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.

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.


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
Monday-Wednesday 9am-8pm
Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm
Thursday-Saturday 9am-5pm
Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Monday-Friday 10:30am-5:30pm
Sunday (Sept-May) 1pm-5pm