One Book One Siouxland kickoff event brings the Orphan Train to life
Pippa White performs Saturday, February 22, at 2 p.m. at the Sioux City Public Library, 529 Pierce Street. She calls her productions “part theatre, part storytelling, part history.” Audiences call them unique, captivating, and touching. To date she has crisscrossed the country many times touring over 25 states, delighting audiences at colleges and universities, performing arts centers, museums, libraries, and festivals.
Pippa returns to the Library with “The Story of the Orphan Train,” to kick off the community-wide reading initiative One Book One Siouxland. Her previous engagement packed the house in 1998.
Entertainment wrapped in history interwoven with inspiration, this performance is based on actual Orphan Train riders’ accounts and sets the stage for readers of the 2014 One Book One Siouxland selection, The Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. Funded by the Friends of the Sioux City Public Library, this event is free and open to all.
One Book One Siouxland, the community-wide reading initiative in the tri-state area, launches its 9th season with Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. One Book One Siouxland shares ideas and builds community through the experience of reading and discussing the same book, and exploring different perspectives through dramatization, music, film, and history. In this year’s selection, the author weaves together the story of a modern teen in foster care with that of riders on a 1920s Orphan Train.
Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, of second chances and unexpected friendship. Vivian Daly lives a quiet life on the East Coast, but hidden in trunks among her belongings are vestiges of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean her attic is the only thing keeping her out of “juvie,” or worse. While helping Vivian sort through her keepsakes, Molly realizes that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. And as her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life—answers that will ultimately free them both.
During the 2014 One Book One Siouxland initiative, public book discussions will unite readers, while special presentations focus on real-life Orphan Train accounts—all designed to help participants experience the transition from one life to another with the children of the Orphan Train. Storyteller and actress Pippa White sets the stage at the kickoff event Saturday, February 22. “The Story of the Orphan Train,” an engaging dramatization based on actual riders’ stories, begins at 2 p.m. at the Sioux City Public Library, 529 Pierce St, Sioux City, IA.
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. Visit any sponsoring public library or www.onebookonesiouxland.org for additional information.
National Celebration Inspires Local Programs
We're celebrating Take Your Child to the Library day on Saturday, February 1, at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce Street. In the spirit of the Sochi Winter Games, Family Storytime, at 10:30 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m., will include the opportunity for kids to enjoy some indoor Winter Olympics fun. At 2 p.m., we're showing Miracle, the inspiring movie of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team’s victory over the heavily-favored Soviet team, starring Kurt Russell. Remember, downtown parking is free every weekend.
“We want to encourage parents to think of the Library as a fun place to enjoy with their children,” says Children’s Librarian Jeanette Bobeen. 2014 marks the third year—and the Sioux City Public Library’s second—for this grassroots celebration of Take Your Child to the Library day. The event started in 2011 when a Connecticut librarian adapted the slogan from a bookstore ad. Spreading quickly through social media, participating libraries this year hail from across the United States and from Canada to the Caribbean.
“Why bring your child to the Library? Research shows that the first years of life are the most crucial for brain development and literacy preparedness,” says Bobeen. “Public libraries offer programs and services that support a child’s growth and development at every age. Take your child to the Library—on February 1 and every day.”
Booked on Crime, a book club for mystery readers, discusses The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly on Tuesday, January 21 at 6 p.m. at the Morningside Branch Library.
