2013 Caldecott and Newbery winners

jan-news2The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The 2013 Caldecott Medal winner is This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Candlewick Press.

In this darkly humorous picture book, a tiny fish knows it’s wrong to steal a hat. It fits him just right. But the big fish wants his hat back. Klassen’s controlled palette, opposing narratives and subtle cues compel readers to follow the fish and imagine the consequence.

“With minute changes in eyes and the slightest displacement of seagrass, Klassen’s masterful illustrations tell the story the narrator doesn’t know,” Caldecott Chair Sandra Imdieke said. Previous Caldecott winners

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The 2013 Newbery Medal winner is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, published by HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers

Ivan’s transformative emergence from the “Ape at Exit 8” to “The One and Only Ivan, Mighty Silverback,” comes to life through the gorilla’s own distinct narrative voice, which is filled with wry humor, deep emotion and thought-provoking insights into the nature of friendship, hope and humanity.

“Katherine Applegate gives readers a unique and unforgettable gorilla’s-eye-view of the world that challenges the way we look at animals and at ourselves,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Steven Engelfried. Previous Newbery winners

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Celebrate Take Your Child to the Library day this Saturday, February 2, at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce St., Sioux City.  Activities include Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Staff will share a variety of stories that take place in libraries.  Puppet shows hold special magic for children; the Library will present a unique viewing experience of Three Billy Goats Gruff at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. using shadow puppets.

“We want to encourage parents to think of the Library as a fun place to enjoy with your children,” says Jeanette Bobeen, Youth Services Manager at the Sioux City Public Library.  “The modern library is not just about homework help.”

2013 marks the second year—and the Sioux City Public Library’s first—for this grassroots celebration of Take Your Child to the Library day. The event started in 2011 when a Connecticut librarian adapted the slogan from a bookstore ad.  Spreading quickly through social media, participating libraries this year hail from 34 states and 4 countries.

“Why bring your child to the Library? Research shows that the first years of life are the most crucial for brain development and literacy preparedness,” states Bobeen.  “Public libraries offer programs and services that support a child’s growth and development at every age.  Take your child to the Library—on February 2 and every day. On the first Saturday in March we’ll celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. If these programs are well received, we will plan additional first Saturday of the month activities for children and parents to enjoy and explore together.”

February 4 Open Book Club Selections

13-2BKCWe're discussing The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker (translated from German) and Please Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin (a bestseller in Korea) at our next meeting. Both involve the disappearance of a parent.

In the first novel, a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace. Neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be--until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father's past, Julia travels to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener's belief in the power of love to move mountains.

The second novel follows the efforts of family members to find their mother who went missing in a Seoul train station. Multiple viewpoints and sobering realizations suggest that she may not have been happy. Was it foul play or did she abandon them?

Join the conversation, Monday, February 4:
11am to 12 noon at the Perry Creek Branch Library
6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Morningside Branch Library

All Iowa Reads @ the Library

“From National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson comes a mesmerizing, decades-spanning saga of one ordinary American family—proud, flawed, hopeful— whose story simultaneously captures the turbulent history of the country at large. The novel follows the characters as they confront prosperity and heartbreak, setbacks and triumphs, and seek their place in a country whose only constant seems to be breathtaking change.” —the publishers

The Sioux City Public Library will host two public discussions of The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson on Monday, January 7. The Year We Left Home is the 2013 All Iowa Reads selection sponsored by the Iowa Center for the Book. Kathy Kelly, facilitator for the Library’s Open Book Club, will guide Monday’s discussions. Join the conversation at 11 a.m. at the Perry Creek Branch Library, or at 6:30 p.m. at the Morningside Branch Library. All are welcome.

“Set in a small community in Iowa, readers will find much to relate to as they follow the Erickson siblings and their efforts to successfully fledge from the family nest,” says Kelly. “The life lesson that decisions have consequences, good and bad, is a central theme in Thompson’s intricate story.”

The Sioux City Public Library has partnered with the Iowa Center for the Book since 2003 when All Iowa Reads was first introduced. The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to encourage Iowans statewide to read and talk about a single title in the same year. Visit All Iowa Reads for more information.

A fresh, practical way to learn a language

Mango Languages is now available at the Sioux City Public Library Online Branch. This interactive database provides step-by-step lesson plans for 12 foreign languages and ESL lessons for Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese speakers.

Mango combines everyday conversation skills, memory building strategies and interactivity. It’s engaging. And it works. Because Mango focuses on practical speaking skills, you’ll be speaking after just one lesson. Learn anywhere—on just about any device. Lessons include cultural insights to help you understand the customs and etiquette of the people you’ll meet along the way.

Go to Downloads and select Mango Languages. With a full-service Library card you’re good to go.


Family Storytime

Open Book Club

Online Book Clubs


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