Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 15th. While the schools will be closed to observe the birthday of this leader from the African-American civil rights movement, the Vermillion Public Library will be open to accommodate our patrons!

Activities are planned for children from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm in the Kozak Room.

Please review our Unattended Children Policy in regards to child supervision.

If you have any questions, please call 605-677-7060 or email our Youth Services Librarian, Beth at Beth.Samenus@vermillionpubliclibrary.org.

Cook the Book Returns!

Cook the Book is returning to the Vermillion Public Library!

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 January 22nd and continuing through February 26th, 2018, 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. To participate, drop by the Library Circulation desk before January 22nd and pick up a book from our pre-selected assortment of cookbooks. Participants will choose recipes inspired by their chosen books to prepare and share for the first meeting. It will only be necessary to make one regular-sized recipe – no need for doubling! Subsequent meetings will be themed according to the group’s choices.

For more information, drop by the Library Circulation Desk, or call us at 605.677.7060.

Edie’s Book Shop 50% Off Sale

Edie’s Book Shop will return for 2018!

Edie’s Book Shop, operated by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library, is open to the public once each month. This year the spring season will start up the first weekend in January, and to celebrate this special early opening, books will be 50% off! Edie’s can be found in the basement of the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library.

Stop by and shop for fantastic literary finds on Friday, January 5th & Saturday, January 6th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Take advantage of this half-price book sale while it lasts! You’re sure to find something you’ll love, and all proceeds from book sales go right back into Library programming.

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.

December Means Amnesty

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 throughout the month of December, in exchange for donations of food pantry items. The “Forgiving for Giving” campaign will officially kick-off during our annual Holiday Open House Thursday, November 30th, following the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company’s Downtown Parade of Lights, at approximately 6:45 pm.

The “Forgiving for Giving” campaign will collect donations of non-perishable items that will then be distributed by the Vermillion Food Pantry and Evan’s Diaper Bank during the holidays. Patrons who have accumulated overdue fees, with the exception of replacement fees, will be able to have those fines waived in exchange for donations of much-needed items, such as canned meats, canned or packaged soups, canned beans, dried pastas and grains, dried fruits, personal care items, diapers & wipes, etc.

Holiday Open House

The Library extends an invitation to all community members to join them in kicking off the holiday season during our annual Holiday event. Following the Parade of Lights and the lighting of the Platz Christmas Tree, the Library will be open and bustling with festive energy. The Holiday Open House features an opportunity to have pictures taken with Santa Claus, a couple of holiday-themed crafts, as well as tasty treats and hot cocoa. Additionally, we’re pleased to share that, for the second year in a row, we will feature a Holiday Ukulele Concert from 6:45 until 7:30!

Don’t miss the fun. It’s THE place to be after the downtown Parade of Lights and Tree-Lighting ceremony.

It’s Small Business Saturday!

Most of us have heard of Black Friday, but have you heard about Small Business Saturday? It’s an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. Since 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, you can get out and support the places you love with the people you love on Nov 25.

Small businesses play a key role in helping communities thrive. They can have a handful of employees or be up to 150 employees strong. Very often, the employees of your favorite small businesses know your face, may even remember your name, and may anticipate what you are looking for. They give a neighborhood strength and create vibrant, diverse communities. By shopping or dining at your favorite local places throughout the year, you’re showing your support for small businesses and making a positive impact in your community. In fact, if you spend $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in your local economy. If you spend the same at a large business, only $43 stays in the local economy (Source: http://www.civiceconomics.com/projects.html).

This year, join the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library from 10 am to 1 pm as we recognize Small Business Saturday. The Library will serve donuts and Bean coffee during a very special Holiday Preview Sale in Edie’s Book Shop. Those who drop in will be welcome to enter a drawing for one of three special Edie’s prize packs – a VPL tote bag, water bottle, and an Edie’s gift certificate. All proceeds from Edie’s Book Shop sales go right back into Library programs. So many great deals in one place, and a fabulous way to keep it local!

Thanksgiving Closure

Wow – this year is flying by! It’s already nearly Thanksgiving. Please be aware, Vermillionaires, that the Library will be closed in observance of this holiday beginning tonight at 5 pm, through Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th.

We will re-open for normal hours on Saturday at 10 am.  Considering popping by, and while you’re here, help us celebrate Small Business Saturday by visiting the lovely Edie’s Book Shop on the lower level. Edie’s will have special hours, from 10 am to 1 pm, to showcase some great holiday book deals – don’t miss it!

Are you still writing?

We’re only half-way through NaNoWriMo, friends – you can do it!
Don’t forget our prize package: anyone checking in at the VPL, or posting pics of themselves writing at the VPL, during the month of November will be entered to win a writer’s prize pack which includes 2 beautiful blank journals donated by Pressing Matters, a $5 gift certificate for The Bean, and ‘A Book that Takes its Time’, by Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. Every November, thousands of writers around the world congregate at Come Write In spaces to pursue their creative dreams and write the first draft of their novel. What better place to settle into the creative task than in one of our comfy chairs in front of the fireplace? You can even bring your latte.

Halloween is Almost Here!

One of our favorite holidays is fast approaching, and we love all that there is to do this time of year. To help you prepare for the many, many activities that you might choose from, we’d like to
announce that this year we will be hosting a trunk-or-treat!

A trunk-or-treat is like trick-or-treating, but involves walking from car to car, rather than house to house.  We’ll have treats available from the ‘trunks’ of multiple cars in our parking lot, and we strongly encourage costumes! All ages are welcome, of course.

Tuesday, October 31st, 3:30 pm
in the Library parking lot
Bring a friend!

What’s a Human Library?

Have you ever been to a Human Library? Well, now’s your chance: the ID Weeks Library at USD will be hosting a Human Library on Wednesday, October 18th from 4 to 7 pm. It’s your chance to get to know some truly intriguing folks in our community.