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).

3rd Graders Visit

Once a year Jolley School’s third graders descend upon the VPL to visit the stacks, and rack up some reading time. It’s a little chaotic initially, but we love seeing their eager faces as they search for interesting books to read, and a prime spot to sit. Happy to help cultivate the love of learning in our community!

 

 

Need something to do with your little ones?

In case you weren’t aware, we’ve got LOTS of things to do with your pre-schoolers:

Power 1/2 Hour – Stories, music & fun with Mackenzie; Wednesdays at 11:15 am (NO session this Wednesday, March 8th)
Parent-Tot Dance; Fridays at 10:30 am
And of course, our traditional Story Time sessions!
Movement Story Time; Tuesdays or Saturdays at 10:15 am
Art Story Time (ages 4 & up); Mondays at 5:30 pm, and Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11:15 am

Give us a call at the Circulation Desk for more information. 677.7060.

 

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.