Sikeston cultural update

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


Guest Artist: Dianne Dickerson: Dickerson served as an art educator in Sikeston Public Schools from 1968-1981. She has a Bachelor of Arts in art education from Northwestern Louisiana State University and a Master of Arts in art education from Southeast Missouri State University. She has a lifetime teaching license from Missouri Department of Education and a commercial driver license from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

In 1982, Dianne was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Kansas City for treatment. Dickerson, with this art exhibit and her other life’s work, hopes to help erase the stereotypes and stigma associated with mental illness. She credits her road back to good mental health to her Creator, therapy through art, professional help, support organizations, family and friends. This art exhibit will be a retrospective plus current work.

After the beginning of her illness, Dickerson has worked and gained inspiration for her art work through a variety of employments including being a school bus driver. Eventually she returned to teaching. She has taught K-12 students in various environments from the art classroom to special education to preschool to college students. She has even taught adults in GED and English as a second language class. Her experience is varied. In retirement she voluntarily teaches art at a nursing home in Farmington, Mo.

An open house on Friday, Nov. 9 from 5-7:30 p.m. will provide the public an opportunity to meet and greet the artist and discuss her work.

Mingo Wildlife Refuge Photography Show: This traveling exhibit will be on display at the Sikeston Depot Museum for just the month of November. Come view the beauty, value, and uniqueness of Mingo National Wildlife Refuge amateur and professional photographers as part of their annual photography contest. This year there are several Sikeston residents that have taken part in this show.

If you are a Morehouse native or have friends or family from that area Paul Ferrell has a vast amount of information regarding Morehouse history and genealogy. He has written 5 books plus one DVD which are available in our gift shop. For more information call 573-481-9967.

The Sikeston Depot Museum & Cultural Center is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested assisting the Depot in any capacity, please contact us at 573-481-9967.

The Sikeston Depot Museum is a non-profit entity and survives on donations, sponsorships and grants. We are committed to serving the community in cultural education and historical preservation. Admission to the museum and our events is free. Donations are always appreciated and put right back into the museum and its operations. Hours: 10am-4pm


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Preschool Family Night at the Sikeston Public Library will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. Parents as Teachers will be presenting “Let’s Be Thankful.” They will be reading “How to Catch a Turkey” and “Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale.” In addition to reading these stories, we will be making a turkey craft spelling your name and making a pilgrim hat and enjoying refreshments. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the library at 471-4140 or by visiting our website at to make an online reservation.

Our Family Night for kindergarten through third grade will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. We will be reading “The Thanksgiving Bowl” and “Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey.” Following the stories, we will be making a craft, playing games, and enjoying refreshments. Space is limited, so reservations are required and can be made by calling the library at 471-4140 or by visiting our website at to make an online reservation.

Our book discussion group will be discussing “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Next month’s book will be Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. Any cardholder at the library may pick up a copy of next month’s book to participate in this group.

As of Oct. 1, our MoLib2Go consortium is offering magazines for checkout. The consortium is offering approximately 50 titles chosen to appeal to a variety of interests. The best thing about the magazines is – no waiting list! Any issue of any title is available for checkout when you are ready and can be checked out for 14 days. If you haven’t yet received information on how to use your library card to access electronic materials, visit the circulation desk at the library to get started.

We will have some closed dates during the month of November. The library will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. We will also be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving.

Even when the library is closed, our digital library of e-books, magazines and downloadable audiobooks is available 24/7 by visiting With your library card number and PIN, you can access over 31,000 e-books, almost 6,000 audiobooks, 50 periodical titles, and streaming video items anytime of the day or night.

If you have questions about any of our programs, please contact us at 471-4140. As always, we encourage you to visit our website at to find information on new and upcoming books and information about policies and programs, and follow us on Facebook at for updates on events at the library.

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