Today is National Readathon Day!

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You might take for granted how easy it is for you to read this sentence, but millions of Americans still struggle with basic literacy. 40% of American adults are either at or below basic reading proficiency, and 14% are fully illiterate. But the trouble doesn’t stop there. Each year, millions of Americans — especially our youth — are losing touch with the power and importance of reading books. As Malcolm X said, “People don’t realize how a whole life can be changed by one book.”

Help change lives this winter by celebrating National Readathon Day with Penguin Random House, GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation. Together with your support, we hope to help fund their efforts to educate, tutor, create and sustain a lifelong love of reading.

You can get involved by joining readers across America in a marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24. From Noon – 4 PM in our respective time zones, we will sit and read a book in our own home, library, school or bookstore.

Get started now by creating your own Firstgiving Fundraising page, and inviting friends and family to donate, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

You can find out more here:
http://www.nationalbook.org/2015_readathon.html

If you represent a bookstore, library or school, we invite your venue to host a “reading party” during the Readathon, so your local community can gather and read together. You can also create a fundraising team (named for your bookstore or library), enabling your community to fund raise together as a group to contribute to the National Book Foundation’s efforts to promote reading in America. Visit our Readathon Resources page for supporting materials and information on how to get started.

And be sure to share your experiences and photos using the hash tag, #timetoread!

In Appreciation

johnson statue 001Have you noticed a new ‘friend’ among the stacks?  We recently received this lovely gift from Senator Johnson. Along with the statue came a letter that read:

United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Tim Johnson
South Dakota
November 19, 2014

Dear Friends:

My wife Barbara and I have many cherished memories of going with our children to the Vermillion Public Library. It was there that our children’s love of reading blossomed, and ours grew as well.

To honor these fond memories, Barbara and I are donating this statue as a thank you to the Vermillion community.

I received this statue from the School Administrators of South Dakota in recognition of my steadfast support and commitment to education. Literacy plays a critical role in giving children the skills they need to succeed in school and in their future careers. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is a place where children and adults can broaden their horizons through books, educational programming, technology, and guidance from library staff.

Over the years, I have proudly displayed this statue in my Senate office in Washington, D.C. It has greeted countless South Dakotans, public officials, foreign dignitaries, and other guests as they visited my office, and it has served as a constant reminder of the importance of education. I am glad this statue has found a new home and hope it will help inspire young readers.

Sincerely,
Tim Johnson

Food for Fines Drive happening now!

Food for Fines In honor of the Holiday Season, and the growing need within our community, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be accepting food donations in exchange for overdue fees December 1st – 13th.  Please bring your bags of donations to the Circulation Desk during our open hours on any of these dates, and we will gladly waive your fees (with the exception of damage/replacement fees).

The Vermillion Food Pantry is particularly in need of donations of soup/chili, tuna or canned meats, jam/jelly, pasta sauces, and boxed meals.

Warmest wishes for a Happy Holiday season!!

 

We’re on a Roll

We hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday.  For many, the long holiday weekend continues, but we are here at the library!  We are open our normal hours today, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and tomorrow, Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.  We’ve got tons of great holiday books on display, to assist in your holiday preparations.  If it’s DIY you’re looking for, we can help.

In addition, today is Small Business Saturday!  Keep those important dollars and resources local by shopping at any of the fabulous small businesses we have here in downtown Vermillion.  If you need to shop for gifts, goodies, or decor, there’s no question you will find what you need right here close to home.  And then stop by the library and share all the exciting things you’ve found!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!small bus sat

Basic Tech Skills Resources

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You can now access useful resources for learning basic tech skills right from the library menu above. Click on the Helpful Links tab, and then scroll down to the addresses listed under Technological Literacy/Assistance.  The learning sites are:

gcflearnfree.org/
http://digitallearn.org/

digitalliteracy.gov/
everyoneon.org/

Check ’em out!

Book Signing Event Tonight

Rusch - County Capitols

Tonight, October 16th, 7-9 pm
Kozak Community Room

Local historian, author, and judge Arthur L. Rusch will be present to discuss and sign copies of his new book County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota.

Using county records, period newspapers, and other archival materials, Arthur L. Rusch shows how the “courthouse fights” between rival communities turned into outright battles, including bidding wars, midnight forays to steal county records and even buildings, and the destruction of courthouses—all in the cause of community survival.

Vermillion Green Living Festival

Summer Reading Program
Adult/Family Events

Sustainable food

Vermillion Green Living Festival
Saturday, July 26, 2014
1 – 2:30 pm
Kozak Community Room

Join us for a short presentation by Meghann Jarchow, Sustainability Coordinator at
USD, and then an open house to visit the tables available from local vendors including:
God’s Green Earth
Greening Vermillion
Heikes Family Farm
Hy-Vee
Irish Twins Soaps
Prairie Moon Herbs
Sharing the Dream
The Tea Smith
Vermillion Community Garden
Vermillion Farmers Market
PLUS…homemade foods to sample!

This opportunity gives you to try samples and learn more about
sustainable products and foods! End your visit with a trip over to
the Community Garden!

For more information, call the Library at 677-7060.

 

Geocaching Event This Saturday — Fun for the Whole Family!

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Interested in Geocaching?
Diane Leja and Becky Rider will share the basics and
then lead an excursion outdoors!

Saturday, June 28, 2014
1 pm til….
Edith B. Siegrist
Vermillion Public Library
 Kozak Community Room

Geocaching is a game that reveals a world beyond the every day, where the possibility of a new discovery hides under park benches, in the forest, and probably a short walk from where you are right now. The adventure begins by searching for cleverly hidden containers called geocaches. There are more than 2 million geocaches waiting to be found throughout the world, in more than 180 countries…..for more information see the website: www.geocaching.com

Lego Robotics Teen Event

TEEN EVENT THIS SATURDAY

Saturday, May 3rd
2 – 4 pm
Kozak Community Room
Lego RobotTeens from 6th-12th grades are invited to join Andy Jensen, 4-H Youth Program Advisor, for an afternoon of Lego Robotics! This event is limited to 20 people and requires registration….sign up today! Call 677-7060 or stop at the Circulation Desk at the Library to register.