Long Overdue series returns

Next Tuesday brings the return of our adult programming series, Long Overdue. We will screen the film Death by Design, by filmmaker Sue Williams.

Tuesday, January 7th, 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room
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.

Hotspots are Here

We are offering mobile Hotspots for check-out beginning Wednesday, February 1st.

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. 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.

Got Fix-it Skills?

We’re in need of your expertise, Vermillionaires!

The Library is interested in starting a monthly series, called Repair Café, this spring. A Repair Café is a local meeting place that brings together people with broken items and repair coaches, or volunteers, with the expertise to fix them. The Repair Cafe concept has its roots in Amsterdam, where Martine Postma, a former journalist, came up with the idea after the birth of her second child prompted her to think more about ways to reduce the waste going into landfills. Repair Cafe started in 2009 and spread across the Netherlands. Today, it has more than 1,100 sites in almost 30 countries.  You can find out more by visiting https://repaircafe.org/en/about/.

The VPL’s intent is to schedule monthly sessions, beginning in early March, which will be themed according to type of repairs (i.e. electronics, clothing, small appliances, etc). Before they begin, however, they are in need of folks who are handy at repairing things, who can act as mentors to folks who are interested in learning how to repair their items. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in helping get this program rolling, please contact the Library at vplstaff@vermillionpubliclibrary.org, or by calling 677-7060. The intent is not to take work away from professionals who repair things – on the contrary, they would like to involve them as well, and possibly send work their way when appropriate. The goal is to keep things out of the waste stream, and to teach people useful skills.

Can you help?

The EBS Vermillion Public Library is considering offering mobile Hotspots for check-out to patrons. We need your feedback to help us determine program and device needs.  Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RG528PW
Thanks, in advance, Vermillionaires!

New Tech Program for Adults

In response to requests from patrons, the Library is excited to share a new program for adults in the New Year: Tech & Toddies!

Adults who love techie toys are invited to join in the fun for a new series of social hours on the 3rd Fridays of each month. Beginning January 20th, folks can be introduced to a variety of geeky gadgets including LEGO Robots, Snap & Squishy Circuits, Coding and more. Refreshments are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own beverages.  Adults 21 & up only, please.

The January session, which is scheduled for 7-9 pm, will focus on LEGO Mindstorm Ev3 Robotics. In 2 hours, participants will build their own robot and learn the basics of programming it. The facilitator will be Lauren Hollenbeck, 4-H Youth Program Advisor for Clay, Union, and Yankton counties, who regularly facilitates robotics session for youth at the VPL. All sessions will take place in the Kozak Community Room.

 

Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment sessions at the Library

The Rural Office of Community Services will be on hand tomorrow to assist individuals in enrolling in the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace.
Thursday, January 5th
10 am – 4 pm, in the Small Conference Room

 

Talking Books

The South Dakota State Library Braille and Talking Book Program has established an audio book depository at Your Library’s Name in Your Town.

The depository is available to anyone who has a visual impairment that prevents them from seeing print, a physical disability that prevents holding materials and/or turning the pages, or a learning disability caused by an organic dysfunction.

In order to receive the service, individuals must register with the State Library Braille and Talking Book Program. Registration materials are available at Your Library’s Name.

Once registered, an individual will receive his or her own audio book player. Books can be mailed directly to a participant’s home, or they can be checked out at Your Library’s Name. Prospective patrons can also borrow a digital machine along with books to try listening to a book. Registered patrons can borrow a machine if their player isn’t operating correctly and books if they run short of their own. There is no charge for this service.

Mango Languages

Interested in learning a language? Brushing up on some language skills? Did you know that you can do this for FREE with your Library patron card?
Explore Mango Languages by visiting our website at vermillionpubliclibrary.org, and clicking on the ‘Resources’ tab on our menu bar. Scroll down to your first choice: South Dakota Share-It. This site will open up in a new window, and provides you access to all of the databases subscribed to by the South Dakota State Library. If you’ve not yet used the services provided by SD Share-It, you will need to create an account by choosing the ‘Log-In’ option, and scrolling down to the ‘Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library’ choice in the dialog box that opens up. Use your Library card barcode as your username, and your last name in the password box.

Once in the system, click on the disc icon to see the full list of databases; Mango Languages is among your many choices. Mango Languages will prompt you to create a new account, although you may also log in as a guest. Through a module tutorial process, Mango can introduce you to any one of 72 languages – you’re sure to find the ones you’re looking for. Accessible for nearly any age, whether you’ve ever studied a foreign language before, or not. Go check it out!

Rescheduled Reception

Don’t Forget!

Jane Larson’s Retirement reception has been rescheduled for this Friday, December 9th from 3-6 pm.


The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library staff and Board of Trustees are very pleased to share a planned public reception honoring the retirement of long-time Library Director, Jane A. Larson, scheduled for Friday, November 18th from 3 – 6 pm. After a serious year-long illness, and continuing to recover at home in Meckling, Larson is looking forward to saying a proper goodbye to colleagues and patrons. Jane served the community as Director of the Library for 32 years. In that time, she steered the Library through enormous change and growth, including overseeing a major renovation and expansion of the Library, completed in 2013. Anne Dunham, Friends of the Vermillion Public Library long-time volunteer, is looking forward to thanking Larson. “Jane has been the face of the Library for over 30 years. She has been greatly missed.”
“We’re excited to have this opportunity to thank Jane for her years of dedicated service to the Vermillion Public Library, and for all she achieved while she was here. We encourage friends, acquaintances, and community-members to stop by and visit with Jane during her reception,” states incoming Library Director, Daniel Burniston.
The reception is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Kozak Community Room.
For more information, call the Library Circulation Desk at 677.7060.

Helpful Election Information and Forums

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*Attention Vermillionaires*
Here are some upcoming opportunities for election education:

Thursday, October 20th at 7 pm
District 17 Candidate Debates & Ballot Issues Forum
Al Neuharth Media Center, USD Campus

Monday, October 24th, 7-8:30 pm
County Commissioner Forum
City Hall Chambers

Tuesday, October 25th, 7-8:30 pm
State Legislative Forum
City Hall Chambers

Tuesday, November 1st, 7-8:30 pm
Ballot Issues Discussion and Elections Review
Vermillion Public Library

Now you know:) Spread the word.