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!
Read-to-me story dogs
The read-to-me story dogs are back for a series of visits each Tuesday (June 12 through July 31) from 2 to 3 p.m. at The Wilbur Aalfs Library. Children of all ages are invited to read aloud to these gentle canine listeners. No appointment necessary. Our thanks to the volunteers and therapy dogs from K-9 S.T.A.R.S. for their continued support of this reading partnership.
Summer reading for dreamers of all ages
Find yourself. Lose yourself. Wake up. Dream. Do it all.
Summer reading at the Sioux City Public Library, supported by the Friends of the Library, includes movies, activities, special guests, animals, and of course, reading.
Beginning June 1, participants in preschool through 5th grade can explore the night with “Dream Big—READ!” while grades 6 through 9 can participate in “Own the Night.” Readers in both age groups can earn a paperback book to keep by visiting any public library location 4 times between June 1 and July 31.
“From night skies to high aspirations, this year’s themes lend themselves very well to nature and science programs,” said Jeanette Bobeen, Youth Services Manager at the Sioux City Public Library. “Storytimes, Adventures!, and special events offer challenges of all sorts, as well as allow readers to use the Library to pursue their own hopes and dreams, at their own pace.”
All events are free but may require a ticket or advance registration. Sign up begins June 1. Older teens and adults may participate in "Between the Covers," an independent reading challenge where brief reviews serve as entries in a prize drawing for patrons and comments may be posted on this website.