Library Lovers’ Month Interview With Judith Sebesta

Library Lovers month

This is the second in a series of interviews with a few of Vermillion Public Library’s dedicated patrons. Here’s what Judith Sebesta has to say:

Q: Can you share a time when you found something in the collection of the Vermillion Public Library that brought a fresh new insight and expanded your world view?
A: The most moving and inspiring book I have read in the past year, in fact in several years, is Molly Peacock’s, The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life at Seventy-Two.  The artist is Mary Delany who had an  unhappy first marriage when at age 17 her financially destitute family married her to the 60-year old Alexander Pendarves.  He did not leave her anything in his will when he died two years later, forcing her to live with various relatives.  When she was 43, she married Dr. Delaney, an Irish clergyman, with whom she lived very happily until widowed again at age 72.  An artist is several media, including the garden, Mary assuaged her grief by creating paper portraits of flowers and plants out of tissue paper and coloring them realistically.  Before her death at 81, despite failing eyesight and health, she created nearly 1000 of these portraits, which are treasured objects now belonging to the British Museum.  Molly Peacock reports Mary’s life vividly in prose as graceful as Mary’s flowers.  Clearly Mary was a person I would want to know as she was intellectually curious, warmly affectionate to and beloved by her friends and their children, courageous in her dealing with the vicissitudes of her life, and an artist of great ability.  Her tissue paper floral portraits are reproduced in this book in close-up so that the reader can wonder at Mary’s skill in manipulating the paper.  The book is a delight to the eye, mind, and heart.  Upon finishing it, I recommended it to many of my friends in Vermillion and elsewhere.

Q: What aspect or aspects of the Vermillion Public Library do you find the most valuable?
A: The variety of materials it offers us.  It is a small library in number of its holdings, but offers videos/dvd’s, newspapers and magazines, books on all subjects for all ages.   The dvd’s/videos are most welcome as I particularly enjoy vintage movies, especially the black and white classics.   No less valuable are the staff, who truly wish to serve us and help us find what we want.  I particularly appreciate their kindness to my parents when they came to visit and borrow books.  Friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to drop what they are doing to help, they should receive more public notice for their contributions to life in Vermillion.

Q: If you were helping a new citizen to become familiar with Vermillion, what would you tell them about the Vermillion Public Library?
A: The VPL is one place not to be missed.  It has excellent programs for children, outreach for those who cannot come to it, and accomplishes very well its mission to support all interests of its clientele.  It is deserving of greater community support (monetary as well as personal).

Q: What can the staff at the Vermillion Public Library do to make your day?
A: I can’t think of anything, except perhaps to have tea as well as coffee available?  I would be glad to make donations for my drinks.

Library Lovers’ Month Interview with Jim Wilson

February is Library Lovers’ month! We’re featuring short interviews with a few Vermillion Public Library patrons to find out what they have to say about their local library. Our first interview with Jim Wilson is featured below.

Library Lovers month

Q: Can you share a time when you found something in the collection of the
Vermillion Public Library that brought a fresh new insight and expanded your
world view?  
A: Once or twice a month I find something totally unexpected, that is
something I was not looking for when I got to the Library.  Six months ago I
found On The Origin of Tepees by Jonnie Hughes.  Great title.
Interesting book. Titles and covers often attract me for various odd reasons.
All books expand my worldview and provide fresh insights into either the world
or my mind.  Can be depressing to realize there is not enough time to read all
the good or bad books, but we have to try.

Q: What aspect or aspects of the vermillion Public Library do you find the most valuable? 
A: I am addicted to the new book shelf.  It is like a small Christmas every time I come in.  There are generally wonderful surprises, books that I am unaware of, books that I have read reviews of and didn’t think I would like but find that the cover draws me
in.  The new book shelf is a source of  delight and wonder.  Much easier for me
to browse the new book shelf than to browse books electronically on my kindle or
ipad. Like to be able to pick them up and physically flip through them.

Looking forward to completion of the building so that we will have a good meeting room back.

Q: If you were helping a new citizen to become familiar with Vermillion, what would you tell them about the Vermillion Public Library? 
A: I would certainly tell them to get a library card, ask for a tour of the building and learn what the library has to offer.   Good place to find out what is happening in town.  Good place to do research on local history.  Comfortable place to use.

Q: What can the staff at the Vermillion Public Library do to make your day? 
A: The staff is helpful, friendly and very accommodating.  They are always pleasant and have gone out of their way to be helpful in setting up meeting rooms and resolving difficulties about meetings, difficulties that likely arose because of my error or failure to communicate.

The Vermillion Public Library is one of the best places in town.

Take Your Child To The Library Day

Take your child to the library

Saturday, February 2, 2013 marks the second annual Take Your Child To The Library Day! This event was the idea of Nadine Lipman, a children’s librarian in Watertown, Connecticut. The first Saturday in Februrary marks the special day to introduce your child to the amazing world of the local library!

Stop by the Vermillion Public Library anytime Saturday, February 2nd from 10 am to 5 pm and browse the spaces, books and media. Pick up a bookmark, a treat and sign up for a free book drawing. Winners will be notified the following week! Look forward to seeing you!

A Wonderful Essay by Zadie Smith

We work hard here at the Vermillion Public Library to provide library services to the members of the Vermillion community. Libaries are places of joy and discovery and it’s always heartwarming to read essays that discuss the important role that libraries play in the lives of people everywhere. A friend had come across this essay by Zadie Smith in the New York Review of Books some time ago and recommended it:

We have a three of Zadie Smith’s books here in the library in Adult Fiction:
White Teeth: A Novel (2000)
On Beauty: A Novel (2005)
NW: A Novel (2012)