Opportunity for Book Clubs and Other Community Groups!

Did you know that the EBSVP Library has a Book Club in a Bag program for its patrons?

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Existing book clubs, or those interested in organizing a club, can take advantage of this program designed to promote reading as a shared experience. Book Club in a Bag offers library patrons the chance to check out a bag filled with at least 10 copies of a book from a select list of titles for up to four weeks. The bag also includes discussion questions based on the title for the club to use. Could anything be more convenient or affordable since the service is free to library patrons? Book Club in a Bag currently offers over 50 titles including both adult fiction and nonfiction books, with more being added monthly.

In addition, if you are part of a book club (or any community organization), we welcome suggested titles that your group would like to read, and we can order the books and host your group’s discussion! Call our Adult Programming Coordinator, Susan Heggestad, at 677.7060 to get more information about how the library can partner with your organization to implement your group’s desire to read collectively!

 

Fine Fiction Book Club in October

On Wednesday, October 15th, at 7 pm we will be discussing the intriguing new novel by author T.C. Boyle, “When the Killing’s Done”.

whenthekillongsdonePrincipally set on the wild Channel Islands off the coast of California, T.C. Boyle’s new novel is a gripping adventure with a timely theme. Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist spearheading the efforts to save the islands’ native creatures from invasive species. Her antagonist, Dave LaJoy, is a local businessman who is fiercely opposed to the killing of any animals whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert her plans. As their confrontation plays out in a series of scenes escalating in violence, drama, and danger, When the Killing’s Done relates a richly humane tale about the dominion we attempt to exert, for better or worse, over the natural world.

A limited number of copies of When the Killing’s Done are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Once you are finished with the book, kindly return it so others may have a chance to read it before the discussion.  For more information, call us here at the library -677.7060.

 

One Book South Dakota

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One Book South Dakota
Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris
Book Discussion: Wednesday, September 24th
7 pm, Kozak Community Room
Discussion facilitated by Molly Rozum,
Associate Professor of History, USD

The One Book South Dakota is sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council.
We can read a book alone, but until we discuss it, the process doesn’t seem complete. Often what one person says about a book enhances our understanding and shapes our perceptions of the book’s themes and meaning. The One Book South Dakota program exists to encourage this exchange through reading one book as a community.
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“A moving and substantial contribution to the literature of the changing contemporary Midwest, and a welcome reminder of the peace that open spaces and extended silences can confer.” — Washington Post Book World

Celebrate Earth (Every) Day

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The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will participate in the Earth (Every) Day events throughout our community with a book discussion of EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want by Frances Moore Lappé on Monday, April 21st. The discussion, led by Dean Spader, will be held in the Kozak Room at 7 pm. Whether or not you have read the book, you are more than welcome to come to the discussion.

The author, Frances Moore Lappé, will be speaking at the USD campus at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 22nd. A full week in store to celebrate Earth (Every) Day with these events and more, which can be found on the Earth Day calendar at the Sustainable Vermillion website.

Be sure to check out our display case of earth-related books from the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library collection. If you’d like to check one out, feel free….just mention at the Circulation Desk that you got it from the Earth Day display. Happy Earth Day!

Fiction Book Club Discussion Wednesday Evening

My Jim

Fine Fiction Book Club Discussion

My Jim by Nancy Rawles
Wednesday, February 19th, 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

Copies of My Jim are still available at the Library Circulation Desk. You are welcome to come to the discussion, even if you have not read the book!

Synopsis: To help her granddaughter accept the risks of loving, Sadie Watson mines her memory for the tale of the unquenchable love of her life, Jim. Sadie’s Jim was an ambitious young slave and seer who, when faced with the prospect of being sold, escaped down the Mississippi with a white boy named Huck Finn. Sadie is suddenly left alone, worried about her children, reviled as a witch, punished for Jim’s escape, and convinced her husband is dead. But Sadie’s will and her love for Jim animate her life and see her through.

Told with spare eloquence and mirroring the true stories of countless slave women, My Jim recreates one of the most controversial characters in American literature. A nuanced critique of the great American novel, My Jim is a haunting and inspiring story about freedom, longing, and the remarkable endurance of love.

 

The Mysterious Written Language of the Gamelan : A Method for Decoding

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Join us Thursday, November 14th at 3 pm in the National Music Museum as Curator Deborah Check Reeves presents an engaging session on modern Gamelan notation, which is completely different than Western musical notation. She will share the fascinating way the written symbols relate to the instruments in the Gamelan ensemble.
The National Music Museum is located at the intersection of Clark and Yale Streets on the USD campus.

This program on written notation forms another link in the events tied together for the Books in Context series. Our book this month, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, is related to nu shu, which was a form of secret writing developed in China by women so they could communicate with one another. Copies of the book are available through the library and the book discussion will be held Wednesday, December 4th at 7 pm in the Library.

 

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan…the Book, the Movie and Related Events

The Edith B. Siegrist will have two showings of the film,
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, directed by Wayne Wang.
This film is based on the novel by Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,
the current selection for the Books in Context Series.

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Film Showings:
Thursday, November 7th, 6:30 pm
Kozak Community Room

Tuesday, November 12th, 1:00 pm
Kozak Community Room

Be sure to attend the other Books in Context Linked Events to be held in November:

Thursday, November 14th, 3 pm
National Music Museum, USD Campus
“The Mysterious Written Language of the Gamelan:
A Method for Decoding”
with Deborah Check Reeves

Dr. Reeves will present an engaging session on modern Gamelan notation, which is completely different than Western musical notation. She will share the fascinating way that the written symbols relate to the instruments in the Gamelan ensemble.

Thursday, November 21st, 7 pm
John Day Gallery, College of Fine Arts, USD Campus
“The Written Word” an exhibition gallery talk with
Alison Erazmus, Gallery Director
A guided tour of the current exhibition containing the work of five contemporary artists who explore the visual materiality of word-based texts. The artists used literature, the act of writing itself, or the library as inspiration for their visual art installations.

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Book Discussion for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See will be held Wednesday, December 4th at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.
Discussion facilitated by Sarah Sik, Asst. Professor of Art History, USD

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk!

Worst Hard Time Books Still Available

Worst Hard Time

There is still time to check out one of the copies of this month’s book club selection, which are available at the Circulation Desk. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, by Timothy Egan is the fascinating story of the Dust Bowl, a devastating period in the country’s history. The book discussion, led by Betsy Simons, will be held Wednesday, September 25th at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room. We have quite a few copies of the book available and we encourage you to check one out, whether or not you are able to make it for the discussion. Once you start, you won’t want to put it down!

Next month’s Books In Context selection is: Beethoven’s Hair : An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved, by Russell Martin. Copies will be available in the next week or so!