The popular read-to-me story dogs are coming back to The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library for a series of weekly visits. Beginning September 28, children of all ages may select their favorite books and read aloud to gentle canine listeners from 2 to 3 pm each Saturday, 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.
The Friends of the Library welcome donations of nearly new, gently used books and recordings throughout the year. Bring any quantity of donated books to The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library. Or drop off a bag of books when you visit the Morningside or Perry Creek Branch Library, the Hamilton Hy-Vee, or the Fareway on Sergeant Rd.
Proceeds from their annual used book sale enhance Library collections and services. Last year the Friends designated $12,000 for the children’s summer reading program and the purchase of large print books, and $7,000 for display units, cookbooks, DVDs and additional copies of popular titles. Support the Library and the Friends! Recycle your used books now and shop the sale next spring.
The Sioux City Public Library welcomes Jay & Leslie of Laughing Matters on Friday, July 19th at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce Street. The 11 a.m. program, “Toss, Catch & Dig,” combines juggling, mime, magic and more, and is suitable for children 3 to 11 years old. Jay & Leslie are sponsored by the Friends of the Sioux City Public Library. Free tickets are available at all Library locations.
Popular storyteller, musician, dancer, singer and puppeteer, Reid Miller, returns to the Sioux City Public Library for a one-man show on Thursday, July 11. His family-friendly program will entertain and enchant children in grades K-5.
“Storytelling is a universal human experience practiced by generations around the world. People tell stories to prepare for life,” says Miller. “I tell timeless folktales, wonder tales, and original stories created from my experience and imagination. My mission is bringing people and stories together. Come and share the adventure.”
The stories, songs and fun begin at 1:30 p.m. at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library. Pick up your free tickets at any Library location. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Sioux City Public Library.
Looking for something different? Check out our Blind Dates & Sure Bets. Select a "blind date" (wrapped book) or sure bet (unwrapped book) from the Library book displays. Read at least 20 pages before you dump your date, unless you've dated before. Be sure to rate the date, and let us know who gets lucky! This reading challenge is for those of us beyond the “Dig into Reading” and “Beneath the Surface” programs (ages Pre-K through 9th grade). Comments will be entered in a drawing for a “groundbreaking” prize; winners announced in early August.