Hats off to our summer helpers

Hats off to our summer helpers

What makes summer reading so much fun? Our creative staff could not present a wide array of activities each year without community support. The Friends of the Library have enthusiastically supported summer reading for years, providing reading incentives for the participants and a free book for each child who completes the program—that’s approximately 1,500 paperbacks every summer! Their funding allows us to bring in great performers and presenters as well. We give a big THANK YOU to our generous Friends—we couldn’t do it without you!

Further support, especially for the teen program, comes from area businesses. This year Greatland Target gave a grant to purchase Legos for two programs; Barnes & Noble provided materials for the American Girls programs; the Promenade Cinema will give each teen a free movie pass, and has donated decorations and prizes for the Hunger Games program; and the Explorers Baseball team signed autographs and handed out free tickets at our summer reading kickoff event.

The Library also received food coupons and support from Domino's Pizza, A&W/Long John Silver’s, Arby's, Chick-fil-A, Culver's, McDonald's, Papa Murphy's, Burger King, and Sonic. Country Drive Driving Range and Mini Golf provided free passes and buckets of balls. We greatly appreciate this local support—thanks everyone!

Read to me Story Dogs 6-12-12

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The read-to-me story dogs are back for a series of visits each Tuesday (June 12 through July 31) from 2 to 3 p.m. at The Wilbur Aalfs Library. Children of all ages are invited to read aloud to these gentle canine listeners. No appointment necessary. Our thanks to the volunteers and therapy dogs from K-9 S.T.A.R.S. for their continued support of this reading partnership.



Summer reading for dreamers of all ages

Summer reading for dreamers of all ages

12-srpFind yourself. Lose yourself. Wake up. Dream. Do it all.
Summer reading at the Sioux City Public Library, supported by the Friends of the Library, includes movies, activities, special guests, animals, and of course, reading.

Beginning June 1, participants in preschool through 5th grade can explore the night with “Dream Big—READ!” while grades 6 through 9 can participate in “Own the Night.” Readers in both age groups can earn a paperback book to keep by visiting any public library location 4 times between June 1 and July 31.

“From night skies to high aspirations, this year’s themes lend themselves very well to nature and science programs,” said Jeanette Bobeen, Youth Services Manager at the Sioux City Public Library.  “Storytimes, Adventures!, and special events offer challenges of all sorts, as well as allow readers to use the Library to pursue their own hopes and dreams, at their own pace.”

All events are free but may require a ticket or advance registration. Sign up begins June 1. Older teens and adults may participate in "Between the Covers," an independent reading challenge where brief reviews serve as entries in a prize drawing for patrons and comments may be posted on this website.

New hours follow holiday weekend

New hours follow holiday weekend

All Library agencies will close for Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library closes on Sundays for the summer beginning May 27. On June 1, new hours at Main will be Monday—Wednesday 9 am to 8 pm, and Thursday—Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. Also beginning June 1, new hours at the Morningside Branch Library will be Monday—Thursday 10 am to 8 pm, and Friday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Hours at the Perry Creek Branch Library will not change. They are: Monday and Wednesday, Noon to 6 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; and Saturday 11 am to 4 pm. Use this Online Branch 24/7 to request titles, renew items that are due, or download eBooks, audiobooks, music & more.

Awesome training opportunity for grant writers

Awesome training opportunity for grant writers

We're sponsoring a free seminar for area grant writers from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Speaker Kief Schladweiler, Coordinator of Cooperating Collections with the Foundation Center, will lead the session in the Gleeson Room at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce Street. Registration is required.

His presentation will include a demonstration of the Foundation Directory Online, the Foundation Center’s searchable database providing information on more than 91,000 grantmakers and more than a million grant records, and will provide an overview of their newest website, GrantSpace.org, specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers. He will offer tips on how best to identify funding sources for your organization, highlighting the electronic and print resources available for your free use at the Sioux City Public Library, a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center.

Register by phone at 255-2933 x 221 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8 p.m., Monday, May 14.


Family Storytime

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