The Mysterious Written Language of the Gamelan : A Method for Decoding

Gamelan

Join us Thursday, November 14th at 3 pm in the National Music Museum as Curator Deborah Check Reeves presents an engaging session on modern Gamelan notation, which is completely different than Western musical notation. She will share the fascinating way the written symbols relate to the instruments in the Gamelan ensemble.
The National Music Museum is located at the intersection of Clark and Yale Streets on the USD campus.

This program on written notation forms another link in the events tied together for the Books in Context series. Our book this month, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, is related to nu shu, which was a form of secret writing developed in China by women so they could communicate with one another. Copies of the book are available through the library and the book discussion will be held Wednesday, December 4th at 7 pm in the Library.

 

Live and Learn : A Geological Excursion to China!

Mark SweeneyDon’t miss this week’s Live and Learn
with Mark Sweeney
“A Geological Excursion to China : History Recorded in Dust”
Wednesday, November 13th
7 pm, Kozak Community Room

Mark Sweeney has been conducting research in China and will discuss the geology and issues related to the loess covered area where he has spent time.  This is the same loess once used to build the terracotta army of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China!

 

Mark Sweeney is Associate Professor in the Earth Sciences Department at the University of South Dakota.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan…the Book, the Movie and Related Events

The Edith B. Siegrist will have two showings of the film,
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, directed by Wayne Wang.
This film is based on the novel by Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,
the current selection for the Books in Context Series.

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Film Showings:
Thursday, November 7th, 6:30 pm
Kozak Community Room

Tuesday, November 12th, 1:00 pm
Kozak Community Room

Be sure to attend the other Books in Context Linked Events to be held in November:

Thursday, November 14th, 3 pm
National Music Museum, USD Campus
“The Mysterious Written Language of the Gamelan:
A Method for Decoding”
with Deborah Check Reeves

Dr. Reeves will present an engaging session on modern Gamelan notation, which is completely different than Western musical notation. She will share the fascinating way that the written symbols relate to the instruments in the Gamelan ensemble.

Thursday, November 21st, 7 pm
John Day Gallery, College of Fine Arts, USD Campus
“The Written Word” an exhibition gallery talk with
Alison Erazmus, Gallery Director
A guided tour of the current exhibition containing the work of five contemporary artists who explore the visual materiality of word-based texts. The artists used literature, the act of writing itself, or the library as inspiration for their visual art installations.

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Book Discussion for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See will be held Wednesday, December 4th at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.
Discussion facilitated by Sarah Sik, Asst. Professor of Art History, USD

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk!

The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion — A South Dakota Decision

Two Informative Sessions!
Monday, November 4th
3 pm and 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

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How will the Affordable Care Act work in South Dakota? What difference will it make if South Dakota decides to expand Medicaid? Joy Smolnisky, Director of the SD Budget & Policy Project and Lizzy Bolander of the Rural Office of Community Services will be presenting a non-partisan explanation of health care reform in South Dakota. They will discuss details of buying insurance and look at the option to expand Medicaid and how it would affect health care providers and consumers in the state.

Call the Library with any questions at 677-7060.

 

New Databases Available!

We are pleased to be able to offer two new databases to our patrons, with access made available through the State Library — Mango Languages and Chilton Library. You can utilize these and many of the other databases here in the Library or on your home computer. Some of the databases, such as Learning Express, will require you to set up a free account and others may ask you for patron verification, which will be your library card barcode and last name as password. Be sure to explore all the databases under the Reference tab here on the Library website.

New Databases!

MANGO LANGUAGES
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Offers courses in more than 60 languages to allow users to learn, listen and
speak their chosen languages. Courses for English learners begin in the
student’s native language and teach English. The courses focus on four key areas
of language learning: vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and culture.

CHILTONLIBRARY

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Provides authoritative manuals online with monthly updates. Thousands of
domestic and imported car, truck, van and SUV models from 1940-present and
includes repair, maintenance and specification tables.

Jim Stone on Clay County Barns

Jim Stone barns

Preservation Wednesday
Clay County Barns with Jim Stone
Wednesday, October 16th, 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

Jim Stone has been researching and documenting the rich heritage of barns in Clay County. Learn more about their fascinating history in his talk at the Library in the upcoming talk. Preservation Wednesday is co-sponsored by the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission and the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library!

Call the library at 677-7060 for more information!

 

Artists and Authors : Susan Heggested

Uncertainty in the Shadows - Susan Heggestad

“Variations on a Theme”
by Susan Heggestad

Wednesday, October 2nd, 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

Susan will feature her mixed-media works on paper utilizing collagraph, monotype, screenprinting and relief processes, as well as sculptural and installation works.

Susan M Heggestad received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from
the University of South Dakota, and her Masters of Fine Arts degree, with an
emphasis in Printmaking, from SUNY at Buffalo. Her work has been showcased
at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences in Sioux Falls, the Haydon Art
Center in Lincoln, Neb., North Dakota State University in Fargo, as well as
numerous other venues. In addition, she is the recipient of several awards,
including a South Dakota Arts Council Artist Grant in 2007 and 2011, and is
currently on the Artists in Communities and Schools roster for the South Dakota
Arts Council.  She is director of the Messy Hands Summer Art Camp for children
hosted by the Vermillion Area Arts Council. Susan lives with her large family in
Vermillion, where she maintains a private studio.

Worst Hard Time Books Still Available

Worst Hard Time

There is still time to check out one of the copies of this month’s book club selection, which are available at the Circulation Desk. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, by Timothy Egan is the fascinating story of the Dust Bowl, a devastating period in the country’s history. The book discussion, led by Betsy Simons, will be held Wednesday, September 25th at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room. We have quite a few copies of the book available and we encourage you to check one out, whether or not you are able to make it for the discussion. Once you start, you won’t want to put it down!

Next month’s Books In Context selection is: Beethoven’s Hair : An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved, by Russell Martin. Copies will be available in the next week or so!