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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Holiday Book Sale

The Holiday Book Sale will be Saturday and Sunday, November 17th and 18th at Aalfs Downtown Library. Shoppers can look forward to a selection of books including children’s picture books, general fiction, craft & holiday, and audiobooks. Hardcover books and recordings will be available for $3, paperbacks for $2, and children’s picture books for $1. This used Book Sale is brought to you by the Friends of the Sioux City Public Library and the proceeds enrich public library service in Sioux City, funding the children’s summer reading initiative and providing books, recordings, online resources, and more!

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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

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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Holiday Book Sale

Saturday, November 17 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 9 am – 5 pm
Friends of the Sioux City Public Library are hosting a Holiday Book Sale. Shoppers can look forward to a selection of books including children’s picture books, general fiction, craft & holiday, and audiobooks. Hardcover books and recordings will be available for $3, paperbacks for $2, and children’s picture books for $1.

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Holiday Book Sale

Sunday, November 18 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 1 – 4 pm
Friends of the Sioux City Public Library are hosting a Holiday Book Sale. Shoppers can look forward to a selection of books including children’s picture books, general fiction, craft & holiday, and audiobooks. Hardcover books and recordings will be available for $3, paperbacks for $2, and children’s picture books for $1.

Library Storytime

Library Storytime

Tuesday, November 20 • 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, November 21 • 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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Library Storytime

Tuesday, November 27 • 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, November 28 • 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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1st Saturday Family Storytime: Science of Winter!

Saturday, December 1 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 11 – 11:45 am
Celebrate this wonderful time of year with a flurry of stories, songs, and a fun, snowy activity! 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)