Book Signing Event Tonight

Rusch - County Capitols

Tonight, October 16th, 7-9 pm
Kozak Community Room

Local historian, author, and judge Arthur L. Rusch will be present to discuss and sign copies of his new book County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota.

Using county records, period newspapers, and other archival materials, Arthur L. Rusch shows how the “courthouse fights” between rival communities turned into outright battles, including bidding wars, midnight forays to steal county records and even buildings, and the destruction of courthouses—all in the cause of community survival.

One Book South Dakota

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One Book South Dakota
Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris
Book Discussion: Wednesday, September 24th
7 pm, Kozak Community Room
Discussion facilitated by Molly Rozum,
Associate Professor of History, USD

The One Book South Dakota is sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council.
We can read a book alone, but until we discuss it, the process doesn’t seem complete. Often what one person says about a book enhances our understanding and shapes our perceptions of the book’s themes and meaning. The One Book South Dakota program exists to encourage this exchange through reading one book as a community.
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“A moving and substantial contribution to the literature of the changing contemporary Midwest, and a welcome reminder of the peace that open spaces and extended silences can confer.” — Washington Post Book World

Vermillion Green Living Festival

Summer Reading Program
Adult/Family Events

Sustainable food

Vermillion Green Living Festival
Saturday, July 26, 2014
1 – 2:30 pm
Kozak Community Room

Join us for a short presentation by Meghann Jarchow, Sustainability Coordinator at
USD, and then an open house to visit the tables available from local vendors including:
God’s Green Earth
Greening Vermillion
Heikes Family Farm
Hy-Vee
Irish Twins Soaps
Prairie Moon Herbs
Sharing the Dream
The Tea Smith
Vermillion Community Garden
Vermillion Farmers Market
PLUS…homemade foods to sample!

This opportunity gives you to try samples and learn more about
sustainable products and foods! End your visit with a trip over to
the Community Garden!

For more information, call the Library at 677-7060.

 

Geocaching Event This Saturday — Fun for the Whole Family!

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Interested in Geocaching?
Diane Leja and Becky Rider will share the basics and
then lead an excursion outdoors!

Saturday, June 28, 2014
1 pm til….
Edith B. Siegrist
Vermillion Public Library
 Kozak Community Room

Geocaching is a game that reveals a world beyond the every day, where the possibility of a new discovery hides under park benches, in the forest, and probably a short walk from where you are right now. The adventure begins by searching for cleverly hidden containers called geocaches. There are more than 2 million geocaches waiting to be found throughout the world, in more than 180 countries…..for more information see the website: www.geocaching.com

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

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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 LaintoStories.com. Fred teaches fiction and creative nonfiction writing in the MA/PhD Program in Creative Writing, as well as in the undergraduate program at USD.