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 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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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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Open Book Club Titles for 2017

Sioux City Public Library is excited to announce the Open Book Club picks for 2017! 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. June’s title is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D.Vance. Click here to see the complete 2017 list.

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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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Magazines and Newspapers Online

Keep up to date on the news stories that are important to you—wherever you are. Use EBSCOhost and your library card to search magazine, newspaper, and journal articles about current events, health, business, education, science, and more.

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LearningExpress Library

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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“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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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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Auto Repair Reference Center

Find repair and maintenance information on most domestic and imported vehicles dating back to 1954 in this do-it-yourself database. Searchable material includes technical service bulletins, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, diagnostic information, recall information, and a labor time estimator. All content is created by ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified technicians.

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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.

Library Storytime

Library Storytime

Tuesday, May 30 • 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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Library Storytime

Wednesday, May 31 • 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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Summer Reading Sampler

Thursday, June 1 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 2 – 4 pm
Meet Dash and Dot (two of the featured Summer Reading robots), construct through maker activities, and solve a mini mystery.

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Open Book Club

Monday, June 5 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 10 – 11 am
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! June’s title is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance.

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Open Book Club

Monday, June 5 • Morningside Branch Library • 5 – 6 pm
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! June’s title is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance.

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Build a Better World

Tuesday, June 6 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 10:30 am – Noon
Young participants will plant their own mini garden and build their muscles performing gymnastic activities on the Superstar Tumblebus.

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Diggers and Movers

Wednesday, June 7 • Morningside Branch Library • 10 am – Noon
Get a close-up look at hardworking trucks and big machines from the City of Sioux City’s fleet that keep our community moving forward.

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Innovation Studio: Bee-Bots Part 1

Thursday, June 8 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 2 – 4 pm • Grades 4 to 8
Use robotic technology, creative minds and critical thinking to solve real world problems. Offered in partnership with Woodbury County 4-H. For optimal learning and fun, it is recommended (not required) that participants attend both Part 1 and Part 2 sessions relating to each robot type. Register online or by calling 712-255-2933 ext. 2231.

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Family Movie: Sing (PG)

Friday, June 9 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 10 am – Noon
A koala impresario stages a grand, American Idol-style singing competition in order to save his elegant theater in this quirky animated musical.

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Innovation Studio: Bee-Bots Part 2

Thursday, June 15 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 2 – 4 pm • Grades 4 to 8
Use robotic technology, creative minds and critical thinking to solve real world problems. Offered in partnership with Woodbury County 4-H. For optimal learning and fun, it is recommended (not required) that participants attend both Part 1 and Part 2 sessions relating to each robot type. Register online or by calling 712-255-2933 ext. 2231.

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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!

Reading Lists

Reading Lists for Kids & Teens

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