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.

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