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

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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.

 

Science & Summer Reading

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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)

Library Hosts Canine TV Star

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Children and parents are invited to join Martha, star of public television’s “Martha Speaks” for a special storytime on Thursday, April 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce St., Sioux City.  Martha will be available for photos following the program.  

This free program is presented as part of a partnership between the Sioux City Public Library and IPTV’s Ready for School Initative, which has provided books, DVDs, I-pads and training to local organizations, preschool teachers, and parents.  The Sioux City Public Library received 15 DVDs for circulation.

“Martha Speaks,” based on the books by Susan Meddaugh, is an animated series on IPTV designed to enrich the vocabulary of 4 to 7 year olds.  Each episode uses Martha’s unique linguistic abilities and the hilarious consequences to engage children and help build their vocabulary skills.

“Children can’t use words they have not heard or seen in print,” says Jeanette Bobeen, Library Youth Services Manager. “Learning new words prepares preschoolers to be readers themselves. We like to introduce at least one new word (and how to use it correctly) at each Library storytime.  That won’t be a problem with Martha, who is outspoken, confident, smart, and has an amazing vocabulary!” Join us on April 24 for lots of word-building fun!

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529 Pierce St.
4005 Morningside Ave.
2912 Hamilton Blvd.
Sioux City Iowa 51101
Sioux City Iowa 51106
(Lower B, Plaza Professional Center)
712.255.2933
712.255.2924
Sioux City Iowa 51104
Monday-Wednesday 9am-8pm
Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm
712.255.2926
Thursday-Saturday 9am-5pm
Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Monday-Friday 10:30am-5:30pm
Sunday (Sept-May) 1pm-5pm