eBook how-tos @ your library

Did you receive an eBook reader over the holidays? With a full-service Library card, you can access thousands of bestselling titles from the Sioux City Public Library for free!  The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library offers one-on-one consultations on how to download eBooks (call 255-2933 x 221 to schedule an appointment) or bring your devices and questions to any Library Tech Talk—the next one is Tuesday, January 28 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the downtown library, 529 Pierce Street.

2013 Guide Book to Gift Books

For holidays, birthdays, and all your other gift-giving occasions...

Books make great gifts, but picking the perfect titles for your favorite youngsters can be daunting. The expert staff of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books have created an up-to-date, easy-to-use guide to help you navigate the bookstore wilderness of shiny new children's books.

The 2013 Guide Book to Gift Books is now available! This free edition includes brief annotations for over 300 of the best books for giving (and receiving). Entries (divided by age group) including author, title, publisher, and the current list price. The cnvenient downloadable PDF format lets you to print and use the guide right away. You can also use it on your smartphone. All titles are verified as currently in print.

Holiday Hours - 2013

The Online Branch is open 24/7 for your learning and leisure needs. All Library buildings will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (December 24-25). The Library closes at 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve and reopens Thursday, January 2.

Longtime librarian retires

Librarian David Mook retires this month after 43 years of service at the Sioux City Public Library. He shared these memories:

• When all the branches closed down in the month of August, for staff vacations.
• Venturing into the "Pit" for government documents at the old Main Library.
• Chasing bats at the old Main Library.
• Having the glass floors replaced with plywood and carpet, after one of the glass panels broke, almost sending a patron one level down.
• Having fireplaces in the libraries (even if we did not use them).
• Being able to open windows.
• Migrating from the Library card catalog, to a catalog on microfiche, to the electronic catalog, to web-based databases.
• Instructing patrons in the mysterious ways of the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature.
• Fielding national and international calls during the Flight 232 crash!  "Does Sioux City have a hospital?".
• Telling children's stories on local TV - in costume.
• Answering literally thousands of local history and genealogy questions for patrons both from across the U.S. and internationally.
• Working in every branch library in the system since 1970.

Happy retirement, Dave! You will be missed!

Dance 'Til You Drop

It’s a DANCE PARTY! Beat those winter blues with some high-energy fun!
Dance your socks off to some silly songs and enjoy a story or two. Come to FIRST SATURDAY FAMILY STORYTIME this Saturday, December 7 at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library. Children in preschool through 5th grade and their parents/grandparents are invited. The 10:30 a.m. session repeats at 11:30 a.m. Free parking every weekend.


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