Aalfs Downtown Library
529 Pierce Street
712-255-2933
Monday – Wednesday 9am – 8pm
Thursday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday (Sept. thru May) 1pm – 5pm

Morningside Branch Library
4005 Morningside Avenue
712-255-2924
Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Perry Creek Branch Library
(Lower B, Plaza Professional Center)
2912 Hamilton Boulevard
712-255-2926
Monday – Friday 10:30am – 5:30pm

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Library Board of Trustees Openings

The Library Board of Trustees has openings for new members. The board oversees policies and meets monthly to conduct business related to Library operation. To learn more and apply, click this link to the City of Sioux City’s website. Questions about the position? Call the library administrative office at 255-2933 ext. 2251. (The Library Board of Trustees is a gender-balanced board, and currently has openings for both female and male members.)

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Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow

The Library is excited to introduce Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow for all our full-access library patrons. With Brainfuse you can access an all-in-one suite of services designed for a wide range of educational, career, and veteran needs. Brainfuse offers live, on-demand assistance from expert Job Coaches or Veteran Navigators to assist you with writing a resume, preparing for a job interview, or navigating the VA system. Brainfuse also offers practice tests for all levels in math, reading, and writing as well as preparatory tests – including the GED, HiSET, ACT, SAT, and USCIS citizenship test.

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Open Book Club Titles for 2019

Sioux City Public Library is excited to announce the Open Book Club picks for 2019! Read from this selection of acclaimed titles at your leisure or in time to attend a spirited discussion held the first Monday of each month, 10 am at our Perry Creek Branch Library and 5 pm at our Morningside Branch Library. Open Book Club is free and open to all. November’s title is When All Is Said by Anne Griffin. Click here to see the complete 2019 list.

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Pay Library Fees Online

You no longer have to wait until your next visit to take care of library fees. You can now quickly and easily pay library fines by credit card from any internet-connected device using your Sioux City Public Library card number and four-digit PIN (birth month and day) to sign in.

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Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language offers over 100 languages and a wide variety of learning activities. Transparent Language also has an app, so you can learn a new language whenever and wherever you’d like!

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Need Technology Help?

Make an appointment with one of our Library Techies during regular business hours at Aalfs Downtown Library. One-on-one consultations will provide tech assistance and can cover a range of topics including library resources, patron-owned devices (such as eReaders, tablets, and smart phones), social media, computer software, and more! Call 712-255-2933 ext. 2221 to schedule now!

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Reading Recommendations Now Online

Waiting your turn to read the latest from Jonathan Kellerman? Looking for a book similar to Where the Crawdads Sing? Check out our new Reading Recommendations web page for expert read-alike suggestions created by your very own Sioux City Public Library staff. Whether you’re in the mood for quirky characters or pulse-pounding action, Library staff can help you find your next great read. Call a librarian at 712-255-2933 ext. 2221 for your personalized book recommendations.

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“Check It Out” radio series

“Check It Out,” a series featuring book recommendations from Sioux City Public Library staff, airs Tuesdays at 7:42am and 5:18pm on KWIT-KOJI: FM90. Each segment spotlights a staff favorite from our collection. (more)

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Ancestry Genealogy Search

Discover your family’s history for free with the library version of Ancestry.com. Find U.S. Federal Census records, passenger lists, birth, death, marriage and military records and much more. It is only available on the Aalfs Downtown Library computers, so bring your library card and start discovering!

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POWs in Iowa

Monday, October 21 • Morningside Branch Library • 5:30 – 8 pm
There were about 25,000 German, Italian and Japanese prisoners of war housed in Iowa from 1943-1946. Author Linda McCann shares memories captured in her book from farmers who supervised POWs working on short term projects during the mid-40s.

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Library Storytime

Tuesday, October 22 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 11 – 11:30 am
Library Storytime is a unique place for young children and their caring adults to explore the world together. Curious young minds experience the magic that stories offer while developing the early literacy skills needed to be ready to read.

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Open Book Club: All Iowa Reads Selection

Tuesday, October 22 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Join us as we discuss the All Iowa Reads selection: This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm by Ted Genoways.

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Library Storytime

Wednesday, October 23 • Morningside Branch Library • 10:30 – 11 am
Library Storytime is a unique place for young children and their caring adults to explore the world together. Curious young minds experience the magic that stories offer while developing the early literacy skills needed to be ready to read.

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Read-To-Me Dogs in Costume!

Saturday, October 26 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 2 – 3 pm
Read-To-Me Dogs are dressing up in costumes to hear you read! Grades K-5 are invited to wear costumes and practice reading to gentle canine listeners.

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1st Saturday Family Storytime: Hold Onto Your Hats!

Saturday, November 2 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 11 am
Slap on your best hat and come on down to the Library for stories, songs, and fun activities featuring caps, hats, and all things you can put on your head.

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Open Book Club

Monday, November 4 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 10 – 11 am
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! November’s title is When All Is Said by Anne Griffin.

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Open Book Club

Monday, November 4 • Morningside Branch Library • 5 – 6 pm
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! November’s title is When All Is Said by Anne Griffin.

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Sharing books and stories is important to your child’s brain development. Join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge that brings you and your child closer together while developing their vocabulary and preparing them to become a stronger reader. Learn how to get started!

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Library Storytime

Curious young minds experience the magic that stories offer while developing social skills, building vocabulary, and learning to match spoken sounds with written words. Please join us! (more)

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1st Saturday Family Storytime

At 11 am the first Saturday of each month, October through May, families with preschool through early elementary age children experience entertaining stories, catchy songs, and memorable rhymes. Hands-on activities extend the story beyond the pages of the book. Parking is free at the Aalfs Downtown Library on weekends!

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Reading Lists for Kids & Teens

Not sure what to read? Check out our reading lists of age-appropriate books by grade and subject. (more)