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
712-255-2933
*Temporarily Closed for Renovation

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

*October and November’s Open Book Club at Morningside will be moved to the Aalfs Downtown Library and will be from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Parking is free downtown in the evening. 

Here are the monthly selections for 2018:

17_01_08-Uncommon-Type January 8: Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks. Oscar-winner Tom Hanks makes his fiction debut with this collection of 17 wide-reaching and whimsical stories—with a typewriter skillfully tucked into each one. Showcasing he is as talented a writer as he is an actor, Hanks’ authentic characters and well-crafted dialogue combine to create a memorable collection of stories ranging from the hilarious to the deeply touching.
18_02_05-Killers-of-the-Flower-Moon February 5: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. Greed, depravity, and serial murder in 1920s Oklahoma. During that time, members of the Osage Indian Nation possessed immense wealth due to the rich oil fields beneath their reservation. In Killers of the Flower Moon, New Yorker staff writer David Grann details the difficulties the local authorities faced trying to solve the murders, and how an investigation by the relatively new, obscure branch of the Justice Department called the FBI (led by a young J. Edgar Hoover) identified and charged the killers.
18_03_05-Turtles-All-the-Way-Down March 5: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. 16-year-old high school student Aza Holmes is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts as she works to manage her OCD. Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a $100,000 reward at stake and her best and most fearless friend Daisy is eager to investigate.
18_04_02-Hidden-Figures April 2: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. 2018 One Book One Siouxland Selection Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Hidden Figures is the phenomenal and until now, overlooked true story of this exceptionally talented group of African American female mathematicians, chronicling their careers over nearly three decades—from World War II to the Space Race, and how they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.
18_05_07-The-Immortalists May 7: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. A thought-provoking, sweeping family saga set in New York City’s Lower East Side, 1969. Word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes, not knowing that these fortunes would inform the next five decades of their lives. If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?
18_06_04-The-Lost-City-of-the-Monkey-God June 4: The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston. A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world’s densest jungle. In 2012, bestselling author Douglas Preston joined a team of scientists in Honduras on a groundbreaking quest to finally confirm the location of the fabled White City aka the Lost City of the Monkey God. This book is an account of their high-octane adventure.
18_07_09-The-Cold-Dish July 9: The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson. After 25 years as sheriff of Wyoming’s Absaroka County, Walt Longmire’s hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody was one of four teen boys given suspended sentences for sexually assaulting a local Cheyenne girl. With lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and a cast of characters both tragic and humorous enough to fill in the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.
18_08_06-The-Address August 6: The Address by Fiona Davis. A century apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages—for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the free-flowing drinks and cocaine in the nightclubs of New York City—and take refuge and solace in the Upper West Side’s gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich—and often tragic—as The Dakota’s can’t hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers in its basement could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden—and the woman who killed him—on its head.
18_09_10-Educated September 10: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in Idaho’s mountains, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches, slept with her “head-for-the-hills” bag, stewed herbs, and salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard. When one of her brothers gets himself into college and comes back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decides to leave, teaching herself enough to gain admittance to BYU. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
18_10_01-In-Every-Moment-We-Are-Still-Alive October 1: In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist. When Tom’s heavily pregnant girlfriend Karin is rushed to the hospital, doctors are able to save the baby. But they are helpless to save Karin from what turns out to be acute Leukemia. In a cruel, fleeting moment Tom gains a daughter and loses his soul mate. Based on a true story, In Every Moment We Are Alive is the tale of the year that changes everything, as Tom must reconcile the fury and pain of loss with the overwhelming responsibility of raising his daughter, Livia, alone.
18_10_15-The-Boys-in-the-Bunkhouse October 15: Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland by Dan Barry. All Iowa Reads Discussion (5:30-6:30 pm, Gleeson Room at Aalfs Downtown Library) In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom.
18_11_05-Sing-Unburied-Sing November 5: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction. An intimate portrait of three generations of a Southern family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds.