Join the Sioux City Public Library for Sioux City Reads, a community-based reading initiative where Sioux Cityans are involved every step of the way – from book selection to attending programming and book discussions together.

In the 2024 Sioux City Reads book nominee The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro, A woman is haunted by the Mexican folk demon La Llorona as she unravels the dark secrets of her family history in this ravishing and provocative horror novel.

“A woman is haunted by the Mexican folk demon La Llorona in this ‘utterly terrifying and wholly immersive . . . story about generational trauma, colonization, systemic oppression, and the horror at the heart of motherhood’” — Library Journal, starred review

“Castro is one of the most exciting genre authors on the scene right now, and this might be her most powerful book yet.”— Paste (Most Anticipated Horror Novels of 2023)

Through September 30, cast your vote for this book or one of the other exciting nominees to help select the 2024 Sioux City Reads title at Copies of each title are available for check out at any Sioux City Public Library location or through the Libby app.

The winner will be announced this fall and will serve as inspiration for events, discussions, and programs throughout the upcoming Sioux City Reads initiative. Visit, the Library’s Facebook page, or sign-up for the Library’s e-newsletter at to get all the latest updates.