NoveList Plus is Here!

Have you ever finished a great book and wanted to find more just like it? Or wanted to help your child find just the right book to read? The VPL now offers NoveList Plus, a helpful resource to help readers match up with the books that are right for them.

The NoveList Plus database connects readers to their next book by making recommendations for what to read next. One of the most popular elements is read-alikes. This feature suggests titles that are ‘just like’ other titles. If you’ve just finished a great book, log into NoveList Plus and find great read-alikes. There are also read-alikes for authors and series. Consider NoveList Plus your one-stop guide to great reading. It contains lists of recommended reads and award-winning books. It covers both fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages from the youngest readers to adults. It also has extra content like reviews (both professional reviews and reader reviews), book discussion guides, curriculum guides, and other book-oriented articles. Book groups and teachers find these resources especially helpful.

Check out NoveList Plus, and NoveList K-8 Plus on our eResources page: vermillionpubliclibrary.org/ebooks/.

     

Are you still writing?

We’re only half-way through NaNoWriMo, friends – you can do it!
Don’t forget our prize package: anyone checking in at the VPL, or posting pics of themselves writing at the VPL, during the month of November will be entered to win a writer’s prize pack which includes 2 beautiful blank journals donated by Pressing Matters, a $5 gift certificate for The Bean, and ‘A Book that Takes its Time’, by Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. Every November, thousands of writers around the world congregate at Come Write In spaces to pursue their creative dreams and write the first draft of their novel. What better place to settle into the creative task than in one of our comfy chairs in front of the fireplace? You can even bring your latte.

New eResource for Kids

The South Dakota State Library is happy to bring you a new talking book resource, BookFlix by Scholastic. This PreK-2 (approximate ages 0-8) resource supports beginning, ELL (English Language Learners), special needs, and struggling readers.

BookFlix is accessible inside any library or school building, or outside your library or school with your library card.

You can find BookFlix at library.sd.gov, within the Elementary School and Educators & Librarians category pages, or on the main eResources page at: http://library.sd.gov/LIB/ERD/index.aspx

BookFlix is structured with 125+ pairs of animated books, coupling classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related talking nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic.

Benefits:

  • Build early literacy skills, vocabulary, and fluency
  • Support reading comprehension
  • Support visual and auditory learners with video adaption of fiction books
  • Form real world knowledge with digital nonfiction flipbooks
  • Differentiate between fiction and nonfiction

Features:

  • Thematic
  • Natural voice read-aloud with word highlighting
  • Author biographies and videos
  • Related web links for extended learning
  • Interactive learning games
  • Lesson plans with follow up activities
  • Spanish translated pairs
  • Streaming

Writers Group is Open to You

The Vermillion Community Writers Group, sponsored by the Vermillion Literary Project, happens at the Library on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month. This small, informal group meets to support one another’s writing efforts, and anyone is welcome! 6-8 pm in the South Dakota Room.

Get an Earful of Books

Do you enjoy listening to podcasts? Do you love books, reading, and libraries? Then you may want to check out some of these great library podcasts:

https://www.nypl.org/voices/blogs/blog-channels/librarian-is-in
http://dppl.podomatic.com/
http://www.knoxlib.org/about/news-and-publications/podcasts/books-sandwiched-podcast
https://www.epls.org/178/The-Lone-Reader
http://westportlibrary.org/digital/podcasts
https://shelflife.cooklib.org/category/podcast/
http://feeds.feedburner.com/festival-of-writers
http://dekalblibrary.org/elibrary/storycorps\
http://shelfawareness.blubrry.com/
http://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/e-media/podcasts/aloud
https://libwww.freelibrary.org/podcast/
https://sfpl.org/?pg=2000034801
http://multcolib.libsyn.org/webpage/category/Brown%20Bag%20Lunch%20and%20Learn
http://multcolib.libsyn.org/webpage/category/Booktalks%20-%20Teens
http://multcolib.libsyn.org/webpage/category/Interviews
https://archive.org/details/@shelf_life_podcast
https://archive.org/details/@shelf_life_podcast
https://libraryyou.escondido.org/
https://cpl.org/eventsclasses/music-at-main-podcasts/

What’s a Human Library?

Have you ever been to a Human Library? Well, now’s your chance: the ID Weeks Library at USD will be hosting a Human Library on Wednesday, October 18th from 4 to 7 pm. It’s your chance to get to know some truly intriguing folks in our community.

Introducing Pronunciator

Recently, the South Dakota State Library introduced a new language eresource available to library patrons: Pronunciator. Pronunciator provides over 80 different language courses. There are also 50 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Instructional methods include oral phrases, flash cards, and learning guides. It also has ProLive, live online conversation classes led by teachers, with 250+ half-hour sessions per week in over 20 languages. Another feature of Pronunciator is the Course Designer module, which allows for the creation of private multimedia language courses in Dakota, Lakota, and over 700 other Native American languages, and for the tracking of student progress within those custom courses. This resource takes the place of the previously available Mango Languages.

Additionally, this program provides access to the additional resource ProCitizen, which is an interactive course to help prepare you for the civics, reading and writing parts of the USCIS Naturalization Test. It provides 100 instructional videos, drills and quizzes. The state library provides separate links for ProCitizen in English and Spanish. These links can be found at the South Dakota State Library website: http://library.sd.gov/LIB/ERD/pronunciator/index.aspx. A user manual for Pronunciator can be found at https://www.pronunciator.com/manual/.


Non-Fiction Book Club

The stimulating discussion on Richard O. Prum’s The Evolution of Beauty continues Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 pm in the Small Conference Room. Holly Straub, Associate Professor of Psychology at USD, leads the way. We’ve got refreshments, too!