Book Chatter

Did you miss out on our December Book Chatter discussion? Never fear! We’ll be returning again Friday, January 3rd at 1:45 pm here at the Vermillion Public Library! Until then, check out these book recommendations from December’s participants…

Book Chatter recommendations:
Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson; The Braid by Laetitia Colombani; Three Women by Lisa Taddeo; Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella

2019 Library Services Survey

Your feedback is important! During the month of December, we will be encouraging all residents of Vermillion and Clay County to participate in our 2019 Library Services Survey.

Take the survey now!

All surveys completed and submitted by December 31st, 2019 will be entered to win one of eleven Vermillion Bucks gift cards! You can fill out a paper survey, which can be found at the Circulation Desk, or access the survey here: 2019 Library Services Survey.

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Non-Resident Fee Increase

This is a notice about an upcoming increase in our Library Non-Resident fee for patrons who do not reside in the City of Vermillion or Clay County, South Dakota. Our current Non-Resident fee of $15 will be increasing by $10 each January for the next three years. The first increase to $25 will begin on January 1st, 2020. Library cards continue to be valid for one year and must be renewed annually. A family who elects to purchase a Non-Resident card may list a spouse or family member on their card provided they have the same verifiable address.

While evaluating how much it costs taxpayers for Library services, we recalculated the Non-Resident fee to more closely align with what the average taxpayer pays for Library services through their taxes. This way, all library users are contributing an equitable amount for the use of library services.

The South Dakota Public Library Standards we are required to meet in order to maintain our accreditation necessitate that we seek equitable reimbursement for service to persons who do not reside in the political subdivisions providing financial support for the library. These fees are to be at least equal to the per capita rate of income from the political subdivision(s) which provide the library’s principal tax support.

Non-residents do not need a library card to use the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library facility. And a library card is not required for any general services, materials, and programs. A library card is, however, required to check out materials and use library electronic resources.

We greatly appreciate your understanding of this necessary change. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Lunch & Learn This Friday!

Join us for Lunch & Learn this Friday, December 6th at 12:00 pm, as we welcome back Carol Patrick, the owner and founder of Osa Wildlife Sanctuary in Costa Rica. She will be sharing more information on what National Geographic has coined “the most biologically intense place on earth”.

The sanctuary commits itself to providing wildlife rescue and rehabilitation for orphaned, injured, and displaced animals indigenous to the southern zone of Costa Rica. The Osa sustains 2.5% of the world biodiversity alone. Learn more about Osa Wildlife Sanctuary while you eat your lunch! This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, but guests are of course welcome to bring their own food.

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Holiday Open House

Join us at the Holiday Open House this Thursday, December 5th at 6:45 pm! We’ll have hot cocoa, cookies, holiday crafts, and a performance by the Vermillion Children’s Choir. Plus a special evening opening of Edie’s Book Shop, run by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library. Join us after the Standstill Parade of Lights!

Poster for the Holiday Open House

Food for Fines

During this holiday season, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be accepting donations of unopened non-perishable food items for the Vermillion Food Pantry!


Through the month of December, patrons who have accumulated overdue fines, with the exception of replacement fees, will be able to have up to $15 of those fines waived in exchange for donations of much-needed items such as non-perishable foods or personal care products.


Needed items include: Food items such as dried grains, canned or packaged proteins, canned or dried fruits and vegetables, shelf-stable dairy products, oils and condiments; non-food items such as paper products, personal care and soap products, etc.


Visit the Vermillion Food Pantry’s website for a complete wish list of items you can donate at www.vermillionfoodpantry.org.

Upcoming Friends Lunch Event

A vast, primeval forest once stretched across the plains of Europe. Today, only a small portion of it remains, divided between Belarus and Poland. Known as Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park (BPNP) in Belarus, this region is made up of pine, spruce, birch alder, ash, and oak trees that are over 550 years old. Thousands of species of flora and fauna call the land their home.

Carol Patrick, the owner and founder of Osa Wildlife Sanctuary in Costa Rica, recently visited the European biosphere reserve, and has been invited by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library to share the information she gathered about the conservation efforts being made to protect this ancient land. Join us at the Vermillion Public Library on Monday, November 25th, 2019 at 11:30 am to hear Carol speak.

The Friends of the Library will be serving lunch inspired by the culture of Belarus, and guests are welcome to bring their own food. This event is free and open to all.

Greetings and Lunch will begin at 11:30. Presentation will begin at noon.

Herd of buffalo on a snowy field in Belarus