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
drinking water image

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