Thursday, November 5, 2015

Dennis Warner in Concert at the Library

The following is the weekly column that is published in the Dakota County Star.  We thank them for their support of the South Sioux City Public Library.

Dennis Warner in Concert at the Library

Dennis Warner is in Concert on Monday night 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. .

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.

For his songwriting talents, Dennis was honored with an invitation to perform in concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Other accolades include being a three-time “New Folk” finalist for songwriting at the internationally acclaimed Texas based Kerrville Folk Festival, co-founded by legendary performer Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary). Dennis has also appeared multiple times at Nashville’s famed writers’ club, The Bluebird Café.

Besides his original music, Warner is widely admired for his moving interpretations of songs written by others. Fan favorites include Don't Laugh at Me, The Garden Song (Inch by Inch) and Homegrown Tomatoes. Many also know Dennis for his classic YouTube video I'm My Own Grandpa with over half a million hits.

A Dennis Warner concert has something for the entire family.   We are receiving a $10 per person donation to provide for the travel expenses of the performer.  Call Dan at the library for more details 402-494-7545.

Cover to Cover:  This week Cover to Cover book club will discuss Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks on Monday afternoon November 9th at 3:00 p.m.

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

Library Eats: Pastries:  Learn how to make tasty pastries on Thursday November 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Adult Coloring is our Friday drop-in activity in the library from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Technology Classes:  We offer technology classes at the library on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays.  On Monday November 9th we have Tech Monday at 6:00 p.m. and Introduction to Freegal Music at 7:00 p.m.  On Tuesday, November 10th we offer Tech Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., Microsoft Excel 1 at 11:00 a.m., Microsoft Excel 2 at 1:00 p.m., Microsoft Excel 3 at 2:00 p.m., E-book Reader class at 5:00 p.m., Clean up Your Computer at 6:00 p.m., and Yahoo Messenger at 7:00 p.m.  On Thursday, November 12th we have Clean up Your Computer at 10:00 a.m., Organize Your Desk Top at 11:00 a.m., and E-book Reader class at 2:00 p.m.
Youth Activities:  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 October 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 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.

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.

The Nebraska Center for the Book will have their celebration of books on Saturday November 14th.  At this celebration they honor books by Nebraska and plains authors.  The following are some past winners and honor books.

In Stranded by Alex Kava  FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell and her partner, Tully, discover the remains of a young woman in a highway ditch, the one clue left behind is a map -- an invitation of sorts for Maggie to play a game between killer and investigators that will take Maggie and Tully on a frantic hunt crisscrossing the country to stop a madman before he kills again.

Yellowstone Wildlife: Ecology and natural history of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem by Paul A. Johnsgard.  Yellowstone Wildlife is a natural history of the wildlife species that call Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem their home. Illustrated with stunning images by renowned wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen, Yellowstone Wildlife describes the lives of species in the park, exploring their habitats from the Grand Tetons to Jackson Hole.

Have a great week and read good books.

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