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


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

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!

Library used book sale begins April 25

The 2014 Book Lovers' Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Sioux City Public Library, begins at 6 p.m., Friday, April 25 under the Gordon Plaza Clock Tower (3241 Gordon Drive, in the former Fashion Bug) in Sioux City.  Staffed by volunteers, this annual fundraiser generates thousands of dollars and enables the Friends to enrich public library service in Sioux City. Proceeds from the sale fund the children’s summer reading initiative and provide books, recordings, online resources and more.

Hours of the sale are:

Friday, April 25................6-9 pm (preview sale, $1 donation at the door)
Saturday, April 26............10 am to 9 pm
Sunday, April 27..............Noon to 6 pm
Mon-Fri, April 28-May 2....4 to 8 pm
Saturday, May 3..............10 am to ?? (free day–everything must go. Doors close when books are gone or at 6 pm)

Morningside College hosts Orphan Train events

As part of the One Book One Siouxland community-wide reading initiative for 2014, local author Carole Turner Johnston shares her research and expertise in two programs on the campus of Morningside College.  A freelance writer and photo/journalist, Johnston has published articles about Orphan Train riders in newspapers and magazines since the 1990s.  The public is welcome to attend her presentations.

At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17, she discusses the Orphan Train as seen through children’s and teen literature, presenting additional stories to consider after reading the One Book One Siouxland selection, Orphan Train: A Novel, by Christina Baker Kline.  Join her in the UPS Auditorium, Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Ave, Sioux City, IA.

At 12 noon on Friday, March 21, the author reads from her book, Trains West: Stories of the Children Who Rode the Orphan Trains West from New York City, 1854-1929, and shares her experiences interviewing Orphan Train riders and their families.  This program takes place in the Hickman Dining Room in the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue, Sioux City, IA, as part of Morningside’s Friday is Writing Day series.

Johnston is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and earned a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota.  She retired from teaching English in the Sioux City Community School District and currently lives in Sergeant Bluff.


Family Storytime

Open Book Club

Online Book Clubs


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Sioux City Iowa 51101
Sioux City Iowa 51106
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Sioux City Iowa 51104
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