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.

Library honors Dr. Seuss


Join us for a special day...we'll read, sing songs, have fun and play!

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Saturday, March 1 with special storytimes at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce Street.  Families are invited to gather at 10:30 a.m. (repeats at 11:30 a.m.) to enjoy Dr. Seuss stories, songs and more.  There will be a guest appearance by a popular cat in a red-striped hat. This event is free; all ages welcome. As always, free parking on weekends.

Unlock your inner cook

As part of the Big Library Read program, we're featuring “Keys to the Kitchen” by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp for all eBook fans to download and enjoy through Tuesday, March 4. This comprehensive reference guide to becoming a more accomplished, adventurous cook will be available for everyone who wishes to download it—no holds, no waitlists.

A Company of One. A Repertoire of 15. A Cast of Many

pippa-smOne Book One Siouxland kickoff event brings the Orphan Train to life

Pippa White performs Saturday, February 22, at 2 p.m. at the Sioux City Public Library, 529 Pierce Street. She calls her productions “part theatre, part storytelling, part history.” Audiences call them unique, captivating, and touching. To date she has crisscrossed the country many times touring over 25 states, delighting audiences at colleges and universities, performing arts centers, museums, libraries, and festivals.

Pippa returns to the Library with “The Story of the Orphan Train,” to kick off the community-wide reading initiative One Book One Siouxland. Her previous engagement packed the house in 1998.

Entertainment wrapped in history interwoven with inspiration, this performance is based on actual Orphan Train riders’ accounts and sets the stage for readers of the 2014 One Book One Siouxland selection, The Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. Funded by the Friends of the Sioux City Public Library, this event is free and open to all.


Family Storytime

Open Book Club

Online Book Clubs


529 Pierce St.
4005 Morningside Ave.
2912 Hamilton Blvd.
Sioux City Iowa 51101
Sioux City Iowa 51106
(Lower B, Plaza Professional Center)
Sioux City Iowa 51104
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