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Reading for enjoyment can be difficult when you're feeling anxious.  In this episode, Kelsey and Jenn discuss their go-to 'comfort' reads.  They also share ideas for reading when you're feeling anxious and favorite literary escapes for your #stayathome. 

Looking for something good to read? On this episode of The First Fifty Pages, Kelsey and Jenn share some of their favorite nonfiction books, as reviewed by Sioux City Public Library staff in clips from the Check It Out series.  Your To-Be-Read list is about to get longer... 

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Mar 13, 2020

The Symphony has been postponed but there are still things you can do. Join Steve Smith and Amy Roth and remember to call ahead as some events may have been postponed or cancelled.

Cultural Continuum 3-06-20

Mar 6, 2020

The SCSO Concert Master performs for Sioux City Chamber Music on Sunday, also you can head to Snyder's Bend Park for a waterfowl migration watch and The Line Becomes a River is discussed in South Sioux. Plus find out how Picasso might paint you at the Sioux City Art Center.

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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.

Do you have a “Reading Resolution” for the New Year? In this episode of The First Fifty Pages, Jenn and Kelsey discuss realistic ways to help you reach your reading goals, and they might even persuade you to join a book club.  (Spoiler alert: You’re likely to live longer if you do!)

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Jan 31, 2020

Shelby Pierce from sits down with Steve as they peek into what's happening in February and this very last day of Januray and they discuss everything from soul singers to snowmen to slacker spiders.

How have we evolved as readers? Whch trends picked up steam? What were the most sought out books in the last ten years? Jenn and Kelsey reflect back on the last decade to address these questions.

What is the true cost of eBooks and audiobooks for libraries? What is Bridges? How does the Macmillan embargo affect libraries? In this installment of The First Fifty Pages, Jenn & Kelsey invite Becky Heil, District Consultant from the State Library of Iowa, to help address these questions and further discuss Libby.

In part one of the Libby series, Jenn and Kelsey dive into the app, which lets users borrow eBooks and audiobooks from their local library. Special guest Alex Watters, City Councilmember of Sioux City, helps Jenn and Kelsey discuss why audiobooks are so popular right now, whether listening is the same as reading and Libby hacks. 

Eight months after flooding began along the lower Missouri River, the amount of water being released from dams upriver will start to be reduced later this month.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from the Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will start to gradually be reduced on Nov. 23 as part of its plan to cut releases for winter.

The river has remained high ever since the spring flooding because the amount of rain and melting snow flowing into the river was near record levels this year.

The Democratic presidential candidates continue to visit Siouxland in advance of the Feb 3rd,  2020 Caucuses. 

Today, one of the leading candidate’s wives came to Sioux City.  This morning at the Sioux City Public Library about 50 potential caucus-goers gathered to meet Dr. Jill Biden.  Biden has been traversing the country talking about her husband former Vice President Joe Biden’s qualifications. Biden said her husband would be a commander-in-chief voters could trust. 

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Nov 15, 2019

Shawn Holt leads the Teardrops for a new generation of Chicago Blues you can see them at Vangarde Arts. Klaire Lockheart and Pauline Sensenig both open shows at the Sioux City Art Center and Shot in the Dark and LAMB both have shows this weekend.

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Today is veterans day and vets, city and county officials met this morning at the Woodbury County Courthouse to pay tribute.   Mary Jordan is the director of the Sioux City Vet Center.  Jordan told the group of around 125 people that her organization serves combat veterans, and helps them readjust to civilian life.

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Nov 1, 2019

Comedy Rocks or..."Rox", coffee is pretty great too plus there are a few art shows to check out and SPM hosts another candidate forum, this time it's for next week's Sioux City School Board election.

How does one find the perfect scary story? Is there a one-size-fits-all when it comes to the horror genre? What is your monster? Special guest Gregg Winsor, Reference Librarian and Reader's Advisory Specialist at the Johnson County Library in Kansas, helps Jenn and Kelsey address these questions.

