We’re Still ‘Outside the Lines’

In recent years, libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement to accommodate the growing needs of their local communities. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library invites the residents of Clay County to experience the library in a whole new way. Come join your community outside the Library as we host some special events:

Our children’s after school programming returns for the Fall this week, with new programs in the line-up and tons of fun activities during Story Times. Art, Music and Movement Story Times are open for registration now, which can be found at vermillionpubliclibrary.org/storytime/. For school-aged children, we are extremely proud to share that we’ve expanded our afterschool programs to every day of the week! Afterschool programs are open to those aged 5 & up (except Tuesday Robotics, which is open to those in 2nd grade & up), are free of charge, and require no registration. Most programs occur twice per month, and include: Nutrition/Yoga, Minecraft, LEGO Robotics & VEX IQ Robotics, Cursive Class, Chess Club and LEGO Club. Additionally, we offer Origami Club and Art Club once per month. Every Friday we offer a free movie (with popcorn!). For the full listing, visit our children’s programming page at our website: vermillionpubliclibrary.org/kids/.

Tuesday, September 12th at 7 pm we will preview an hour of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR. It tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. The screening will be followed by a panel
discussion featuring South Dakotans who were active in protesting the War. Afterward, SDPB will be conducting video interviews with interested veterans, their family members and others who witnessed the Vietnam War as part of efforts to collect stories for historic preservation.

On Friday, September 15th at 7:30 pm the final Books & Brews of the year will feature a ‘Drive-In’ behind the library of the cult classic 80’s film, The Breakfast Club. We’ll have the movie and popcorn and a limited selection of craft beers to sample, and participants are encouraged to bring their own favorites, as well as a chair. Adults aged 21 and up only, of course.

And on Saturday, September 16th at 7:30 pm, families are invited to join us for our second annual ‘Outside the Library Drive-In Movie Night’ as we enjoy Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Patrons of all ages are welcome to participate in viewing a family-friendly movie and munching on popcorn. Bring your own chairs and beverages.

These events – and more – are a part of Outside the Lines, a global initiative designed to reintroduce libraries to their local communities. From Sept. 10-16, 2017, organizations will host events and campaigns worldwide designed to get people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a whole new way.

Now in its fourth year, Outside the Lines takes many of the concepts, such as creativity, customer curiosity, culture, community and creative spaces, and puts them into action where they count – in our local communities. Learn more at getoutsidethelines.org.

Edie’s Book Shop

It’s almost time for Edie’s Book Shop to return!

Edie’s Book Shop Sale, the Public Library’s basement bookshop run by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library, returns after its summer hiatus on Friday and Saturday, September 8th and 9th, from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Don’t miss the great deals – everything from the newest bestsellers, to the hottest mysteries, vintage books, children’s and YA, and much, much more.  All of Edie’s sales go right back to the Library (and you) in the form of Summer Reading Program support, purchase of needed library materials and equipment, and special library projects, so you can feel good about your purchases!

AND, for the second year in a row, Edie’s and the Library will have tons and tons of FREE books up for grabs outside the Library’s main entrance. While you’re downtown for Ribs, Rods, and Rock & Roll, drop by Edie’s and the lawn outside the Library – you’re sure to find book treasures for everyone.

Edie’s Book Shop will then be open once each month for the remainder of the Fall:
October 13 & 14, November 3 & 4, and December 1 & 2.

Many Thanks!


THANK YOU to the supporters of our 2017 Summer Reading Program:
Lauren Hollenbeck          Angela Anderson          Shannon Schaack
Lauren & Caiden Mandernach                               Sandy Pederson
John Lushbough              Susan Port                     Daniel Peterson, NPS
Marina Sereda                 Asli & Ali Dag                Musheera Anis
Julia Hellwege                Jose Dominguez            Shane Griese
Dennis Steffen, Vermillion Optimists Club       Pete Jahn
Brian Steffen                 Vermillion HyVee          Vermillion Walmart
ACE Hardware             Jason Thiel and Vermillion Theaters
Vermillion Civic Council                                       USD Women’s Basketball
Theta Omega, ESA Chapter                                  Vermillion Rotary
American Legion Aux., Wallace Post #1            Yankton Literacy Council
Catholic Daughters                                                FOE Sunshine Aux.
Friends of the Vermillion Public Library          Vermillion Lions
Delta Kappa Gamma, ETA Chapter                   Matt Taggart, Fire Marshal
Matt Davis, Vermillion Police                             Todd Halverson, Vermillion Light & Power
Monty Monkvold, Vermillion Light & Power  Jill Macy
Tom & Nancy Nelson                                            Barb Rickord
Sharon Ross                  Jan & Gary Small          Pat & Jerry Pratt
William & Cyndi Dendinger                                F. Arlene DeVany
Cathy Beard & John Davidson                            Heidi & Clark Bennett
Jan Chapman               Darlene Farabee             Karen Farris
Carol & Tom Geu         Pat & John Gors             Janet Hoffman
Patricia & Roger Holmes                                      Shirley & Bill Huber
Fern Kaufman              Patricia Kozak                The Bean
Amanda Hofland         Bali Summers                 Jenna Wilhelm
Katie Keitges                Abby VanPeursem         Ethan Simmons

