Holiday Open House

Parade of Lights on Thursday, November 29th!

The “Standstill” Parade will begin at 6:00 pm on Main Street, ending with Santa’s arrival and the tree lighting ceremony at 6:45 pm! Following the parade, everyone is invited to head on over to the library for hot cocoa, cookies, pictures with Santa, holiday crafts, and a performance by the Vermillion Children’s Choir!

Our Annual Food for Fines Drive will also kick-off during this evening and extends throughout the month of December. If you have overdue fines on your Vermillion Public Library card account, you can pay them off by donating* non-perishable food items for the Vermillion Food Pantry.

For more information visit or call the library at 605-677-7060!

*Donations do not apply to replacement fees.

Writing as Meditation (Rescheduled!)

The workshop begins with an introduction to the practice of meditation through writing. After the introduction, we will engage in writing exercises that explore this mode of bringing ourselves to awareness and peacefulness. This workshop is fun for those who love to journal and helpful for those who would like some tools to help them fall in love with writing. Please bring your favorite tools for writing: beautiful journals, utilitarian spiral notebooks, laptops, and paper napkins are all welcome.

This class is organized and led by Dr. Kaiya Ansorge, academically trained in psychology, philosophical theology, and religion.  She has taught courses in religion, spirituality, ethics, spiritual environmentalism, and spiritual writing.  Because Kaiya loves to explore the spirituality of place, she has lived, studied, written, and traveled her way through 23 countries, spread across 5 continents. Her previous works include The Nature of Miracle, The Relationship between the Word and the Thing, Wrath, “How to Use the 7 Chakras to Get in Touch with Personal Vitality,” and “Ascension: a Different Kind of Gravity.”  Kaiya has appeared in Theology Today, Daily Cup of Yoga, and Your Motivational High 5. She leads group and individual sessions, classes, workshops, and meditations in various locations and online.  You can find her and her free videos and audio pieces at  You can connect with her through or

November 16th After School Movie

The movie will start at 3:30 pm in the Kozak Room!


After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done. (PG)

Early Out Movie

School gets out early Friday, November 9th, so children are invited to join us at the Coyote Twin Theatre to watch FREE BIRDS.
Pardoned by the president, a lucky turkey (Owen Wilson) named Reggie gets to live a carefree lifestyle, until fellow fowl Jake (Woody Harrelson) recruits him for a history-changing mission. Jake and Reggie travel back in time to the year 1621, just before the first Thanksgiving. The plan: Prevent all turkeys from ever becoming holiday dinners. Unfortunately, the two birds encounter colonist Myles Standish (Colm Meaney), out to capture feathered friends for all the hungry Pilgrims.

Human Library: Call for Volunteer Books!

Plans are in the works for next year’s Human Library! We will again be partnering with the University of South Dakota’s I.D. Weeks Library to put this on, and have started looking for volunteers to become books! The event will be in March of 2019 and will take place on the USD campus.

The Human Library™ is an event designed to engage participants in one-to-one conversations and learn from the experiences of others. Books typically represent a group in a community that has been exposed to stigma, stereotyping, or prejudices. These are typically based on one of the following: Occupation, ethnicity, health, lifestyle, religion, social status, gender/sexuality, ideology, or people with disabilities. Other book topics can include heavy taboo subjects, such as victims of domestic violence, incest, sexual abuse, or parents that lost a child and other grief topics.

To apply to be a human book, fill out an application form at: !

For more information contact Caroline Anderberg at or 605-658-3390.