Friday, January 15, 2016

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.

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