Dollar-A-Day Boys: A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps

Bill Jamerson CCC BOYS

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.

Children’s Book Week : A Family Story Time

Childrens Book Week

A FAMILY STORY TIME

Thursday, May 16th 7 pm
Community Room

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

 

 

Let’s Move South Dakota

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.

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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!

Library Lovers’ Month Interview with Cathy Beard

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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….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Tax Assistance

The Vermillion VITA IRS-trained volunteers will be available to assist you with tax preparation and filing at the following times and locations:

Saturday, February 23rd, 10:30 am – 2:00 pm, USD Law School, Room 103
Monday, February 25th, 4:30 – 8:00 pm, USD Meunster University Center, Room 225
Saturday, April 6th, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, USD Law School, Room 103
Saturday, April 13th, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, USD Meunster University Center, Ballroom
2nd floor

Please bring all necessary documentation, including W-2 forms, any medical deductions, etc.

 

A Wonderful Essay by Zadie Smith

We work hard here at the Vermillion Public Library to provide library services to the members of the Vermillion community. Libaries are places of joy and discovery and it’s always heartwarming to read essays that discuss the important role that libraries play in the lives of people everywhere. A friend had come across this essay by Zadie Smith in the New York Review of Books some time ago and recommended it:

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2012/jun/02/north-west-london-blues/

We have a three of Zadie Smith’s books here in the library in Adult Fiction:
White Teeth: A Novel (2000)
On Beauty: A Novel (2005)
NW: A Novel (2012)

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.

Write A Novel In November

 

Ever seriously thought about writing a novel? Maybe you’ve thought about writing a novel, but talked yourself out of it before you even gave it a moment of contemplation! November 1st marks the start of NaNoWriMo….that’s short for National Novel Writing Month and if writing a novel is one of your secret dreams, you should check out the NaNoWriMo site.

You can easily sign up on the site and join the thousands of others across the globe who will be working along side you through the month to complete the goal of finishing a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 pm November 30th. The site enables you to track your progress, gives you pep talks and allows to meet fellow writers near and far….pretty cool….check it out here:

http://nanowrimo.org

FRIENDS BOOK SALE COMING SOON!

DON’T MISS IT!!
FRIENDS OF THE VERMILLION PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNUAL BOOK SALE!

Thursday, October 25
through Saturday October 27th
in the Community Room
Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Over 500 boxes of items to choose from!!
Hardcover books: 75 cents
Paperbacks, Texts, Media and Children’s Books: 50 cents or 3 for $1

A not-to-be-missed event! Take advantage of the Friends sale to get some great deals on hundreds of books. Proceeds benefit the Vermillion Public Library.