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.
Library Tech Talk: Data-mining for your small business
The Sioux City Public Library will showcase a powerful online database for small business owners on Tuesday, November 22. Drop by the Morningside Branch Library between 1 and 2:30 pm for a demo of the new and improved ReferenceUSA.
Want to create mailing lists? Need to canvass the neighborhood? ReferenceUSA is part phone book, part census database and all business! This database makes market research easy.
Select a location and perform a radius search to look up the number of similar businesses in the area. Check the strength of the competition with years in business and credit rating. Look for businesses to buy, or connect with fellow business owners.
Learn more about it at this special program—part of the Library Tech Talk series. Call 712 255-2933 x 221 for details.
Making reading fun
In October the Library sponsored 34 programs for children, making ready fun for 701 children and adults. That's more than one per day! Half of those were storytimes outside the Library buildings at childcare centers and classrooms.
To instill a love of books and reading in the very young, Library staff offer two public storytimes each week. Through regular participation, children improve listening comprehension and develop social skills while building a foundation for reading.
Our Family Storytime is a shared experience for children not yet in school and their parent/grandparent. Please join us:
11:15-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Perry Creek
10:30-11:00 a.m. Wednesdays at Morningside
Book Club Meets November 7th
Join the conversation! The Library's open book club will discuss The Sisters of Sinai at 6:30 p.m. at the Morningside Branch Library, Monday evening, November 7. All are welcome.
In 1892, identical twins from Scotland made one of the most importantscriptural discoveries of modern times. Combing the library of St. Catherine's Monastery at Mount Sinai, they found a neglected palimpsest: one of the earliest known copies of the Gospels, a version in ancient Syriac, the language spoken by Jesus. This is the account of how two middle-aged ladies without university degrees uncovered and translated this text, bringing a treasure to world attention.
Their quest is partly a physical journey—when Westerners generally feared to tread in the region, the sisters traversed the Middle East. It is also a journey of the mind—in an era when new discoveries in science and archaeology were rewriting the accepted understanding of the Bible's origins as well as those of humankind, a great contribution to knowledge was made by two whose only natural advantage was an astonishing gift for languages.