New Coffee Hour Coming

What the newest thing to do at the VPL? Thanks to the Friends of the Library organization, every Friday morning will now feature tasty coffee from our friends at The Bean!
Come on down and enjoy an informal ‘Coffee Hour’ during the relative serenity of our newly expanded hours – from 8-10 am.

Don’t dawdle; we don’t know how long the coffee will last;)

VPL is ‘Exemplary’ Library!

Your public library, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, was again accredited as an ‘exemplary’ library for 2017. Library Director Daniel Burniston recently traveled to Pierre during SDLA Legislative Day, to receive the commendation. State Librarian Daria Bossman and South Dakota Library Association President Danielle Loftus were on hand to present awards.

South Dakota Libraries submit to voluntary accreditation through the SD State Library on a yearly basis. To be accredited at the Exemplary level a library must meet all of the Essential standards (first level), all of the Enhanced standards (middle level), and all but two of the Exemplary standards (highest level). The comprehensive list of standards used to accredit our state’s public libraries can be found at http://library.sd.gov/LIB/DEV/SDPubLibStandards-2017Guide.pdf.
It takes the work of a great number of dedicated folks to achieve an exemplary accreditation. The Library would like to thank and share this honor with our Library Board of Trustees, the Vermillion Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organization, and Vermillion City Council.

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.

Rescheduled Reception

Don’t Forget!

Jane Larson’s Retirement reception has been rescheduled for this Friday, December 9th from 3-6 pm.


The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library staff and Board of Trustees are very pleased to share a planned public reception honoring the retirement of long-time Library Director, Jane A. Larson, scheduled for Friday, November 18th from 3 – 6 pm. After a serious year-long illness, and continuing to recover at home in Meckling, Larson is looking forward to saying a proper goodbye to colleagues and patrons. Jane served the community as Director of the Library for 32 years. In that time, she steered the Library through enormous change and growth, including overseeing a major renovation and expansion of the Library, completed in 2013. Anne Dunham, Friends of the Vermillion Public Library long-time volunteer, is looking forward to thanking Larson. “Jane has been the face of the Library for over 30 years. She has been greatly missed.”
“We’re excited to have this opportunity to thank Jane for her years of dedicated service to the Vermillion Public Library, and for all she achieved while she was here. We encourage friends, acquaintances, and community-members to stop by and visit with Jane during her reception,” states incoming Library Director, Daniel Burniston.
The reception is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Kozak Community Room.
For more information, call the Library Circulation Desk at 677.7060.

Retirement Reception for Jane Larson

*POSTPONED* Jane Larson’s Retirement reception has been postponed, due to inclement weather, until Friday, December 9th from 3-6 pm.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library staff and Board of Trustees are very pleased to share a planned public reception honoring the retirement of long-time Library Director, Jane A. Larson, scheduled for Friday, November 18th from 3 – 6 pm. After a serious year-long illness, and continuing to recover at home in Meckling, Larson is looking forward to saying a proper goodbye to colleagues and patrons. Jane served the community as Director of the Library for 32 years. In that time, she steered the Library through enormous change and growth, including overseeing a major renovation and expansion of the Library, completed in 2013. Anne Dunham, Friends of the Vermillion Public Library long-time volunteer, is looking forward to thanking Larson. “Jane has been the face of the Library for over 30 years. She has been greatly missed.”
“We’re excited to have this opportunity to thank Jane for her years of dedicated service to the Vermillion Public Library, and for all she achieved while she was here. We encourage friends, acquaintances, and community-members to stop by and visit with Jane during her reception,” states incoming Library Director, Daniel Burniston.
The reception is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Kozak Community Room.
For more information, call the Library Circulation Desk at 677.7060.

Attention Writers!

Are you a writer looking to get published?
Don’t miss this great opportunity to work with an award-winning author & poet, for FREE!

On Saturday, October 1st from 2 -4 pm, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to host the Writer’s Workshop: Get Published Now, with Jim Reese. “Get Published Now” is a hybrid writing workshop where participants spend time generating ideas and discussing real methods on how to get published in today’s market. The Writer’s Workshop features an informal conversation with an award-winning working writer / editor / publisher discussing craft, publishing and the writing life.

“Jim Reese … He’s our Mark Twain of this century … Jim writes about the everyday experience, and he, in my view, is therefore America’s poet.”
—Grace Cavalieri, from the Poet and the Poem at the Library of Congress

Jim Reese is an Associate Professor of English; Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota; and Editor-in-Chief of 4 PM Count. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, and he has performed readings at venues throughout the country, including the Library of Congress and San Quentin Prison. His third book Really Happy was published by New York Quarterly Books in 2014.

In 2015 Reese received an Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, and in 2012 a Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his exemplary dedication and contributions to the Education Department at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp. Since 2008 Reese has been one of six artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ interagency initiative with the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This workshop is generously supported by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organization. The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please call to reserve your spot. 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.

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VPL Outside the Lines

What a weekend! Many thanks to all who came out and enjoyed their library in a new way: those who came by to meet our new Library Director, Dan Burniston, on Friday the 16th and those who came by to enjoy our first ever ‘drive-in’ movie night. Such a blast! We’re still cleaning up;)
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Edie’s Book Shop

will be open to the public once each month, beginning next weekend!

Stop by and shop for fantastic literary finds on Friday, September 9th or 10th, from 10 am to 4 pm.  You won’t believe the selection and the deals.  Plus, the whole shop has been updated!  You’re sure to find something you’ll love.  The shop will also be open on the following dates this Fall:

October 14 & 15
November 4 & 5
December 2 & 3

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