We’re Not Done Yet…

Can you believe it’s the final week of our Summer Reading Program? Time sure flies when you’re having fun:)
Don’t miss the final programs this week, and be sure to sign up for Thursday’s Pool Party at Prentis Park Plunge!

Bueller… Bueller… Bueller?

This month’s Books & Brews will see the return of a favorite VPL event: a ‘drive-in’ movie! Our screening, which takes place on Friday, July 21st, is just for adults. We will watch ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ on the big screen – er, water tower – while enjoying
movie-style popcorn, adult beverages, and a beautiful summer night. Bring your own chairs, and favorite beverages, if desired.
Adults 21 & up only, please.

“Oh, he’s very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.”
See you in the parking lot this Friday night.

How to Prepare for the Eclipse

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library has joined more than 1,000 libraries across the country to participate in the celestial event of the century, the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse. During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn’t occurred in decades. In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the United States was nearly 40 years ago. The rest of the U.S. and North America will see a partial eclipse, with the Moon covering up only part of the Sun. It is aptly named the Great American Eclipse.
This will be an exciting opportunity for our community to celebrate science, with fun, hands-on and multimedia activities, culminating in the eclipse event on August 21, 2017.

The Vermillion Public Library will offer two public programs to bring the excitement of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) to children, teens and adults. Our first event, tailored to school-aged children in our Summer Reading Program, will take place during our normally scheduled Workshop session on Thursday, July 20th at 10 am. This session will take place in the Kozak Community Room, and will provide a scientific background on solar eclipses, as well as the creation of a solar viewer for safe viewing of the coming eclipse.

The second event will be formatted for all ages, and any anyone in the community, on Saturday, August 12th at 1 pm. This event will also take place in the Kozak Community Room, explore the basic science of solar eclipses, and include the creation of a solar viewer. At both events, the Library will have free eclipse glasses to distribute. The Library has joined the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library initiative, which are providing resources and STEM activities to libraries across the nation related to the eclipse. Partners include NASA, the American Library Association, and many other organizations. All eclipse programs are free and open to the public.

Additionally, between July 20th and the date of the eclipse – Monday, August 21st – the Library will distribute FREE eclipse glasses to anyone requesting them. The distribution of these glasses has been made possible through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, the National Science Foundation, as well as through our own Friends of the Vermillion Public Library Foundation.

“We are so proud to be participating in this national program,” said Susan Heggestad, Public Relations & Programming Specialist for the VPL. “We have partnered with our Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organizaiton to help our community prepare for this amazing astronomy event. We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find the solar eclipse to be an experience they will remember the rest of their lives.”

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street, Vermillion. For further information, contact us by calling 677-7060, or by emailing vplstaff@vermillionpubliclibrary.org.

SRP Activities Continue

The end is near, but it’s not over yet! We still have a handful of fun activities to finish out this year’s Summer Reading Program, and you’re invited. Be sure to check out these upcoming events:

Wednesday, July 19th at 10 am – LEGO Club (Kozak Room) and Teen Brunch (Small Conference Room)
at 1:30 pm – Art Club (Kozak Room)
Thursday, July 20th at 10 am – Building Solar Viewers in Workshop (Kozak Room)
at 1 pm – FIT with the USD Women’s BB Team! (Kozak Room)
at 1:30 pm – Cursive Class (Kozak Room)
at 2 pm – Chess Club (Kozak Room)
Monday, July 24th at 10:30 am – Nutrition with HyVee’s Shannon Schaack (Kozak Room)
at 1 pm – Vermillion/Clay County Community Safety visit! (Library Parking Lot)
at 2 pm – Origami Club (Kozak Room)
Tuesday, July 25th at 10 am – Minecraft (Youth Room)
at 1:30 pm – Tale of Despereaux (Coyote Twin Theater)
Wednesday, July 26th at 10 am – LEGO Club (Kozak Room) and Teen Brunch (Small Conference Room)
at 1:30 pm – Art Club (Kozak Room)
Thursday, July 27th at 1 pmSRP End Party at Prentis Park Plunge! *Sign-ups required; please call 677.7060 or stop by the Circulation Desk.

Reading Beyond Lists

Do you know kids that can read way above their grade level? Most of us do, but finding books that have acceptable content for their age is often an issue. There is finally a professional list for this!

The ALA-Children’s Book Council Joint Committee just released a list of recommended books for kids who are advanced readers, but who still need titles that are age-appropriate. The list is posted online http://www.cbcbooks.org/reading-beyond/, and is also available as a printable handout that can be given to parents and educators – which can be found here: ReadingBeyondHandout-CBC

Reading Beyond LOGO (PRNewsfoto/Children’s Book Council)

There’s Still Time!

It may seem like the Summer Reading Program is winding down (where does the time go?), but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a BUNCH of fun things to catch before it’s all over. And keep reading! We’ve got incentives to give out for each week, and you can check in at ANY time to collect your incentives… up until the end of the program, that is – which is Friday, July 28th.

Here are a couple of the fun programs coming. See the remaining program sessions listed on the SRP calendar at the bottom of the post.

SRP End Party Sign-Ups

have begun!
All Summer Reading Program participants are invited to participate in this year’s SRP End Party at Prentis Plunge Pool! This year’s party will be held on Thursday, July 27th from 1 to 3 pm. Any registered Summer Reading Program participant is welcome, but sign-ups are REQUIRED. Please call or stop by the Library’s Circulation Desk to get your/your child’s name on the list.
Children 6 & under, as well as non-swimmers, will require a parent or caregiver’s (14+) presence.
Admittance is free, and a snack will be included. Call 677-7060 for more information.

Ready for the All-American Eclipse?

Are you excited about the coming eclipse? Are you prepared? Check out NASA’s great resources: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Here at the VPL, we’ve also got some workshops cooked up that will help you get the most out of this rare eclipse event! On Thursday, July 20th – as part of our SRP Workshop session – we will lead kids in the creation of a solar viewer. We will also distribute eclipse glasses to all participants. Then again on Saturday, August 12th at 1 pm, we will lead another solar viewer workshop that will be open to anyone in the community. We will have plenty of eclipse glasses to share, so please feel free to drop by and pick yourself up a pair:)