many of which have never been published before."— From the publishers.

Have a great week.   We look forward to seeing you at the library.

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