Siouxland Libraries Launches One Book Siouxland Inaugural Book Selection Announced

A new program launched by Siouxland Libraries is encouraging area residents to read the same one book and discuss it as a community. An annual event, One Book Siouxland aims to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and to bring together friends, families, and neighbors to share their experiences.

And there’s more, according to Jodi Fick, Director of Siouxland Libraries. “We want the program to further engage the community in conversation about themes in the book—among them, ethnic and generational diversity—while promoting understanding. In other words, ‘Read, Discuss, Listen, Learn.’”

The first One Book Siouxland book selection is Fredrik Backman’s best-selling “A Man Called Ove.” Selected through a process that involved community input, factors prompting the choice are the story’s theme of “people can change, even if set in their ways” and the strong Swedish and Scandinavian heritage that are part of this region and the book.

Copies of the book are available at all Siouxland Libraries locations. Call any branch or visit to reserve a copy. Participants are encouraged to read the book now through early April and to participate in book discussions and community conversations.

Information about becoming part of advisory and selection teams for One Book Siouxland 2019 will be available later in 2018.

To aid in the community conversation, One Book Siouxland activities and events are scheduled throughout April 2018:   

Special Events

  • Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 to 9 p.m., film: “A Man Called Ove,” Icon Lounge, 402 North Main Avenue, 367-8700
  • April 7 to 29, American Swedish Institute Traveling Exhibit, “The Stories They Told,” Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue, 367-8700
  • Saturday, April 7, 10 to 11 a.m., “The Stories They Told” presentation by Curt Pederson, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, American Swedish Institute, Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue, 367-8700

Community Conversations

  • Immigration Stories: A New Life in South Dakota
    Saturday, April 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Ronning Branch, 3100 E. 49th St., 367-8140
  • Embracing Generational Diversity
    Thursday, April 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue, 367-8700
  • The Many Sides of Grief
    Thursday, April 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue, 367-8700

Book Discussions

  • Thursday, April 12, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Brandon Community Library, 305 South Splitrock Boulevard, 582-2390
  • Sunday, April 15, 2 to 3 p.m., Caille Branch, 4100 South Carnegie Circle, 367-8144
  • Monday, April 23, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ronning Branch, 3100 East 49th Street, 367‑8140
  • Saturday, April 28, 10 to 11 a.m., Ronning Branch, 3100 East 49th Street, 367-8140
  • Monday, April 30, 7 to 8 p.m., Oak View Branch, 3700 East 3rd Street, 367-8060

All One Book Siouxland programs and events are free and open to the public.

If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605‑367‑8745 (voice), 605-367-7039 (TTY), or at least 72 hours before the event.

For more information, please call Siouxland Libraries Downtown Library at 367-8700 or visit



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