Aalfs Downtown Library
529 Pierce Street
712-255-2933
Monday – Wednesday 9am – 8pm
Thursday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday (Sept. thru May) 1pm – 5pm

Morningside Branch Library
4005 Morningside Avenue
712-255-2924
Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Perry Creek Branch Library
(Lower B, Plaza Professional Center)
2912 Hamilton Boulevard
712-255-2926
Monday – Friday 10:30am – 5:30pm

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Open Book Club

Join us the first Monday of the month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! Readers gather the first Monday of each month in the morning at our Perry Creek Branch Library or early evening at our Morningside Branch Library. Open Book Club is free and open to the public.

Perry Creek Branch Library
2912 Hamilton Blvd
10:00 – 11:00am

Morningside Branch Library
4005 Morningside Ave.
5:00 – 6:00pm

Here are the monthly selections for 2017:

17-01-09_Be-Frank-with-Me January 9: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years, but after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme—she’s flat broke. Forced to write a new book for the first time in decades, Mimi’s publisher sends Alice Whitley to monitor her progress. When Alice arrives, she’s instantly put to work as full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric 9-year-old son.
February 6: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. The Underground Railroad chronicles the daring survival story of Cora, a cotton plantation slave in Georgia, who after suffering at the hands of both her owners and fellow slaves, races through the Underground Railroad—a secret network of tracks and tunnels underneath the Southern soil—with a relentless slave-catcher hot on her trail.
17-03-06_The-Human-Age March 6: The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us by Diane Ackerman. With her distinctive gift for making scientific discovery clear to the average person, Diane Ackerman, author of the bestselling The Zookeeper’s Wife, takes readers on an exhilarating journey through our new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating―or perhaps saving―our future and that of our fellow creatures.
17-04-03_Shoeless-Joe April 3: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella. One day while out in his corn field, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice telling him, “If you build it, he will come,” prompting him to build a baseball field in the midst of his family’s corn crop to give his childhood hero, the great Shoeless Joe Jackson, a shot at redemption. What follows is a rich, nostalgic look at America’s pastime while at its heart is a story about fathers and sons, love and family, and beginning anew.
fredrik backman pic May 1: Author Spotlight: Fredrik Backman. Fredrik Backman is the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular novel A Man Called Ove, and the recently published, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here. Known for his character-driven stories, witty writing style, and quirky characters, Backman’s books continue to gain in popularity and at this time have been published in more than 35 languages.
17-06-05_Hillbilly-Elegy June 5: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside.
17-07-10_All-Our-Wrong-Todays July 10: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise. Blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom finds himself the victim of a time-travel mishap, stranding him in our 2016. But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality?
17-08-07_Valiant-Ambition August 7: Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick. The National Book Award-winning author of In the Heart of the Sea presents an account of the complicated middle years of the American Revolution that shares lesser-known insights into the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.
17-09-11_Behold-the-Dreamers September 11: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. In 2007, Manhattan-based Cameroonian immigrant Jende Jonga gets a job chauffeuring for Lehman Brothers executive Clark Edwards, easing the financial strain on his family. At first, all goes well, but problems in the Edwards’ marriage lead to problems for the Jongas, and when Lehman Brothers collapses, both families are caught up in the terrible aftermath.
17-10-02_The-Dry October 2: The Dry by Jane Harper. A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper. Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his rural Australian hometown for the first time in decades, to mourn, and inevitably investigate his best friend’s apparent suicide.
17-10-16_Bottomland October 16: Bottomland by Michelle Hoover. All Iowa Reads Discussion (5:30-6:30 pm, Gleeson Room at Wilbur Aalfs Main Library) Bottomland follows the Hess family in the years after World War I. But when the youngest two daughters vanish, the family must piece together what happened while struggling to maintain their life on the unforgiving Iowa plains. Told in the voices of the family patriarch and his children, this is a haunting literary mystery that spans decades before its resolution.
17-11-06_Heroes-of-the-Frontier November 6: Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers. Struggling through a painful separation, the loss of her dental practice and the senseless death of a young man, Josie embarks on an RV road trip to Alaska with her kids that is marked by both national wonders and the shadows of past regrets.