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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Summer Fun at the Library

Join us for a universe of stories this summer! There will be innovative activities to keep kids’ minds sharp, their imaginations active, and their creativity sparked. Come to our special events, plus, read your way to awesome prizes. Check out the Summer Reading Calendar for the full line-up of activities.

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Adult Summer Reading Checklist Challenge

Kickstart your summer with the Adult Summer Reading Checklist Challenge. Read a book that makes you laugh, or download a song from Freegal Music to check off the boxes and earn an entry into the grand prize drawing for a Samsung Tablet! Checklists are available at all Sioux City Public Library locations or CLICK HERE for a downloadable PDF.

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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. July’s title is Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison. 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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Read-To-Me Dogs

Tuesday, June 25 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 2 – 3 pm • Grades K to 5
Practice reading to eager canine ears from K-9 STARS at this drop-in event. The K-9 STARS are trained therapy dogs with STARS Inc.

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Library Storytime

Wednesday, June 26 • 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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Innovation Studio (Registration Required)

Thursdays, June 27 and July 11, 18, 25 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 2 – 4 pm • Grades 4 to 8
Explore science, technology, engineering and math by tinkering, experimenting and collaborating to solve real world problems. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or register by calling 712-255-2933 ext. 2231.

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Starlab (Registration Required)

Friday, June 28 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 5 sessions between 9:30 am – 12 noon • Ages 5 and Up (Adults welcome!)
View the night sky during this indoor inflatable planetarium experience. Attendees will learn how to find constellations along with the Greek myths behind their origins. Each session views the same presentation and everyone –  adults and children must be registered. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or register by calling 712-255-2933 ext. 2231.

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Open Book Club

Monday, July 1 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 10 – 11 am
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! July’s title is Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison.

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Imagination Builders

Monday, July 1 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 11 am – Noon • Grades 1 to 3
Experience stories beyond the pages of the books through this hands-on, STEAM-based storytime featuring themes like rockets, the moon, and science you can try at home.

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Open Book Club

Monday, July 1 • Morningside Branch Library • 5 – 6 pm
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! July’s title is Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison.

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Library Storytime

Tuesday, July 2 • 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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Read-To-Me Dogs

Tuesday, July 2 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 2 – 3 pm • Grades K to 5
Practice reading to eager canine ears from K-9 STARS at this drop-in event. The K-9 STARS are trained therapy dogs with STARS Inc.

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Library Storytime

Wednesday, July 3 • 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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Family Movie: Hotel Transylvania 3 (PG)

Friday, July 5 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 10 – 11:45 am
Join your favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation adventure on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can finally take a break from handling everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But they hit rocky waters when Mavis realizes that Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could sink their plans for a dream vacation.

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Teen Book Club (Registration Required)

Every Thursday, July 11 – August 1 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 10:30 am – 12 pm • Grades 6 to 12
Read an amazing novel, Hidden Figures (Young Reader’s Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterley, and take part in creative activities like book-related art projects and interactive challenges. Participants will be given a free copy of the book the first day of book club. Participation limited. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or register by calling 712-255-2933 ext. 2231.

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Superstar Toddler Time (Registration Required)

Friday, July 12 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 10 – 11 am • Ages 3 and Younger
A lively hour of stories, songs and fun for the little ones featuring musical instruments, parachute games and more! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or register by calling 712-255-2933 ext. 2231.

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Teen Event: Galaxy Painting (Registration Required)

Wednesday, July 17 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 2 – 4 pm • Grades 6 to 12
Craft your very own galaxy print tote bag during this afternoon of painting. Tote bags and painting supplies provided. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or register by calling 712-255-2933 ext. 2231.

Summer Fun at the Library

Join us for a universe of stories this summer! There will be innovative activities to keep kids’ minds sharp, their imaginations active, and their creativity sparked. Come to our special events, plus, read your way to awesome prizes. Check out the Summer Reading Calendar for the full line-up of activities.

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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)