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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Scheduled maintenance will cause the Sioux City Public Library website to be unavailable from Thursday, July 18 at 5 pm into Friday morning. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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. August’s title is Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. 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!

Library Storytime

Library Storytime

Wednesday, July 17 • 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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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.

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Teen Book Club (Registration Required)

Every Thursday, July 18 – 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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Innovation Studio (Registration Required)

Thursdays, July 18 and 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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Family Movie: The House with a Clock in Its Walls (PG)

Friday, July 19 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 10 – 11:45 am
Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in a fantastical tale of witches, warlocks, and a magical house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart, based on a classic children’s book.

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Imagination Builders

Monday, July 22 • 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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Benny’s LEGO Spaceship

Monday, July 22 • Morningside Branch Library • 1:30 pm and 3 pm • Ages K – 12
Learn how LEGO began and see The LEGO Guy’s showcase of Star Wars and NASA LEGO sets. Plus, let your imagination take off by building a LEGO spaceship. Free ticket required for admission, available at any Sioux City Public Library location beginning July 8.

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Library Storytime

Tuesday, July 23 • 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 23 • 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 24 • 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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Teen Book Club (Registration Required)

Every Thursday, July 25 – 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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Innovation Studio (Registration Required)

Thursday, July 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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Family Movie: The Incredibles 2 (PG)

Friday, July 26 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 10 am – 12 noon
The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world.

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Open Book Club

Monday, August 5 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 10 – 11 am
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! August’s title is Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver.

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Open Book Club

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

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)