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.
The VPL will host a discussion of Hidden Figures, facilitated by Teresa Chasing Hawk, on Thursday, May 4th at 1 pm. Copies of the book are available for check-out at the Circulation Desk starting… NOW! We will also screen the film adaptation after our discussion;)
Don’t miss your chance to discuss the season’s most talked about book-to-screen adaptation.
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.
Did you know that we offer Verizon Hotspots for check-out? Give us a call at the Circulation Desk to find out more: 677.7060.
February’s Artists & Authors series brings author Travis Gulbrandson to the Library to discuss his recently published novel, “A Marble Heart”.
“A Marble Heart” tells the true story of Julia Anna Baker, who ran children’s homes across the Midwest for personal financial gain in the early part of the 20th century. Baker traveled the country proselytizing for and collecting money in the name of “home conserving.” The children who came under her care, however, were subject to filthy living conditions, insufficient food and, in some cases, physical abuse.
The book was inspired by a photograph found in a Sioux Falls antique store. “A Marble Heart” is the culmination of more than two years of historical research, and utilizes such real-world figures as Baker herself, Kansas City politicians and a preacher who claimed to be the reincarnation of the prophet Elijah.
Gulbrandson is previously the author of two novels, “The Believers” and “Away from the Nets,” and “Face to Face,” a collection of short stories. He worked as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade, including publications at Pierre, Yankton and Vermillion. During that time his work was recognized by the South Dakota Newspaper Association and the Associated Press.
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.
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.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, Vermillionaires!
The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), is pleased to announce the availability of two new electronic resources: Universal Class and OnePlay. Beginning January 1st, patrons will have free access to online continuing education courses and digital gaming through the library’s website, www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org/ebooks/.
Universal Class is a comprehensive service offering unlimited access to continuing education courses, covering a broad range of topics. Universal Class offers over 500 courses ranging from accounting and nutrition to reiki and gardening, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). Classes are self-paced and instructor-led, with certified instructors available to answer questions and assess your performance.
OnePlay offers a digital gaming service, where users can instantly download and play unlimited Android and PC games for free. OnePlay includes over 2,000 games from more than 75 different publishers.
1500+ PC titles, 500+ Android titles, plus no holds and no waiting. Patrons can download the games they want onto their computers, or other devices, and play them whenever and wherever – no internet required. Login can be used in the library, at home and on multiple devices. Parental controls are also available.
Details on how to access Universal Class and OnePlay may be found at http://onlinelibrary.utah.gov/.
Looking for something to do after Christmas? We’ve got 3 days of fun activities planned this week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (12/27-29), join us for lunch and fun activities!
Big thanks to the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library for sponsoring lunch.
The holidays are in full-swing! Get in the spirit with classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Watch it on InstantFlix through our website at http://vermillionpubliclibrary.org/ebooks/.