Friday, November 20, 2015

Commemorating Our Heritage at the South Sioux City Public Library

This is the weekly column that we post in the Dakota County Star newspaper.  We thank them for their support of the South Sioux City Public Library.

Commemorating Our Heritage at the South Sioux City Public Library
This week’s column is abbreviated due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

NE Works to be Offline November 19th & 20th:  Due to a system upgrade, NE Works site will not be available beginning Thursday, November 19, at 9:00 pm through Friday, November 20, at 5:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

November is Native American Heritage Month.  In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including "Native American Heritage Month" and "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month") have been issued each year since 1994.

In honor of this month we offer these book recommendations.

American Carnage:  Wounded Knee, 1890 by Gerome A. Greene is the first comprehensive account of Wounded Knee to appear in more than fifty years--explores the complex events preceding the tragedy, the killings, and their troubled legacy.

The Native American Renaissance:  Literary Imagination and Achievement by Robert R. Velie and A. Robert Lee looks at the development of the Native American voice in American literature.

Warrior Nations:  the United States and the Indian Peoples by Roger L. Nichols deals with the culture of violence that developed between the Europeans and the Native people groups.

Thanksgiving Day is on Thursday November 26th.  The library will be closed on Thursday and Friday.  Stop in before Thursday to pick up one of these titles on early American history.

Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul by John M. Barry demonstrates how Roger Williams shaped the nature of religion, politics, and individual rights in America.

The Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick writes that the Mayflower's passengers were saved from destruction with the help of the natives of the Plymouth region. For fifty years, peace was maintained as Pilgrims and Natives worked together. But that trust was broken with the next generation of leaders, and conflict erupted that nearly wiped out English and natives alike.

Tangled Yarns meet each Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Cover to Cover book club will discuss part 1 of the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn on November 23rd at 3:00 p.m.

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 Friday November 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Have a happy Thanksgiving and read good books.

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