It’s Earth Days in Vermillion

Come check out the beautiful display of children’s Earth Week art in our Kozak Room, up through Thursday, April 27th! All part of the Earth Days celebration happening all around the community. Find out more here:

http://www.greeningvermillion.org/earthdays2017

Coming Soon

Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa, on Saturday, April 29th at 1:00pm. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions. You’ll want to arrive early for best seating.

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the 21 stringed West African Kora. The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires’ founding. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal. Find out more at: www.seangaskell.com.

This performance is being generously supported by the Board of Trustees of the Vermillion Public Library.

There’s Still Time…

The VPL will host a discussion of Hidden Figures, facilitated by Teresa Chasing Hawk, on Thursday, May 4th at 1 pm. Copies of the book are available for check-out at the Circulation Desk starting… NOW! We will also screen the film adaptation after our discussion;)

Don’t miss your chance to discuss the season’s most talked about book-to-screen adaptation.

National Library Week is April 9-15

April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or even record their own music.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to address the needs of their communities. By providing such resources as e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.
Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by with an exciting line-up of activities:

Beginning Monday, April 10th at 10 am, we invite patrons and community members to stop by for our #librarylove photo op! We are looking for library friends of all ages and backgrounds to have their portraits added to our collection, which are showcased here in the library.
On Tuesday, April 11th from 12-1 pm the library will honor our volunteers and donors in a special reception. All are welcome.
Wednesday, April 12th is Library Card Upgrade Day! Is your library card old and tattered? Lost? Just interested in switching to a handy key-card? For today only, patrons are invited to stop by and upgrade to a new card, without the usual dollar fee. In addition, we will have some fun library-related goodies to give away.
Thursday, April 13th will bring the opportunity for patrons and community members to drop in and sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school, and public. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries and urge you to show your support by signing your name.
And on Friday, April 14th, we will reveal all the glorious portraits taken of patrons during our #librarylove photo shoot on Monday. Don’t miss the chance to see yourselves or your neighbors and read what they have to say about libraries.

In addition, our normal children’s afterschool programming will feature special activities and treats. For more information, please visit the library’s website at vermillionpubliclibrary.org, or contact the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library at 677-7060.

NPS event coming to VPL

Looking forward to getting out on the river this spring? Don’t miss this great presentation by the National Park Service this Saturday, March 25th, at the VPL!
Takes place in the Kozak Community Room at 1pm.

March Artists & Authors presentation

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).