Holidays are Just Around the Corner!

In keeping with the season of giving, the Edith B. Siegrist Public Library is pleased to share its intention to offer amnesty to patrons owing fines in the month of December, in exchange for donations of personal care items. The “Forgiving for Giving” campaign will officially kick-off during our annual Holiday Open House, on Friday, December 4th, following the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company’s Downtown Parade of Lights, at approximately 7 pm.

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The “Forgiving for Giving” campaign will collect donations of full-sized personal care items that will then be distributed by the Vermillion Food Pantry and the Domestic Violence Safe Options Services during the holidays. Patrons who have accumulated overdue fees, with certain restrictions, will be able to have those fines waived in exchange for donations of much-needed items, such as diapers, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, deodorant, disposable razors, hand soap, dish detergent, toilet paper, etc. A more detailed list, and further details about the amnesty restrictions, is available by stopping by our Circulation Desk or calling the library at 677.7060.

Holiday Open House visitors will be invited to participate in the creation of festive holiday gift bags, which will also be donated to the chosen charities. In addition, our open house features an opportunity to have pictures taken with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, a variety of holiday-themed crafts, and tasty treats and hot cocoa! It’s THE place to be after the downtown Parade of Lights and Tree-Lighting ceremony.
The Edith B. Seigrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street, Vermillion. Contact us by calling 677-7060, or by emailing vplstaff@vermillionpubliclibrary.org.

Being Mortal Book Discussion

The first discussion session for our latest Book Club selection, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, happens tomorrow –
Thursday, October 15th at 4 pm in the Small Conference Room.
The discussion will continue for the following two Thursdays, and will be facilitated by Dean Spader.

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Edie’s Book Shop returns!

Only a few more days until Edie’s Book Shop re-opens its doors for the Fall! We don’t know about the rest of you, but we’ve been going through some serious book-treasure withdrawals around here. Don’t miss your chance to score!

Friday and Saturday, September 11th & 12th, 10 -4 pm

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In Memory of a Dear Friend

nancy chelgrenA dear friend and past employee of the library passed away unexpectedly earlier this month. Nancy Chelgren was a workstudy at the EBSVPL from 2009-2013, and Vermillion resident for many years. She graduated from USD with a degree in Social Work in 2013.

Her services are scheduled for Saturday, August 1st at 12 pm at Danforth Chapel on the USD campus. Visitors are encouraged to park in the National Music Museum parking lot. Afterward, there will be a grill-out at the North Prentis Park picnic shelter and releasing of butterflies in her memory.

Paula Bosco Damon

visits the EBSVPl next Wednesday for our May Artists & Authors presentation, May 6th at 7 pm.

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Paula Bosco Damon is an award-winning writer whose works have won numerous honors, including First-Place in National Federation of Press Women, South Dakota Press Women and Iowa Press Women writing competitions. Her stories breathe life into mundane day-to-day experiences and skillfully deconstruct some of the most complex life-altering moments into a language and narrative with universal appeal. Her work has been described as thought-provoking, whimsical, comical, lyrical and entertaining. Paula writes a weekly column for the Vermillion Plain Talk and the Carroll Times Herald titled “My Story. Your Story.” A popular keynote speaker, Paula has conducted readings of her work to audiences in New York, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Free and open to the public.

Celebrate National Library Week at our Library Bash!

The library will cap off National Library Week with the biggest bash saved for Saturday, April 18th!

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The Children’s Art Show & Sale, a fundraiser for the Summer Reading Program, will be open from 10 – 4 pm.

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The biggest excitement takes place from 2-3 pm, when we will honor special library volunteers during a Volunteer Appreciation reception, unveil a special new #librarylove promotion, screen the video of a fun and unexpected teen event, and end the afternoon with door prizes!

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Declaration for the Right to Libraries

DeclarationForTheRightToLibraries-791x1024We are in the midst of celebrating National Library Week, and in that spirit we invite our patrons to stop by our Circulation Desk and sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries, sponsored by the American Library Association.
Because Libraries change lives.

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