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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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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The Great American Read

Between May and October, we’re taking part in PBS’s national campaign to discover America’s favorite novel. Pick up one of the handouts at any Sioux City Public Library location and join us for the summer and fall seasons of reading, voting, prizes, events, and the reveal of America’s most loved novel!

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Summer Fun at the Library

Join us for 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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Open Book Club Titles for 2018

Sioux City Public Library is excited to announce the Open Book Club picks for 2018! 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. August’s title is The Address by Fiona Davis. Click here to see the complete 2018 list.

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Transparent Language Online

We’re excited to introduce Transparent Language Online for our full-access patrons. 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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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Be creative with content from leading craft/hobby magazines and books. Including over 700 videos, this database gives detailed how-to information on topics such as knitting, quilting, beading, model building, scrapbooking, and kids’ crafts.

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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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Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Fix mowers, snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, chainsaws, and more. Procedures for routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) are available in full-text PDF documents.

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Practice Tests and Computer Skills

An interactive online learning platform, Learning Express Library features over 770 practice tests and tutorials for learners of all ages. In this database you’ll find job search and workplace skills improvement guides, career certification and licensing exam prep, college and graduate school admissions practice tests, GED exam preparation (HiSET in Iowa), help for children looking to practice and improve their reading, writing and math skills, and video tutorials on popular software and computer basics.

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Reading Recommendations Now Online

Waiting your turn to read the latest from Lee Child? Looking for a book similar to A Man Called Ove? 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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NoveList

Book discovery is easier than ever using NoveList in the Library catalog. Whether you’re looking for the next book in a series, for a read-alike recommendation, or for professional reviews, NoveList offers the tools necessary to find your next great read! This feature is located below the holdings information for select fiction and nonfiction titles in the Library catalog.

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Read-To-Me Dogs

Tuesday, July 17 • 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 stars with STARS Inc.

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Library Storytime

Wednesday, July 18 • 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: Building Small Robots – REGISTRATION FULL

Thursday, July 19 • 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. Registration is now full for this event.

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Family Movie: Coco (PG)

Friday, July 20 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 10 am – 12 noon
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

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Imagination Builders

Monday, July 23 • 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.

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Library Storytime

Tuesday, July 24 • 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 24 • 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 stars with STARS Inc.

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Library Storytime

Wednesday, July 25 • 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: ArTech – REGISTRATION FULL

Thursday, July 26 • 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. Registration is now full for this event.

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Family Movie: Jumanji (PG-13)

Friday, July 27 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 2 – 4 pm
Four teenagers in detention discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of. When they decide to play, they are immediately sucked into the jungle world of Jumanji in the bodies of their avatars. They’ll have to complete the adventure of their lives filled with fun, thrills and danger or be stuck in the game forever!

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Open Book Club

Monday, August 6 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 10 – 11 am
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! August’s title is The Address by Fiona Davis.

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Open Book Club

Monday, August 6 • Morningside Branch Library • 5 – 6 pm
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! August’s title is The Address by Fiona Davis.

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Summer Fun at the Library

Join us for 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)