March Artists & Authors presentation

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).

Cook the Book returns today

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

After School Mondays

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;)

Informational Meeting Tonight

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.

Cook the Book returns soon!

Cook the Book is almost here – have you read the book yet?

Mondays, Feb. 6 – Mar. 27, 12 pm in the Kozak Community Room

Do you love browsing through cookbooks or trying new recipes and cooking techniques? The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is pleased to resume our most popular book club – Cook the Book! On Mondays at noon, beginning on February 6th, and continuing through March 27th, our tastiest adult program will introduce fellow foodies to new tastes, cooking techniques, and great books about cooking.

This unique book group brings together patrons who love to cook for a shared meal and conversation about cooking. Our introductory book for this season will be Cooked, by Michael Pollan. To participate, drop by the Library Circulation desk to pick up a copy of the book.
Participants will choose recipes inspired by book to prepare and share for the first meeting. Subsequent meetings will be themed according to the group’s choices.

We’re OPEN on MLK Jr. Day this year

The Vermillion Public Library will be OPEN this MLK Jr. Day, and we’ve got some activities planned!
Drop by between 10 & 1 in the morning for board games and pizza, or for a special film screening in the afternoon at 2.

Post-Holiday Activities

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.

October Artists & Authors

John Banasiak, award-winning photographer and Professor of Art at the University of South Dakota, will visit the Vermillion Public Library to discuss his work on Tuesday, October 11th at 7 pm.


John Banasiak grew up on the south side of Chicago, and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Upon graduation he received the Fred J. Forester Traveling Fellowship to help with a documentary project in Poland in 1973. After teaching Art Foundation and Color Photography classes as a graduate student at the Art Institute of Chicago, he was offered a Visiting Artist position at “Light Work” on the campus of Syracuse University, which lead to a job as a one year replacement on the Art Department faculty of New York State University in Oswego. The following year he traveled to New Zealand and presented photographic workshops at Auckland University and Canterbury College. Upon his return to the US he was offered a full time teaching position at the University of South Dakota where he has taught Photography for the past 36 years. In 1992 he received the Burlington Northern Award for Teaching, and in 2004 received the Belbas-Larson Award. He also received the President’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2008. He is represented by the Joseph Bellows Gallery of La Jolla, California, and has been part of the AIPAD Photo Show held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City for the past five years. He was also recently included in this year’s Creative Quarterly “Best 100 – 2015” annual, published by Artisanal Media of NYC, with photographs from a current photographic series titled “Scenes from the Dreams of a Fortune Teller”. This past autumn he had a solo exhibition in the Main Gallery of the University of South Dakota, featuring 60 Kalitype prints titled “Views from the Halls of Purgatory. His photographic work is included in the collections of The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The International Center of Photography in NYC, The Nelson-Atkins Museum/ Hallmark Photographic Collection in Kansas City, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Fundacion Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain, The Diosgyori Vizualis Museum in Miskolc, Hungary, and the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Georgia.
This presentation is free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at 605-677-7060.