Fahrenheit 451: Physics or Fantasy?
This year's One Book One Siouxland selection, Fahrenheit 451, is part social commentary and part speculative fiction. Find out where author Ray Bradbury got it right, what he missed, and where technology is today. Troy Jennings, Technical Services Manager at the Sioux City Public Library, will discuss the physics behind the 1953 novel at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 15 at the Wilbur Aalfs Library, 529 Pierce St, Sioux City. The program, Fahrenheit 451: Physics or Fantasy repeats on Saturday, March 31 at 2 pm, at the same location.
March book club
Join the conversation—we're discussing Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend on Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Morningside Branch Library.
At its core, Rin Tin Tin is a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between humans and animals. It is also a richly textured history of twentieth-century entertainment and entrepreneurship. It spans ninety years and explores everything from the shift in status of dogs from working farmhands to beloved family members, from the birth of obedience training to the evolution of dog breeding, from the rise of Hollywood to the past and present of dogs in war.
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.