April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or even record their own music.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to address the needs of their communities. By providing such resources as e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.
Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.
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.
The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by with an exciting line-up of activities:
Beginning Monday, April 10th at 10 am, we invite patrons and community members to stop by for our #librarylove photo op! We are looking for library friends of all ages and backgrounds to have their portraits added to our collection, which are showcased here in the library.
On Tuesday, April 11th from 12-1 pm the library will honor our volunteers and donors in a special reception. All are welcome.
Wednesday, April 12th is Library Card Upgrade Day! Is your library card old and tattered? Lost? Just interested in switching to a handy key-card? For today only, patrons are invited to stop by and upgrade to a new card, without the usual dollar fee. In addition, we will have some fun library-related goodies to give away.
Thursday, April 13th 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 and urge you to show your support by signing your name.
And on Friday, April 14th, we will reveal all the glorious portraits taken of patrons during our #librarylove photo shoot on Monday. Don’t miss the chance to see yourselves or your neighbors and read what they have to say about libraries.
In addition, our normal children’s afterschool programming will feature special activities and treats. For more information, please visit the library’s website at vermillionpubliclibrary.org, or contact the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library at 677-7060.
What the newest thing to do at the VPL? Thanks to the Friends of the Library organization, every Friday morning will now feature tasty coffee from our friends at The Bean! Come on down and enjoy an informal ‘Coffee Hour’ during the relative serenity of our newly expanded hours – from 8-10 am.
Don’t dawdle; we don’t know how long the coffee will last;)
Where can you get expert homework help, for free, with a snack included? At the VPL, of course.
Every Tuesday and Thursday find the Homework Helpers busy in the Children’s Activity Room from 3:30-4:30 pm. Any school-age children are welcome.
Spread the word!
Big changes have been rolling slowly out in our Tech Center and Youth Room. We’re still a ways off from our formal announcement of all the updates (yes, there’s more to come!), but we thought we’d give you a little sneak peek. Especially as some of our younger patrons are enjoying these updates already. Many thanks to the Vermillion Public Library Foundation.
Looking forward to getting out on the river this spring? Don’t miss this great presentation by the National Park Service this Saturday, March 25th, at the VPL!
Takes place in the Kozak Community Room at 1pm.
We’ve teamed up with the Vermillion Theaters, once again, to provide an early-out movie opportunity for school-aged kids this coming Thursday, March 23rd, at 2 pm.
Trolls will be screened at the Coyote Twin Theater for free! Arrive early for best seats.
Sponsored by the Vermillion School District.
If you haven’t dropped by the Library on a Monday afternoon, you don’t know what you’ve been missing! Our most recent additions to the afterschool line-up include LEGO Robotics with Lauren Hollenbeck of 4H (1st & 3rd Mondays), and Nutrition sessions with Shannon Schaack of HyVee (2nd & 4th Mondays).
3:30-5 pm in the Kozak Community Room; all school-aged children are welcome; snacks included.
In case you hadn’t yet heard, there are reasons to be concerned about the potential future of the arts, humanities, and libraries, due to complete cuts proposed in the current administration’s budget. Please help us preserve funding for our libraries! #saveimls
Click on the image to learn how you can help.
The VPL’s Artist & Authors series will host author and poet Frank Pommersheim on Tuesday, March 14th at 7 pm. This presentation is free and open to the public, and takes place in the Kozak Community Room.
Pommersheim writes extensively in the field of Indian law. He is the author of Braid of Feathers (American Indian Law and Contemporary Tribal Life), Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution, more than 40 law review articles, and more than 125 judicial opinions. His newest book entitled Tribal Justice: 25 Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice came out in 2015.
Professor Pommersheim has received the University of South Dakota Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center Reconciliation Award, and the John Wesley Jackson Award as the Outstanding Professor of Law. He has also been nominated for the University of South Dakota President’s Award for Research Excellence. In the fall of 2016, Frank received the Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Award from the SD Humanities Council.
Frank is also a poet. His most recent chapbook is Local Memory and Karma (The Buddha Correspondence, Vol. 2).