Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa, on Saturday, April 29th at 1:00pm. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions. You’ll want to arrive early for best seating.
Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the 21 stringed West African Kora. The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires’ founding. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal. Find out more at: www.seangaskell.com.
This performance is being generously supported by the Board of Trustees of the Vermillion Public Library.
It’s finally National Library Week! Don’t miss all that we have in store.
You will not believe the finds (and the deals) to be found at Edie’s Book Shop Sale, the first Friday and Saturday (roughly) of each month. Treat yourself, and support library programming at the same time! What are you waiting for?
Edie’s is open today and tomorrow, 10 am to 4 pm.
April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or even record their own music.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to address the needs of their communities. By providing such resources as e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.
Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by with an exciting line-up of activities:
Beginning Monday, April 10th at 10 am, we invite patrons and community members to stop by for our #librarylove photo op! We are looking for library friends of all ages and backgrounds to have their portraits added to our collection, which are showcased here in the library.
On Tuesday, April 11th from 12-1 pm the library will honor our volunteers and donors in a special reception. All are welcome.
Wednesday, April 12th is Library Card Upgrade Day! Is your library card old and tattered? Lost? Just interested in switching to a handy key-card? For today only, patrons are invited to stop by and upgrade to a new card, without the usual dollar fee. In addition, we will have some fun library-related goodies to give away.
Thursday, April 13th will bring the opportunity for patrons and community members to drop in and sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school, and public. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries and urge you to show your support by signing your name.
And on Friday, April 14th, we will reveal all the glorious portraits taken of patrons during our #librarylove photo shoot on Monday. Don’t miss the chance to see yourselves or your neighbors and read what they have to say about libraries.
In addition, our normal children’s afterschool programming will feature special activities and treats. For more information, please visit the library’s website at vermillionpubliclibrary.org, or contact the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library at 677-7060.
Looking forward to getting out on the river this spring? Don’t miss this great presentation by the National Park Service this Saturday, March 25th, at the VPL!
Takes place in the Kozak Community Room at 1pm.
In case you hadn’t yet heard, there are reasons to be concerned about the potential future of the arts, humanities, and libraries, due to complete cuts proposed in the current administration’s budget. Please help us preserve funding for our libraries! #saveimls
Click on the image to learn how you can help.
The Library will be closed in observance of President’s Day on Monday, February 20th.
We’ve got you covered. The Library now offers charging stations at the Circulation Desk, and in the Adult study area.