September 2014 Book Club Selections

bks-septBleak. Heartrending. Hopeful? Book club will discuss Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, and 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World by Howard G. Buffett on Monday, September 8. Join the conversation, 10 am at the Perry Creek Branch or 5 pm at the Morningside Branch. All are welcome.



Summer fun for adults

TYLibTour Your Library! Try something new this summer with a Sioux City Public Library Adventure tour. Our adult summer program is all about discovering the Library in new and fun ways, and you get to choose how! Try the Family Tour, the Online Tour, the Readers Tour, the Friends Tour, or the tech-inspired WOW Tour — or take all five!

Simply complete four out of five tasks per tour, some as simple as “Show us your library card” or “Visit a Library location you don’t normally use,” and each completed Library tour form can be entered in a grand prize drawing for a free movie night for two, courtesy of the Promenade Cinema 14. Join us for an exciting summer and experience an “aha” moment of discovery.

Tour Your Library runs through August 15 at all Library locations.

Drones in the Library!

Nationally known storm chaser Eddy Weiss and his team will captivate the audience with thrilling stories of their experiences in extreme weather.  Participants will learn what it’s like to be right in the center of a tornado or first on the scene of a disaster.  Sioux City Public Library welcomes the team from Chasing4life on Friday, July 18, at 11:00 am and again at 1:30 pm at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce Street, to answer questions about extreme weather and disaster response.  Free tickets are available for both sessions.

As a special after-hours event for teens in grades 6 to 10, Chasing4Life will present Heart of a Hero from 4:00 to 6:00 pm also on Friday, July 18 at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library.  The team of disaster preparedness experts will discuss the everyday heroes of disaster response.  The team will demonstrate their Search and Rescue Drone along with sharing information about how being a hero can also be an occupation.

For more information or to register, call 255-2933 x 231.

Summer Reading Calendar of Events


The Pre-K through 5th grade crowd takes on science in a big way during Fizz, Boom, Read, our summer reading program that runs June 2 through July 31 at all Sioux City Public Library locations. Whether conducting simple science experiments or exploring the natural world and weather extremes, the combination of stories, movies, hands-on activities and guest presenters will dazzle curious young minds.

Spark a Reaction is the theme for teens and ‘tweens in grades 6 through 10. Sparks will fly in more ways than one as they engage in exciting activities that explore the arts and sciences, the natural world and the paranormal, and what it takes to be a hero.

Both age groups earn incentives at each Library visit, and after four visits participants may select a free paperback book, courtesy of the Friends of the Sioux City Public Library. Sign-up begins June 2. Library Summer Events Calendar (PDF)


All Iowa Reads 2014 @ the Library

The Sioux City Public Library hosts a public discussion of Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman on Saturday, June 14. Little Wolves is the 2014 All Iowa Reads selection sponsored by the Iowa Center for the Book. Cate Sering, facilitator for the Library’s Open Book Club, will lead the discussion at 10 a.m. at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce St., Sioux City. Explore this novel with other enthusiastic readers. All are welcome.

Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father mourning his son and a pastor’s wife intent on solving a mystery from her childhood.

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.



Family Storytime

Open Book Club

Online Book Clubs


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