In Appreciation

johnson statue 001Have you noticed a new ‘friend’ among the stacks?  We recently received this lovely gift from Senator Johnson. Along with the statue came a letter that read:

United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Tim Johnson
South Dakota
November 19, 2014

Dear Friends:

My wife Barbara and I have many cherished memories of going with our children to the Vermillion Public Library. It was there that our children’s love of reading blossomed, and ours grew as well.

To honor these fond memories, Barbara and I are donating this statue as a thank you to the Vermillion community.

I received this statue from the School Administrators of South Dakota in recognition of my steadfast support and commitment to education. Literacy plays a critical role in giving children the skills they need to succeed in school and in their future careers. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is a place where children and adults can broaden their horizons through books, educational programming, technology, and guidance from library staff.

Over the years, I have proudly displayed this statue in my Senate office in Washington, D.C. It has greeted countless South Dakotans, public officials, foreign dignitaries, and other guests as they visited my office, and it has served as a constant reminder of the importance of education. I am glad this statue has found a new home and hope it will help inspire young readers.

Sincerely,
Tim Johnson

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Prairie Bud/ Prairie Pasque Awards

prairiebudgraphicwnsWe will be hosting a preview of the Prairie Bud & Prairie Pasque Award nominees this Thursday, December 11th at 3:30-4:30 pm in the Kozak Community Room.

 K-5th grade can get a preview of this year’s Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Nominees. South Dakota Children’s Book Awards are divided into Prairie Bud, K-2nd grades, and Prairie Pasque, 3-5th grades.  Come join the fun, as we will watch book trailers, discuss the best books, have popcorn, and more!

The annual South Dakota Children’s Book Awards nominations provide a list of books that is fitting for both instructional and recreational reading. Connections can be made between the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy across all content areas as well as reading for enjoyment. Students are encouraged to read at least five books from the list of nominees and vote for their favorite book from those titles. The books receiving the most votes from the students win the awards. A committee of educators and librarians select the books nominated for the awards. Each child can vote only once. Deadline for voting is March 31, 2015.  Winners will be announced in April during National Library Week.

 

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Storytime Registrations are Open

The new, spring Storytime schedule is out, and you can now register!  Click on the Storytime link above, and follow the appropriate link for the time desired to our handy Google sign-up forms.

SPRING STORYTIMES

Art Storytime (ages 4-6)
Mondays, 5:30-6pm
Wednesdays, 11:30-12pm
Saturdays, 10:15-10:45am

Movement Storytime (ages birth to 3, with adult)
Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45am
Saturdays, 11:15-11:45amstorytime400

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Want to Help Us?

We are looking for donations of hard candies (wrapped) today for our Stockings for Soldiers project.  These stuffed and decorated stockings are going to be picked up and shipped out tomorrow night after our Holiday Open House!  It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring some cheer to our men & women far from home.  Stop by our Circulation Desk if you have some to spare!soldiers

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Artists & Authors Series Tonight!

Tonight!  Artists & Authors series presents Travis Gulbrandson at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.
He is the author of two novels, “The Believers” and “Away From the Nets.” He is currently at work on his third, and plans to publish a collection of short stories next year. Over the course of the evening, Travis will read from that forthcoming book of short stories, and discuss his process as an author.
You can find out more about his work at:
Travisgulbrandson.blogspot.com
Facebook.com/tgulbrandson
Travisgulbrandson.com
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Food for Fines Drive happening now!

Food for Fines In honor of the Holiday Season, and the growing need within our community, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be accepting food donations in exchange for overdue fees December 1st – 13th.  Please bring your bags of donations to the Circulation Desk during our open hours on any of these dates, and we will gladly waive your fees (with the exception of damage/replacement fees).

The Vermillion Food Pantry is particularly in need of donations of soup/chili, tuna or canned meats, jam/jelly, pasta sauces, and boxed meals.

Warmest wishes for a Happy Holiday season!!

 

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We’re on a Roll

We hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday.  For many, the long holiday weekend continues, but we are here at the library!  We are open our normal hours today, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and tomorrow, Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.  We’ve got tons of great holiday books on display, to assist in your holiday preparations.  If it’s DIY you’re looking for, we can help.

In addition, today is Small Business Saturday!  Keep those important dollars and resources local by shopping at any of the fabulous small businesses we have here in downtown Vermillion.  If you need to shop for gifts, goodies, or decor, there’s no question you will find what you need right here close to home.  And then stop by the library and share all the exciting things you’ve found!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!small bus sat

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