Thursday, January 21, 2016

Kay El Magnus Book Signing at South Sioux City Public Library, January 30th

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Kay El Magnus Book Signing at South Sioux City Public Library, January 30th    

How to Buy Home (Spanish) Representatives from the Siouxland Federal Credit Union will offer a Spanish language class of How to Buy a Home on Thursday January 28th at 5:30 p.m.  Whether you want to buy your first home, or just want tips, the home buying presentation provides great information to make sure you better understand what it takes to get into the house of your dreams.
Contact Siouxland Federal Credit Union to register for this event 402-494-2073.

Kay El Magnus Book Signing:  The South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue will host a book signing by Kay El Magnus on Saturday January 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Children’s book author Kay El Magnus has created a series of children’s books entitled, The Adventures of Darla & Mickey.  The first book in the series is The Bird Fountain and the second Raven Midnite, published by Amazon and Amazon Kindle.

His inspiration for the Darla and Mickey series were two parakeets that he purchases as a gift for his daughter, Alexandria. While writing the books he made the decision to devote his full attention to his career as an author.  His mission is to enrich the minds of children around the world one storybook at a time.

The South Chicago native relocated to Sioux City, Iowa several years ago where for many years has spent his nights writing short stories, books and even fiction novels to be released in the future.  When he is not writing, his greatest loves are spending quality time with his children, good movies, positive music especially smooth jazz.

Celebrating 500 Years of Latinos in America is a program brought to the library via Humanities Nebraska, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Library Association is a nationwide public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country's largest minority group.

On February 8th, at 6:30 p.m. we will view the documentary The New Latinos (1946-1965).  Dr. Maria Arbelaez from UNO will lead the discussion following the 1 hour screening. 

We will introduce this new program entitled Your Stories on February 22nd at 6:30 p.m.  In this program, we will begin recording immigrant stories of what brought you to the United States.  This will be a continuing program of the South Sioux City Public Library.

Cover to Cover Book Club will discuss the second half of Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult on Monday January 25th at 3:00 p.m.

Write for Your Life meets on Monday January 25th at 6:30 p.m.  Our writing prompt for this month is “What are your New Years’ resolutions?”   We will also share previous writing prompts, as well as our current writing activities. 

Tangled Yarns meets on Tuesday January 26th at 6:30 p.m.

Technology Classes:  On Monday, we have Tech Monday at 6:00 p.m., Everything Google at 7:00 p.m.  On Tuesday, we offer Tech Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., Windows 1 at 11:00 a.m., Windows 2 at 1:00 p.m., Smartphone Apps at 2:00 p.m. and E-book Reader at 5:00 p.m.  Then on Thursday we have E-book Reader at 2:00 p.m., Using Reference Sources at 3:00 p.m., and Internet Privacy at 5:00 p.m.

Youth Activities:  This week we have LEGO Build Monday at 3:30 p.m., Wow, You Made That? Is on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., Night of FUN at 6:30 p.m., Pat-a-Cake Pals is on Thursday at 10:00 a.m., and, Toddler Time is on Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Reading Personal Finance:  With a focus on buying a home this week we recommend these books on handling money.

The Opposite of Spoiled:  Raising Kids who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money by Ron Lieber discuss all the basics of teaching your children about money.  This is worthwhile for all parents to read.

On My Own Two Feet:  a Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance by Manisha Thakor gives the young reader a foot up on the money management information that the young adult needs to know and their parents want them to know.

The Women’s Guide to Successful Investing:  Achieving Financial Security and Realizing Your Goals by Nancy Tengler takes the reader deep into the world of successful investing.

Quicken 2014 for Dummies by Stephen L. Nelson is an answer to the request of many of our patrons for Quicken assistance.  This book will help those who learn want to learn this system.

Have a great week and read good books.



Friday, January 15, 2016

Kay El Magnus Book Signing @ South Sioux City Public Library, January 30th

The South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue will host a book signing by Kay El Magnus on Saturday January 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Children’s book author Kay El Magnus has created a series of children’s books entitled, The Adventures of Darla & Mickey.  The first book in the series is The Bird Fountain and the second Raven Midnite, published by Amazon and Amazon Kindle.

His inspiration for the Darla and Mickey series were two parakeets that he purchases as a gift for his daughter, Alexandria. While writing the books he made the decision to devote his full attention to his career as an author.  His mission is to enrich the minds of children around the world one storybook at a time.

The South Chicago native relocated to Sioux City, Iowa several years ago where for many years has spent his nights writing short stories, books and even fiction novels to be released in the future.  When he is not writing, his greatest loves are spending quality time with his children, good movies, positive music especially smooth jazz.

This event is a great opportunity to meet the author, buy his books, and have them signed.  The South Sioux City Public Library loves to take every opportunity to promote local authors in your community.  We look forward to seeing you at this event.

