Friday, November 13, 2015

Award-winning Books at the Library

This is the weekly column that is printed by the Dakota County Star.  We thank them for their support for the library.

Award-winning Books at the Library 
Club 745.5 (Crafts): Clay Ornaments: We will learn how to make clay ornaments on Thursday November 19th at 6:30 p.m. and repeated on Friday November 20th at 10:30 a.m.

The Adult Drop-in Activities are back: We will offer adult coloring on Fridays during the month of November from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Write for Your Life Writing Prompt:  This month write for Your Life focuses on Thanksgiving this month.  Our prompt for this month is “Your best and worst Thanksgiving”.  Write one article or two.  You can write fiction, nonfiction or poetry.  Our next meeting is on Monday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m.

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 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 Tuesday starting at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m., 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 on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m.

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 on Friday mornings at 10:00.

Technology Classes:  We offer technology classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  On Monday November 16th we have Tech Monday at 6:00 p.m. and Everything Google at 7:00 p.m.  On Tuesday November 17th we offer Tech Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., Microsoft Windows 1 at 11:00 a.m., Microsoft Windows 2 at 1:00 p.m. Smartphone Apps at 2:00 p.m., and E-book Reader at 5:00 p.m.  Finally on Thursday November 19th we offer E-Book Reader at 2:00 p.m., Using Reference Resources at 3:00 p.m., and Internet Privacy at 4:00 p.m.

The National Book Awards will be announced on Monday night November 16th.  In preparation for that announcement, we recommend these winners from 2014 for your reading pleasure.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson the following is the citation for this book’s award:  Using words that sing with both the complexity and simplicity of a symphony, and memories that both sting and inspire, Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming is an intimate journey of victory, sorrow, and discovery. Sharp social commentary of a country’s struggle to live up to its ideals, an honest portrayal of the strength of family, and the delicate blossoming of a young writer make this memoir in verse a gift to all who read it.

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the new China by Evan Osnos was cited in this way by the awards committee:  Evan Osnos vividly depicts the hopefulness and disappointments, clarity, and confusion that we have come to recognize in China’s dazzling drive toward modernization and economic sustainability. With potently spare observations, he introduces the reader to individuals ensnared in a variety of ways in the complexity and contradictions of the country’s evolution. Engrossing and edifying, this book succeeds admirably in answering the question, “What, in the end, is the idea of China?”

Redeployment by Phil Klay received this citation:  In these thematically linked stories, Phil Klay creates a kaleidoscopic vision of conflict and homecoming. With a strikingly original set of voices, Klay inhabits the hearts of grunts, mortuary workers, chaplains, psy-ops officers, and civilian bureaucrats muddling through doomed reconstruction projects. If all wars ultimately find their own Homer, this brutal, piercing, sometimes darkly funny collection stakes Klay's claim for consideration as the quintessential storyteller of America's Iraq conflict.

Until next week, we will be seeing you at the library.

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