This is Kelsey Patterson with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out.

Check It Out: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Mar 20, 2018

This is Jenn Delperdang with the Sioux City Public Library, and you’re listening to Check It Out.

Check It Out: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Mar 13, 2018

This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out.

Today I would like to recommend the very funny, very poignant autobiography Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.

I’m Mark Munger, and you’re listening to Check It Out


Today, children’s books. 


For more than ten years, One Book One Siouxland has brought the community together to enjoy great books and quality programming that expands the reading experience. Today, I’m excited to recommend the 2017 One Book One Siouxland selection Shoeless Joe by the late W.P. Kinsella. Written while Kinsella attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, and originally published in 1982, this much beloved and magical baseball novel continues to resonate with readers of all ages.  

Today, to help keep your spirits merry and bright this season, I am recommending a trio of my personal holiday favorites.

Summer Reading Program Study Successful

Dec 1, 2016

By May 2018, every Iowa school district will be required to have a third grade summer reading program in place.  New research shows that Iowa’s summer reading programs are successful, but there are some areas that need work.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Nearly a dozen parents at Monday night’s Sioux City School Board meeting spoke out against a plan to get rid of stand-alone reading classes at middle schools.  A West Middle School teacher brought a petition with 560 signatures of opponents.

Roxanne Hutchinson has students in middle school.  She said reading scores at Sioux City schools have improved because teachers with reading endorsements were teaching. The new teachers won’t have that special training. 


What I’m recommending today is an assemblage of curious and quick-witted writing from one of my favorite authors.

Malcom Gladwell is known for being a “brilliant investigator of hidden extraordinary.” He’s written five books, including The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, which is one of my favorite books of all time.

Check It Out: The Martian

Jun 23, 2015

The phenomenon of making movies based on books has increased over the past several years with franchises like Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger Games and this year is no exception.  Books like Paper Towns by John Green and Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews are arriving in theaters this month with a flurry of excitement.  And while it can seem like teen stories dominate the books to movie machine, books of all genres are being given the Hollywood treatment these days, including the science fiction best seller The Martian by Andy Weir.