Newbery award winner now available
The American Library Association awarded the 2012 Newbery Medal to Jack Gantos for Dead End in Norvelt. In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
The Newbery Medal, first offered as an incentive for better quality in children’s books, honors John Newbery, a famous 18th century publisher and seller of children’s books. It is awarded annually to the author of the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, published in the United States, during the preceding year” by the Association for Library Services to Children, American Library Association. Eligibility is limited to residents or citizens of the United States.
One Book One Siouxland Kick-off
Ray Bradbury is a voracious reader who is passionate about life. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, Dr. Adam Frisch from Briar Cliff University will share how Bradbury’s interests and reading choices led him to become a famous writer of speculative fiction and fantasy. Frisch’s program, Ray Bradbury: Writer & Reader kicks off the 2012 season. (Snow date is same time Sunday, March 4; free parking)
Library Tech Talk February 28
The next Library Tech Talk is Tuesday, February 28 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Wilbur Aalfs Library (529 Pierce Street) in the new SNB conference room. Topics will include downloading Library ebooks and finding online tax forms. We'll demo the self-check kiosks, too. For personal consultations, bring devices (handhelds, laptops and cables) and Library cards to the session. Parking is free after 6 pm.
One Book One Siouxland 2012
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is the 2012 selection for One Book One Siouxland, the community-wide reading initiative in the tri-state area. Now in its 7th season, One Book One Siouxland continues to share ideas and build community through the experience of reading and discussing the same book, and viewing a film adaptation of the story. Click the "Events" tab at http://www.onebookonesiouxland.org for more information.
Written in the early years of the Cold War, this 1953 classic is described as a dystopian novel. Unlike a utopian, or “perfect world” vision, Bradbury presents a worst-case scenario, exaggerating a current trend to make a point. Concerned with the growing disregard for reading and the allure of television, his novel presents a future American society where reading is outlawed and firemen start fires to burn books. Bradbury wrote the entire novel in the basement of a Library, later calling it his “dime novel” since the Library charged 10¢ per half-hour to use the typewriter.
Fahrenheit 451 is a short and entertaining read, not to mention a science fiction classic. Check it out and join the conversation! One Book One Siouxland is sponsored by the Sioux City Public Library, the South Sioux City Public Library and the North Sioux City Community Library, in partnership with The Institute for Lifelong Learning, Western Iowa Tech Community College, and Morningside College. Financial support is provided in part by the Friends of the Sioux City Public Library.
The read-to-me story dogs are back for a series of visits each Saturday (now through April 28) from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Wilbur Aalfs Library. Children of all ages are invited to read aloud to these gentle canine listeners. No appointment necessary. Our thanks to the volunteers and therapy dogs from canine S.T.A.R.S. for their continued support of this reading partnership.