Events, Activities Expand Themes of One Book Siouxland’s A Man Called Ove

In conjunction with its 2018 One Book Siouxland selection, A Man Called Ove by Swedish author Fredrik Bachman, Siouxland Libraries is hosting a series of events to expand themes in the book.

Two events are made possible by the Minneapolis-based American Swedish Institute.

A traveling exhibit, “The Stories They Told,” will be at the Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue, from Saturday, April 7, through Saturday, April 28, 2018. Figure carving in Scandinavia stretches back through history, when people sat around fires in winter, telling stories and carving. The figures on exhibit are paired with animated illustrations created by Adam Loomis and John Akre.

American Swedish Institute Curator Curt Pederson will present an opening day program on Saturday, April 7, 10 to 11 a.m., that focuses on the history of the Scandinavian flat plane figure carvings on display. His program will be followed (11 a.m. to 12 noon) by “The Musical Story of Swedish Immigrants in South Dakota” with Ron Johnson and Bill Peterson. Johnson sings in Swedish and English; Peterson plays the fiddle.  

Community Conversations

  • Immigration Stories: A New Life in South Dakota
    Saturday, April 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Ronning Branch, 3100 East 49th Street, 367-814
  • 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, 6 to 7 p.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 Third Street, 367-8060

One Book Siouxland is a new program launched by Siouxland Libraries to encourage area residents to read the same one book and discuss it as a community. The first book selection is Fredrik Backman’s best-selling A Man Called Ove. The story’s theme reminds us all that people can change, even if set in their ways. Copies of the book are available at all Siouxland Libraries locations.

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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