Reflecting on 9/11 20 Years Later

This year's One Book Siouxland community reads are Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Only Plane in the Sky

Starting on August 30 and running through September, Siouxland Libraries will host events and book discussions that will help us remember and reflect on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. We hope you join the conversation as we build community through reading these powerful books.

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Featured Event


Garrett M. Graff Author Visit
Saturday, September 18
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Downtown Library & Virtual

Garrett Graff visits Siouxland Libraries to discuss how he researched and wrote the only written oral history of 9/11. He drew on never-before-published transcripts, recently declassified documents, and interviews and stories from nearly 500 government officials, first responders, witnesses, survivors, friends, and family members to paint a comprehensive, minute-by-minute account of the September 11 attacks.

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Saturday, September 18, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Downtown Library & Virtual
Author talk and discussion with Garrett Graff, author of Only Plane in the Sky
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Sunday, September 19, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Downtown Library
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close book discussion
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Thursday, September 23, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Virtual
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close virtual book discussion
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Saturday, September 25, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Prairie West and Ronning Branch libraries
Donate blood at the Bloodmobile
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Month of September
Take & Make: Thank You Notes
Take & Make: September 11th Remembrance Chain Kit
Postcard Memorial Board

Launched in 2018, One Book Siouxland is a program that encourages area residents to read the same book and discuss it as a community. An annual event, it aims to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and to bring together friends, families, and neighbors to share their experiences.

logoThe Great Alone

The 2020 One Book Siouxland selection was Kristin Hannah's bestselling The Great Alone, a gripping portrayal of a family seeking a fresh beginning in Alaska in the 1970s.

In 2019, participants read Caroline Fraser's Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Prairie Fires won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, as well as being named to New York Times' "10 Best Books of the Year.

In 2018, One Book Siouxland participants read Fredrik Backman's best-selling book, A Man Called Ove. Library staff, in partnership with local library users, selected this story because of its theme--"people can change, even if they are set in their ways"--as well as the strong Swedish and Scandinavian heritage that is part of this region and the book.