Forgiving for Giving

We’re halfway through!

Wanna help yourself and your community at the same time?
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 collect donations of non-perishable items that will then be distributed by the Vermillion Food Pantry 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, canned vegetables, etc.  A more detailed list can be found by visiting vermillionfoodpantry.org/how-to-help/wish-list.

Rescheduled Reception

Don’t Forget!

Jane Larson’s Retirement reception has been rescheduled for this Friday, December 9th from 3-6 pm.


The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library staff and Board of Trustees are very pleased to share a planned public reception honoring the retirement of long-time Library Director, Jane A. Larson, scheduled for Friday, November 18th from 3 – 6 pm. After a serious year-long illness, and continuing to recover at home in Meckling, Larson is looking forward to saying a proper goodbye to colleagues and patrons. Jane served the community as Director of the Library for 32 years. In that time, she steered the Library through enormous change and growth, including overseeing a major renovation and expansion of the Library, completed in 2013. Anne Dunham, Friends of the Vermillion Public Library long-time volunteer, is looking forward to thanking Larson. “Jane has been the face of the Library for over 30 years. She has been greatly missed.”
“We’re excited to have this opportunity to thank Jane for her years of dedicated service to the Vermillion Public Library, and for all she achieved while she was here. We encourage friends, acquaintances, and community-members to stop by and visit with Jane during her reception,” states incoming Library Director, Daniel Burniston.
The reception is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Kozak Community Room.
For more information, call the Library Circulation Desk at 677.7060.

Programming Updates

Some updates regarding the end of Fall programming:

The final Fall Story Times will take place on Saturday, November 19th, Monday, November 28th and Tuesday, November 29th.

Ukulele lessons with Joseph Ahuna will be wrapping up December 2nd, but they’ll return in January – times TBD.
In the meantime, don’t miss the Ukulele concert during our Holiday Open House, Friday, December 2nd at 7 pm.

And don’t forget: The Library will be closed from 5 pm, Wednesday, November 23rd through Thursday, November 24th, in observation of Thanksgiving.
We will re-open for normal hours (10 am to 6 pm) on Friday, November 25th.

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Retirement Reception for Jane Larson

*POSTPONED* Jane Larson’s Retirement reception has been postponed, due to inclement weather, until Friday, December 9th from 3-6 pm.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library staff and Board of Trustees are very pleased to share a planned public reception honoring the retirement of long-time Library Director, Jane A. Larson, scheduled for Friday, November 18th from 3 – 6 pm. After a serious year-long illness, and continuing to recover at home in Meckling, Larson is looking forward to saying a proper goodbye to colleagues and patrons. Jane served the community as Director of the Library for 32 years. In that time, she steered the Library through enormous change and growth, including overseeing a major renovation and expansion of the Library, completed in 2013. Anne Dunham, Friends of the Vermillion Public Library long-time volunteer, is looking forward to thanking Larson. “Jane has been the face of the Library for over 30 years. She has been greatly missed.”
“We’re excited to have this opportunity to thank Jane for her years of dedicated service to the Vermillion Public Library, and for all she achieved while she was here. We encourage friends, acquaintances, and community-members to stop by and visit with Jane during her reception,” states incoming Library Director, Daniel Burniston.
The reception is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Kozak Community Room.
For more information, call the Library Circulation Desk at 677.7060.

Happy Halloween, Verm Spooks!

Be sure to include the Library in your Halloween plans this year!
We’ve got some silly, spooky fun planned for after school on Monday, October 31st, beginning at 3:30 pm.
Join us for a costume party and contest, pumpkin painting, scary stories, tasty treats, and so much more. We’ll have some special prizes for your creative costumes, so start working now on coming up with your most literary, most scary, and most adorable ideas – we can’t wait for the costume parade.
*Please note, there will be no evening Story Time on Halloween. Go out and have some trick-or-treating fun;)

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VPL Outside the Lines

What a weekend! Many thanks to all who came out and enjoyed their library in a new way: those who came by to meet our new Library Director, Dan Burniston, on Friday the 16th and those who came by to enjoy our first ever ‘drive-in’ movie night. Such a blast! We’re still cleaning up;)
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Outside the Lines is Here

We are officially Outside the Lines this week!  Don’t miss these two special events:

On Friday, September 16th at 7 pm we will host our next Books & Brews event as a meet & greet ‘Happy Hour’ with our new Library Director, Daniel Burniston!  We invite community members to our ‘Beer Garden’ – in the garden behind the library.  Adults aged 21 and up only, of course.  There will be live music, refreshments, a limited selection of craft beers to sample, and participants are encouraged to bring their own favorites.

And on Saturday, September 17th at 7 pm, join us for our first ever ‘Outside the Library Drive-In Movie Night’ in our parking lot! Patrons of all ages are welcome to view the new, live-action ‘Jungle Book’ with us, and munch on popcorn.  Bring your own chairs and beverages.

These events are a part of Outside the Lines, a global initiative designed to reintroduce libraries to their local communities. From Sept. 11-17, 2016, organizations will host events and campaigns worldwide designed to get people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a whole new way.

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Kids’ Programming Begins Monday, September 12th

We’re really back into the swing of things now!  Our regular kids’ programming resumes on Monday, September 12th and continue through November 19th, with all of the usual programs and a couple of new ones.

Register now for Fall Storytime sessions!  There are no fees for these programs, but registration is required. Click on the Story Times link above, or call us at 605-677-7060.

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Art Storytime (4 & up):
Mondays: 5:30
Tuesdays: 11 am
Saturdays: 11 am

Movement Storytime (birth – 3):
Tuesdays: 10:15 am
Saturdays: 10:15 am

An exciting new season of After School Programs are open to all elementary students, K-5, but are not appropriate for preschoolers. Snacks included!

LEGO Robotics with Lauren Hollenbeck of 4H – 1st & 3rd Mondays; 3:30-5 pm
Nutrition with Shannon Schaack of HyVee – 2nd & 4th Mondays; 3:30-4:30 pm
LEGO Club – 1st & 3rd Thursday; 3:30-5 pm
Art Club – 2nd Thursdays; 3:30-5 pm
Maker Lab – 4th Thursdays; 3:30-5 pm
STEAM Tuesdays, Code Club and VEX IQ Robotics (4th-8th grade only)  – 1st & 3rd Tuesdays; 3:30-5 pm
STEAM Tuesdays, Simple Circuits – 2nd & 4th Tuesdays; 3:30-5 pm
Homework Helpers – Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3:30-4:30 pm
*Ukelele Lessons Beginning Fridays at 4 pm (*Call or stop by the Circulation Desk for more information)

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FOR TEENS:
Short Stories of Poe Book Club – Sundays, Sept 25 at 1 pm, Oct 23 at 1 pm, and Nov 20 at 1 pm

Artists & Authors Returns with noted Author visit

Patrick Hicks is the author of over ten books, including The Collector of Names, Adoptable, and This London. He will appear at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library to read from his newest novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, on Tuesday, September 13th, at 7 pm.

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His work has appeared in such journals and magazines as Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Salon, Chronicle of Higher Education, Commonweal, Christian Science Monitor, The London Magazine, Huffington Post, The Utne Reader, and many others. He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize, he was recently a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, the Dzanc Short Story Collection Competition, and the Gival Press Novel Award. His poetry has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, The PBS Newshour, and his work with PBS’s “Over South Dakota” was nominated for an Emmy. His first novel held company among only 20 books selected for National Reading Group Month and it was listed as a Top Pick for First Year College Programs. A winner of the Glimmer Train Fiction Award, he is also the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships, including awards from the Bush Artist Foundation, the South Dakota Arts Council, the Loft Literary Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A dual-citizen of Ireland and America, he is the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University as well as a faculty member at the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. He has lived in Northern Ireland, England, Germany, and Spain, but has returned to his Midwestern roots. When not writing, he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie with his British wife and he is a sucker for playing in the backyard with his seven-year-old son, who was adopted from South Korea. Light saber battles happen in their house all the time—there are a lot of scorch marks in the living room.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating.