VITA sessions start in just over one week!

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

Sunday, Feb. 8th, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Sunday, Feb. 22nd, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 4-8 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Feb. 28th, 10-5 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Mar. 16th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Wednesday, Mar. 18th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Sunday, Mar. 22nd, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Thursday, Mar. 26th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Saturday, Mar. 28th, 10-4 pm, Kozak Community Room
Tuesday, Apr. 7th, 4:30-9 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Apr. 11th, 1-4 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Apr. 13th, 4:30-9 pm, Kozak Community Room

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The discussion you’ve been waiting for!

Tomorrow and Thursday we will finally discuss Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand!

You have two options for participating in what is sure to be an engaging discussion:
Wednesday, Jan 28th at 7 pm OR
Thursday, Jan 29th at 4 pm

*Thursday’s discussion will be facilitated by Professor Nancy Zuercher.

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Come and discuss it before you see the film.  Or, come and share your experience of the film, if you’ve already seen it.

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Today is National Readathon Day!

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You might take for granted how easy it is for you to read this sentence, but millions of Americans still struggle with basic literacy. 40% of American adults are either at or below basic reading proficiency, and 14% are fully illiterate. But the trouble doesn’t stop there. Each year, millions of Americans — especially our youth — are losing touch with the power and importance of reading books. As Malcolm X said, “People don’t realize how a whole life can be changed by one book.”

Help change lives this winter by celebrating National Readathon Day with Penguin Random House, GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation. Together with your support, we hope to help fund their efforts to educate, tutor, create and sustain a lifelong love of reading.

You can get involved by joining readers across America in a marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24. From Noon – 4 PM in our respective time zones, we will sit and read a book in our own home, library, school or bookstore.

Get started now by creating your own Firstgiving Fundraising page, and inviting friends and family to donate, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

You can find out more here:

http://www.nationalbook.org/2015_readathon.html

If you represent a bookstore, library or school, we invite your venue to host a “reading party” during the Readathon, so your local community can gather and read together. You can also create a fundraising team (named for your bookstore or library), enabling your community to fund raise together as a group to contribute to the National Book Foundation’s efforts to promote reading in America. Visit our Readathon Resources page for supporting materials and information on how to get started.

And be sure to share your experiences and photos using the hash tag, #timetoread!

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

We will meet once more, today at 4 pm, to discuss the wonderful and gripping novel by Steven Galloway, The Cellist of Sarajevo.

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From BookList:

Inspired by Vedran Smailovic, the cellist who, in 1992, played in a bombed-out Sarajevo square for 22 days in memory of the 22 people who were killed by a mortar attack, this is a novel about four people trying to maintain a semblance of their humanity in the besieged city. Kenan trudges across the city to collect water from the brewery for his family; on his way to buy bread, Dragan meets an old friend who reminds him of life before the war; Arrow, a sniper fighting against the occupation, is charged with keeping the cellist alive; and the cellist himself, in his simple act of performing, courageously brings a touch of life back to the citizens. Although Galloway’s characters weigh the value of their lives against the choices they must make, he effectively creates a fifth character in the city itself, capturing the details among the rubble and destruction that give added weight to his memorable novel. –Elliot Mandel

USD Professor Tim Schorn will be on-hand to facilitate the discussion, which will be held in the Small Conference Room.

See you then!

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Need Tax Assistance?

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

Sunday, Feb. 8th, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Sunday, Feb. 22nd, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 4-8 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Feb. 28th, 10-5 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Mar. 16th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Wednesday, Mar. 18th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Sunday, Mar. 22nd, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Thursday, Mar. 26th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Saturday, Mar. 28th, 10-4 pm, Kozak Community Room
Tuesday, Apr. 7th, 4:30-9 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Apr. 11th, 1-4 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Apr. 13th, 4:30-9 pm, Kozak Community Room

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We will be closed

in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 19th.mlkforweb

Instead of visiting us, please consider making it a day of service!  Find out more, or register at

http://www.usd.edu/academics/center-for-academic-and-global-engagement/service-learning/keeping-the-dream-alive.cfm

Afterward, stop by the Washington Street Arts Center from 5-7 pm to participate in a celebration of MLK Jr.’s legacy, and see some outstanding art by our youngest community members.
See you there!

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Even small gestures

Make a big difference. A lovely little thank you note arrived today from the Vermillion Food Pantry, which really belongs to all of you. Our lovely patrons. Each of your individual donations added up to a rather large delivery. As you can see from the card, there is a great need in our community for kindnesses such as this, and you responded incredibly generously.
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So THANK YOU!

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E-Book Workshop

101119-e-readers-hmed2p.grid-10x2Got an e-reader or other hand-held device? We can help!

Our Technically Speaking series brings the first tech workshop of the year to the library next week:

Thursday, January 15th, 3-4 pm
in the Library Tech Center

Learn how to download e-books and e-audiobooks to Kindle and iPad. If you are curious about how to access more than 10,000 titles available to our library patrons, register for this session and you’ll be reading and/or listening to books in no time!  You can register by call the library at 677.7060, or by stopping by our Circulation Desk.

 

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Need a Jolt of Creativity?

The EBS Vermillion Public Library is planning to start an on-going workshop for adults on Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, beginning next month. This seminal book on creativity is designed to guide individuals in pursuit of a creative life, or to assist those looking to overcome creative blocks.

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The group would meet weekly, for a series of 4 to 6 weeks.
If you are interested in joining the group, or have any questions, please contact the library at 677.7060, or the adult programming coordinator at susan.heggestad@vermillionpubliclibrary.org.

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