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

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Affordable Care Act Information

Are you looking for information about the Affordable Care Act? Need guidance in applying?
The Rural Office of Community Services will be on hand with very useful information on Tuesday, October 25th from 6 – 8 pm in the Small Conference Room. This is a drop-in information session only. Individual appointments for application assistance will be held on Thursday, November 10th.

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Wanna Learn a Language?

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.

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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!

Election Information and Education

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

Thursday, October 13th at 8 pm
John Thune/Jay Williams Forum
South Dakota Focus, SDPB1

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 Election ReviewHere:) Vermillion Public Library

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Attention Writers!

Are you a writer looking to get published?
Don’t miss this great opportunity to work with an award-winning author & poet, for FREE!

On Saturday, October 1st from 2 -4 pm, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to host the Writer’s Workshop: Get Published Now, with Jim Reese. “Get Published Now” is a hybrid writing workshop where participants spend time generating ideas and discussing real methods on how to get published in today’s market. The Writer’s Workshop features an informal conversation with an award-winning working writer / editor / publisher discussing craft, publishing and the writing life.

“Jim Reese … He’s our Mark Twain of this century … Jim writes about the everyday experience, and he, in my view, is therefore America’s poet.”
—Grace Cavalieri, from the Poet and the Poem at the Library of Congress

Jim Reese is an Associate Professor of English; Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota; and Editor-in-Chief of 4 PM Count. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, and he has performed readings at venues throughout the country, including the Library of Congress and San Quentin Prison. His third book Really Happy was published by New York Quarterly Books in 2014.

In 2015 Reese received an Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, and in 2012 a Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his exemplary dedication and contributions to the Education Department at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp. Since 2008 Reese has been one of six artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ interagency initiative with the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This workshop is generously supported by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organization. The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please call to reserve your spot. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at 605-677-7060.

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Sundays Afternoons at the Library

Sundays at the Library are all about health and wellbeing:) Consider joining one of our informal wellness sessions on Sunday afternoons:
2-2:45 pm – Meditation Basics
3-4 pm – Yoga for Every Body
4-4:45 pm – Qigong for Seniors

There is no cost for any of these programs, and no experience is required.

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Artists & Authors Returns with noted Author visit

Patrick Hicks is the author of over ten books, including The Collector of Names, Adoptable, and This London. He will appear at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library to read from his newest novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, on Tuesday, September 13th, at 7 pm.

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His work has appeared in such journals and magazines as Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Salon, Chronicle of Higher Education, Commonweal, Christian Science Monitor, The London Magazine, Huffington Post, The Utne Reader, and many others. He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize, he was recently a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, the Dzanc Short Story Collection Competition, and the Gival Press Novel Award. His poetry has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, The PBS Newshour, and his work with PBS’s “Over South Dakota” was nominated for an Emmy. His first novel held company among only 20 books selected for National Reading Group Month and it was listed as a Top Pick for First Year College Programs. A winner of the Glimmer Train Fiction Award, he is also the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships, including awards from the Bush Artist Foundation, the South Dakota Arts Council, the Loft Literary Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A dual-citizen of Ireland and America, he is the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University as well as a faculty member at the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. He has lived in Northern Ireland, England, Germany, and Spain, but has returned to his Midwestern roots. When not writing, he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie with his British wife and he is a sucker for playing in the backyard with his seven-year-old son, who was adopted from South Korea. Light saber battles happen in their house all the time—there are a lot of scorch marks in the living room.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating.

One Book is Around the Corner

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, partnering with Osher Life-Long Institute, will present a discussion of this year’s One Book South Dakota on Tuesday, September 13th at 3 pm.  Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Library’s Circulation Desk.

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The 2016 One Book South Dakota selection is Some Luck by Jane Smiley.  The first volume of an epic trilogy from a beloved writer at the height of her powers, Some Luck starts us on a literary adventure through cycles of birth and death, passion and betrayal that will span a century in America. The novel is a National Book Award nominee, as well as Best Book of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Financial Times, The Seattle Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and BookPage.

1920, Denby, Iowa: Rosanna and Walter Langdon have just welcomed their firstborn son, Frank, into their family farm. He will be the oldest of five.

Each chapter in this extraordinary novel covers a single year, encompassing the sweep of history as the Langdons abide by time-honored values and pass them on to their children. With the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change through the early 1950s, we watch as the personal and the historical merge seamlessly: one moment electricity is just beginning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis. Later still, a girl we’d seen growing up now has a little girl of her own.

Jane Smiley won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1992. She will appear at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings, Sept. 23 at the Performing Arts Center. Her keynote begins at 7:30 pm following the mass author book signing at the PAC at 6:30 pm.

These events are made possible by the generous support of the South Dakota Humanities Council.  The South Dakota Humanities Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1972 whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota.