VPL is ‘Exemplary’ Library!

Your public library, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, was again accredited as an ‘exemplary’ library for 2017. Library Director Daniel Burniston recently traveled to Pierre during SDLA Legislative Day, to receive the commendation. State Librarian Daria Bossman and South Dakota Library Association President Danielle Loftus were on hand to present awards.

South Dakota Libraries submit to voluntary accreditation through the SD State Library on a yearly basis. To be accredited at the Exemplary level a library must meet all of the Essential standards (first level), all of the Enhanced standards (middle level), and all but two of the Exemplary standards (highest level). The comprehensive list of standards used to accredit our state’s public libraries can be found at http://library.sd.gov/LIB/DEV/SDPubLibStandards-2017Guide.pdf.
It takes the work of a great number of dedicated folks to achieve an exemplary accreditation. The Library would like to thank and share this honor with our Library Board of Trustees, the Vermillion Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organization, and Vermillion City Council.

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February Artists & Authors

February’s Artists & Authors series brings author Travis Gulbrandson to the Library to discuss his recently published novel, “A Marble Heart”.

“A Marble Heart” tells the true story of Julia Anna Baker, who ran children’s homes across the Midwest for personal financial gain in the early part of the 20th century. Baker traveled the country proselytizing for and collecting money in the name of “home conserving.” The children who came under her care, however, were subject to filthy living conditions, insufficient food and, in some cases, physical abuse.

The book was inspired by a photograph found in a Sioux Falls antique store. “A Marble Heart” is the culmination of more than two years of historical research, and utilizes such real-world figures as Baker herself, Kansas City politicians and a preacher who claimed to be the reincarnation of the prophet Elijah.

Gulbrandson is previously the author of two novels, “The Believers” and “Away from the Nets,” and “Face to Face,” a collection of short stories. He worked as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade, including publications at Pierre, Yankton and Vermillion. During that time his work was recognized by the South Dakota Newspaper Association and the Associated Press.

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Tech & Toddies, Adult Social Hour, returns

Tech & Toddies, our newest adult program, returns this month on Friday, February 17th, from 7-9 pm.
This time around we’ll be having a grown-up play time with LEGOS and coloring pages – some of our favorite childhood activities;) The Library will provide some light refreshments (although you may BYOB), all needed supplies, and we’ve even got childcare!
Give us a call at the Circulation Desk to sign-up. 21 & up only, please.

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