Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Darkness Seemed to Swallow the Light at the Library

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The Darkness Seemed to Swallow the Light at the Library.
The darkness seemed to swallow the light is the phrase we are using for a writing prompt for the next meeting of Write for your Life on Monday night October 26th at 6:30 p.m.  We will read and discuss the writing exercise, as well as what the members are currently writing.

Real Grimm:  The original Grimm fairy tales were not as nice and happy as our modern bedtime stories that we hear as children.  Dave Mixdorf will tell several of the original Grimm tales in the original grim style on Thursday October 29th at 6:30 p.m.

Cover to Cover book club will discuss In the Belly of Jonah by Sandra Brannan on Monday October 26th at 3:00 p.m.  In this, the first Liv Bergen mystery, we follow the moves of a serial killer who cuts windows into his victims.  It is a disturbing read to prepare us for the Halloween season.  Cover to Cover is open to all readers of all ages. 

If you like stories of serial killers, you will enjoy.

Tough Customer by Sandra Brown in which, staff investigator Dodge Hanley teams up with a small-town sheriff and enlists methods from his own shady past to find answers.
Serial Slaughter:  What’s Behind America’s Murder Epidemic? by Michael Newton offers case studies of America’s murderers.

Velocity by Dean Koontz tells the story of “Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. One evening, after his usual eight-hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his car. If you don't take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours. It seems like a sick joke, and Bill's friend on the police force, Lanny Olson, thinks so too. His advice to Bill is to go home and forget about it. Besides, what could they do even if they took the note seriously? No crime has actually been committed. But less than twenty-four hours later, a young blond schoolteacher is found murdered, and it's Bill's fault: he didn't convince the police to get involved. Now he's got another note, another deadline, another ultimatum--and two new lives hanging in the balance,” -from the publisher.

Technology Classes:  We offer classes on Monday October 26th Tech Monday at 6:00 p.m., Publisher 3 at 7:00 p.m.   On Tuesday October 27th we have Tech Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., Microsoft Windows 1 at 11:00 a.m., Microsoft Windows 2 at 1:00 p.m., Clean up Your Computer at 2:00 p.m., E-book Reader at 5:00 p.m., Microsoft Word 1 at 6:00 p.m., and Microsoft Word 2 at 7:00 p.m.  On Thursday October 29th, we have Windows Basics 1 at 10:00 a.m., Windows Basics 2 at 11:00 a.m., PowerPoint 1 at 1:00 p.m. and PowerPoint 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Looking Ahead:  Dennis Warner in Concert:  Singer/Songwriter, Dennis Warner will perform a concert of music at the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City, Nebraska, on November 9th at 6:30 p.m. 

Performing in over 100 cities each year, Folk/Americana musician and entertainer Dennis Warner has established a well- deserved reputation for captivating audiences with his smooth vocals, distinguished songs, enthusiastic personality and stellar playing on both six and twelve string guitars. He has also found a niche as a popular guest speaker at various community gatherings throughout the United States and Canada. Warner’s ninth CD, Seeds, generated a lot of attention, being named one of the top CDs of 2012 in folk music based on radio play around the world.  FOLK DJ also named him one of the top artists of 2012. Legendary Midnight Special radio host Rich Warren tipped his hat to Dennis by designating Seeds as his “CD Pick of the Week” on his nationally syndicated show.
Dennis Warner’s tenth CD, Beep Beep, is also his first album intended for children.  Years of fan requests for such a project came to fruition after receiving a grant from the McKnight Foundation and the Central Minnesota Arts Board. Beep Beep weaves together Warner favorites from when he was growing up, with newer songs, either written by him or friends and colleagues in the folk music world like Tom Rush and Tom Paxton.  Also included are first ever studio versions of his own popular songs, Beads on One String and Biscuit Man.

Now in its Sixth Printing, Warner‘s timely book Beads on One String evolved from one of his songs and led to the creation of The Beads on One String Project, an elementary school curriculum used throughout the country as a meaningful and fun way to teach kids about the negative effects of bullying and the positive effects of recognizing our “connectedness” with each other. In support of his book and the curriculum project, Dennis is often a guest musician and speaker at schools, libraries and Sunday morning church/spiritual gatherings.

We look forward to seeing you at the library.

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