Mango Languages is now available at the Sioux City Public Library Online Branch. This interactive database provides step-by-step lesson plans for 12 foreign languages and ESL lessons for Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese speakers.
Mango combines everyday conversation skills, memory building strategies and interactivity. It’s engaging. And it works. Because Mango focuses on practical speaking skills, you’ll be speaking after just one lesson. Learn anywhere—on just about any device. Lessons include cultural insights to help you understand the customs and etiquette of the people you’ll meet along the way.
Go to Downloads and select Mango Languages. With a full-service Library card you’re good to go.
Family Storytime: imagine, discover, connect
Family Storytime is a shared story experience for children not yet in school and their parent/grandparent. Through regular participation, children improve listening comprehension and develop social skills while building a foundation for reading. Besides improving vocabulary and learning to match spoken sounds with written words, curious young minds experience the magic of stories.
Reading aloud introduces the idea that stories are worth telling, that books are worth sitting down and listening to, and that the Library is a great place to explore the world with others. Join us!
11:15-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Perry Creek
10:30-11:00 a.m. Wednesdays at Morningside
An Invigorating Grant
Sioux City Public Library received a $40,000 grant to reinvigorate its collections during the next year. The funding is from the Gilchrist Foundation, which furthers the philanthropy of the late Jocelyn Gilchrist and her family.
"We'll be able to add new titles in the areas of health, nature, wildlife, the environment, art and music,” said Sara Doyle, Research and Reader Services Manager at the Sioux City Public Library. "It’s a welcomed boost given our recent budget cuts. Besides adult and children’s books we will add music, DVDs, magazines and electronic resources.”
Canine listeners are back!
The popular read-to-me story dogs are back at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library for a series of fall visits. Children of all ages may select their favorite books and read aloud to gentle canine listeners from 2 to 3pm each Saturday through December 1-no appointment necessary.
"Reading aloud to a non-judgmental listener helps readers gain confidence," says Youth Services Manager Jeanette Bobeen. "Dogs love to listen, they don't interrupt with corrections, and they help readers relax and enjoy themselves."
Call the Library at 255-2933 x 231 to learn more about this reading opportunity. The story dogs are part of the K-9 S.T.A.R.S. animal assisted therapy group. As certified animal therapy dogs, they have passed a temperament test and completed special training.
Meet the Story Dogs
Pirates Invade the Library
It’s Pirate Week at the Sioux City Public Library, September 19-26, with programs, activities and fun for all ages. At The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, kids and kids at heart can make a pirate hat, have their picture taken as a favorite pirate storybook character, and go on a pirate treasure hunt, Library style.
The free family fun includes two full-length pirate movies — one on Saturday, September 22, and another on Sunday, September 23, both at 2pm at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library. Licensing requirements prohibit promoting the titles; individuals can visit any Sioux City Public Library location for details.
The popular read-to-me story dogs return to The Wilbur Aalfs Library this coming Saturday, September 22, dressed as pirates for the occasion. Each Saturday through December 1, from 2 to 3pm, children of all ages can read aloud to these gentle canine listeners from the S.T.A.R.S. K-9 organization.
Children in preschool through first grade, and their parents or grandparents, are invited to enjoy an evening of pirate tales and fun on Monday, September 24 beginning at 7pm at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library. Pirate Storytime continues at 11:15am, Tuesday, September 25 at the Perry Creek branch and Wednesday, September 26 at 10:30am at the Morningside branch library.
In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, September 19, the self-service checkout kiosks at The Wilbur Aalfs Library will include a talk like a pirate option. Anyone who uses self-check in September will be entered in a drawing for an iPad2.