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.

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