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: imagine, discover, connect

Family Storytime: imagine, discover, connect

Family Storytime is a shared story experience for children not yet in school and their parent/grandparent. Through regular participation, children improve listening comprehension and develop social skills while building a foundation for reading. Besides improving vocabulary and learning to match spoken sounds with written words, curious young minds experience the magic of stories.

Reading aloud introduces the idea that stories are worth telling, that books are worth sitting down and listening to, and that the Library is a great place to explore the world with others. Join us!

Summer Schedule:
11:00-11:30am Tuesdays at Perry Creek
10:30-11:00am Wednesdays at Morningside
repeat session 11:15-11:34am Wednesdays at Morningside

An Invigorating Grant


An Invigorating Grant

Sioux City Public Library received a $40,000 grant to reinvigorate its collections during the next year. The funding is from the Gilchrist Foundation, which furthers the philanthropy of the late Jocelyn Gilchrist and her family.

"We'll be able to add new titles in the areas of health, nature, wildlife, the environment, art and music,” said Sara Doyle, Research and Reader Services Manager at the Sioux City Public Library. "It’s a welcomed boost given our recent budget cuts. Besides adult and children’s books we will add music, DVDs, magazines and electronic resources.”

Canine listeners are back!

Canine listeners are back!

The popular read-to-me story dogs are back at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library for a series of fall visits. Children of all ages may select their favorite books and read aloud to gentle canine listeners from 2 to 3pm each Saturday through December 1-no appointment necessary.

"Reading aloud to a non-judgmental listener helps readers gain confidence," says Youth Services Manager Jeanette Bobeen. "Dogs love to listen, they don't interrupt with corrections, and they help readers relax and enjoy themselves."

Call the Library at 255-2933 x 231 to learn more about this reading opportunity. The story dogs are part of the K-9 S.T.A.R.S. animal assisted therapy group. As certified animal therapy dogs, they have passed a temperament test and completed special training.

Meet the Story Dogs


Family Storytime

Open Book Club

Online Book Clubs


529 Pierce St.
4005 Morningside Ave.
2912 Hamilton Blvd.
Sioux City Iowa 51101
Sioux City Iowa 51106
(Lower B, Plaza Professional Center)
Sioux City Iowa 51104
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