One Book Siouxland

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.

In 2018, One Book Siouxland participants will 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.

To reserve your copy, call your local branch or place a request through our catalog.

 Do you love listening to books on your mobile device? The audio version of A Man Called Ove is available through Hoopla. Ask library staff if you need assistance.

Special Events

A Man Called Ove -- Film Screening
Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Icon Lounge, 402 N. Main Avenue (Questions? Call the Downtown Library, 367-8700)
Watch the Swedish version of the movie based on the book. This Academy Award nominee is a delightful dark comedy. Rated PG-13 (in Swedish with English subtitles).
Reserve tickets through the Cinema Falls events page. Seating limited.
Please note: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event includes live music from Bill Peterson's Scandinavian String Band. Food and beverage will be available for purchase with ID. 

"The Stories They Told" -- Exhibit Grand Opening
Saturday, April 7, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Downtown Library, 200 N. Dakota Avenue, 367-8700
Curt Pederson, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections at the American Swedish Institute, will open the exhibition, "The Stories They Told," by discussing the history of the folk art medium, flat plane figure carving.
Immediately following (11 a.m. to noon), singer Ron Johnson and fiddler Bill Peterson will tell musical stories about leaving Sweden for the trials and joys of Dakota life.

"The Stories They Told" -- American Swedish Institute Traveling Exhibit
April 7 to 29
Downtown Library, 200 N. Dakota Avenue, 367-8700
Visit "The Stories They Told," a traveling exhibition of Scandinavian Flat Plane Figure Carvings paired with animated illustrations. Featuring carvings from the early 1900s to more contemporary works, the exhibit presents the work of some of the most recognized and sought-after craft practitioners of this art form.

 Community Conversations

Immigration Stories: A New Life in South Dakota
Saturday, April 7, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., Ronning Branch, 3100 E. 49th Street, 367-8140
Young adults share the powerful stories of their lives in their homeland and their immigration to South Dakota.

Embracing Generational Diversity
Thursday, April 19, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Downtown Library, 200 N. Dakota Avenue, 367-8700
Discuss the differences between generations and explore how life experiences affect how people interact. Presented by Rhonda Kemmis.

The Many Sides of Grief
Thursday, April 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Downtown Library, 200 N. Dakota Avenue, 367-8700
Using themes from A Man Called Ove, Dr. Marcie Moran, founder of the Center for Grieving and Loss and Director of Catholic Family Services, will explore the grieving process and how to cope with loss.

Book Discussions

Read A Man Called Ove and share your experiences in a library-facilitated book discussion. Register at the links provided below.

Thursday, April 12, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Brandon Community Library, 305 South Splitrock Boulevard, 582-2390

Sunday, April 15, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Caille Branch, 4100 South Carnegie Circle, 367-8144

Monday, April 23, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Ronning Branch, 3100 E. 49th Street, 367-8140

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Ronning Branch, 3100 E. 49th Street, 367-8140

Monday, April 30, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Oak View Branch, 3700 E. 3rd Street, 367-8060

Need some ideas for discussion questions? Want to delve deeper into the book?
Check out Simon & Schuster's discussion guide for A Man Called Ove.

One Book Siouxland 2019 

Look for information about becoming part of advisory and selection teams for One Book Siouxland 2019 later this year.

Do you know of any great books that should be selected in 2019? 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.

A Special Thanks

A big thank you to the South Dakota Humanities Council, Midco Communications, NorthWest Energy, SDN Communications, and Caribou Coffee for their support!