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

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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

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“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

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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!

Learn How to Relax….Anytime, Anywhere!

As part of the new Live and Learn evening series, we’re pleased to have Sandi King here on Wednesday evening, September 11th at 7:30 pm with a session sure to be a hit!

EASY YOGA AND MEDITATION BREAKS FOR BUSY PEOPLE

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Head to toe ways to relax, breathe, center and calm your active (or over-active) mind and body while seated or standing anywhere!

Kozak Community Room, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 11th

Sandi King has been teaching Hatha yoga at the USD Wellness program for 9 years, specializing in beginner and intermediate levels, and also loves teaching yoga for relaxation.

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

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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: vplstaff@sdln.net
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.
yote.biz: 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

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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.

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