Artists and Authors Series: Jerry Wilson on September 4th

The new adult programs are beginning this week. We have many new series that offer a host of opportunities for learning and engagement. Our Artists and Authors series is held the first Wednesday of the month. We are pleased to be hosting Jerry Wilson tomorrow evening, Wednesday, September 4th at 7 pm.waiting-for-coyotes-call-small

Jerry will read selected passages and talk about his highly acclaimed book Waiting For Coyote’s Call: An Eco-Memoir from the Missouri River Bluff. Jerry will have copies of the book available for sale at the event. Hope to see you here at the Library for inauguration of our new series.

This program is made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.South_Dakota_Humanities_Council_Logo_Horizontal_Color

September Programs Set to Begin

Worst Hard Time

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is going to bustling this fall with programming designed for folks of all ages. Pick up a copy of our newsletter or any of the program fliers at the library entrance on the south side off the parking lot.
Also, information about programs geared for each age group can be found on the appropriate tabs (Adult, Teens, Kids) here on the website. Feel free to call the Library for further information at 677-7060.

One of the new adult programs is a book discussion group called Books in Context, which seeks to make relevant connections for the monthly selection through possible films or events at other venues in Vermillion, such as the National Music Museum or the University Galleries.

The Books in Context book selection for September is The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. A limited number of copies are available now for checkout at the Library for those interested in participating in the discussion, which will be facilitated by Betsy Simons on Wednesday, September 25th at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.

The tie-in events this month include the following:
Dust Bowl film Ken Burns

The Dust Bowl: A Film by Ken Burns will be shown in four 1-hour segments in
the Kozak Community Room on Tuesdays (3rd, 10th, 17, 24th) throughout the month of September at 2 pm.

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Dust, Metal and Stone: Graphic Art of the 1930s / A Gallery Talk
Alison Erazmus, Director of the University Galleries will do a gallery walk through the current exhibition on view at the University Galleries related to prints of the Dust Bowl era. This event will surely help provide some visual reference to the text of the book under discussion.

Event will be held Thursday, September 5th from 6-7 pm at the John A. Day Gallery in the College of Fine Arts on the USD campus.

Planning for Fall

Hope you are enjoying the final stretch of summer! We’ve had a very active summer here in the library and as things wind down, we are still working hard behind the scenes to plan new programs for the fall. Stay tuned for plenty of new events for adults, kids and teens. There are many ways to find out what is going to be happening in the library. Here’s a quick run down!

Website: Keep your eye on the This Week’s Events tab for the updates posted each Saturday for the upcoming week. The Newsletter and Calendar tab will take you to links for the monthly newsletters as well as the Google calendar where we list events as they are planned.
E-mail list: We’ve started a distribution list to send out information about upcoming adult events. Let us know if you’d like to be put on the list by sending a quick e-mail to:
Facebook: Our Facebook page can be found by searching Vermillion Public Library….”like” our page and catch up on the action at the Library through posts and pictures.
KVHT: Listen to this radio station (106.3) for library news, interviews and conversations with upcoming speakers. a great mobile app that takes you to our website as well as listing the weekly events.
Newspapers: Look for press releases in the Vermillion Plain Talk and the Yankton Press & Dakotan.
Equalizer monthly column: Look for our column, 18 Church Street, in the Equalizer on the last Tuesday of the month.
Advertisements: Periodic advertisements in the Equalizer and the Broadcaster with event announcements.

Changes in the Missouri River Valley Landscape Since the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Changes in the Missouri River Valley Landscape Since the Lewis & Clark Expedition
A Program by Tim Cowman

Wednesday, July 24th, 7 pm
Kozak Community Room


Tim Cowman is the Director of the Missouri River Institute. The University of South Dakota established the Missouri River Institute to develop and promote research, education, and public awareness related to the natural and cultural resources of the Missouri River Basin.



Water, Water — South Dakota’s Ground Water

South Dakota’s Ground Water / A Program by Derric Iles, State Geologist

Thursday, July 18th
7 pm, Kozak Community Room
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It’s probably safe to say that many of us take our drinking water for granted. This presentation will show why ground water is important to South Dakota and will briefly examine the major sources of ground water in the state. Some potential sources of ground-water contamination will be mentioned and an example of the vulnerability of one of the state’s major aquifers to contamination will be shown. Lastly, some results of testing from one of the best ambient ground-water quality monitoring networks in the country will be given.

Derris Iles is the State Geologist and Administrator of the Geological Survey Program, South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.

Look forward to seeing you Thursday evening, July 18th. Please feel free to call the Library with any questions at 677-7060.

Lewis & Clark : The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

Film by Ken Burns
Wednesday, July 10th, part 1
Wednesday, 17th, part 2
6:30 pm
Roger Kozak Community Room
Lewis and Clark film

Learn about the greatest expeditions in the Northwest Passage from St. Louis to the Pacific. Follow the trails of not just Merriwether Lewis and William Clark, but also the entire Corps of Discovery, which included young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clark’s African-American slave and Sacagawea and her infant son.

Ancient Soils and Modern Science: How Not To Treat Your Soil Like Dirt!


Thursday, June 27th
Roger Kozak Community Room
7 pm

Join Dean Spader in the Kozak Community Room for a fascinating look at the intricate world of soil!

Numerous scientific disciplines using electron microscopy are discovering why “many modern agricultural and urban landscapes mean dead dirt.” What is killing our soil? Why is dead soil so compacted with hardpan, and why does it erode so easily? Why are certain weeds and pests taking over? If we want to reverse these trends, how do we restore life to our dead soil? The same science is beginning to provide answers to these questions. This presentation offers two forms of soil management and suggests that one is better for our lawn, garden and farm soils.

Attend the session and enter the drawing to win a free copy of Teaming with Microbes : The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels

Teaming With Microbes