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.

The Big Library Read Helps Libraries

5-15newsCheck out the Big Library Read, for eBook readers, and help libraries create a first-ever global "library book club." Designed to demonstrate the positive exposure and sales influence library eBook catalogs provide to authors and publishers, the Big Library Read will allow free simultaneous-use downloads of The Four Corners of the Sky by master storyteller Michael Malone now through June 1, 2013.

Sponsored by OverDrive, with initial support and participation from Sourcebooks, Inc., Malone's novel of love, secrets, and family loyalty, will be available on OverDrive Read, Kindle (US only), EPUB, and PDF. Let's show publishers that eBooks and public libraries are good business for everyone—download and read it today.

Digging Summer Reading

13squirrelReading Fun for Everyone • June 1—July 31
It’s that time of year! Readers from preschool through fifth grade are invited to “Dig  into Reading,” while students  in grades six through nine will go “Beneath the Surface”  in the 2013 summer reading initiative. Older teens and adults can explore new interests in “Groundbreaking Reads,” a theme that entices readers to discover new authors and genres.

The summer reading initiative, comprising movies, activities, reading, special guests and more, is free to participants—thanks to the Friends of the Sioux City Public Library. Beginning June 1, participants in preschool through ninth grade earn fun prizes and a paperback book to keep just by visiting any Library location four times before July 31.

“We’ll team with the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines, the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, and our own Sioux City Field Services, to present science, nature and construction programs,” says Youth Services Manager Jeanette Bobeen, “along with storytelling, comedy and juggling thrown in for even more good times.” Calendars are available May 4 at all Library locations and online.


Family Storytime

Open Book Club

Online Book Clubs


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