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

Pirates Invade the Library

Pirates Invade the Library

It’s Pirate Week at the Sioux City Public Library, September 19-26, with programs, activities and fun for all ages. At The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, kids and kids at heart can make a pirate hat, have their picture taken as a favorite pirate storybook character, and go on a pirate treasure hunt, Library style.

The free family fun includes two full-length pirate movies — one on Saturday, September 22, and another on Sunday, September 23, both at 2pm at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library. Licensing requirements prohibit promoting the titles; individuals can visit any Sioux City Public Library location for details.

The popular read-to-me story dogs return to The Wilbur Aalfs Library this coming Saturday, September 22, dressed as pirates for the occasion. Each Saturday through December 1, from 2 to 3pm, children of all ages can read aloud to these gentle canine listeners from the S.T.A.R.S. K-9 organization.

Children in preschool through first grade, and their parents or grandparents, are invited to enjoy an evening of pirate tales and fun on Monday, September 24 beginning at 7pm at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library. Pirate Storytime continues at 11:15am, Tuesday, September 25 at the Perry Creek branch and Wednesday, September 26 at 10:30am at the Morningside branch library.

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, September 19, the self-service checkout kiosks at The Wilbur Aalfs Library will include a talk like a pirate option. Anyone who uses self-check in September will be entered in a drawing for an iPad2.

Take Charge-Use Your Card

Take Charge—Use Your Card

To celebrate National Library Card Signup Month, September is Take Charge—Use Your Card month at the Sioux City Public Library. Visit any Library location and join the celebration that includes a variety of events and activities:

Win an iPad. Patrons who use the self-service checkout kiosks at The Wilbur Aalfs Library in September will be entered in a drawing for an iPad2 tablet (one checkout session per day per card). “The self-service kiosks really let people take charge of their library borrowing,” said Library Director Betsy Thompson. “Kids especially like to checkout their own books, and during September we are encouraging everyone to try it.”

Library Tech Talks, featuring how-to demos and one-on-one assistance using personal tech devices, are scheduled on Tuesday, September 11 from 6 to 7:30pm at the Morningside Branch Library, and Tuesday, September 25 from 6 to 7:30pm at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library. Staff experts will field questions on any tech topic. To download Library eBooks or access any other Library database, bring your Library card, cables and devices.

Good Books, Good Times! answers the question “What do I read next” with a lively presentation on Saturday, September 15 from 10-11am at The Wilbur Aalfs Library. Explore the latest brain research on reading, along with what makes a book likeable and discussible.

Around the clock. Library staff routinely help users navigate the physical stacks as well as the updated Online Branch, Take Charge—Use Your Card works equally well after hours. With a full-service Library card anyone can connect to the Library’s catalog from any Internet computer in the world, day or night. Here, Library card-holders can browse for the newest additions, request items to be held, renew titles already checked out, download eBooks and music, and explore specialty databases covering everything from auto repair to zoology—even read full-text magazine and journal articles.

The celebration and self check drawing last all month; more programs are in the works. “Like” the Sioux City Public Library on Facebook and stay informed on news and events.



Library hosts writing workshop

Library hosts writing workshop

"The world is made of stories, not atoms," said poet Muriel Ruykeser. On Saturday, August 4, those who attend the memoir writing workshop at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce St, Sioux City, will have the opportunity to show how true that is. Charley Kempthorne, author of For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History, will conduct a workshop from 3 to 5 pm, helping beginning and established writers tell the stories of their lives. 

"Everyone can write stories," Kempthorne insists, "and often the ones who have the least training as writers do the best job." The workshop is free and open to the public. Advance  registration is not required, though seating is limited. Kempthorne's book is available for checkout at the Sioux City Public Library. The workshop is sponsored by the Woodbury County Genealogical Society and is part of the Library's yearlong grand reopening celebration: imagine, discover, connect...books are just the beginning. 

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Meet the new Online Branch

Meet the new Online Branch

The Library’s new web site launched Tuesday night, July 2nd. Sporting a color scheme and masthead more closely aligned with the City’s, the new site promises more interactivity and enhanced content:

• The Library Calendar works with Google Calendars—so you can “save the date” or search events by Library location or date.

• Individual Library News articles can be liked on Facebook, shared or printed.

Downloads now covers downloadable audio, eBooks and music as well as access to our premium online resources—most of which are available 24/7 with a full-service Library card.

All About Books highlights multiple titles, along with access to Book Browse, Novelist Plus, and staff-selected read-alikes. Click on any book cover to see reviews or connect with the online catalog.

• The Kid Zone and Teen Scene are back with age-appropriate content and links

What’s New? boxes allow users to find newly-added titles quickly and easily from multiple pages

Additional content is still in the works, the site is by no means finished. Click around and tell us what you think.


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
Monday-Wednesday 9am-8pm
Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm
Thursday-Saturday 9am-5pm
Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Monday-Friday 10:30am-5:30pm
Sunday (Sept-May) 1pm-5pm