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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One Book One Siouxland 2017

The Library’s One Book One Siouxland initiative is in its 12th season of bringing our community together through the shared experience of great books and quality programming. This year’s selection is Shoeless Joe, the magical baseball novel by W.P. Kinsella set in Iowa’s heartland. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe was the inspiration for the wildly successful movie, Field of Dreams. To learn more about the book, the author, and local events, visit www.onebookonesiouxland.org. Or follow the Library’s Facebook page to see what’s coming up next.

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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. 221 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. April’s title is the 2017 One Book One Siouxland title Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella. Click here to see the complete 2017 list.

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Internal Revenue Service and State Tax Websites

The 2017 tax season is upon us and the Library has the tax links you need. The federal IRS tax website has printable forms, instructions, and e-filing options. Looking for your state’s tax website? Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota state tax websites have forms and instructions.

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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. 221 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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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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Field of Nightmares: The Farm Debt Crisis of the 1980s and Its Impact on Iowa

Thursday, March 30 • Morningside College, Weikert Auditorium, Buhler-Rohlfs Hall – 1501 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City, IA • 7 pm
Former farm journalist Cheryl Tevis and Steve Schmidt, Chief Credit Officer for Security National Bank, Sioux City, discuss the trials and tribulations experienced by Siouxland farmers and their families during the Farm Debt Crisis of the 1980s. Sponsored by the Morningside College Applied Agricultural and Food Studies Program.

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Book Discussion

Friday, March 31 • Whispering Creek Active Retirement Community – 2609 Nicklaus Blvd, Sioux City, IA • 2 pm
Discussion of Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.

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1st Saturday Family Storytime: Super Silly Stories

Saturday, April 1 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 11 – 11:45 am
Celebrate April Fool’s Day by laughing it up at the Library! We’ll read silly stories, a trickster tale or two and share jokes that will tickle your funny bone! All ages welcome. Free parking on the weekends.

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Open Book Club

Monday, April 3 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 10 – 11 am
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! April’s title is the 2017 One Book One Siouxland title, Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.

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Open Book Club

Monday, April 3 • Morningside Branch Library • 5 – 6 pm
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! April’s title is the 2017 One Book One Siouxland title, Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.

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Library Storytime

Tuesday, April 4 • 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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Book Discussion

Tuesday, April 4 • Regency Square Care Center – 3501 Dakota Ave, South Sioux City, NE • 3:30 pm
Discussion of Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.

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Library Storytime

Wednesday, April 5 • 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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Coffee and Conversation with Russ Gifford: Remembering 1919

Thursday, April 6 • Western Iowa Tech Community College, Wells Fargo Room L110 – 4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, IA • 10:30 am
Join historian Russ Gifford for a trip back to 1919 starting with Prohibition and ending with the Chicago White Sox throwing the World Series. In between, the U.S. experienced labor strikes, violence against immigrant populations, race riots, and President Wilson’s barnstorming efforts to garner support for the Treaty of Versailles.

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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)