Halloween is Almost Here!

One of our favorite holidays is fast approaching, and we love all that there is to do this time of year. To help you prepare for the many, many activities that you might choose from, we’d like to
announce that this year we will be hosting a trunk-or-treat!

A trunk-or-treat is like trick-or-treating, but involves walking from car to car, rather than house to house.  We’ll have treats available from the ‘trunks’ of multiple cars in our parking lot, and we strongly encourage costumes! All ages are welcome, of course.

Tuesday, October 31st, 3:30 pm
in the Library parking lot
Bring a friend!

Writers Group is Open to You

The Vermillion Community Writers Group, sponsored by the Vermillion Literary Project, happens at the Library on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month. This small, informal group meets to support one another’s writing efforts, and anyone is welcome! 6-8 pm in the South Dakota Room.

What’s a Human Library?

Have you ever been to a Human Library? Well, now’s your chance: the ID Weeks Library at USD will be hosting a Human Library on Wednesday, October 18th from 4 to 7 pm. It’s your chance to get to know some truly intriguing folks in our community.

It’s Friends of Libraries Week

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be spending the week of October 15-21, 2017, celebrating its Friends of the Library group as part of the 12th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.

The Friends of the Vermillion Public Library were established in 1986 and have raised many thousands of dollars in support over the years. Countless community members contribute annually to the Friends, and over 25 of these contributors actively volunteer their time to assist the group with fundraising efforts that include an annual literary lunch and a used book sale each month in the lovely Edie’s Book Shop.

“My parents introduced me to books at a young age and I have been a ‘reader’ ever since,” says Friends President Joyce Zimmer. “As a child in Vermillion, many a rainy summer afternoon was spent in the Children’s Library (the basement of the old library) where I could immerse myself in all sorts of adventures between the covers of a beloved book.  Anything I can do now to foster this love of reading in others makes me happy. Our work crew for Edie’s is filled with others who love to read and the time flies by as we share favorite authors and books.”

The current advisory council for the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organization includes Anne Dunham, Ann Stewart, Betsy Simons, Maxine Rodgers, Shari Kolbeck, and Sharon Donahoe.

Ann Stewart, long-time Edie’s volunteer and loyal VPL patron states, “Sharing a customer’s joy as they find that special book is one reason I enjoy volunteering at Edie’s book shop.”

Special attention throughout the week will include an honoring of our Friends Advisory Council during our Board of Trustees October meeting on Thursday, as well as social media and website focus on all the hard work achieved by the organization. Patrons are encouraged to consider becoming a member of the organization by filling out member forms that will be located at the Circulation Desk, and on our website.

“The Friends of the Vermillion Public Library bring much extra energy and enthusiasm into our library,” claims Daniel Burniston, Library Director. “They do a huge amount of hard work for the library through activities like Edie’s Book store. The funds they raise help give library staff much needed extra time and resources for activities such as creating, implementing and running our fantastic array of programs and services. The dedicated, voluntary work the Friends group does helps us make the library a better place for all of our community members; we greatly appreciate it and can’t thank them enough for all they do.”

National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ala.org/united. For additional information, please contact the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library at 677-7060.

Go Yotes!

It’s Homecoming Week at USD, which means it’s almost time for the big D-Days Parade. We’ll be there this year, so come on down and look for us this Saturday:) We’ll have some library swag, and will be walking with several other Vermillion cultural organizations. We can’t wait to see all your shiny faces!

P.S. There will be NO Story Times on Saturday morning, due to the Parade. Please share widely.


It’s Friday morning!
Which means it’s time for some delicious Bean Coffee for the adults, and Parent Tot Dance (10:15 am) for the little kiddos.
This afternoon brings a movie time (with snacks!) for grade school children at 3:30.

We Read Banned Books

What’s your favorite banned book, Vermillionaires? Our Library Director, Daniel, is a big fan of the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. The VPL’s Circulation Supervisor, Jeff, counts Vonnegut’s Slaughter-Five among his favorites. Susan, our Public Relations Specialist, has always been profoundly impacted by all of Toni Morrison’s works. We want to know which banned books are meaningful to you; as well as any you’re looking forward to adding to your reading list!

Don’t forget that we’re celebrating Banned Books Week with a special promotion: weigh in on our facebook page, over on our instagram or twitter pages, or even in-person at the Library Circulation Desk with your favorite banned book, and you’ll be entered into a prize drawing – just tag #vermillionpubliclibrary and #bannedbooksweek. In addition, the first 18 entrants will get a ‘Words Have Power’ button!