Viewers Advisory

Oct 24, 2019

On this episode, Jenn & Kelsey discuss the vast collection of DVDs the library offers along with special guest Sara Leiss, Operations Manager at the Sioux City Public Library. Sara helps dissect appeal factors, viewing styles and the book to movie connections.

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Oct 4, 2019
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The Sioux City International Film Festival and the 16th Annual Kingdom of Riverssance are both happening this weekend in and around your usual assortment of theater, art and live music. Plus Brioux City hosts the 2nd annual Briouxfest.

Banned Books Week, what is it, and when does it happen? Why is it important for a community to celebrate Banned Books Week? What is the difference between a challenge or banning? Jenn & Kelsey address these questions and more with the help of special guest Zach Freking-Smith, Director of the Cherokee Public Library.

Fantasy books may hold legends of heroes comprised of many tales. Some tall, some not. For some storytellers love to enhance details to make it more awe-inspiring. Or simply, details are lost through the passing of each generation. Such is true for this book which holds the tales of many such as Taborlin the Great, recognized for knowing “the name of the wind” which allowed him to call on it and bend to his will; The Fae, who live in a different realm and govern supernatural powers. Then there is the story of Kvothe, the protagonist of this book.

Check It Out: 2019 Adult Summer Reading Program

Jul 30, 2019

With about a week and a half left before the drawing for the grand prize, make sure to stop by any Sioux City branch library or visit their website to get your launch sequence checklist with all the challenges on them. You only need to check off five to enter the drawing. So hurry!

Support for Check It Out comes from Avery Brothers.

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Jun 24, 2019

It's gonna smell incredible downtown this weekend as Camp High Hope's Ribfest returns to Battery Park plus your usual assortment of summer time activities continues.

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Two psychiatric experts testifying in a lawsuit against the Iowa Human Services Department said the use of isolation and restraints at the state school for delinquent boys can cause them long-lasting psychological harm.

Psychologist Andrea Weisman testified in U.S. District Court in Des Moines that a Velcro and leather contraption called "the wrap" used to restrain boys at the State Training School for Boys in Eldora is "akin to a torture device."

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Jun 7, 2019

Joanne Fox joins Steve for this first Cultural Continuum of June. Every week things get a little more like summertime.

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May 31, 2019
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May 3, 2019

Cultural Continuum returns after a bit of a layoff and it's Cinco de Mayo this week.  Also Watermelon Slim returns to Vangarde and Sioux City Chamber Music Association wraps up the year with a look ahead to a Carnegie Hall concert with a couple of gents with Sioux City ties.

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Floodwaters may be receding in Siouxland, but many are still trying to recover from devastating damage.  Today we hear from several experts on getting help from FEMA, from the Iowa State University Extension Service and from national and state realtors.

Also, gay marriage was officially declared legal in Iowa ten years ago on April 3, 2009.  We’ll take a look back at that decision and what it means for us today.

Also, the sometimes tense situations caused when Sioux City's homeless take refuge in the public libraries around town. 

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With homelessness on the rise across the country, public libraries across the country have felt the impact.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer checked out the situation here in Sioux City.

“I love to use the library, I come here fairly often.”

Linda Baker enjoys taking her 20-month-old granddaughter to the library in downtown Sioux City.

“Sally do you like the purple balloon book”?  

They come for books and a little socializing.

“Today we just went to the story time and we checked out something for her.”

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Apr 5, 2019

One Book One Siouxland continues, Tolerance Week begins, the Sioux City Symphony has two composers, a DJ and a Grammy winnig Soprano not to mention an after-party in the Woodbury County Court House and you can learn how to play the tin sandwich at Vangarde Arts.

Welcome to The Exchange on SPM. I’m MH.  This week, we presented a live edition of The Exchange at the Sioux City Public Library. The topic was the effect of tariffs on agricultural and industrial products.  Those tariffs were issued in retaliation for tariffs President Donald Trump announced a little over a year ago.  Those tariffs focused on China but affected other countries like Canada as well.   We took questions from our listeners via email and Facebook, and we also took questions and comments from a live audience.  It was a community-wide conversation.

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