Learn about the greatest expeditions in the Northwest Passage from St. Louis to the Pacific. Follow the trails of not just Merriwether Lewis and William Clark, but also the entire Corps of Discovery, which included young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clark’s African-American slave and Sacagawea and her infant son.
ADVENTURES AT SEA / GRACE AND HARRY FREEMAN
Monday, July 8th
Kozak Community Room
The Freeman family spent one semester at sea while Harry taught in the Sea/Mester program. An evening of images, stories and adventures from their travels.
For more information on the Sea/Mester program visit the website:
One Book South Dakota 2013 Presents*
Author-Led Book Discussion and Reading
The Long-Shining Waters by Danielle Sosin
Tuesday, July 23rd Kozak Community Room, 7 pm
Lake Superior, the north country, the great fresh-water expanse. Frigid. Lethal. Wildly beautiful. The Long-Shining Waters gives us three stories whose characters are separated by centuries and circumstances, yet connected across time by the place they inhabit.
Sign up and borrow a copy of the book at the Vermillion Public Library. Once you return the book, put your name in a drawing to keep the book. Drawing will be done at the author event. Refreshments will be served.
*Sponsored by the VPL Library, SD Center for the Book, and the SD Humanities Council.
Thursday, June 27th
Roger Kozak Community Room
Join Dean Spader in the Kozak Community Room for a fascinating look at the intricate world of soil!
Numerous scientific disciplines using electron microscopy are discovering why “many modern agricultural and urban landscapes mean dead dirt.” What is killing our soil? Why is dead soil so compacted with hardpan, and why does it erode so easily? Why are certain weeds and pests taking over? If we want to reverse these trends, how do we restore life to our dead soil? The same science is beginning to provide answers to these questions. This presentation offers two forms of soil management and suggests that one is better for our lawn, garden and farm soils.
Attend the session and enter the drawing to win a free copy of Teaming with Microbes : The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels
Join us in the Roger Kozak Community Room
June 13th at 7 pm!
Learn the tips and tricks to turn kitchen and
yard waste into prime garden soil!
Our theme for the Summer Reading Program is
Dig Into Reading. The library contains many books to
help you with composting and gardening!
Don’t miss this event!
Bill Jamerson will be here Thursday, June 6, 2013 in the Community Room at 6:30 pm!! Join us for a delightful evening of song and storytelling!
The text below is from Bill’s website. More information can be found there!
Imagine, you’re 17 years old trying to survive during the Great Depression. Life is tough in Chicago. Food is scarce, jobs are non-existent and you’ve turned to petty crime to eke out a living. One day you hear about a new job works program created by the federal government that pays a “dollar-a-day.” You soon find yourself in the Wisconsin northwoods spending long days planting trees and building roads. Over the next year, you put on 20 pounds, develop good work habits, gain confidence and make life-long friends. The job skills you learned help you find a job when you leave camp. Your experience in the CCC turns out to be the most important event in your life. It turned you from a boy into a man.
Since 1992, Bill Jamerson has researched the CCC. He produced a documentary for Michigan PBS, recorded a CD of songs, and wrote a historical novel. He presents “Dollar-A-Day Boys” all across the Midwest. Over 2.5 million men enlisted in the corps and today, their children and grandchildren have a keen interest in it. They often show up with CCC photo albums and memorabilia; they also share wonderful stories about their relatives with the audience. The story of the CCC has universal appeal because it’s about underdogs who are given a second chance. Bill also presents CCC motivational assemblies at middle and high schools. Students love stories about teens and the struggles they experienced during The Great Depression.
A FAMILY STORY TIME
Thursday, May 16th 7 pm
Do you have fond memories of favorite books from childhood? We would love for you to share them! Bring a special book (or contact us and we’ll try to locate it for you), dress up as a favorite character if you like, and come to a very special event at the library! In celebration of Children’s Book Week, we are hosting a Family Story Time. It’s an evening of book sharing for people of all ages — be sure to bring the kids if you have some, but that is not a requirement!
On Thursday May 16th at 7 pm, we will gather in the Community Room to share a summary or short reading from our favorite children’s books. We are hoping to get readers from all generations. Kids, cousins, neighbors, moms, dads, grandpas and grandmas are all invited to share, or just come listen and reminisce.
There will also be special Story Times for toddlers and preschool kids that morning!
Toddler Story Time 10:30 am
Preschool Story Time 11:15 am
It’s here at the Vermillion Public Library! Let’s Move South Dakota is a traveling hands-on exhibit that will inspire children and families to get active, eat healthy and feel good.
Six interactive stations highlight the habits that can result in a healthy weight. Stop by and spend some time learning and interacting with the exhibit….it will be here in the Children’s area through Saturday, May 25th!
Q: Can you share a time when you found something in the collection of the Vermillion Public Library that brought a fresh new insight and expanded your world view?
A: Browsing the shelves I discovered American Primitive, poems by Mary Oliver (it might have been Twelve Moons, but both books are 5 stars!). Never had I read poetry that expressed so vividly, so tenderly the spirit of animals and human’s connection to that spirit. This introduction to Mary Oliver remains fresh decades later.
New insight: E. O. Wilson’s Sociobiology. It is became a controversial book in the academic world, but I knew none of that, thankfully. I found his insights mind-expanding.
Also, Ann Patchett’s What Now? She gives me permission to sit and stare.
Q: What aspect or aspects of the Vermillion Public Library do you find the most valuable?
A: Access to books, new and old. Interlibrary loan. Copying machine. Helpful staff.
Q: If you were helping a new citizen to become familiar with Vermillion, what would you tell them about the Vermillion Public Library?
A: Visit soon. You will find it a welcoming and light-filled space. Gracious staff.
Q: What can the staff at the Vermillion Public Library do to make your day?
A: My question (because the staff always makes my day) is what I can do….