Come check out the beautiful display of children’s Earth Week art in our Kozak Room, up through Thursday, April 27th! All part of the Earth Days celebration happening all around the community. Find out more here:
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.
If you haven’t dropped by the Library on a Monday afternoon, you don’t know what you’ve been missing! Our most recent additions to the afterschool line-up include LEGO Robotics with Lauren Hollenbeck of 4H (1st & 3rd Mondays), and Nutrition sessions with Shannon Schaack of HyVee (2nd & 4th Mondays).
3:30-5 pm in the Kozak Community Room; all school-aged children are welcome; snacks included.
The VPL’s Artist & Authors series will host author and poet Frank Pommersheim on Tuesday, March 14th at 7 pm. This presentation is free and open to the public, and takes place in the Kozak Community Room.
Pommersheim writes extensively in the field of Indian law. He is the author of Braid of Feathers (American Indian Law and Contemporary Tribal Life), Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution, more than 40 law review articles, and more than 125 judicial opinions. His newest book entitled Tribal Justice: 25 Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice came out in 2015.
Professor Pommersheim has received the University of South Dakota Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center Reconciliation Award, and the John Wesley Jackson Award as the Outstanding Professor of Law. He has also been nominated for the University of South Dakota President’s Award for Research Excellence. In the fall of 2016, Frank received the Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Award from the SD Humanities Council.
Frank is also a poet. His most recent chapbook is Local Memory and Karma (The Buddha Correspondence, Vol. 2).
Beginning this Wednesday, we have a new literacy program for some of our littlest patrons: Power Half Hour! Come check it out.
Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Do you love socializing and chatting over good food? Cook the Book is a new book club that brings together patrons who love to cook over a meal and conversation about cooking and recipes. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate!
Our first book is Cooked, by Michael Pollan. Each participant will choose a recipe ahead-of-time and prepare it for the first meeting to share; it’s that simple. It will only be necessary to make one regular-sized recipe – no need for doubling. Subsequent meetings after the initial meeting will all conform to a particular food theme, chosen by the group. Books will be available beginning early-January. Please contact the library’s Circulation Desk to sign up and pick up a copy of the book.
Monday, Feb 6th – Mar 27th, 12 pm in the Kozak Community Room
Did you know that we’ve added Monday to our after school program line-up? This Monday features Shannon Schaack, HyVee nutritionist, who will introduce kids to the exciting world of healthy eating (really, it’s so much fun and so tasty!).
2nd & 4th Mondays, 3:30-5 pm in the Kozak Community Room
Needless to say, snacks are included;)
Parent-Tot Dance returns each Friday at 10:30 am, in the Kozak Community Room. There is no cost for this program, and all are welcome.
Don’t forget your dancing shoes!
You are invited to make your mark with the Vermillion Theater Community Mural Project!
This informational meeting introduces the new community based mural project at the Vermillion Theater, to be created in partnership with The Vermillion Downtown Cultural Association. USD painting professor Amber Hansen, Rebecca Froehlich and Carolina Pineda will give a presentation on the community mural making process, discuss how to be part of the design team, and take questions and suggestions. Everyone is welcome to attend, and refreshments will be provided.