The read-to-me story dogs are back for a series of visits each Saturday (now through April 28) 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 canine S.T.A.R.S. for their continued support of this reading partnership.
Caldecott award winner announced
The American Library Association has awarded the 2012 Caldecott Medal to Chris Raschka for A Ball for Daisy. This medal is awarded annually to the illustrator of the "most distinguished American picture book for children, published in the United States, during the preceding year."
In a wordless book with gentle, dreamlike spreads, Daisy, a feisty, black-eared dog, plays with a beloved red ball indoors and out, before a climactic encounter with another dog in the park. Raschka conveys a bevy of canine moods (ecstatic, expectant, downtrodden) with brush strokes reminiscent of calligraphy, while the red ball adds striking contrast. When a brown dog causes the ball to pop, Daisy’s forlorn expression turns gleeful as the same brown dog reappears with a blue ball, letting Daisy take it home. Readers should relate to Daisy’s sadness over the loss of her treasured object while understanding that such losses can sometimes lead to unexpected gains--maybe even a friend. Ages 3–7.
February book discussion
Join the conversation—we're discussing Fragile Beasts and Blessings on Monday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Morningside Branch Library.
Blessings by Anna Quindlen: When a baby is left on their doorstep, the lives of Lydia Blessing, the elderly town matriarch, and Skip, her down-and-out caretaker, are transformed. Skip wants to keep the baby and raise it himself. To his surprise, Lydia wants to help.
Fragile Beasts by Tawni O'Dell: Brothers Kyle and Klint, whose precarious lives in Pennsylvania coal country are further challenged by their alcoholic father's death, are taken in by a septuagenarian curmudgeon with a tragic past.
January tech talks
Library Tech Talks will be offered every Tuesday in January, from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Wilbur Aalfs Library (529 Pierce Street) in the new SNB conference room. Topics will include downloading Library ebooks and finding online tax forms. We'll demo the express check kiosks for anyone interested in self checkout. Drop in at your convenience for tips on how to use those new gadgets received over the holidays. For personal consultations, bring devices (handhelds, laptops and cables) and Library cards to the session. Parking is free after 6 pm.
Hours change at holiday break
The Sioux City Public Library branch libraries will close for the holiday at 5 p.m. Saturday, New Year’s Eve, through Monday, January 2nd; The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library remains closed for renovation. Extended hours will end at this holiday break so that staff can return downtown and help ready the renovated Wilbur Aalfs Library for an early January reopening.
Effective Tuesday, January 3rd, hours at the Morningside Branch Library (4005 Morningside Ave) will be Monday–Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours at the Perry Creek Branch Library (2912 Hamilton Blvd) will be Monday and Wednesday noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Though closed to foot traffic, staff at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library are fielding research questions at 255-2933 x 221 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., not including Monday, January 2nd. To reach the Sioux City Public Library Branches, call 255-2924 for the Morningside Branch and 255-2926 for the Perry Creek Branch.