Summer Meal Gap

For the next 3 weeks, the Vermillion Public Library will be the site of the Summer Meal Gap lunch program! Hosted by the Vermillion Food Pantry and the Welcome Table, these lunches are meant to bridge the gap between the end of the Free Summer Meal Program, and the beginning of the school year.
Lunch begins at 11:30, and will be served until 1 pm, or until food runs out. Any Vermillion-area children, and their families, are welcome to attend. Takes place in the Kozak Community Room.

Generously supported by the Dakota Hospital Foundation, Vermillion United Way, The Welcome Table Backpack Program, the Vermillion Food Pantry, and Feeding South Dakota.

We’re Not Done Yet…

Can you believe it’s the final week of our Summer Reading Program? Time sure flies when you’re having fun:)
Don’t miss the final programs this week, and be sure to sign up for Thursday’s Pool Party at Prentis Park Plunge!

SRP Activities Continue

The end is near, but it’s not over yet! We still have a handful of fun activities to finish out this year’s Summer Reading Program, and you’re invited. Be sure to check out these upcoming events:

Wednesday, July 19th at 10 am – LEGO Club (Kozak Room) and Teen Brunch (Small Conference Room)
at 1:30 pm – Art Club (Kozak Room)
Thursday, July 20th at 10 am – Building Solar Viewers in Workshop (Kozak Room)
at 1 pm – FIT with the USD Women’s BB Team! (Kozak Room)
at 1:30 pm – Cursive Class (Kozak Room)
at 2 pm – Chess Club (Kozak Room)
Monday, July 24th at 10:30 am – Nutrition with HyVee’s Shannon Schaack (Kozak Room)
at 1 pm – Vermillion/Clay County Community Safety visit! (Library Parking Lot)
at 2 pm – Origami Club (Kozak Room)
Tuesday, July 25th at 10 am – Minecraft (Youth Room)
at 1:30 pm – Tale of Despereaux (Coyote Twin Theater)
Wednesday, July 26th at 10 am – LEGO Club (Kozak Room) and Teen Brunch (Small Conference Room)
at 1:30 pm – Art Club (Kozak Room)
Thursday, July 27th at 1 pmSRP End Party at Prentis Park Plunge! *Sign-ups required; please call 677.7060 or stop by the Circulation Desk.

SRP End Party Sign-Ups

have begun!
All Summer Reading Program participants are invited to participate in this year’s SRP End Party at Prentis Plunge Pool! This year’s party will be held on Thursday, July 27th from 1 to 3 pm. Any registered Summer Reading Program participant is welcome, but sign-ups are REQUIRED. Please call or stop by the Library’s Circulation Desk to get your/your child’s name on the list.
Children 6 & under, as well as non-swimmers, will require a parent or caregiver’s (14+) presence.
Admittance is free, and a snack will be included. Call 677-7060 for more information.

Ready for the All-American Eclipse?

Are you excited about the coming eclipse? Are you prepared? Check out NASA’s great resources: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Here at the VPL, we’ve also got some workshops cooked up that will help you get the most out of this rare eclipse event! On Thursday, July 20th – as part of our SRP Workshop session – we will lead kids in the creation of a solar viewer. We will also distribute eclipse glasses to all participants. Then again on Saturday, August 12th at 1 pm, we will lead another solar viewer workshop that will be open to anyone in the community. We will have plenty of eclipse glasses to share, so please feel free to drop by and pick yourself up a pair:)