Attention Writers!

Are you a writer looking to get published?
Don’t miss this great opportunity to work with an award-winning author & poet, for FREE!

On Saturday, October 1st from 2 -4 pm, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to host the Writer’s Workshop: Get Published Now, with Jim Reese. “Get Published Now” is a hybrid writing workshop where participants spend time generating ideas and discussing real methods on how to get published in today’s market. The Writer’s Workshop features an informal conversation with an award-winning working writer / editor / publisher discussing craft, publishing and the writing life.

“Jim Reese … He’s our Mark Twain of this century … Jim writes about the everyday experience, and he, in my view, is therefore America’s poet.”
—Grace Cavalieri, from the Poet and the Poem at the Library of Congress

Jim Reese is an Associate Professor of English; Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota; and Editor-in-Chief of 4 PM Count. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, and he has performed readings at venues throughout the country, including the Library of Congress and San Quentin Prison. His third book Really Happy was published by New York Quarterly Books in 2014.

In 2015 Reese received an Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, and in 2012 a Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his exemplary dedication and contributions to the Education Department at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp. Since 2008 Reese has been one of six artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ interagency initiative with the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This workshop is generously supported by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organization. The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please call to reserve your spot. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at 605-677-7060.

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Artists & Authors Returns with noted Author visit

Patrick Hicks is the author of over ten books, including The Collector of Names, Adoptable, and This London. He will appear at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library to read from his newest novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, on Tuesday, September 13th, at 7 pm.

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His work has appeared in such journals and magazines as Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Salon, Chronicle of Higher Education, Commonweal, Christian Science Monitor, The London Magazine, Huffington Post, The Utne Reader, and many others. He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize, he was recently a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, the Dzanc Short Story Collection Competition, and the Gival Press Novel Award. His poetry has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, The PBS Newshour, and his work with PBS’s “Over South Dakota” was nominated for an Emmy. His first novel held company among only 20 books selected for National Reading Group Month and it was listed as a Top Pick for First Year College Programs. A winner of the Glimmer Train Fiction Award, he is also the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships, including awards from the Bush Artist Foundation, the South Dakota Arts Council, the Loft Literary Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A dual-citizen of Ireland and America, he is the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University as well as a faculty member at the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. He has lived in Northern Ireland, England, Germany, and Spain, but has returned to his Midwestern roots. When not writing, he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie with his British wife and he is a sucker for playing in the backyard with his seven-year-old son, who was adopted from South Korea. Light saber battles happen in their house all the time—there are a lot of scorch marks in the living room.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating.

One Book is Around the Corner

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, partnering with Osher Life-Long Institute, will present a discussion of this year’s One Book South Dakota on Tuesday, September 13th at 3 pm.  Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Library’s Circulation Desk.

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The 2016 One Book South Dakota selection is Some Luck by Jane Smiley.  The first volume of an epic trilogy from a beloved writer at the height of her powers, Some Luck starts us on a literary adventure through cycles of birth and death, passion and betrayal that will span a century in America. The novel is a National Book Award nominee, as well as Best Book of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Financial Times, The Seattle Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and BookPage.

1920, Denby, Iowa: Rosanna and Walter Langdon have just welcomed their firstborn son, Frank, into their family farm. He will be the oldest of five.

Each chapter in this extraordinary novel covers a single year, encompassing the sweep of history as the Langdons abide by time-honored values and pass them on to their children. With the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change through the early 1950s, we watch as the personal and the historical merge seamlessly: one moment electricity is just beginning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis. Later still, a girl we’d seen growing up now has a little girl of her own.

Jane Smiley won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1992. She will appear at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings, Sept. 23 at the Performing Arts Center. Her keynote begins at 7:30 pm following the mass author book signing at the PAC at 6:30 pm.

These events are made possible by the generous support of the South Dakota Humanities Council.  The South Dakota Humanities Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1972 whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota.

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This year’s One Book South Dakota is ‘Some Luck’ by Jane Smiley. We’ve got copies of the book available for checkout here at our Circulation Desk, courtesy of the South Dakota Humanities Council. A discussion of the book is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13th at 3 pm, hosted by Betsy Simons.

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Free Financial Counseling

Did you know that free financial counseling is offered here at the Library via Lutheran Social Services Center for Financial Resources? The next appointments will take place on Thursday, August 25th.  Call 800-568-2401 or email info@LssSD.org for more information and to set up your appointment.  Takes place in the Small Conference Room.

Beginning in September, these sessions will take place on the first Mondays of each month, from 2-5 pm and on the third Thursdays from 10 am – 5 pm.

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Story Time is Coming…

Story Times and regular Children’s programming will return on Monday, September 12th.  They’ll be here before you know it!  So take a minute to click on our Story Time link, above, and sign up for the Story Time session that works best for you.  These programs are free, but space is often limited.

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Congratulations!

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A big THANK YOU to the many businesses and organizations that contributed prizes to support this summer’s reading program. Congratulations to the winners of our Adult Summer Reading Program prize drawing:
Valiant Vineyards Gift Certificate – Suzanne Johnson
Sharing the Dream Jewelry Set – Shaleen Allen
Sharing the Dream Jewelry Set – Dawna Anderson
Sharing the Dream Jewelry Set – Mary Edelen
Vermillion Theaters Movie passes (2) – Amanda Yeary
VAFM Gift Certificate (2) – Cyndy Chaney
VAFM Gift Certificate (2) – Diane Zak
VAFM Gift Certificate (2) – Cheyenne Hoesing
McDonald’s Gift Cards (3) – Brenda Auen
T-Shirt & Book/Movie – Angela Hansen
T-Shirt & Book/Movie – Melissa Greise
T-Shirt & Book/Movie – Renee Nicks
T-Shirt & Book/Movie – Theresa Chasing Hawk
Book & Movie Choice – Marina Sereda

Zoo Man Returns

The next SRP entertainer is the always thrilling Zoo Man – Monday, July 11th at 1 pm.

Join Zoo Man and meet his fun, exotic animal friends! Zoo Man teaches children about animals in a hands-on environment. This is an exciting event to view, help, and learn about different animals — arrive early for the best seats!

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Summer Reading is for Adults, Too

Is curling up with a good book your idea of a great summer vacation? Are you feeling left out when you read about all the fantastic programs for kids happening here at the library this summer? Does the idea of winning prizes make you giddy?
Well, the Summer Reading Program is for adults, too! Every summer we are surprised at how many folks miss out on the chance to win some lovely prizes (including a Valiant Vineyards Winery gift certificate), when they are reading for pleasure, anyway.

Participating couldn’t be easier: Each time you finish a book, stop by the library and fill out an adult SRP entry form and leave it with the staff. You’re entered! We will draw for prizes at the end of July, and contact winners by email or phone. What are you waiting for?

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