Take Charge—Use Your Card
To celebrate National Library Card Signup Month, September is Take Charge—Use Your Card month at the Sioux City Public Library. Visit any Library location and join the celebration that includes a variety of events and activities:
Win an iPad. Patrons who use the self-service checkout kiosks at The Wilbur Aalfs Library in September will be entered in a drawing for an iPad2 tablet (one checkout session per day per card). “The self-service kiosks really let people take charge of their library borrowing,” said Library Director Betsy Thompson. “Kids especially like to checkout their own books, and during September we are encouraging everyone to try it.”
Library Tech Talks, featuring how-to demos and one-on-one assistance using personal tech devices, are scheduled on Tuesday, September 11 from 6 to 7:30pm at the Morningside Branch Library, and Tuesday, September 25 from 6 to 7:30pm at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library. Staff experts will field questions on any tech topic. To download Library eBooks or access any other Library database, bring your Library card, cables and devices.
Good Books, Good Times! answers the question “What do I read next” with a lively presentation on Saturday, September 15 from 10-11am at The Wilbur Aalfs Library. Explore the latest brain research on reading, along with what makes a book likeable and discussible.
Around the clock. Library staff routinely help users navigate the physical stacks as well as the updated Online Branch, www.siouxcitylibrary.org. Take Charge—Use Your Card works equally well after hours. With a full-service Library card anyone can connect to the Library’s catalog from any Internet computer in the world, day or night. Here, Library card-holders can browse for the newest additions, request items to be held, renew titles already checked out, download eBooks and music, and explore specialty databases covering everything from auto repair to zoology—even read full-text magazine and journal articles.
The celebration and self check drawing last all month; more programs are in the works. “Like” the Sioux City Public Library on Facebook and stay informed on news and events.
Library hosts writing workshop
"The world is made of stories, not atoms," said poet Muriel Ruykeser. On Saturday, August 4, those who attend the memoir writing workshop at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce St, Sioux City, will have the opportunity to show how true that is. Charley Kempthorne, author of For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History, will conduct a workshop from 3 to 5 pm, helping beginning and established writers tell the stories of their lives.
"Everyone can write stories," Kempthorne insists, "and often the ones who have the least training as writers do the best job." The workshop is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required, though seating is limited. Kempthorne's book is available for checkout at the Sioux City Public Library. The workshop is sponsored by the Woodbury County Genealogical Society and is part of the Library's yearlong grand reopening celebration: imagine, discover, connect...books are just the beginning.
For more information about the presenter visit www.thelifestoryinstitute.com
Meet the new Online Branch
The Library’s new web site launched Tuesday night, July 2nd. Sporting a color scheme and masthead more closely aligned with the City’s, the new site promises more interactivity and enhanced content:
• The Library Calendar works with Google Calendars—so you can “save the date” or search events by Library location or date.
• Individual Library News articles can be liked on Facebook, shared or printed.
• Downloads now covers downloadable audio, eBooks and music as well as access to our premium online resources—most of which are available 24/7 with a full-service Library card.
• All About Books highlights multiple titles, along with access to Book Browse, Novelist Plus, and staff-selected read-alikes. Click on any book cover to see reviews or connect with the online catalog.
• The Kid Zone and Teen Scene are back with age-appropriate content and links
• What’s New? boxes allow users to find newly-added titles quickly and easily from multiple pages
Additional content is still in the works, the site is by no means finished. Click around and tell us what you think.
Library summer program rolls on
June may be winding down but our summer program sure isn't. You have plenty of time to finish—or to begin, if you haven’t already signed up. All it takes is four visits to the Library before July 31. Attend a special event, Storytime, or movie—or simply come to enjoy the Library, browse the collection and check out books. Just remember to bring your reading log and have it stamped. You’ll receive a small prize at each step, with your choice of a free book at the fourth visit (preschool-9th grade). And check out these coming attractions:
Dream Like a Scientist, presented by the Science Center of Iowa, will offer demonstrations of science principles and experiments for future scientists (grades K-5) at the Morningside Branch on Thursday, June 28. Free tickets are still available.
The Hunger Games, Library Style, is an after-hours activity for teens that will take place on Friday, June 29 at The Wilbur Aalfs Library. Teens in 7th to 10th grade will need their knowledge of the Library floor plan, computers or Internet, and the Hunger Games book itself to finish the challenge and survive our Hunger Games. Slots are filling up fast; call 255-2933 x 231 to register.
Tickets will be released Thursday for The Night Sky & Native American Legends, presented by the Sanford Museum and Planetarium on July 12. Children in kindergarten to 3rd grade will learn about the night sky as they hear Native American sky stories. Free tickets are available at all three Sioux City Library locations.
Encore programs (presented at the Main Library in June and repeated at the Morningside Branch in July) include the American Girl Program on July 9 and Legos @ the Library on July 13; pre-registration is required.
Regular weekly storytimes continue in the summer, and we also offer Adventures! for elementary-age children through July 30. Round out your summer with the Disney movie “Earth,” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks—plus an anime movie for the teens.
Dream Big-Read! and Own the Night continue through July 31st at Sioux City Public Library locations. For additional information, pick up a calendar on your next visit or access it online.
Hats off to our summer helpers
What makes summer reading so much fun? Our creative staff could not present a wide array of activities each year without community support. The Friends of the Library have enthusiastically supported summer reading for years, providing reading incentives for the participants and a free book for each child who completes the program—that’s approximately 1,500 paperbacks every summer! Their funding allows us to bring in great performers and presenters as well. We give a big THANK YOU to our generous Friends—we couldn’t do it without you!
Further support, especially for the teen program, comes from area businesses. This year Greatland Target gave a grant to purchase Legos for two programs; Barnes & Noble provided materials for the American Girls programs; the Promenade Cinema will give each teen a free movie pass, and has donated decorations and prizes for the Hunger Games program; and the Explorers Baseball team signed autographs and handed out free tickets at our summer reading kickoff event.
The Library also received food coupons and support from Domino's Pizza, A&W/Long John Silver’s, Arby's, Chick-fil-A, Culver's, McDonald's, Papa Murphy's, Burger King, and Sonic. Country Drive Driving Range and Mini Golf provided free passes and buckets of balls. We greatly appreciate this local support—thanks everyone!