Siouxland Libraries' commitment to ensuring the health and safety of customers and staff has required cancellation of all planned One Book Siouxland events as the result of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are hoping to reschedule some of the events to dates later in the year.

Great Alone

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.

Do you know of any great books that should be selected in 2021? Send an email to Jane Taylor at with the book title and author, as well as the reason why this would be an excellent choice.

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.




All One Book events have been cancelled as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Display—War Comes Home: The Legacy
The exhibit offers a look into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families on their homecoming.
Downtown Library | March 16–May 2

Coming Home: The Challenges for Veterans Reentering Society
Join us for a panel discussion about what it means to come home from war: for our veterans and the rest of us.
Oak View Branch | March 28, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Lure of the North: Experience the Iditarod
Meet Iditarod Competitor Blake Freking and one of his Siberian Huskies. Learn about the race, and living off the grid in northern Minnesota. Registration required.
The Outdoor Campus
4500 S. Oxbow Ave., Sioux Falls, SD
April 4, 2–3:30 p.m.

ACE Film Screening of “Resilience”
Film about the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences, a group of negative experiences children may face or witness growing up. Q&A following. Registration required.
Downtown Library | April 16, 6–8:30 p.m.

Cooking and Preserving Wild Game
Hope Kleine, food safety specialist, will offer experienced-based advice about the best methods to cook and preserve South Dakota game.
Ronning Branch | April 18, 2–3 p.m.

Survival Skills
Learn about wild edibles, fire-starting, and finding shelter with Jen Nuncio.
In partnership with South Dakota Game,
Fish and Parks.
Oak View Branch | April 23, 7–8:30 p.m.

Alaska—The Last Frontier with
Photographer Marty DeWitt

Marty DeWitt, photo and wildlife expert, will present a visual introduction to the great Alaskan landscape, including trivia facts and photo tips.
Downtown Library | April 30, 7–8:30 p.m.

The Great Alone Book Discussions
Caille Branch | April 16, 7–8 p.m.
Ronning Branch | April 24, 10–11 a.m.