Afterschool STEAM at the Library

Do you enjoy working with youth, and love Tech? We’d like to meet you!
The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library seeks an after-school STEAM program facilitator. This free, weekly children’s program is designed to help develop and nurture school-aged children’s skills in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The program will resume beginning mid-January 2018, with the Fall semester to be utilized for curriculum module development and existing after-school program review.

The intern must be motivated and well-organized, with a strong interest in the sciences and in working with school-aged children. The Library’s preference is for an individual with science instruction experience, or a student working toward a degree in Education, Early Childhood Development, or related field.

Responsibilities:
• Develop series of short curriculum modules in sciences (electronics, simple robotics, mathematics, coding, etc.) that can later be utilized by Library staff and volunteers
• Engage and lead children in planned activities weekly, from mid-January through end of April, 2018
• Help in creating a safe, welcoming environment for program participants
• Promote activities that build and strengthen STEAM skills and lifelong learning
• Understand and adhere to library policies, procedures and rules

Preferred Skills and/or Experience:
• Background in sciences, technology, engineering, art or mathematics
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Experience working with elementary-aged children
• Creative thinking and problem-solving skills
• Ability to work independently
• Self-motivated and well-organized
• Dynamic interpersonal skills; tactful, cheerful, enthusiastic, positive, good sense of humor

Start Date:
Fall semester 2017, preferably by September 15th.

Schedule:
3-4 hours per week during the Fall and Spring Semester

End Date:
This is a grant-funded position and is expected to last at least the duration of the school year.

Compensation:
$8.75/hr

To be considered, please mail or email a completed City if Vermillion employment application, cover letter, and resume to:

Beth Samenus
Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library
18 Church St
Vermillion, SD 57069
605.677.7060
Beth.Samenus@vermillionpubliclibrary.org

We’re Looking for a Program Aid!

Do you have experience working with youth? We’re looking for a new Program Aid to assist with our youth programming. The position is currently open, until filled. Details below:

Date Posted: 8/4/2017
Department: Public Library
Compensation: $9.25/hour
Hours: seasonal/temporary/part-time
Deadline: Open until filled

Program Aid
Job Summary
This position reports to the Youth Services Librarian with a focus on young adult programming. This position helps develop, run and expand programming and activities both at the library and through outreach. The position will also perform entry level library clerical work in the circulation of library materials, handling of patron requests, shelving and filing.

Schedule Requirements
1) Some evenings and weekends required
2) 6-10 hours per week during spring, winter and fall
3) 30-40 hours per week during summer reading programming (normally June and July)
4) Flexibility to adjust schedule for programming and circulation desk coverage

Essential Job Functions
1) Schedule, plan and conduct programming in coordination with the Youth Services Librarian, with a focus on young adult programming
2) Requests, organizes and maintains teen programming materials such as games, equipment and snacks
3) Collaborates with schools, teachers and other youth services workers to promote the library and share programming
4) Provides support and assistance with children’s and adult programming as needed
5) Uses social media to promote children’s and young adult library programs and services
6) Composes and submits monthly reports and teen event statistics
7) Helps maintain a comfortable library atmosphere for teens including maintenance of YA area
8) Greets visitors to the library and provides friendly, high-quality customer service to library users
9) Performs circulation duties and procedures including: loaning and returning materials, placing reserves, checking in materials, shelving materials, checking for damaged materials, taking interlibrary loan requests
10) Assists patrons signing up for new library cards
11) Any one position may not include all the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in this position

Other Job Functions
1) Provide suggestions for new print and digital acquisitions for young adults
2) Organizing and reshelving returned library materials
3) Responds to general telephone questions
4) Maintains neat and orderly circulation desk
5) Assists patrons in the use of library services and facilities
6) Operates library equipment
7) Shelf reading of library stacks to ensure an easy to use and accessible collection
8) May be cross-trained to assist in other library units/departments
9) Performs other tasks, duties and projects as assigned

Supervision Received
Works under immediate supervision of the Youth Services Librarian

Knowledge, Skill and Ability
1) Ability to engage with young adults in a warm, friendly way with humor, energy, flexibility and persistence. Understanding of teens irregular attendance or responses
2) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patrons and staff
3) Excellent written and oral communication skills
4) Experience working with common technology hardware and software such as Microsoft Office products, PCs, tablets, copiers, fax machines and email
5) Ability to troubleshoot technology hardware/software and gaming equipment
6) Experience with social media websites, video creation and basic digital photography
7) Ability to follow the policies and procedures of the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library

Education – High School diploma or GED.

Experience – Experience with and enjoyment in working with young adults. Public service experience preferred. Library or book store experience beneficial.

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to use hands to handle and feel, operate office equipment, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, talk and hear, and walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, and crouch.

The employee must also be able to read and write, and follow oral and written instructions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Working Conditions
While performing the duties of this job, the employee primarily works indoors. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

Please submit a completed City application, cover letter and resume to the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, ATTN: Daniel Burniston, 18 Church St, Vermillion, SD 57069 or if you have questions call (605) 677-7060.

Uke Lessons Return

Everyone’s favorite Ukulele teacher returns to the Library this Fall!

Joseph Ahuna will offer free ukulele lessons to interested participants, 10 & up, beginning September 16th. SPACE IS LIMITED, and registration is REQUIRED. Don’t have a ukulele? No problem. We’ve got some to loan. Just call or stop by our Circulation Desk to sign up, and check-out a ukulele.

But don’t wait; hurry!

Many Thanks!


