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
712-255-2933
*Temporarily Closed for Renovation

Perry Creek Branch Library
(Lower B, Plaza Professional Center)
2912 Hamilton Boulevard
712-255-2926
Monday – Friday 10:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm

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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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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 5:30 pm at our Aalfs Downtown Library. Open Book Club is free and open to all. June’s title is Sex-Crime Panic: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s by Neil Miller. Click here to see the complete 2019 list.

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Morningside Branch Library Renovation

We are thrilled to announce that the highly anticipated interior renovation of our Morningside Branch Library is underway. The Morningside Branch book return will be inaccessible from May 13 – 20 (possibly longer) due to repairs. During the temporary closure of the building, enjoy continued Library service at both the Aalfs Downtown Library and Perry Creek Branch Library. Starting October 20 and throughout the renovation, Perry Creek will add new Saturday hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m (May 25 will be the last Saturday open at the Perry Creek Branch Library).

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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

Tuesday, May 28 • 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 29 • 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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Open Book Club

Monday, June 3 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 10 – 11 am
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! June’s title is Sex-Crime Panic: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s by Neil Miller.

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Open Book Club

Monday, June 3 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! June’s title is Sex-Crime Panic: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s by Neil Miller. Parking is free in the evening.

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Outdoor Concert Featuring Duke Otherwise

Tuesday, June 4 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 11 am – 12 noon • All Ages
Gather the entire family on the hill outside the Perry Creek Branch Library for a concert featuring the musical stylings of Duke Otherwise. He’ll perform modern children’s classics plus his original works such as Brussell Sprout Shout. (Inclement weather location: Aalfs Downtown Library).

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Jedi Training Academy

Thursday, June 6 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 2 – 4 pm • All Ages
Do you have what it takes to be a Jedi? Hone your skills in the Force at this drop-in event by attending classes like Lightsaber Wielding, Stormtrooper Seek and Find, and Star Wars Trivia. Special Appearance by the 501st Legion including the Black Stormtrooper.

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Family Movie: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

Friday, June 7 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 10 am – 12 noon
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

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Innovation Studio (Registration Required)

Thursdays, June 13, 20, 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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Teen After-Hours Event: A Library Space Odyssey (Registration Required)

Friday, June 21 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 6:30 – 8:30 pm • Grades 6 to 12
Solve an intergalactic mystery by searching the Library for clues to crack the space case! 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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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)