De-clutter and donate

bksale-bksThe 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.

Library Hosts Juggling Duo

jayleslieThe 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. 




Bringing Stories & People Together

reidmillerPopular 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.

2013 Summer Reading Fun

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.


eBook Titles by More Authors Now Available thru OverDrive

hachetteThis month, Big 6 publisher Hachette Book Group decided to make its hottest titles—by the likes of James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci, and others—available to libraries in eBook format at the same time their print editions are released. While this availability does not apply to consortia such as WILBOR, the Sioux City Public Library has begun purchasing new titles for our Advantage Collection. Remember to log in to the WILBOR website with your Sioux City Library Card BEFORE browsing the collection so you can see Sioux City Public Library's "Advantage" titles, now including new books from Hachette.

FYI: Each library-licensed eBook from Hachette costs three times the price of the “primary” print book. One year after publication, the Hachette price for a Library eBook will drop to 1.5 times the price of the print book. Hachette eBooks can be checked out an unlimited number of times, but each eBook is only available to one patron at a time.


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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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