South Dakota Children’s Book Awards

Attention Elementary Students and Teachers! Voting for Prairie Bud (PK – 1st), Prairie Bloom (2nd – 3rd), and Prairie Pasque (4th – 5th) Awards is now open! Visit the SDSL website for details on all of the books and to start voting today!

• The website also features downloadable award certificates, bookmarks & posters, nominee spine labels, and much more!
• Students may cast a ballot for any of books that he/she has read or heard read from the list of nominees by selecting all of the titles they feel would be deserving of the Prairie Bud or Prairie Bloom awards. Students may vote for any of the books on the Prairie Pasque list that they have read by ranking them on a 3-point scale.
• There are two voting forms – one for individual students to vote by themselves and one for teachers & librarians to enter an entire class or large group of children’s votes.

Voting will close on April 1, 2017.

“I’ll Push You” Book Discussion

Books are available now for our next book discussion! The meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on Monday, March 12th in the Small Conference Room. Anyone can join!

“I’ll Push You” is an inspirational story about two friends and a 500-mile wheelchair journey across El Camino de Santiago. There will be a showing of the related documentary at the Coyote Twin on Monday, March 5th at 7:00 pm!

We Are Partnering with University Libraries to Hold a ‘Human Library’ Event!

Partnering with University Libraries at USD, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is seeking “books” for the Human Library, to be held on Saturday, April 28th, 2018, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Founded in 2001 in Denmark, the Human Library organization seeks to promote human rights and social cohesion by creating greater understanding between people. It provides an opportunity for people to learn more about each other while working through stereotypes and discrimination.

A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as “books” that can be “checked out” by “readers.” Each book decides on a title that gives a snapshot of their story: “Buddhist,” “First Generation College Student,” or “Recovering Alcoholic,” for instance. The book and reader engage in a 20-minute one-on-one conversation about the book’s life and experience, and then the book can ask questions of the reader as well, prompting discussion about shared experiences and differing perspectives. Individuals with stories they would like to share and discuss with others are encouraged to volunteer.

Apply online to be a book at The deadline to submit an application is March 9th.

For more information contact Rachelle Langdon at or Caroline Anderberg at

Cook the Book: Legumes

Our Cook the Book group has spoken, and the next meeting will be about legumes! Meet us here at the library on Monday, February 26th from 12 – 1:00 pm to share your own delicious dish and recipe. Several cookbooks have been pulled and are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. You are also welcome to find your own recipe book!