About One Book, One Sioux County

One Book, One Sioux County is a collaborative program among the 8 public and 3 academic libraries in Sioux County and an attempt at community building through shared conversation.

Participating Libraries:


DeWitt Library, Northwestern College [websiteFacebookInstagramTwitter]

Hulst Library, Dordt University [websiteFacebookInstagram]

Northwest Iowa Community College Library [website – Twitter]


Alton Public Library [websiteFacebook]

Boyden Public Library [websiteFacebook]

Hawarden Public Library [website Facebook]

Hospers Public Library [website Facebook]

Hull Public Library [websiteFacebook]

Orange City Public Library [websiteFacebookInstagram – Twitter]

Rock Valley Public Library [websiteFacebookTwitter]

Sioux Center Public Library [websiteFacebookInstagramPinterestTikTokTwitter]


As a collaborative program among all county libraries, the One Book, One Sioux County committee has a criteria for selecting each year’s title. 

The book must: 

  • Have broad appeal to our local communities 
  • Be able to generate in-depth discussion 
  • Be written for adults and college students  

It is preferred, but not required, that the book: 

  • Have a regional or Midwestern focus 
  • Be authored by a person currently living 
  • Be available in multiple formats, such as large print, electronic, and audio versions 
  • Have a curricular tie-in for local colleges 

Books can be either fiction or non-fiction.  The committee strives to provide a balance between fiction and non-fiction over time, but does not necessarily alternate between the two.