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Monday February 1,
10:00 AM
Book Discussion: Open Book Club
Discussion of One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.
Sioux City Public Library, Perry Creek Branch
2912 Hamilton Boulevard
Sioux City, IA
Monday February 1,
5:00 PM
Book Discussion: Open Book Club
Discussion of One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.
Sioux City Public Library, Morningside Branch
4005 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA
Thursday February 18,
5:00 to 8:00 PM
A Roaring Reception at the Sioux City Orpheum
The Sioux City Public Library and the Orpheum Theatre invite residents to attend a roaring reception and celebrate the launch of the 2016 One Book One Siouxland season, featuring Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927. Join us for 45-minute behind-the-scenes tours of this wonderfully-restored slice of Sioux City decadence and discover all the captivating programs offered during this year’s One Book One Siouxland season. Drinks and hors-d’oeuvres will be served.
Orpheum Theatre
528 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA
Thursday
March 3,
10:00 AM
Book Discussion: Siouxland Center for Active Generations
Discussion of One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson (members only).
Siouxland Center for Active Generations
313 Cook Street
Sioux City, IA
Monday
March 7,
11:45 AM
Book Discussion: Lifelong Learning Book Club
Discussion of One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson. Fee: $10 – includes lunch.
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Wells Fargo Room L110
4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, IA
Thursday
March 10,
6:30 PM
Crime and Law Enforcement in Prohibition-Era Sioux City
The 1916 enactment of statewide prohibition in Iowa, followed by national prohibition four years later, promised to put an end to Sioux City’s reputation as a “wide open” city where the sale of alcohol and other forms of vice flourished. As was the case in many communities across the nation, the prohibitionists’ hopes for Sioux City were quickly dashed as illegal liquor and associated criminal activity continued unabated throughout the period. The program will feature historic photographs depicting prohibition violations, notorious Sioux City locations, local law enforcement efforts and notable individuals on both sides of the prohibition debate.
Sioux City Public Museum
607 Fourth Street
Sioux City, IA
Monday
March 14,
3:00 PM
Book Discussion: South Sioux City Public Library
Discussion on One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.
South Sioux City Public Library
2121 Dakota Avenue
South Sioux City, NE
Tuesday
March 15,
1:00 PM
Book Discussion: Brookdale Senior Living
Discussion on One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.
Brookdale Senior Living
2562 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA
Tuesday
March 15,
6:00 PM
Book Discussion: Booked on Crime
Discussion of 1920s-themed crime fiction and mysteries with the Sioux City Booked on Crime group. You are welcome to read and bring a 1920s mystery or just join the group for ideas for future reading. Snacks will be provided.
Sioux City Public Library, Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library
529 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA
Tuesday
March 22,
5:00 PM
Siouxland Aviation in the 1920s
Iowa has a long and varied aviation history. Among others, early pioneers such as Clyde Cessna, the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart lived in Iowa in their childhood years. Siouxland is no exception! Our area saw the development of Perkins Field, the Interstate Fair Grounds, Rickenbacker Field, and the Kari-Keen airport as well as the growth of commercial airlines and the Kari-Keen Airplane Company during the 1920s. In addition to covering local aviation greats Charles Hanson, Arthur Hanford Sr., Miss Beth Powell, and Merle Cornell, the program will focus on Charles Lindbergh’s August 1927 stop here in Sioux City.
Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation
2600 Expedition Court
Sioux City, IA
Thursday
March 24,
10:30 AM
Coffee and Conversation with Russ Gifford: Remembering 1927-Flying High in the Roaring 20s!  
Communications and travel are the big changes as the Roaring 20s continue in 1927! “Lucky” Lindbergh achieves the impossible – flying solo over the Atlantic! The first trans-Atlantic phone cable connects New York and London! Some of the biggest names in silent movies are also flying high with Clara Bow creating “The ‘It’ Girl”, and the robot of Metropolis thrilling audiences. But there is a surprise in store for them all. The first of the talkies comes to theatres and marks the beginning of the end for silent movies. That’s not the only talking going on—the new Federal Radio Commission (later to become the FCC) begins regulating commercial radio, which is rapidly spreading across the country. Just in time, too, as a new company, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System launches with 47 radio stations. Some people think radio will overtake newspapers someday—but that’s just crazy talk!
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Advanced Sciences Building, Entrance 11, Room L416/L417
4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, IA
Tuesday
March 29,
2:00 PM
Book Discussion: Whispering Creek
Discussion of One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.
Whispering Creek Active Retirement Community
2609 Nicklaus Boulevard
Sioux City, IA
Tuesday
April 5,
5:00 PM
Book Discussion: Minerva’s Restaurant & Bar
Discussion of One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.
Minerva’s Restaurant & Bar
2945 Hamilton Boulevard
Sioux City, IA
Thursday
April 7,
10:30 AM
Coffee and Conversation with Larry Fuller: The Golden Age of Radio
Larry Fuller will present an interesting and nostalgic program on “The Golden Age of Radio.” Many Lifelong Learners are the last generation that, in the early years of their lives, sat “glued to the green light” listening to drama, comedy, news, sports, and live music coming from the “magic” of their radios.