If you would like more information about the author you can visit his website at www.kaylmagnus.com.  You can follow him on Twitter.  His handle is @klmagnus. You can email the author for more information on kl@klmagnus.com. 

Learn How to Buy a House at the South Sioux City Public Library

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Learn How to Buy a Home at the South Sioux City Public Library

How to Buy a House:  Whether you’re looking to buy your first home or just want tips, this home buying presentation provides great information to make sure you better understand what it takes to get into the house of your dreams.  The program will be presented in English on Thursday January 21st at 5:30 p.m. and in Spanish Thursday January 28th at 5:30 p.m.  Call Siouxland Federal Credit Union at 402-494-2073 to register for this program.

Club 745.5 Recycled Crafts- Items that you might otherwise throw away are the quite useful for making crafts.  This month we will learn how to repurpose old neckties for handicrafts.  We meet on Thursday January 21st at 6:30 p.m. and repeats on Friday January 22nd at 10:30 p.m.

Celebrate 500 Years of Latinos in America:  Before the Louisiana Purchase, the land we call home was under the control of the French, and before that the Spanish.  Through marriage and trade a Latino culture began which continues today.  In honor of that, the library will host a discussion of In the Middle of Everywhere:  the World’s Refugees Come to our Town by Mary Pipher on Monday February 1st at 3:00 pm.  Contact the library for information obtaining a copy of this book to read in advance of our discussion.

We will host a discussion of Latino Americans PBS series on February 8th at 6:30 p.m.
We will introduce this new program entitled Your Stories on February 22nd at 6:30 p.m.  In this program, we will begin recording immigrant stories of what brought you to the United States.  This will be a continuing program of the South Sioux City Public Library.

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

Planning Your Garden– January is the best time to play your summer garden.  We will learn about how to do this on Monday January 18th at 6:30 p.m.

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!

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

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

Popular Fiction from Latino Authors:  With Celebrating 500 Years of Latinos in America, we would like to recommend these titles by Latin American authors.\

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz is a story about an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez.  Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter's difficult recovery and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy.

We the Animals by Justin Torres.  In this novel, three brothers tear their way through childhood-- smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn--he's Puerto Rican, she's white--and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times. Life in this family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another. From the intense familial unity felt by a child to the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and punch-in-the-stomach powerful. Written in magical language with unforgettable images, this is a stunning exploration of the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how we are ultimately propelled at escape velocity toward our futures.

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.  On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lovers washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness-and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that "the half-life of love is forever."

Ask a librarian about the 2016 Reading Challenge.

Have a great week and read a good book.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Keeping Faith with Readers at the South Sioux City Public Library

Keeping Faith with Readers at the South Sioux City Public Library

During the month of January Cover to Cover book club will discuss Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult on January 11th and 25th at 3:00 p.m.  In this book, Faith, a seven-year-old girl whose family is torn apart by divorce, begins talking to God and performing miracles, and her family enters a media circus of believers, critics, medical professionals, and lawyers.  We invite everyone to join the discussion.

If you enjoy the writings of Jodi Picoult, you may want to try one of these authors.

Chris Bohjalian writes thought-provoking novels about common people dealing with hot-button issues.  His novels are often set in small town New England much like Jodi Picoult.  Some of his latest novels are:  The Light in the Ruins; Sandcastle Girls; and The Night Stranger.

Anita Shreve writes novels primarily about female characters who deal with emotional, intimate novels of psychological depth.  Her latest novels are:  Stella Bain; Rescue; and A Change of Altitude.
Jane Green writes novels about modern people making decisions to get them through modern problems.  Her latest books are:  Summer Secrets; Promises to Keep; and Dune Road.

How to Buy a House:  Whether you’re looking to buy your first home or just want tips, this home buying presentation provides great information to make sure you better understand what it takes to get into the house of your dreams.  The program will be presented in English on Thursday January 21st at 5:30 p.m. and in Spanish Thursday January 28th at 5:30 p.m.  Call Siouxland Federal Credit Union at 402-494-2073 to register for this program.

Celebrate 500 Years of Latinos in America:  Before the Louisiana Purchase, the land we call home was under the control of the French, and before that the Spanish.  Through marriage and trade a Latino culture began which continues today.  In honor of that, the library will host a discussion of In the Middle of Everywhere:  the World’s Refugees Come to our Town by Mary Pipher on Monday February 1st at 3:00 pm.  Contact the library for information obtaining a copy of this book to read in advance of our discussion.

We will host a discussion of Latino Americans PBS series on February 8th at 6:30 p.m.

We will introduce this new problem entitled Your Stories on February 22nd at 6:30 p.m.  In this program, we will begin recording immigrant stories of what brought you to the United States.  This will be a continuing program of the South Sioux City Public Library.

Library Eats: Dip Mixes– Dips go great at any celebration.  This month we will learn how to make several dip mixes for your January football playoff parties.  Library Eats meets on Thursday January 14th at 6:30 p.m.

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.