Repair Cafe Coming

*CANCELLED DUE TO LOW PARTICIPATION*
Please be on the look-out for news about another Repair Cafe session coming on Saturday, April 1st at 12 pm.

 

The Library’s first Repair Cafe is coming – Saturday, March 4th, 12-3 pm. Don’t miss your chance to sign up!

If you have a digital device or computer that needs minor repairs, call us to sign up for a slot. At a Repair Café, everything centers on making repairs. Beginning at 12 pm and ending at 3 pm, various volunteer repair mentors, with tools on hand, will be available to help mentor participants through as many repairs as possible. Visitors interested in attending the Repair Café are encouraged to bring along a broken item during their scheduled appointment time. A suggested donation of $5-10 will help the Library to create fund that will be used to support young, tech-savvy volunteers to pursue certification. Neighbors learn together, and help support the continuing education efforts of area youth, at the same time! Almost anything that is broken is welcome – although our first Repair Café will focus exclusively on digital devices and computers.

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.

February Artists & Authors

February’s Artists & Authors series brings author Travis Gulbrandson to the Library to discuss his recently published novel, “A Marble Heart”.

“A Marble Heart” tells the true story of Julia Anna Baker, who ran children’s homes across the Midwest for personal financial gain in the early part of the 20th century. Baker traveled the country proselytizing for and collecting money in the name of “home conserving.” The children who came under her care, however, were subject to filthy living conditions, insufficient food and, in some cases, physical abuse.

The book was inspired by a photograph found in a Sioux Falls antique store. “A Marble Heart” is the culmination of more than two years of historical research, and utilizes such real-world figures as Baker herself, Kansas City politicians and a preacher who claimed to be the reincarnation of the prophet Elijah.

Gulbrandson is previously the author of two novels, “The Believers” and “Away from the Nets,” and “Face to Face,” a collection of short stories. He worked as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade, including publications at Pierre, Yankton and Vermillion. During that time his work was recognized by the South Dakota Newspaper Association and the Associated Press.

Tech & Toddies, Adult Social Hour, returns

Tech & Toddies, our newest adult program, returns this month on Friday, February 17th, from 7-9 pm.
This time around we’ll be having a grown-up play time with LEGOS and coloring pages – some of our favorite childhood activities;) The Library will provide some light refreshments (although you may BYOB), all needed supplies, and we’ve even got childcare!
Give us a call at the Circulation Desk to sign-up. 21 & up only, please.

Cook the Book returns today

Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Do you love socializing and chatting over good food? Cook the Book is a new book club that brings together patrons who love to cook over a meal and conversation about cooking and recipes. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate!

Our first book is Cooked, by Michael Pollan. Each participant will choose a recipe ahead-of-time and prepare it for the first meeting to share; it’s that simple. It will only be necessary to make one regular-sized recipe – no need for doubling. Subsequent meetings after the initial meeting will all conform to a particular food theme, chosen by the group. Books will be available beginning early-January. Please contact the library’s Circulation Desk to sign up and pick up a copy of the book.

Monday, Feb 6th – Mar 27th, 12 pm in the Kozak Community Room

Long Overdue series returns

Next Tuesday brings the return of our adult programming series, Long Overdue. We will screen the film Death by Design, by filmmaker Sue Williams.

Tuesday, January 7th, 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room
Please arrive early for best seating.

Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and
laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.

But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams
investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

Hotspots are Here

We are offering mobile Hotspots for check-out beginning Wednesday, February 1st.

During our trial period in the month of February, we will have 2 devices available for patrons aged 18 & up with a patron card in good standing for at least the past 6 months, and a valid ID. Check-out periods for the trial period will be for 3 days, with no automatic renewals. Additionally, patrons who utilize the devices will be asked to complete a follow-up survey to assist us in assessing the program, and to determine future needs.

Further information will be available for patrons at the Circulation Desk, or by calling us at 677.7060. A brochure with all relevant patron information will be available by the end of the trial period. Beginning in March, the Library intends to offer more devices for check-out, with a circulation period of 5 days.

After School Mondays

Did you know that we’ve added Monday to our after school program line-up? This Monday features Shannon Schaack, HyVee nutritionist, who will introduce kids to the exciting world of healthy eating (really, it’s so much fun and so tasty!).

2nd & 4th Mondays, 3:30-5 pm in the Kozak Community Room
Needless to say, snacks are included;)