Tree in winter landscape 

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Bundle yourself up and join us at these special events happening during our Winter Reading Program.

Program dates: January 1 through March 31, 2015

How to register: Go to the online reading log to create an account 

How to participate: Adults 18 and older, you can write reviews of books you’ve read between January 1 and March 31. Write at least one review to be entered into random drawings, and five or more to be entered into grand prize drawings. (Siouxland Libraries staff may participate in the Adult Winter Reading Program, but will not be eligible for prizes.)

Grand prizes will be awarded and weekly drawings will be held.

Printable list of events


Events

Escape the Ordinary TV Show: Countdown to Downton Abbey
January 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. 
Oak View and Prairie West Branch Libraries
Are you a Downton Abbey fanatic? Choose Oak View Branch Library or Prairie West Branch Library as we anticipate the arrival of Season 5 with a grand party including tea, treats, trivia, and the showing of the last season’s final episode. Call the Oak View Branch Library at 367‑8060 or Prairie West Branch Library at 978‑6899 for more information.

Escape the Ordinary Stitch: Knit and Felted Flowers 
January 11 at 3 p.m. 
Ronning Branch Library
Learn to knit a flower and felt it to make a beautiful pin. Make one or make a bouquet! Please bring size 10 US needles and your favorite 100 percent wool yarn. Must have knitting experience. Call the Ronning Branch Library at 367‑8140 for more information. Sign up online.

Escape the Ordinary Stitch: Yarn‑A‑Bit
January 13, February 10, and March 10 at 7 p.m. 
Prairie West Branch Library
Whether you are a beginning “stitcher” or advanced yarn spinner, join our knitting and crochet club the second Tuesday of the month. Please bring your own supplies and expertise you’re willing to share. All ages and experience levels are welcome! Call Prairie West Branch Library at 978‑6899 for more information.

Escape the Ordinary Movie: Oscar Film Series 
January 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 2 p.m. 
Caille Branch Library
Attend one of the movies nominated for a 2015 Academy Award. The title of the movies will be available on our website, www.siouxlandlib.org, after the announcements on January 15. Call the Caille Branch Library at 367‑8144 for more information.

Escape the Ordinary Book Club: Talk It Up! Winter Reading Circle 
January 25 at 2 p.m. 
Downtown Library
We invite everyone to come with a great book that others may not know about. Talk for a few minutes about why you liked the book and why others may like it, too. We will show you how you can find your next great read. We will serve cider, hot chocolate, and cookies. Call the Downtown Library at 367‑8720 for more information. Sign up online.

Escape the Ordinary Trivia: Monks Trivia Night 
January 27 and March 24 at 6 p.m. 
Monks House of Ale Repute

Join the library for trivia night at Monks House of Ale Repute! Test your trivia knowledge and compete for prizes. Come by yourself or with a team. Must be 21 or older to attend. Food and beverage will be available
for purchase. Monks is located at 420 East Eighth Street. Registration is required. Call the Downtown Library at 367‑8720 for more information.

Escape the Ordinary eBook: eBooks for iPad and iPhone 
January 31 at 2 p.m. 
Caille Branch Library

Learn how to check out and download free library eBooks to read on an Apple mobile device. Call the Caille Branch Library at 367‑8144 for more information.

Escape the Ordinary Stitch: Blanket Squares 
January 8 through February 26 at 2 p.m. 
Ronning Branch Library
Want to learn new knitting stitches? Come join us each week to knit a sample block that will be used in a blanket for Warm Up America. Each week will be a different sample stitch. Yarn will be provided. Please bring a pair of size 10 knitting needles. Call the Ronning Branch Library at 367‑8140 for more information.

Escape the Ordinary Book: Blind Date with a Book 
February 1–28 
All Siouxland Libraries locations
Looking for your next great read? Fill out a short survey and let Siouxland Libraries staff match you with the book of your dreams. Just a few simple questions lie between you and what may be your new favorite book!

Escape the Ordinary Gardening: Garden Seed Swap 
February 14 at 10 a.m. 
Ronning Branch Library
Get reading for the 2015 gardening season. You will be able to bring in seeds you no longer want and swap them with seeds brought in by other customers. Call the Ronning Branch Library at 367‑8140 for more information.

Escape the Ordinary Dance Moves: Swing Kids and Swing Dancing Class 
February 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. 
Prairie West Branch Library

Join us for a showing of the movie Swing Kids at 1 o’clock! Then stick around for an introductory swing dancing lesson. We’ll learn some of the moves from the movie—and some new moves, too! If you’d rather skip the movie, feel free to come just for the class—we’ll start dancing around 3 o’clock. Call the Prairie West Branch Library at 978‑6899 for more information.

Escape the Ordinary Stitch: Knitting Cables 
February 23 at 7 p.m.
Ronning Branch Library

Learn to knit cables by making a quick cable cowl. Jane Taylor will be your instructor. Please bring a pair of US 11 needles, cable needle, or doublepointed needle, and a skein of chunky yarn. Knitting experience is required for this program. Call the Ronning Branch Library at 367‑8140 for more information. Sign up online.

Escape the Ordinary Book Club: Page Turners 
February 23 and March 16 at 7 p.m.
Ronning Branch Library
Still Alice by Lisa Genova will be discussed in February, and Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam will be discussed in March. Call the Ronning Branch Library at 367‑8140 for more information.

Escape the Ordinary Donation: Operation Paperback 
March 1 through 31
All Siouxland Libraries Locations
Operation Paperback partners with volunteers across the country to collect and ship paperback books to American troops overseas and military families and veterans here in the United States. Siouxland Libraries will be collecting mass-market paperback books during the month of March. They currently have a surplus of romance books, and we would ask that this genre is not donated.

Escape the Ordinary TV Series: Alien Doctor Time Travel 
March 9 at 7 p.m.
Prairie West Branch Library
Whovians unite to share your love and knowledge of the popular television series and create cubees of your favorite doctors from the show. Call the Prairie West Branch Library at 978‑6899 for more information.

Escape the Ordinary Book Club: Author Chat—Joy Fielding 
March 17 at 7 p.m.
Caille Branch Library
Siouxland Libraries Mystery Book Club will host a Skype event with author Joy Fielding. The book club will be discussing Now You See Her. The Skype will be during the book discussion but everyone is welcome. Call the Caille Branch Library at 367-8144 for more information.