Celebrate National Library Week at our Library Bash!

The library will cap off National Library Week with the biggest bash saved for Saturday, April 18th!

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The Children’s Art Show & Sale, a fundraiser for the Summer Reading Program, will be open from 10 – 4 pm.

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The biggest excitement takes place from 2-3 pm, when we will honor special library volunteers during a Volunteer Appreciation reception, unveil a special new #librarylove promotion, screen the video of a fun and unexpected teen event, and end the afternoon with door prizes!

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Declaration for the Right to Libraries

DeclarationForTheRightToLibraries-791x1024We are in the midst of celebrating National Library Week, and in that spirit we invite our patrons to stop by our Circulation Desk and sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries, sponsored by the American Library Association.
Because Libraries change lives.

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National Library Week is next week!!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is pleased to announce that it will celebrate National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18, 2015) with an exciting line-up of events for all ages. This year’s theme is “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.”

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First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

Beginning Monday, April 13th at 3:30 pm, the library will host the Teen Art Club as they share their newfound knowledge of graphic novels and skills with the public. Look for their poetic chalk creations to emerge over the afternoon out on the sidewalks in front of the library!
On Tuesday, April 14th from 3:30-5 pm the library will host a reception in the children’s area to reveal new artworks. Among the works showcased will be the brilliant new mosaic created in October by Vermillion artist Nancy Losacker, with the assistance of area 4th and 5th graders. The creation of this work was generously sponsored by the Edith B. Siegrist Library Board of Trustees, with support provided by the South Dakota Arts Council with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Wednesday, April 15th will bring the opportunity for patrons and community members to drop in and sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school, and public. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries -public, school, academic, and special – and urge you to show your support by signing your name.
LEGO lovers of all ages won’t want to miss our big LEGO party on Thursday, April 16th, from 3:30-5 pm. Expect great treats, lego-shaped candies, and of course, LEGO-building challenges!
Friday afternoon, April 17th, from 1-5 pm patrons can drop by for a ‘sneak peek’ of our wonderful children’s art exhibition, showcasing works created by area children during library Storytime and Storytime outreach sessions, and afterschool art clubs. The works will be up for sale during the next day.
The library will cap off the week with the biggest bash saved for Saturday, April 18th! The Children’s Art Show & Sale, a fundraiser for the Summer Reading Program, will be open from 10 – 4 pm. From 2-3 pm, we will honor special library volunteers during a Volunteer Appreciation reception, unveil a special new #librarylove promotion, screen the video of a fun and unexpected teen event, and end the afternoon with door prizes!

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Award-winning Documentary Film and Film Subject come to Vermillion

The wait is almost over! Two nights from now we will screen the amazing documentary ‘Alive Inside’, and follow it up with a facilitated community discussion with the subject of the film, Dan Cohen.

Wednesday, April 8th 6:30-9 pm

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Alive Inside highlights a ground-breaking wellness program called ‘Music & Memory’, developed by social worker Dan Cohen. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the amazing results from engaging with dementia patients, and others, through the use of music. The film offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, among others.

Ariadne Albright, of Sanford Arts Vermillion, will facilitate a community discussion with Mr. Cohen, via Skype, following the film.

This film screening and facilitated community discussion is proudly supported by the Dakota Hospital Foundation, Sanford Arts Vermillion, and the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library Board of Trustees.

This event is free and open to the public. Please arrive early for best seating.

 

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Mary Woster Haug, in person!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to host South Dakota author Mary Woster Haug in our Artists & Authors series on Wednesday, April 1st at 7 pm.

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Mary Alice (Woster) Haug grew up on a farm/ranch just west of the Missouri River. She attended school in Chamberlain and then South Dakota State University where she eventually taught English for 30 years before retiring in 2008.
She has been writing for several years about her childhood on the grasslands of South Dakota and the ways in which family, church and land influenced her. She has participated in several writing retreats at Windbreak House where she worked with Linda Hasselstrom. Mary Alice has also attended workshops at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In the fall of 2008, she was an Artist in Residence for the Badlands National Park, the inspiration for the essay “On the Badlands Loop Road.”
She was an exchange professor at Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea in the spring of 2006. She is currently writing a book called Crossing Borders: Discovering Myself in Korea, exploring the ways in which her time in South Korea inspired memories of South Dakota. She recently received a Bush Dakota Creative Connections grant to travel to South Korea to revisit the places and people she describes in her book.
Free and open to the public.

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Factory Girls

Tonight!
Wednesday, March 25th, 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will host a discussion of Factory Girls, by Leslie T. Chang. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor Sara Lampert, USD Department of History.

An eye-opening and previously untold story, Factory Girls is the first look into the everyday lives of the migrant factory population in China.

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In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Beijing, tells the story of these workers primarily through the lives of two young women, whom she follows over the course of three years as they attempt to rise from the assembly lines of Dongguan, an industrial city in China’s Pearl River Delta.

A book of global significance that provides new insight into China, Factory Girls demonstrates how the mass movement from rural villages to cities is remaking individual lives and transforming Chinese society, much as immigration to America’s shores remade our own country a century ago.

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VITA Sessions resume tonight

irs vita2 irs vitaVolunteers from the IRS VITA program will be present to provide tax assistance at the library on the following dates:

Wednesday, Mar. 18th, 4:30-8 pm, Small Conference Room
Sunday, Mar. 22nd, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Thursday, Mar. 26th, 4:30-8 pm, Small Conference Room
Saturday, Mar. 28th, 10-4 pm, Kozak Community Room
Tuesday, Apr. 7th, 4:30-8 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Apr. 11th, 1-4 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Apr. 13th, 4:30-8 pm, Kozak Community Room

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Social Media 101 happens this week!

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SOCIAL MEDIA 101 Workshop
Thursday, March 19th, 3-4 pm
Library Tech Center

Are you confounded when you hear about tweets, status updates, likes, and friend-ing? Looking for additional ways to stay connected to your family and friends? Whatever your experience or inexperience, we’re here to advise you about what you should and shouldn’t be doing on today’s most-popular social networks.

Call or stop by our circulation desk to register. There are no fees for this workshop.

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