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.
Bleak. 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.
Tour 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.
Nationally known storm chaser Eddy Weiss and his team will captivate the audience with thrilling stories of their experiences in extreme weather. Participants will learn what it’s like to be right in the center of a tornado or first on the scene of a disaster. Sioux City Public Library welcomes the team from Chasing4life on Friday, July 18, at 11:00 am and again at 1:30 pm at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce Street, to answer questions about extreme weather and disaster response. Free tickets are available for both sessions.
As a special after-hours event for teens in grades 6 to 10, Chasing4Life will present Heart of a Hero from 4:00 to 6:00 pm also on Friday, July 18 at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library. The team of disaster preparedness experts will discuss the everyday heroes of disaster response. The team will demonstrate their Search and Rescue Drone along with sharing information about how being a hero can also be an occupation.
For more information or to register, call 255-2933 x 231.
The Pre-K through 5th grade crowd takes on science in a big way during Fizz, Boom, Read, our summer reading program that runs June 2 through July 31 at all Sioux City Public Library locations. Whether conducting simple science experiments or exploring the natural world and weather extremes, the combination of stories, movies, hands-on activities and guest presenters will dazzle curious young minds.
Spark a Reaction is the theme for teens and ‘tweens in grades 6 through 10. Sparks will fly in more ways than one as they engage in exciting activities that explore the arts and sciences, the natural world and the paranormal, and what it takes to be a hero.
Both age groups earn incentives at each Library visit, and after four visits participants may select a free paperback book, courtesy of the Friends of the Sioux City Public Library. Sign-up begins June 2. Library Summer Events Calendar (PDF)