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Sioux City Public Library Announces Siouxland Community Reads

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Siouxland Community Reads begins in a few weeks.  The program is taking over from One Book, One Siouxland.  That program chose one book to read and reflect on each year. Siouxland Community Reads will feature more books and more programming.  At a press conference, this morning at the Sioux City Public Library, Readers Services Specialist Kelsey Patterson listed the books being offered by the program this Spring.

“The Line Becomes a River,” by Francisco Cantu, “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel and “My Antonia,” by Willa Cather.  So kind of the point of Siouxland Community Reads we want to offer a wider variety of genres and appeal to the variety of interests and reading styles of our community.”

Patterson talked about the book for the month of March. 

“The Line Becomes a River” is Francisco Cantu’s memoir.  He’s a former US border control agent and he kind of talks about his upbringing as the son of a park ranger and the grandson of a Mexican immigrant.  And he finds himself on both sides of the battle over illegal immigration.  And kind of about his time patrolling the US-Mexico Border from 2008 to 2012.”

The library will hold several discussions and events about Canutu’s book next month.  And Siouxland Public Media will be hosting the first of three events with Siouxland Community Reads on The Exchange, Wednesday, March 25 at noon at the library.    

The library will choose three more books for Siouxland Community Reads in the fall. 

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