Thinking of buying an eReader for yourself or someone else this holiday season? With a full-service Library card, you can access thousands of bestselling eBook titles from the Library for free! As a bonus, we're planning special training opportunities after the holidays to help newbies get the most out of their eReaders.
At the Morningside Branch Library, eBook how-to sessions will be held Thursday, December 27 from 6-7:30 pm and Tuesday, January 8 from 12 noon-1:30 pm. The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library offers one-on-one consultations with Library tech staff by appointment (call 255-2933 x 221). And, people are encouraged to bring their devices and questions to any Library Tech Talk—the next one is Tuesday, January 22 from 6-7:30 pm.
Mango Languages is now available at the Sioux City Public Library Online Branch. This interactive database provides step-by-step lesson plans for 12 foreign languages and ESL lessons for Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese speakers.
Mango combines everyday conversation skills, memory building strategies and interactivity. It’s engaging. And it works. Because Mango focuses on practical speaking skills, you’ll be speaking after just one lesson. Learn anywhere—on just about any device. Lessons include cultural insights to help you understand the customs and etiquette of the people you’ll meet along the way.
Go to Downloads and select Mango Languages. With a full-service Library card you’re good to go.
Family Storytime: imagine, discover, connect
Family Storytime is a shared story experience for children not yet in school and their parent/grandparent. Through regular participation, children improve listening comprehension and develop social skills while building a foundation for reading. Besides improving vocabulary and learning to match spoken sounds with written words, curious young minds experience the magic of stories.
Reading aloud introduces the idea that stories are worth telling, that books are worth sitting down and listening to, and that the Library is a great place to explore the world with others. Join us!
11:15-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Perry Creek
10:30-11:00 a.m. Wednesdays at Morningside
An Invigorating Grant
Sioux City Public Library received a $40,000 grant to reinvigorate its collections during the next year. The funding is from the Gilchrist Foundation, which furthers the philanthropy of the late Jocelyn Gilchrist and her family.
"We'll be able to add new titles in the areas of health, nature, wildlife, the environment, art and music,” said Sara Doyle, Research and Reader Services Manager at the Sioux City Public Library. "It’s a welcomed boost given our recent budget cuts. Besides adult and children’s books we will add music, DVDs, magazines and electronic resources.”
Canine listeners are back!
The popular read-to-me story dogs are back at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library for a series of fall visits. Children of all ages may select their favorite books and read aloud to gentle canine listeners from 2 to 3pm each Saturday through December 1-no appointment necessary.
"Reading aloud to a non-judgmental listener helps readers gain confidence," says Youth Services Manager Jeanette Bobeen. "Dogs love to listen, they don't interrupt with corrections, and they help readers relax and enjoy themselves."
Call the Library at 255-2933 x 231 to learn more about this reading opportunity. The story dogs are part of the K-9 S.T.A.R.S. animal assisted therapy group. As certified animal therapy dogs, they have passed a temperament test and completed special training.
Meet the Story Dogs