September Programs Set to Begin

Worst Hard Time

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is going to bustling this fall with programming designed for folks of all ages. Pick up a copy of our newsletter or any of the program fliers at the library entrance on the south side off the parking lot.
Also, information about programs geared for each age group can be found on the appropriate tabs (Adult, Teens, Kids) here on the website. Feel free to call the Library for further information at 677-7060.

One of the new adult programs is a book discussion group called Books in Context, which seeks to make relevant connections for the monthly selection through possible films or events at other venues in Vermillion, such as the National Music Museum or the University Galleries.

The Books in Context book selection for September is The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. A limited number of copies are available now for checkout at the Library for those interested in participating in the discussion, which will be facilitated by Betsy Simons on Wednesday, September 25th at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.

The tie-in events this month include the following:
Dust Bowl film Ken Burns

The Dust Bowl: A Film by Ken Burns will be shown in four 1-hour segments in
the Kozak Community Room on Tuesdays (3rd, 10th, 17, 24th) throughout the month of September at 2 pm.

Grant Wood image Dust Metal Stone

Dust, Metal and Stone: Graphic Art of the 1930s / A Gallery Talk
Alison Erazmus, Director of the University Galleries will do a gallery walk through the current exhibition on view at the University Galleries related to prints of the Dust Bowl era. This event will surely help provide some visual reference to the text of the book under discussion.

Event will be held Thursday, September 5th from 6-7 pm at the John A. Day Gallery in the College of Fine Arts on the USD campus.

Reading Groups and Book Clubs

Vermillion is a small community, but it seems there are many book groups in the area and that’s good news! The Vermillion Public Library has an Adult Book Group and a Teen Book Group that each meet several times a year. Do you belong to a book club or reading group in the area? Perhaps you are interested in joining a group to meet people and share in the discussion of new books. Let us be a resource and gather information to connect readers to one another. If you are part of a book group, e-mail us at vplstaff@sdln.net and let us know the name of your group, along with name and info for a contact person. If you’d like, tell us a little about the focus or membership of your group and we can share the information with the community. Do you know that the Library has a very nice range of Book Club Bags for Adults and for Teens that are
ready-made for reading groups? Each bag has 10 copies of the book, along with a discussion guide….ready to go! Check out the lists of available books under the Adults and Teens tabs on this website.

September Book Club Selection

Between Shades of Grays by Ruta Sepetys is the September Book Club selection.  In this historical novel, a fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl tells her story of being deported, along with her mother and brother, to a Siberian work camp in 1941.  The discussion will be held on Thursday, October 18th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room.  Dave Burrow, USD Associate Professor of History will be facilitating this discussion.  Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.