In case you weren’t aware, we’ve got LOTS of things to do with your pre-schoolers:
Power 1/2 Hour – Stories, music & fun with Mackenzie; Wednesdays at 11:15 am (NO session this Wednesday, March 8th)
Parent-Tot Dance; Fridays at 10:30 am
And of course, our traditional Story Time sessions!
Movement Story Time; Tuesdays or Saturdays at 10:15 am
Art Story Time (ages 4 & up); Mondays at 5:30 pm, and Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11:15 am
Give us a call at the Circulation Desk for more information. 677.7060.
We will host a community discussion on the impetus behind the Sioux Falls Compassion Charter during our March Long Overdue Series event, on Tuesday, March 7th at 7 pm.
Compassionate Sioux Falls is an initiative sponsored by the City of Sioux Falls and other organizations and individuals. Compassionate Sioux Falls encourages community members, businesses, and organizations to act with compassion. This initiative was inspired by the Charter for Compassion – a global initiative that encourages compassion and caring in communities. All communities show compassion, but the compassionate initiatives strive to ensure compassion is an everyday occurrence and is a first thought instead of an afterthought.
We will host Colleen Moran, ADA Coordinator/Assistant City Attorney for Sioux Falls, who will share more about how the Compassion Charter has been operating in their city, and what it could mean for other cities in the Midwest.
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;)
Did you know that we offer Verizon Hotspots for check-out? Give us a call at the Circulation Desk to find out more: 677.7060.
Teen Game Day returns next Saturday, March 4th at 1 pm.
Takes place in the Teen Room. Kids 10 & up welcome.
We are pleased to host a screening of the documentary Death by Design on Monday evening, February 27th, at 7pm. Please arrive early for best seating.
Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.
But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.
*CANCELLED DUE TO LOW PARTICIPATION*
Please be on the look-out for news about another Repair Cafe session coming on Saturday, April 1st at 12 pm.
The Library’s first Repair Cafe is coming – Saturday, March 4th, 12-3 pm. Don’t miss your chance to sign up!
If you have a digital device or computer that needs minor repairs, call us to sign up for a slot. At a Repair Café, everything centers on making repairs. Beginning at 12 pm and ending at 3 pm, various volunteer repair mentors, with tools on hand, will be available to help mentor participants through as many repairs as possible. Visitors interested in attending the Repair Café are encouraged to bring along a broken item during their scheduled appointment time. A suggested donation of $5-10 will help the Library to create fund that will be used to support young, tech-savvy volunteers to pursue certification. Neighbors learn together, and help support the continuing education efforts of area youth, at the same time! Almost anything that is broken is welcome – although our first Repair Café will focus exclusively on digital devices and computers.
Your public library, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, was again accredited as an ‘exemplary’ library for 2017. Library Director Daniel Burniston recently traveled to Pierre during SDLA Legislative Day, to receive the commendation. State Librarian Daria Bossman and South Dakota Library Association President Danielle Loftus were on hand to present awards.
South Dakota Libraries submit to voluntary accreditation through the SD State Library on a yearly basis. To be accredited at the Exemplary level a library must meet all of the Essential standards (first level), all of the Enhanced standards (middle level), and all but two of the Exemplary standards (highest level). The comprehensive list of standards used to accredit our state’s public libraries can be found at http://library.sd.gov/LIB/DEV/SDPubLibStandards-2017Guide.pdf.
It takes the work of a great number of dedicated folks to achieve an exemplary accreditation. The Library would like to thank and share this honor with our Library Board of Trustees, the Vermillion Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organization, and Vermillion City Council.
February’s Artists & Authors series brings author Travis Gulbrandson to the Library to discuss his recently published novel, “A Marble Heart”.
“A Marble Heart” tells the true story of Julia Anna Baker, who ran children’s homes across the Midwest for personal financial gain in the early part of the 20th century. Baker traveled the country proselytizing for and collecting money in the name of “home conserving.” The children who came under her care, however, were subject to filthy living conditions, insufficient food and, in some cases, physical abuse.
The book was inspired by a photograph found in a Sioux Falls antique store. “A Marble Heart” is the culmination of more than two years of historical research, and utilizes such real-world figures as Baker herself, Kansas City politicians and a preacher who claimed to be the reincarnation of the prophet Elijah.
Gulbrandson is previously the author of two novels, “The Believers” and “Away from the Nets,” and “Face to Face,” a collection of short stories. He worked as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade, including publications at Pierre, Yankton and Vermillion. During that time his work was recognized by the South Dakota Newspaper Association and the Associated Press.
The Library will be closed in observance of President’s Day on Monday, February 20th.