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.
Caldecott award winner announced
The American Library Association has awarded the 2012 Caldecott Medal to Chris Raschka for A Ball for Daisy. This medal is awarded annually to the illustrator of the "most distinguished American picture book for children, published in the United States, during the preceding year."
In a wordless book with gentle, dreamlike spreads, Daisy, a feisty, black-eared dog, plays with a beloved red ball indoors and out, before a climactic encounter with another dog in the park. Raschka conveys a bevy of canine moods (ecstatic, expectant, downtrodden) with brush strokes reminiscent of calligraphy, while the red ball adds striking contrast. When a brown dog causes the ball to pop, Daisy’s forlorn expression turns gleeful as the same brown dog reappears with a blue ball, letting Daisy take it home. Readers should relate to Daisy’s sadness over the loss of her treasured object while understanding that such losses can sometimes lead to unexpected gains--maybe even a friend. Ages 3–7.
February book discussion
Join the conversation—we're discussing Fragile Beasts and Blessings on Monday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Morningside Branch Library.
Blessings by Anna Quindlen: When a baby is left on their doorstep, the lives of Lydia Blessing, the elderly town matriarch, and Skip, her down-and-out caretaker, are transformed. Skip wants to keep the baby and raise it himself. To his surprise, Lydia wants to help.
Fragile Beasts by Tawni O'Dell: Brothers Kyle and Klint, whose precarious lives in Pennsylvania coal country are further challenged by their alcoholic father's death, are taken in by a septuagenarian curmudgeon with a tragic past.
January tech talks
Library Tech Talks will be offered every Tuesday in January, 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 express check kiosks for anyone interested in self checkout. Drop in at your convenience for tips on how to use those new gadgets received over the holidays. For personal consultations, bring devices (handhelds, laptops and cables) and Library cards to the session. Parking is free after 6 pm.