Birds and Birding in Southeastern SD

Summer Reading Program Adult / Family Events

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Join Dr. David Swanson for an afternoon exploration of birds!
Saturday, June 14, 2014
1 pm til….

We will begin in the Kozak Room for a short program on the basics of birdwatching and a brief review of common birds found in our area. Then we’ll head out on a birding tour to Cotton Park in Vermillion to get a look at some local birds!

Wear comfortable shoes and be ready to take a nice walk….weather permitting!

This program is intended for adults, but family members are welcome! Call the library at 677-7060 for more information.





Celebrate Earth (Every) Day


The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will participate in the Earth (Every) Day events throughout our community with a book discussion of EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want by Frances Moore Lappé on Monday, April 21st. The discussion, led by Dean Spader, will be held in the Kozak Room at 7 pm. Whether or not you have read the book, you are more than welcome to come to the discussion.

The author, Frances Moore Lappé, will be speaking at the USD campus at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 22nd. A full week in store to celebrate Earth (Every) Day with these events and more, which can be found on the Earth Day calendar at the Sustainable Vermillion website.

Be sure to check out our display case of earth-related books from the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library collection. If you’d like to check one out, feel free….just mention at the Circulation Desk that you got it from the Earth Day display. Happy Earth Day!

Learn to Start Your Vegetables from Seed!

Live and Learn: Vegetable Seed Starting,
a hands-on workshop with
Master Gardener Dean Spader
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7 pm, Kozak Community Room
Learn how to start many of your vegetables from seeds in order to a) jumpstart your garden indoors b) get wider varieties of plants from organic seeds c) save money by growing your own transplants….and much more! This class will provide you with a handout listing all the necessary materials, demonstrate how to mix your own potting soil, give start times and procedures for maximum germination, along with advice for lighting, temperature and fertilization after sprouts occur. Learn how to harden off and transplant for best results.

Artists and Authors: Fred Arroyo

Artists and Authors Series
Fred Arroyo: Evocative Images and Small Memories:
Having Faith in Fragments
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

7 pm
Kozak Community Room

“My writing often begins from an evocative image, or a small memory, which pulls me towards discovering what might be invented, even if that image or memory seems incomplete. As a result, I’ve come to cherish, over years of writing, writing from the incomplete and the submerged, from fragments and loss. Focusing on my fiction and nonfiction, I would like to consider why smaller moments in life are worthy of story, and how art arises from the deep current of loss.”

Fred Arroyo is the author of Western Avenue and Other Fictions (2012) as well as the novel The Region of Lost Names (2008). He was named one of the Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) in 2009 by Fred teaches fiction and creative nonfiction writing in the MA/PhD Program in Creative Writing, as well as in the undergraduate program at USD.

Literary Lunch Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets on Sale at the Library!

The Friends of the Edith B. Siegrist
Vermillion Public Library Presents
24th Literary Lunch in Honor of
National Library Week

“Judge Rusch on Judge Kidder”

Art Rusch

Thursday, April 3, 2014 Lunch served at 11:30 am Program begins at 12:10 pm Tickets: $9.00 Available at the Library now through March 30th

Judge Art Rusch is a  long-time Vermillion resident and avid local historian, having published, “Portrait of a River Town: Vermillion Before the Flood of 1881” in South Dakota History, as well as research on courthouses. He practiced law for 27 years, serving twelve years as States Attorney, and seventeen years as presiding judge of the First Judicial Circuit.

Judge Rusch is a recipient of the Richard Cropp Award for amateur historians from the Augustana College Center for Western Studies. He is currently working on a biography of Judge Jefferson Kidder who was involved in politics in Vermont and Minnesota before coming to Vermillion, Dakota Territory in 1865 as a Federal Judge appointed by Abraham Lincoln. Kidder also served as Territorial Delegate to Congress and was the leader of the movement to establish the University of Dakota at Vermillion.

Ted Talks on Tuesday


TED Talks on Tuesday
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
7 pm, Kozak Community Room
An open discussion and lively dialogue
facilitated by Jim Wilson

TED Talks represent a collection of short, but fascinating talks by thinkers, makers and researchers in a vast range of disciplines….all available for free at www.ted.comGather with others in the community to watch a few of these short talks and engage in a lively discussion.


E-Reader Workshop

E-Reader Workshop
Registration Required!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
1-3 pm, Tech Center
Register at the Circulation Desk or
by calling the Library at 677-7060

Learn how to download e-books and e-audiobooks to Kindle
and iPad. If you are curious about how to access more than
10,000 titles available to our library patrons, register for this
session and you’ll be reading and/or listening to books in no time!


Live and Learn: A Passion for Artist-Made Prints

Live and Learn: A Passion for Artist-Made Prints
with Johntimothy Pizzuto
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
7 pm, Kozak Community Room

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Learn to discern the difference between an artist made print and what is generically called a print. This presentation will focus on the tools and processes an artist uses to create original works of art in a variety of printmaking mediums, including etching, engraving, woodcut, silkscreen and more. You will learn to recognize the visible differences between handmade prints and commercial offset reproductions. Experience the visual impact of actual prints in this informal, enlightening evening!

Ari Talks Turkey (the country, not the bird)

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Artists and Authors Series: Ariadne Albright
“Ari Talks Turkey (the country, not the bird)
Wednesday, March 5th, 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

Spend an evening with Vermillion artist Ariadne Albright, as she shares her paintings, recent travels to Turkey and arts in healthcare work. Sponsored in part by a 2013 South Dakota Arts Council Fellowship Grant, Ari traveled to Turkey in October for an art exhibition and visiting artist activities in Ankara, Antalya and Instanbul. She is a South Dakota Arts Council roster artist specializing in Arts in Healthcare environments and the Arts Program Coordinator & Artist-in-Residence at Sanford Vermillion.