March Artists & Authors presentation

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).

Community Discussion of SF Compassion Charter

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.

New Coffee Hour Coming

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;)

Documentary Film Screening

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.

Repair Cafe Coming

*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.

Tech & Toddies, Adult Social Hour, returns

Tech & Toddies, our newest adult program, returns this month on Friday, February 17th, from 7-9 pm.
This time around we’ll be having a grown-up play time with LEGOS and coloring pages – some of our favorite childhood activities;) The Library will provide some light refreshments (although you may BYOB), all needed supplies, and we’ve even got childcare!
Give us a call at the Circulation Desk to sign-up. 21 & up only, please.

Got Wifi?


Thanks to an opportunity provided through the government contract division of Verizon, the Library will be able to make 4G Jetpack mobile Hotspots available to patrons for free. During our trial period in the month of February, we will have 2 devices available for patrons aged 18 & up with a patron card in good standing for at least the past 6 months, and a valid ID. Check-out periods for the trial period will be for 3 days, with no automatic renewals. Patrons may check devices out again, if available, after a 24 hour waiting period. Additionally, patrons who utilize the devices will be asked to complete a follow-up survey to assist us in assessing the program, and to determine future needs.

Further information will be available for patrons at the Circulation Desk, or by calling us at 677.7060. A brochure with all relevant patron information will be available by the end of the trial period. Beginning in March, the Library intends to offer more devices for check-out, with a circulation period of 5 days.