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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The Great American Read Film Festival

Each Sunday at 1:30 pm, from September 16 – October 7, the Library is showing a movie based on one of the titles found on The Great American Read’s list of top 100 books. The films will be shown in the Gleeson Room at the Aalfs Downtown Library (529 Pierce Street) and the public is welcome to attend. The list of films shown can be found on the Library’s Facebook page and our website under “Upcoming Events.”

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Trivia Night at Jackson Street Brewing

Show off your trivia skills at the Library’s Trivia Night, our Great American Read programming finale at Sioux City’s own Jackson Street Brewing (607 Fifth Street) on Thursday, October 11th at 6:30 pm. Register your team of four adults today!

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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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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 5:30 pm at the Aalfs Downtown Library. Open Book Club is free and open to all. October’s title is In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist. 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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The Great American Read Film Festival: Ready Player One (PG-13)

Sunday, September 23 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 1:30 – 3:50 pm
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

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Library Storytime

Tuesday, September 25 • 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, September 26 • Aalfs Downtown 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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The Great American Read Film Festival: The Outsiders (PG)

Sunday, September 30 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Based on the coming-of-age novel by S. E. Hinton The Outsiders. A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers are perpetually at odds with the Socials, a rival group. When Greasers Ponyboy and Johnny get into a brawl that ends in the death of a Social member, the boys are forced to go into hiding. Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with the intense Dallas and their other Greaser buddies, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives.

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Open Book Club

Monday, October 1 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 10 – 11 am
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! October’s title is In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist.

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Open Book Club

Monday, October 1 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! October’s title is In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist.

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1st Saturday Family Storytime: Firefighters to the Rescue!

Saturday, October 6 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 11 – 11:45 am
1st Saturday Family Storytime is back just in time for Fire Safety Month! Come to the Library for stories and activities, meet local firefighters from Sioux City Fire Rescue, and explore their fire engine! Free parking on weekends!

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The Great American Read Film Festival: The Shack (PG-13)

Sunday, October 7 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 1:30 – 3:45 pm
Based on the novel by William P. Young The Shack. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression that causes him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.


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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)