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Advanced Sciences Building, Entrance 11, Room L416/L417
4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, IA
Saturday
April 9,
2:00 PM
Memoir Writing Workshop Series: Session One
This three session, writing workshop series is a One Book One Siouxland program inspired by techniques Bill Bryson employs in One Summer: America,1927 and his other writings.
Three facilitators (and local literary experts)—Dr. Marty Knepper, Margot Chesebro, and Bill McKenny—will offer fun, engaging, and positive ways to produce reflective essays, poems, or other pieces of writing.
The three sessions offer time to read, discuss, and write with opportunities for participants to share work in a supportive atmosphere.
To sign up: call 712-255-2933 ext. 250 or email                           kpatterson@siouxcitylibrary.org.
Writers of all ages and experiences, with pens or laptops, are welcome!
Sioux City Public Library, Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library
Gleeson Room
529 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA
Tuesday
April 12,
1:30 PM
Show Boat (1951)
The musical “Show Boat” premiered in 1927 and is described as the “watershed moment in the history of Broadway musicals.” In 1929, film director Carl Laemmle produced a semi-silent film, with the songs in sound. A second 1936 film with Irene Dunne and members of the Broadway cast—all in sound—captured the public’s attention. Then a third production, the 1951 film that we will view is based on the stage musical. Shot in the 1950s MGM style and Technicolor, the 1951 “Show Boat” was the third most profitable movie of the year. Come watch Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s masterpiece, Show Boat.
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Cargill Auditorium, Entrance 14, Lot 4
4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, IA
Saturday
April 16,
2:00 PM
Memoir Writing Workshop Series: Session Two
This three session, writing workshop series is a One Book One Siouxland program inspired by techniques Bill Bryson employs in One Summer: America,1927 and his other writings.
Three facilitators (and local literary experts)—Dr. Marty Knepper, Margot Chesebro, and Bill McKenny—will offer fun, engaging, and positive ways to produce reflective essays, poems, or other pieces of writing.
The three sessions offer time to read, discuss, and write with opportunities for participants to share work in a supportive atmosphere.
To sign up: call 712-255-2933 ext. 250 or email                                    
kpatterson@siouxcitylibrary.org.
Writers of all ages and experiences, with pens or laptops, are welcome!
Sioux City Public Library, Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library
Gleeson Room
529 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA
Sunday
April 17,
2:00 PM
Toe-Tapping Tunes of the 1920s
Play It Forward is sure to regale during this razzle-dazzle event dedicated to the most popular songs of the 1920s! Whether you enjoy the hypnotizing melodies of jazz, classic blues tracks, dance band ditties, or the show-stopping tunes of Broadway, this performance offers a little something for everyone. Complimentary coffee and cookies served after the performance.
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
900 Larsen Park Road
Sioux City, IA
Thursday
April 21,
12:05 PM
History at High Noon: Sports, Recreation and Entertainment in Prohibition-Era Sioux City 1916-1933
The prohibition-era in Sioux City was a time of nearly uninterrupted prosperity capped by a plunge into economic depression following the great stock market crash of 1929. The variety of recreational activities and entertainment enjoyed by local residents during this period reflect the optimism and ebullient spirit of the good times followed by efforts to escape the grim realities of the bad times. The program will feature historic photographs of prohibition-era sporting events (highlighted by the 1927 visit of baseball legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig), common recreational activities of the period and popular entertainment venues.
Sioux City Public Museum
607 Fourth Street
Sioux City, IA
Saturday
April 23,
2:00 PM
Memoir Writing Workshop Series: Session Three
This three session, writing workshop series is a One Book One Siouxland program inspired by techniques Bill Bryson employs in One Summer: America,1927 and his other writings.
Three facilitators (and local literary experts)—Dr. Marty Knepper, Margot Chesebro, and Bill McKenny—will offer fun, engaging, and positive ways to produce reflective essays, poems, or other pieces of writing.
The three sessions offer time to read, discuss, and write with opportunities for participants to share work in a supportive atmosphere.
To sign up: call 712-255-2933 ext. 250 or email                                   kpatterson@siouxcitylibrary.org.
Writers of all ages and experiences, with pens or laptops, are welcome!
Sioux City Public Library, Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library
Gleeson Room
529 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA
Monday
April 25,
12:00 PM
Calvin Coolidge – the Silent Man in the Roaring 20s. One Term Wonders! (As in, You Wonder How They Ever Became President).
He’s known as “Silent Cal” and that is about the only thing people today know about him. History books are largely silent on his time in office, but he was not silent on corruption. He cleaned house over the Harding cabinet’s Tea Pot Done scandal, and he quietly changed how government business was done in the 1920s. But shortly after he left office, the country experienced the worst economic crash in history. Did Coolidge deserve some credit in that too? We’ll sound off on the possibilities as we investigate the quietest man in the history of the office!
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Advanced Sciences Building, Entrance 11, Room L416/L417
4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, IA
Thursday
April 28,
10:00 AM
Book Discussion: Regency Square Care Center
Discussion of One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.
Regency Square Care Center
3501 Dakota Avenue
South Sioux City, NE
Wednesday
May 4,
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (with discussion to follow)
The Life and Books of Bill Bryson
Join Library staff and One Book One Siouxland committee members as we explore the experiences and ambitions behind Bill Bryson’s genre-spanning, best-selling books.
Sioux City Public Library, Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library
Gleeson Room
529 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA

 

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