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.

It’s Friends of Libraries Week

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be spending the week of October 15-21, 2017, celebrating its Friends of the Library group as part of the 12th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.

The Friends of the Vermillion Public Library were established in 1986 and have raised many thousands of dollars in support over the years. Countless community members contribute annually to the Friends, and over 25 of these contributors actively volunteer their time to assist the group with fundraising efforts that include an annual literary lunch and a used book sale each month in the lovely Edie’s Book Shop.

“My parents introduced me to books at a young age and I have been a ‘reader’ ever since,” says Friends President Joyce Zimmer. “As a child in Vermillion, many a rainy summer afternoon was spent in the Children’s Library (the basement of the old library) where I could immerse myself in all sorts of adventures between the covers of a beloved book.  Anything I can do now to foster this love of reading in others makes me happy. Our work crew for Edie’s is filled with others who love to read and the time flies by as we share favorite authors and books.”

The current advisory council for the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organization includes Anne Dunham, Ann Stewart, Betsy Simons, Maxine Rodgers, Shari Kolbeck, and Sharon Donahoe.

Ann Stewart, long-time Edie’s volunteer and loyal VPL patron states, “Sharing a customer’s joy as they find that special book is one reason I enjoy volunteering at Edie’s book shop.”

Special attention throughout the week will include an honoring of our Friends Advisory Council during our Board of Trustees October meeting on Thursday, as well as social media and website focus on all the hard work achieved by the organization. Patrons are encouraged to consider becoming a member of the organization by filling out member forms that will be located at the Circulation Desk, and on our website.

“The Friends of the Vermillion Public Library bring much extra energy and enthusiasm into our library,” claims Daniel Burniston, Library Director. “They do a huge amount of hard work for the library through activities like Edie’s Book store. The funds they raise help give library staff much needed extra time and resources for activities such as creating, implementing and running our fantastic array of programs and services. The dedicated, voluntary work the Friends group does helps us make the library a better place for all of our community members; we greatly appreciate it and can’t thank them enough for all they do.”

National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ala.org/united. For additional information, please contact the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library at 677-7060.

Non-Fiction Book Club

The stimulating discussion on Richard O. Prum’s The Evolution of Beauty continues Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 pm in the Small Conference Room. Holly Straub, Associate Professor of Psychology at USD, leads the way. We’ve got refreshments, too!

TGIF

It’s Friday morning!
Which means it’s time for some delicious Bean Coffee for the adults, and Parent Tot Dance (10:15 am) for the little kiddos.
This afternoon brings a movie time (with snacks!) for grade school children at 3:30.

We’re Still ‘Outside the Lines’

In recent years, libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement to accommodate the growing needs of their local communities. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library invites the residents of Clay County to experience the library in a whole new way. Come join your community outside the Library as we host some special events:

Our children’s after school programming returns for the Fall this week, with new programs in the line-up and tons of fun activities during Story Times. Art, Music and Movement Story Times are open for registration now, which can be found at vermillionpubliclibrary.org/storytime/. For school-aged children, we are extremely proud to share that we’ve expanded our afterschool programs to every day of the week! Afterschool programs are open to those aged 5 & up (except Tuesday Robotics, which is open to those in 2nd grade & up), are free of charge, and require no registration. Most programs occur twice per month, and include: Nutrition/Yoga, Minecraft, LEGO Robotics & VEX IQ Robotics, Cursive Class, Chess Club and LEGO Club. Additionally, we offer Origami Club and Art Club once per month. Every Friday we offer a free movie (with popcorn!). For the full listing, visit our children’s programming page at our website: vermillionpubliclibrary.org/kids/.

Tuesday, September 12th at 7 pm we will preview an hour of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR. It tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. The screening will be followed by a panel
discussion featuring South Dakotans who were active in protesting the War. Afterward, SDPB will be conducting video interviews with interested veterans, their family members and others who witnessed the Vietnam War as part of efforts to collect stories for historic preservation.

On Friday, September 15th at 7:30 pm the final Books & Brews of the year will feature a ‘Drive-In’ behind the library of the cult classic 80’s film, The Breakfast Club. We’ll have the movie and popcorn and a limited selection of craft beers to sample, and participants are encouraged to bring their own favorites, as well as a chair. Adults aged 21 and up only, of course.

And on Saturday, September 16th at 7:30 pm, families are invited to join us for our second annual ‘Outside the Library Drive-In Movie Night’ as we enjoy Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Patrons of all ages are welcome to participate in viewing a family-friendly movie and munching on popcorn. Bring your own chairs and beverages.

These events – and more – are a part of Outside the Lines, a global initiative designed to reintroduce libraries to their local communities. From Sept. 10-16, 2017, organizations will host events and campaigns worldwide designed to get people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a whole new way.

Now in its fourth year, Outside the Lines takes many of the concepts, such as creativity, customer curiosity, culture, community and creative spaces, and puts them into action where they count – in our local communities. Learn more at getoutsidethelines.org.

Edie’s Book Shop

It’s almost time for Edie’s Book Shop to return!

Edie’s Book Shop Sale, the Public Library’s basement bookshop run by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library, returns after its summer hiatus on Friday and Saturday, September 8th and 9th, from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Don’t miss the great deals – everything from the newest bestsellers, to the hottest mysteries, vintage books, children’s and YA, and much, much more.  All of Edie’s sales go right back to the Library (and you) in the form of Summer Reading Program support, purchase of needed library materials and equipment, and special library projects, so you can feel good about your purchases!

AND, for the second year in a row, Edie’s and the Library will have tons and tons of FREE books up for grabs outside the Library’s main entrance. While you’re downtown for Ribs, Rods, and Rock & Roll, drop by Edie’s and the lawn outside the Library – you’re sure to find book treasures for everyone.

Edie’s Book Shop will then be open once each month for the remainder of the Fall:
October 13 & 14, November 3 & 4, and December 1 & 2.

Looking for film sponsorships

Over the past year the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, the Vermillion School District Foundation, the Vermillion Booster Club, the Vermillion School Board, and Maloney Real Estate all supported a new series of early-out films at the Vermillion Theaters for area school children. These free, afternoon films are intended as an option for families needing activities for their children to participate in on early-out days. The Library and the Vermillion Theaters intend to continue the program this year, and we are in need of sponsors for this year’s six early-out school days.

Film licensing, popcorn, bottles of water, and theater supervision will cost $350 per film. Potential sponsors, and others wanting to contribute toward the overall costs, are invited to send their donations care of the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. Questions can be directed to Beth Knedler, Youth Services Librarian, by calling our Circulation Desk, 677-7060.

The first of these scheduled early-out films will be Thursday, September 14th at 2 pm. in celebration of Roald Dahl Day, we will be screening Fantastic Mr. Fox! Open to all school-aged children and their caregivers; seating begins at 1:45 pm.

Uke Lessons Return

Everyone’s favorite Ukulele teacher returns to the Library this Fall!

Joseph Ahuna will offer free ukulele lessons to interested participants, 10 & up, beginning September 16th. SPACE IS LIMITED, and registration is REQUIRED. Don’t have a ukulele? No problem. We’ve got some to loan. Just call or stop by our Circulation Desk to sign up, and check-out a ukulele.

But don’t wait; hurry!