THANK YOU to the supporters of our 2017 Summer Reading Program:
Lauren Hollenbeck          Angela Anderson          Shannon Schaack
Lauren & Caiden Mandernach                               Sandy Pederson
John Lushbough              Susan Port                     Daniel Peterson, NPS
Marina Sereda                 Asli & Ali Dag                Musheera Anis
Julia Hellwege                Jose Dominguez            Shane Griese
Dennis Steffen, Vermillion Optimists Club       Pete Jahn
Brian Steffen                 Vermillion HyVee          Vermillion Walmart
ACE Hardware             Jason Thiel and Vermillion Theaters
Vermillion Civic Council                                       USD Women’s Basketball
Theta Omega, ESA Chapter                                  Vermillion Rotary
American Legion Aux., Wallace Post #1            Yankton Literacy Council
Catholic Daughters                                                FOE Sunshine Aux.
Friends of the Vermillion Public Library          Vermillion Lions
Delta Kappa Gamma, ETA Chapter                   Matt Taggart, Fire Marshal
Matt Davis, Vermillion Police                             Todd Halverson, Vermillion Light & Power
Monty Monkvold, Vermillion Light & Power  Jill Macy
Tom & Nancy Nelson                                            Barb Rickord
Sharon Ross                  Jan & Gary Small          Pat & Jerry Pratt
William & Cyndi Dendinger                                F. Arlene DeVany
Cathy Beard & John Davidson                            Heidi & Clark Bennett
Jan Chapman               Darlene Farabee             Karen Farris
Carol & Tom Geu         Pat & John Gors             Janet Hoffman
Patricia & Roger Holmes                                      Shirley & Bill Huber
Fern Kaufman              Patricia Kozak                The Bean
Amanda Hofland         Bali Summers                 Jenna Wilhelm
Katie Keitges                Abby VanPeursem         Ethan Simmons

SRP Activities Continue

The end is near, but it’s not over yet! We still have a handful of fun activities to finish out this year’s Summer Reading Program, and you’re invited. Be sure to check out these upcoming events:

Wednesday, July 19th at 10 am – LEGO Club (Kozak Room) and Teen Brunch (Small Conference Room)
at 1:30 pm – Art Club (Kozak Room)
Thursday, July 20th at 10 am – Building Solar Viewers in Workshop (Kozak Room)
at 1 pm – FIT with the USD Women’s BB Team! (Kozak Room)
at 1:30 pm – Cursive Class (Kozak Room)
at 2 pm – Chess Club (Kozak Room)
Monday, July 24th at 10:30 am – Nutrition with HyVee’s Shannon Schaack (Kozak Room)
at 1 pm – Vermillion/Clay County Community Safety visit! (Library Parking Lot)
at 2 pm – Origami Club (Kozak Room)
Tuesday, July 25th at 10 am – Minecraft (Youth Room)
at 1:30 pm – Tale of Despereaux (Coyote Twin Theater)
Wednesday, July 26th at 10 am – LEGO Club (Kozak Room) and Teen Brunch (Small Conference Room)
at 1:30 pm – Art Club (Kozak Room)
Thursday, July 27th at 1 pmSRP End Party at Prentis Park Plunge! *Sign-ups required; please call 677.7060 or stop by the Circulation Desk.

There’s Still Time!

It may seem like the Summer Reading Program is winding down (where does the time go?), but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a BUNCH of fun things to catch before it’s all over. And keep reading! We’ve got incentives to give out for each week, and you can check in at ANY time to collect your incentives… up until the end of the program, that is – which is Friday, July 28th.

Here are a couple of the fun programs coming. See the remaining program sessions listed on the SRP calendar at the bottom of the post.

Ready for the All-American Eclipse?

Are you excited about the coming eclipse? Are you prepared? Check out NASA’s great resources: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Here at the VPL, we’ve also got some workshops cooked up that will help you get the most out of this rare eclipse event! On Thursday, July 20th – as part of our SRP Workshop session – we will lead kids in the creation of a solar viewer. We will also distribute eclipse glasses to all participants. Then again on Saturday, August 12th at 1 pm, we will lead another solar viewer workshop that will be open to anyone in the community. We will have plenty of eclipse glasses to share, so please feel free to drop by and pick yourself up a pair:)

A Special Night of Thanks

The VPL’s first Books & Brews of the 2017 season was an upscale affair held on Friday, June 16th. Past and present members of Vermillion Standard Time were on hand to provide some fantastic, jazzy accompaniment to our formal unveiling of all the recent tech upgrades the Library has received, due to the continued support of the Vermillion Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library.


Director Dan Burniston emceed the informal evening of revelry, refreshments, and community, although the thanks expressed were formal and heartfelt. Our community enjoys one of the premier public libraries in the state, due in large part to the dedicated and tremendous support of our partner organizations. This evening served as just one small gesture of gratitude toward all those who work so hard to make us look good!


And speaking of looking good, we’ve put together a little video of the night’s highlights, which can be found on our youtube channel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiVBvlwCcbw.

Don’t miss Books & Brews

this Friday, June 16th at 7 pm.
The Board of Trustees of the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, the Foundation of the Vermillion Public Library, and the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library invite the community to a special session of our Books & Brews program on Friday, June 16th, from 7 – 9 pm. This season’s premier event is intended as a reveal of a number of wonderful technological upgrades to our library, generously supported by the Vermillion Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Vermillion Public Library. Participants will enjoy live music, light refreshments and beverages, and an engaging social evening while touring the Library facilities.

Adults 21 & up are welcome to attend.