National Library Week is April 9-15

April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or even record their own music.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to address the needs of their communities. By providing such resources as e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.
Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by with an exciting line-up of activities:

Beginning Monday, April 10th at 10 am, we invite patrons and community members to stop by for our #librarylove photo op! We are looking for library friends of all ages and backgrounds to have their portraits added to our collection, which are showcased here in the library.
On Tuesday, April 11th from 12-1 pm the library will honor our volunteers and donors in a special reception. All are welcome.
Wednesday, April 12th is Library Card Upgrade Day! Is your library card old and tattered? Lost? Just interested in switching to a handy key-card? For today only, patrons are invited to stop by and upgrade to a new card, without the usual dollar fee. In addition, we will have some fun library-related goodies to give away.
Thursday, April 13th will bring the opportunity for patrons and community members to drop in and sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school, and public. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries and urge you to show your support by signing your name.
And on Friday, April 14th, we will reveal all the glorious portraits taken of patrons during our #librarylove photo shoot on Monday. Don’t miss the chance to see yourselves or your neighbors and read what they have to say about libraries.

In addition, our normal children’s afterschool programming will feature special activities and treats. For more information, please visit the library’s website at vermillionpubliclibrary.org, or contact the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library at 677-7060.

Save the IMLS

In case you hadn’t yet heard, there are reasons to be concerned about the potential future of the arts, humanities, and libraries, due to complete cuts proposed in the current administration’s budget. Please help us preserve funding for our libraries! #saveimls
Click on the image to learn how you can help.

 

3rd Graders Visit

Once a year Jolley School’s third graders descend upon the VPL to visit the stacks, and rack up some reading time. It’s a little chaotic initially, but we love seeing their eager faces as they search for interesting books to read, and a prime spot to sit. Happy to help cultivate the love of learning in our community!

 

 

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.

Got Fix-it Skills?

We’re in need of your expertise, Vermillionaires!

The Library is interested in starting a monthly series, called Repair Café, this spring. A Repair Café is a local meeting place that brings together people with broken items and repair coaches, or volunteers, with the expertise to fix them. The Repair Cafe concept has its roots in Amsterdam, where Martine Postma, a former journalist, came up with the idea after the birth of her second child prompted her to think more about ways to reduce the waste going into landfills. Repair Cafe started in 2009 and spread across the Netherlands. Today, it has more than 1,100 sites in almost 30 countries.  You can find out more by visiting https://repaircafe.org/en/about/.

The VPL’s intent is to schedule monthly sessions, beginning in early March, which will be themed according to type of repairs (i.e. electronics, clothing, small appliances, etc). Before they begin, however, they are in need of folks who are handy at repairing things, who can act as mentors to folks who are interested in learning how to repair their items. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in helping get this program rolling, please contact the Library at vplstaff@vermillionpubliclibrary.org, or by calling 677-7060. The intent is not to take work away from professionals who repair things – on the contrary, they would like to involve them as well, and possibly send work their way when appropriate. The goal is to keep things out of the waste stream, and to teach people useful skills.

Can you help?

The EBS Vermillion Public Library is considering offering mobile Hotspots for check-out to patrons. We need your feedback to help us determine program and device needs.  Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RG528PW
Thanks, in advance, Vermillionaires!

Help us with our survey!

The EBS Vermillion Public Library is considering offering mobile Hotspots for check-out to patrons. We need your feedback to help us determine program and device needs. Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RG528PW

Thanks, in advance, Vermillionaires!