This book is the first in a series of Mickey Haller legal thrillers. In it, Haller, who represents some unsavory characters in his work as a defense lawyer, takes on his first high-paying and possibly innocent client in years, but finds the case complicated by events that suggest a particularly evil perpetrator. Check it out
Others titles, in series order, include:
The Brass Verdict. Hoping to revitalize his career when he inherits a high-profile defense case after a fellow lawyer is murdered, Mickey Haller discovers that he may be the next target and reluctantly teams up with LAPD detective Harry Bosch to find the killer. Check it out
Nine Dragons. Investigating the shooting death of a Chinese liquor store owner, detective Harry Bosch identifies a suspect as a Los Angeles member of a Hong Kong triad only to have his daughter go missing, a situation that prompts his high-stakes search across the Pacific. Check it out
The Reversal. Changing from defense attorney to prosecutor for this one important case, Haller joins forces with Detective Harry Bosch when a brutal child murderer is released on bail due to DNA evidence and needs to be retried, pitting Haller and Bosch against a slick, media-savvy defense attorney. Check it out
The Fifth Witness. Mickey Haller must defend a client who is accused of killing the banker involved with her foreclosure, a case that reveals strong suspicions, black-market dealings and a threat to Mickey's life. Check it out
The Gods of Guilt. Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. He learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow, only to discover that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption or proof of his ultimate guilt. Check it out
Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. In the drawing rooms, library, and beautiful bedrooms, with their tall windows looking across the park, lives the family, but below stairs are other residents, the servants, as fiercely possessive of their ranks as anyone above.
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Downton Abbey Read-alikes
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott. A spirited young maid on board the Titanic captures the attentions of two men including a kindhearted sailor and an enigmatic Chicago millionaire and barely escapes with her life before witnessing media scorn targeting her famous designer mistress. Check it out
Longbourn by Jo Baker. The servants in the Bennet household live their lives in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars. A retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and prejudice from the servants' perspective. Check it out
Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley. When the tomb of Saint Tancred, the patron saint of Bishop's Lacey, is opened on the five-hundredth anniversary of his death and the body of the missing church organist, Mr. Collicutt, is discovered inside, eleven-year-old amateur detective Flavia de Luce launches her own investigation into his death. Check it out
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon. Examines the life of Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon, and the events in Highclere Castle during the First World War. Check it out
Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon. This companion piece to Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, tells the story of Catherine Wendell, the beautiful and spirited American who married Lady Almina's son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon. Check it out
The Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean. In 1912 England, seventeen-year-old Prince Edward falls in love with the beautiful Lily Houghton who is not of royal blood, and as the two young lovers prepare to wed, the prince's royal destiny hangs in the balance. Check it out
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. After loving and losing a French woman from Amiens, Stephen Wraysford serves in the French army during World War I. Check it out
Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford. Presents four novels which tell the terrifying story of a good man tortured, pursued, driven into revolt, and ruined as far as the world is concerned by the clever devices of a jealous and lying wife. Christopher Tietjens is the last of a breed, the Tory gentleman, which the Great War, and the qualities inherent in his nature define and unravel. Check it out
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. Stevens, an elderly butler, hopes to rise to the top of his profession, and he remains stoic and unemotional at his father's death and neglects the opportunity to pursue a relationship with a former housekeeper. Check it out
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James. Based on the characters of Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen. Six years after her marriage, Elizabeth Darcy is happily living with her husband and two sons at Pemberley, when, after the end of their annual autumn ball, an uninvited guest arrives screaming that her husband has been murdered, thereby shattering Elizabeth's peaceful life. Check it out
Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Novel by Susan Ella MacNeal. After German Luftwaffe bomb London, Maggie Hope, trained in math and code breaking, but only able to find a job as Winston Churchill's secretary, uses her position to try to unravel an assassinate plot. Check it out
Park Lane by Frances Osborne. When Grace Carlisle arrives in London, she takes a job as a housemaid where she becomes caught up in the lives of its inhabitants, in particular, those of privileged son, Edward, and daughter, Beatrice. Check it out
The Cater Street Hangman: The First Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel by Anne Perry. Careless of both murder and manners, two determinedly unconventional young sisters ignore Victorian mores and actively join the police investigation into the murder of their servant girl. Check it out
The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley. A profile of the early-20th-century British king discusses how he disappointed his mother, Queen Victoria, with his notorious gambling, gluttony, and womanizing before his nine-year reign, during which he became an effective leader and diplomat. Check it out
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith. A tribute to the life and enduring reign of Elizabeth II draws on numerous interviews and previously undisclosed documents to juxtapose the queen's public and private lives. Check it out
Library staff can help you find read-alikes on any topic. Do-it-yourselfers are invited to explore NOVELIST PLUS, a handy resource for finding your next great read. Ask about it at any Library agency or try it from home with your full-service Sioux City Public Library card.