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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One Book One Siouxland 2019

The Library’s One Book One Siouxland initiative is in its 14th season of bringing our community together through the shared experience of great books and quality programming. This year’s selection is Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, an American classic telling the tale of migrant workers displaced during the dust bowl of the Great Depression in a desperate search for work. 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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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. April’s title is the 2019 One Book One Siouxland selection, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Click here to see the complete 2019 list.

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Internal Revenue Service and State Tax Websites

The Library has 1040 Federal tax forms and instruction booklets available at the Aalfs Downtown Library. 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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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 drop has been relocated to the parking lot in front of the building and will be accessible throughout the renovation. 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.

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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!

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Library Storytime

Wednesday, March 20 • 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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Coffee and Conversation with Russ Gifford: The Great Depression and The Grapes of Wrath

Thursday, March 21 • Western Iowa Tech Community College, Advanced Sciences Bldg, Entrance 11, Room L416/L417, 4647 Stone Avenue • 10:30 am
It is estimated at least 25% of the workforce was idle at the start of the 1930s. As banks became unstable, foreclosure due to debt became inevitable and tent cities sprung up around the country. Join Russ Gifford for pictures and stories of the Great Depression, and hear how people struggled with the worst economic event of their lives.

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Film Screening: Of Mice and Men (PG-13)

Sunday, March 24 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 1:30 pm
Best friends Lennie and George find themselves unemployed in Depression-era California, unable to keep jobs because of Lennie’s childlike mentality. But once they get hired at the Tyler Ranch, they enjoy a brief period of stability – until their supervisor’s wife becomes the victim of Lennie’s compassion, forcing George to make a compassionate decision of his own.

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Library Storytime

Tuesday, March 26 • 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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Film Screening: America’s Darling: The Story of Jay N. “Ding” Darling

Tuesday, March 26 • Western Iowa Tech Community College, Cargill Auditorium, Entrance 14, Lot 4, 4647 Stone Avenue • 1:30 pm
America’s Darling is the story of Des Moines Register cartoonist and pioneering conservationist Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling (1876-1962). Rising from being suspended from college, to twice winning the Pulitzer Prize, Darling’s career had a profound influence on America’s people and her landscapes.

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Library Storytime

Wednesday, March 27 • 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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Marathon Read-Aloud: The Grapes of Wrath Play

Sunday, March 31 • Morningside College, Weikert Auditorium, Buhler-Rohlfs Hall, 1501 Morningside Avenue • 2 pm
Join in an informal read-aloud of the stage version of The Grapes of Wrath as adapted by Frank Galati, either volunteering to read or just listening to others read. Stay for the whole event or come and go as you wish. Scripts and snacks will be provided. Free parking is available in the Grace United Methodist Church parking lot.
**$2 will be donated to the Siouxland Food Bank for every person who attends. Attendees may also contribute cash or canned goods at the site to help feed Siouxland’s hungry.

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Open Book Club

Monday, April 1 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 10 – 11 am
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! April’s title is the 2019 One Book One Siouxland selection, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

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Open Book Club

Monday, April 1 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! April’s title is the 2019 One Book One Siouxland selection, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Parking is free downtown in the evening.

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1st Saturday Family Storytime: Puppy Power!

Saturday, April 6 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 11 – 11:45 am
‘Pup’ on in to the Library for a doggone good time during this 1st Saturday Family Storytime about man’s best friend! Join us for stories, songs and a special visit by a police dog and his partner from the K-9 unit of the Sioux City Police Department. Parking is free on weekends.

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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)