Martha Speaks Storytime encourages vocabulary skills

Martha, the beloved talking dog from the PBS television series Martha Speaks, visited the Family Storytime at the Morningside Branch Library on Nov. 19. 

Children came to the Library to hear Martha stories, participate in fun activities, and get their picture taken with the famous character.

Martha Speaks is an animated series based on the children’s books by Susan Meddaugh. The program is aimed at viewers between the ages of four and seven, with an educational goal of teaching children new words—up to 20 in each episode. Vocabulary skills help children become great readers.

The Library has several Martha Speaks titles available for check out, including books, eBooks, and movies. 

K-9 S.T.A.R.S. help young readers shine in Read-To-Me series

They’re bark! Uh—back—they’re back!

Sioux City Public Library and S.T.A.R.S., Inc. have teamed up once again to provide young readers with an exciting opportunity to develop their abilities.

Children can share their favorite stories with therapy dogs from the K-9 S.T.A.R.S. program of Sioux City. The dogs are patient, nonjudgmental listeners and make reading fun. Good reading skills provide benefits for a lifetime, and reading aloud is a great way for young readers to practice.

The series runs each Saturday starting Nov. 1 through Dec. 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce St. Free parking on weekends. 

For more information, visit our event on Facebook.

Sioux City resident Dawn Cavenee encourages her son as he reads aloud to an eager Doberman from the K-9 S.T.A.R.S. program.

1st Saturday Family Storytime (Sept 2014)

The Sioux City Public Library is a great place for families anytime, but especially on the first Saturday of every month. Bring your kids or grandkids to the Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library for First Saturday Family Storytime. Each 30-minute storytime features books, songs, rhymes and more, with a different, fun theme every month. And remember, parking is free on Saturdays! First Saturday Family Storytime begins September 6, with storytimes at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce St.

September 2014 Book Club Selections

bks-septBleak. Heartrending. Hopeful? Book club will discuss Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, and 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World by Howard G. Buffett on Monday, September 8. Join the conversation, 10 am at the Perry Creek Branch or 5 pm at the Morningside Branch. All are welcome.



Summer fun for adults

TYLibTour Your Library! Try something new this summer with a Sioux City Public Library Adventure tour. Our adult summer program is all about discovering the Library in new and fun ways, and you get to choose how! Try the Family Tour, the Online Tour, the Readers Tour, the Friends Tour, or the tech-inspired WOW Tour — or take all five!

Simply complete four out of five tasks per tour, some as simple as “Show us your library card” or “Visit a Library location you don’t normally use,” and each completed Library tour form can be entered in a grand prize drawing for a free movie night for two, courtesy of the Promenade Cinema 14. Join us for an exciting summer and experience an “aha” moment of discovery.

Tour Your Library runs through August 15 at all Library locations.

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529 Pierce St.
4005 Morningside Ave.
2912 Hamilton Blvd.
Sioux City Iowa 51101
Sioux City Iowa 51106
(Lower B, Plaza Professional Center)
Sioux City Iowa 51104
Monday-Wednesday 9am-8pm
Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm
Thursday-Saturday 9am-5pm
Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Monday-Friday 10:30am-5:30pm
Sunday (Sept-May) 1pm-5pm