Thursday, December 31, 2015

Keep Your Resolutions at the Library

This is the weekly column that we write for the Dakota County Star.  We thank them for printing it.

Keep Your Resolutions at the Library 

LEGO Build- Come build with us! We will have LEGO bricks out for imagination time from 3:30 to 5:00 every Monday.

Wow!  You Made That? Children third grade and up learn how to knit on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.

Night of FUN- Every Tuesday at 6:30 we will enjoy something FUN! Activities vary from video games to craft projects and much more!

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!   We meet on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Toddler Time is held each Friday at 10:00 a.m.  It is a story for children 2-3 years old and their caregivers. We enjoy books, crafting and a snack.

Tangled Yarns meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

How to Buy a Home is the subject two classes that will be held on January 21st in English and the 28th will be the one in Spanish.  The classes are led by representatives from Siouxland Federal Credit Union.  The information that will be taught applies to the requirements for first time home buyers, regardless of the lending institution one uses.  Find out how you can move from renting to the benefits of home ownership.

Weight Loss is perennial favorite in the field of New Year’s Resolutions.  The following are a few new titles to help you keep this resolution.

The Whole30:  the 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by Melissa Hartwig provides the step-by-step, recipe-by-recipe guidebook that will allow millions of people to experience the transformation of their entire life in just one month. Melissa and Dallas Hartwig's critically-acclaimed Whole30 program has helped hundreds of thousands of people transform how they think about their food, bodies, and lives. Their approach leads to effortless weight loss and better health--along with stunning improvements in sleep quality, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem.

The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by J. J. Smith will jump-start your weight loss, increase your energy level, clear your mind, and improve your overall health.

Thinner This Year:  a Younger Next Year Book by Chris Cowley is a guide to weight loss that challenges today's "quick-fix" methods draws on up-to-date science to outline strategic methods that explain specifically how to eat and exercise for permanent results.

Getting one’s finances in order is another popular resolution.  These books will help with various challenges of personal and family finance.

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money by Ron Lieber covers all the basics: the best ways to handle the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, savings, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, splurging, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition. But he also identifies a set of traits and virtues--like modesty, patience, generosity, and perspective--that parents hope their young adults will carry with them out into the world.

Money, Master the Game:  7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Anthony Robbins lays out a plan for achieving financial freedom, based on years of research and interviews with the world’s greatest financial experts.

The Women's Guide to Successful Investing: Achieving Financial Security and Realizing your Goals by Nancy Temple introduces women to wealth accumulation strategies that can be implemented with success.

Good Stuff on the Web:  While we love books, we know that there is much good knowledge on the internet as well.  The following are some pages that you should consider visiting.

Diet Plans and Weight Loss Programs http://www.freedieting.com/  offers links to popular weight loss plans:  Weight Watchers, South Beach Diet Paleo Diet and more.  It also has tools for calculating calories and nutrition.

Tax Help from the IRS https://www.irs.gov/ offers links to all the tax forms you will need to do your own taxes.

Winter Travel Safety Tips http://www.transportation.nebraska.gov/rca/wz/winter-page.htm includes links to travel safety tips, information about travel safety and more.

Have a great week and read good books.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

End 2015 Strong at the Library

End 2015 Strong at the Library
Cover to Cover book club meets on December 28th at 3:00 p.m.  They will discuss the book Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas.  

Write for Your Life meets on Monday December 28th at 6:30 p.m.  We will share our writing based on the writing prompt “What is the best present you ever gave?  What is the best gift you have ever received?”

LEGO Build- Every Tuesday 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 is a program to get families used to coming into the library and finding a fun atmosphere. We explore books, crafts, games, and science.  They meet on Tuesday night December 29th at 6:30 p.m.

Tangled Yarns is a group of needleworkers who meet each Tuesday night 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.

Holiday Hours:  We will close on Thursday December 31st at 12:00 p.m. and reopen on January 2nd at 9:00 p.m.  

How to Buy a Home is the subject two classes that will be held on January 21st in English and the 28th will be the one in Spanish.  The classes are led by representatives from Siouxland Federal Credit Union.  The information that will be taught applies to the requirements for first time home buyers, regardless of the lending institution one uses.  Find out how you can move from renting to the benefits of home ownership.  

Books from the Hawkeye State:  The University of Iowa picks up the Midwest mantle this week in the college football games.  In honor of their participation, we recommend these books from the Hawkeye state.

A Wrestling Life:  the Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable by Dan Gable with Scott Schulte offers the reader numerous stories from the wrestling mat and the life of one of America’s most successful wrestlers and wrestling coaches.

A Practical Guide to Prairie Reconstruction by Carl Kurts is a book that deals with properly rebuilding prairies.  The book takes readers from seed selection to mowing and care for prairie areas.  He includes answers to common questions.

What the River Carries:  Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri and Platte by Lisa Kopp.  “In this informed and lyrical collection of interwoven essays, Lisa Knopp explores the physical and cultural geography of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte, rivers she has come to understand and cherish. At the same time, she contemplates how people experience landscape, identifying three primary roles of environmental perception: the insider, the outsider, and the outsider seeking to become an insider”- from the back cover of the book.

Spending More Time with Family and Friends is listed as one of the most popular New Years’ resolutions this year.  The following books will help and inspire you to make spending more time with those you love a reality.

At home with Madame Chic: becoming a connoisseur of daily life by Jennifer L. Scott is a toolbox of ideas on organizing, entertaining, and living every day to its fullest.

Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts is personal look at her battle with cancer.  It reminds us that life is short and should be lived well.

Small Victories:  Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott looks at the struggles that we all have in our daily lives and helps us to find that those small victories are victories of light over darkness in our lives.

Have a happy and safe New Year and of course read some good books.


Review: "Are We There Yeti?" by Ashlyn Anstee




Anyone who has ever traveled with children, or as children, have heard or said, Are we there yet. Ashlyn Anstee tells a story with simple words and pictures of going on a bus ride with a Yeti as the bus driver. The phrase, Are we there Yeti? is repeated throughout the book. This is punctuated with the typical complaints children have on a trip. Yeti and the children make it to their destination, then the fun ensues. This is classed in our library as "growing up". Children will love it and want to read it, or want you to them over and over again. Pick it up in the children's section of the library, you and they will love it.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Cheer at the South Sioux City Public Library

This is the weekly column that is printed in the Dakota County Star.  We thank them for supporting the library.

Holiday Cheer at the South Sioux City Public Library

Garden Group: Wildlife Gardening is held on Monday night, December 21st at 6:30 p.m.

LEGO Build:   Every Tuesday 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.

Wow! You Made That? This knitting program is for youth third grade and up.  They meet on Tuesday December 22nd at 4:00 p.m.

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.  They meet on Tuesday, December 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Tangled Yarns:  Join this group of needle workers for a time of learning and fun on Tuesday night, December 22nd, 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.
Holiday Hours:  The library will close at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24th and will reopen on Saturday, December 26th Have a happy and safe holiday.

Most Popular Books of 2015:  This is the season for best of the year lists.  The following are some of the most popular items in the adult collection.

Endangered by C.J. Box is the most popular book at the library on 2015.  Box writes mysteries set in and around the national parks in Wyoming.  In this book, Joe Pickett’s ward, April is found on the roadside with blunt force trauma, from which she might not recover.  Her latest boyfriend Dallas Cates is a prime suspect.  Pickett will find that the Cates family can be as big of a problem as Dallas Cates himself.

Easy English is a three disc set of 20 lessons in pronunciation for English as a Learned Language learner.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins “After witnessing something shocking, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?”- From the book description.

Memory Man by David Baldacci has Amos Decker, a former football player, who has extraordinary memory after a career ending hit on the field.  His life was changed forever by a murderer who killed his wife and child.  He must use his incredible memory to put together the events of the night in which life as he knew it ended.

All the Light we cannot See by Anthony Doerr is an epic story set in the backdrop of occupied France during World War II.  In the story a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of the war.

Holiday Music on Freegal:  Freegal Music has a wealth of holiday music for your enjoyment.  These are some of their best in holiday listening.

That’s Christmas to Me by Pentatonix is an a capella treasury of old and new seasonal music.  Hark! The Herald Angles Sing starts traditionally, with the song moving quickly to an upbeat jazzy version of the song.  They do a fun medley of Walking in a Winter Wonderland and Don’t Worry Be Happy.  They do the title track That’s Christmas to Me.  They do a broad variety of sacred and secular carols concluding with the new classic Mary Did You Know.  This is a beautiful mix of carols that are great for the holiday season.

Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey goes back to her gospel and rhythm & blues roots for this Christmas album.  She blends religious carols with romantic carols like All I Want for Christmas is You.  Get ready to sing and sway as you celebrate your holiday with this collection.

A Family Christmas by The Piano Guys offers well done instrumental renditions of many of the most popular holiday carols.

Wrapped in Red by Kelly Clarkson allows the pop artist to show the diversity her skills with the most modern collection on our list.  She rocks with Run, Run Rudolph.  She goes jazzy with Baby Its Cold Outside and My Favorite Things.  This compilation has something for everyone.


There is always something fun to do at the library.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

K9 Jontar Passes Away

     The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office is sad to announce the passing of K9 Jontar. K9 Jontar was a four year old male German Shepherd and had been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2012. K9 Jontar was handled by Deputy Jason James. K9 Jontar was a dual purpose K9, trained in drug detection and apprehension. Deputy James and K9 Jontar did numerous public demonstrations and school searches in Dakota and the surrounding counties. K9 Jontar had numerous drug finds in his career in not only Dakota County but the tri-state area. K9 Jontar lived with Deputy James and his family. He will be greatly missed by his family and co-workers.
     K9 Jontar recently fell ill and was taken to his normal DVM Phil Kramper at the Willis Animal Clinic. DVM Kramper consulted with the South Sioux City Animal Hospital and DVM Brooke Gilbert. K9 Jontar was then transferred to Iowa State Veterinary Hospital in Ames, Iowa for advance care. The cause of the illness was determined to be an aggressive bacterial infection. Unfortunately the treatment was unsuccessful. We would like to thank DVM’s Kramper and Gilbert along with the staff at ISVH for their expert care.
     K9 Jontar was purchased by the Dakota County K9 Foundation (DCK9F) through a grant from the Gardner Foundation and then donated to the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office. The DCK9F is a non-profit organization that funds the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office K9 program. The DCK9F is funded by grants and donations. The DCK9F has an annual golf tournament at the Covington Links Golf Course in South Sioux City. The DCK9F President (DCSO Lt.) Brian Ellinger founded the organization in 2011 and can be reached at 701 West 29th Street South Sioux City, NE 68776 or by phone 402-494-7555