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.

One Book One Siouxland launches 9th season

One Book One Siouxland, the community-wide reading initiative in the tri-state area, launches its 9th season with Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. One Book One Siouxland shares ideas and builds community through the experience of reading and discussing the same book, and exploring different perspectives through dramatization, music, film, and history. In this year’s selection, the author weaves together the story of a modern teen in foster care with that of riders on a 1920s Orphan Train.

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, of second chances and unexpected friendship. Vivian Daly lives a quiet life on the East Coast, but hidden in trunks among her belongings are vestiges of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean her attic is the only thing keeping her out of “juvie,” or worse. While helping Vivian sort through her keepsakes, Molly realizes that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. And as her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life—answers that will ultimately free them both.

During the 2014 One Book One Siouxland initiative, public book discussions will unite readers, while special presentations focus on real-life Orphan Train accounts—all designed to help participants experience the transition from one life to another with the children of the Orphan Train. Storyteller and actress Pippa White sets the stage at the kickoff event Saturday, February 22. “The Story of the Orphan Train,” an engaging dramatization based on actual riders’ stories, begins at 2 p.m. at the Sioux City Public Library, 529 Pierce St, Sioux City, IA.

One Book One Siouxland is sponsored by the Sioux City Public Library, the South Sioux City Public Library and the North Sioux City Community Library, in partnership with The Institute for Lifelong Learning, Western Iowa Tech Community College, and Morningside College. Visit any sponsoring public library or for additional information.

Take Your Child to the Library Day - February 1

winterFEB1National Celebration Inspires Local Programs

We're celebrating Take Your Child to the Library day on Saturday, February 1, at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce Street. In the spirit of the Sochi Winter Games, Family Storytime, at 10:30 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m., will include the opportunity for kids to enjoy some indoor Winter Olympics fun.  At 2 p.m., we're showing Miracle, the inspiring movie of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team’s victory over the heavily-favored Soviet team, starring Kurt Russell. Remember, downtown parking is free every weekend.

“We want to encourage parents to think of the Library as a fun place to enjoy with their children,” says Children’s Librarian Jeanette Bobeen.  2014 marks the third year—and the Sioux City Public Library’s second—for this grassroots celebration of Take Your Child to the Library day. The event started in 2011 when a Connecticut librarian adapted the slogan from a bookstore ad.  Spreading quickly through social media, participating libraries this year hail from across the United States and from Canada to the Caribbean.

“Why bring your child to the Library? Research shows that the first years of life are the most crucial for brain development and literacy preparedness,” says Bobeen.  “Public libraries offer programs and services that support a child’s growth and development at every age.  Take your child to the Library—on February 1 and every day.”


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529 Pierce St.
4005 Morningside Ave.
2912 Hamilton Blvd.
Sioux City Iowa 51101
Sioux City Iowa 51106
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Sioux City Iowa 51104
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