What the newest thing to do at the VPL? Thanks to the Friends of the Library organization, every Friday morning will now feature tasty coffee from our friends at The Bean! Come on down and enjoy an informal ‘Coffee Hour’ during the relative serenity of our newly expanded hours – from 8-10 am.
Don’t dawdle; we don’t know how long the coffee will last;)
Big changes have been rolling slowly out in our Tech Center and Youth Room. We’re still a ways off from our formal announcement of all the updates (yes, there’s more to come!), but we thought we’d give you a little sneak peek. Especially as some of our younger patrons are enjoying these updates already. Many thanks to the Vermillion Public Library Foundation.
If you haven’t dropped by the Library on a Monday afternoon, you don’t know what you’ve been missing! Our most recent additions to the afterschool line-up include LEGO Robotics with Lauren Hollenbeck of 4H (1st & 3rd Mondays), and Nutrition sessions with Shannon Schaack of HyVee (2nd & 4th Mondays).
3:30-5 pm in the Kozak Community Room; all school-aged children are welcome; snacks included.
The VPL’s Artist & Authors series will host author and poet Frank Pommersheim on Tuesday, March 14th at 7 pm. This presentation is free and open to the public, and takes place in the Kozak Community Room.
Pommersheim writes extensively in the field of Indian law. He is the author of Braid of Feathers (American Indian Law and Contemporary Tribal Life), Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution, more than 40 law review articles, and more than 125 judicial opinions. His newest book entitled Tribal Justice: 25 Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice came out in 2015.
Professor Pommersheim has received the University of South Dakota Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center Reconciliation Award, and the John Wesley Jackson Award as the Outstanding Professor of Law. He has also been nominated for the University of South Dakota President’s Award for Research Excellence. In the fall of 2016, Frank received the Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Award from the SD Humanities Council.
Frank is also a poet. His most recent chapbook is Local Memory and Karma (The Buddha Correspondence, Vol. 2).
*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.
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’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, 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.
Looking for little moments of peace?
The Vermillion Meditation group still meets at the Library on Sundays from 2-2:45 pm. Each week is led by a different practitioner, and sessions are open to all. There is even free tea provided by The Bean!