Thursday, October 15, 2015

Celebrate Dictionary Day on October 16th at the Library

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

Celebrate Dictionary Day on October 16th at the Library
Friday October 16th is Dictionary Day, the birth anniversary of Noah Webster.  Come in and look of a word in the dictionary, or look up a word on an online dictionary in celebration of this day.

Reading Baseball:  I enjoy reading about baseball almost as much as I enjoy watching baseball.  The following are some of the most popular books about baseball at the South Sioux City Public Library.

The signal and the Noise: why so many predictions--fail but some don't by Nate Silver.  Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair's breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger. Drawing on his groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction.

Take me out to the Ball Game: the story of the sensational baseball song by Amy Whorf McGuiggan is published by the University of Nebraska Press, tells the history of one of the most memorable songs about baseball.

Pitching in the Pinch: Baseball from the Inside by Christy Matthewson is a classic work from one of the greatest pitchers from the first quarter of the 20th century.

Haunted Reading:  October is a time when the nights grow longer and so do the books we like to read.  This week we look at some of the books about haunted things and places. 
Black Hills by Dan Simmons:  Haunted by Custer's ghost, and also by his ability to see into the memories and futures of legendary men like Sioux war-chief Crazy Horse, Paha Sapa plans to silence his ghost forever and reclaim his people's legacy on the very day FDR comes to Mount Rushmore to dedicate the Jefferson face.

The Rathbones by Janice Clark:  he fifteen-year-old heir of a once-prosperous seafaring dynasty in New England spends her days in a crumbling ancestral mansion where she studies the secrets of Greek history and navigation before embarking on a voyage that reveals her family's haunted history.

Spooky Yellowstone: tales of hauntings, strange happenings, and other local lore by S.E. Schlosser is a look at the folklore from Yellowstone National Park.

After-School Program – This is a time for kids in grades 3-5 to hang out at the library. Our After-School Program will run from Oct. through May. There is a $30 fee to participate. We will have snacks, crafts, hands-on learning, reading, and more! Contact 402-987-2140 Nebraska Extension Office in Dakota County, if you are interested in having your child participates.

Family Movies - All movies are “PG-13” ratings or lower, for the whole family to enjoy!  Family movies are shown on Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoons at 1:00 p.m.

LEGO Build – Every Monday starting at 3:30 and ending at 5:00, we will have LEGO’s out in the youth area of the library for children to build with. Come let imaginations fly.

 Night of FUN – Night of FUN is a program to get families used to coming into the library and finding a fun atmosphere. We explore books, crafts, games, and science.

Pat-A-Cake Pals – This is a time to introduce the library to our youngest customers, those under 2 years old. We sing, read, and play.  This is held on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Toddler Time – A story time for children 2-3 years old and their caregivers. We enjoy books, crafting and a snack.

Technology Classes:  We offer classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.  On Monday October 19th we offer Tech Monday at 6:00 p.m., and Nebraska Access at 7:00 p.m.  On Tuesday October 20th we offer Tech Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., Microsoft Word 1 at 11:00 a.m., Microsoft Word 2 at 1:00 p.m., Microsoft Word 3 at 2:00 p.m., E-book Reader class at 5:00 p.m., Microsoft Excel 1 at 6:00 p.m., and Microsoft Word 2 at 7:00 p.m.  Finally on Thursday October 22nd we provide Mango Languages at 10:00 a.m., Job and Career Accelerator at 11:00 a.m., E-book Reader at 2:00 p.m., Microsoft Publisher 1 at 3:00 p.m. and Microsoft Publisher 2 at 4:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you at the library.

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