Film and Author Visit Launch Siouxland Libraries’ Discussion Series

The first of Siouxland Libraries’ four-part Big Sonia Discussion Series begins Sunday, October 7, 2018, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue. It features the 90-minute film, Big Sonia, a poignant story of 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski, great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor. It focuses on the power of love to triumph over bigotry and the healing power of truth-telling.

Following the film, Patrick Hicks, writer-in-residence at Augustana University and a former Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, will lead a discussion. The author of more than ten books, Hicks will also discuss his latest novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which is based on Auschwitz and other concentration camps.

This program was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. To guarantee your seat, registration is required at or call 367-8700. If you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation as a courtesy to those on the wait list.

The Big Sonia Discussion Series continues at the Downtown Library as follows:

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 2–3:30 p.m., Moving Beyond Discrimination in Sioux Falls: Sioux Falls City Attorney Colleen Moran will lead a panel discussion that considers how to ensure fair treatment and quality of life for all residents.

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 2–3:30 p.m., An Introduction to Three Major World Religions: Learn from faith leaders about the basic tenets and guiding principles of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 2–3:30 p.m., Ethics in Elder Care: Hospice leaders and a funeral home director will discuss vital end-of-life issues and share insight concerning decisions, comfort care, final preparations, and the grieving process.

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 (367-8700) or visit

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