Tutorial Videos are here!

 

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In an effort to better serve our patrons we are embarking on the production of a number of tutorial videos addressing common questions and topics.

Our first one addresses using the Online Public Access Catalog (or OPAC), and can be viewed here.

The future home of all tutorial videos, as they are created, will be under the Welcome menu (above), and then by clicking on ‘About’.

Now Available: Driving Education and Tests

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is announcing a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free DMV practice tests to library patrons. The new service includes free tests, written specifically based on South Dakota DMV materials, and is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.

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The new program will work as an outreach for several valued groups of patrons, such as teens, those with disabilities, those who participate in the library’s programs for seniors and need to take a renewal exam, and patrons at every other stage of life.
Check out their page by clicking the blue ‘Free Permit Practice Tests’ button at the right, or by visiting  http://vermillionpl.driving-tests.org/south-dakota/.

Paula Bosco Damon

visits the EBSVPl next Wednesday for our May Artists & Authors presentation, May 6th at 7 pm.

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Paula Bosco Damon is an award-winning writer whose works have won numerous honors, including First-Place in National Federation of Press Women, South Dakota Press Women and Iowa Press Women writing competitions. Her stories breathe life into mundane day-to-day experiences and skillfully deconstruct some of the most complex life-altering moments into a language and narrative with universal appeal. Her work has been described as thought-provoking, whimsical, comical, lyrical and entertaining. Paula writes a weekly column for the Vermillion Plain Talk and the Carroll Times Herald titled “My Story. Your Story.” A popular keynote speaker, Paula has conducted readings of her work to audiences in New York, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Free and open to the public.

Mary Woster Haug, in person!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to host South Dakota author Mary Woster Haug in our Artists & Authors series on Wednesday, April 1st at 7 pm.

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Mary Alice (Woster) Haug grew up on a farm/ranch just west of the Missouri River. She attended school in Chamberlain and then South Dakota State University where she eventually taught English for 30 years before retiring in 2008.
She has been writing for several years about her childhood on the grasslands of South Dakota and the ways in which family, church and land influenced her. She has participated in several writing retreats at Windbreak House where she worked with Linda Hasselstrom. Mary Alice has also attended workshops at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In the fall of 2008, she was an Artist in Residence for the Badlands National Park, the inspiration for the essay “On the Badlands Loop Road.”
She was an exchange professor at Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea in the spring of 2006. She is currently writing a book called Crossing Borders: Discovering Myself in Korea, exploring the ways in which her time in South Korea inspired memories of South Dakota. She recently received a Bush Dakota Creative Connections grant to travel to South Korea to revisit the places and people she describes in her book.
Free and open to the public.

Factory Girls

Tonight!
Wednesday, March 25th, 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will host a discussion of Factory Girls, by Leslie T. Chang. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor Sara Lampert, USD Department of History.

An eye-opening and previously untold story, Factory Girls is the first look into the everyday lives of the migrant factory population in China.

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In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Beijing, tells the story of these workers primarily through the lives of two young women, whom she follows over the course of three years as they attempt to rise from the assembly lines of Dongguan, an industrial city in China’s Pearl River Delta.

A book of global significance that provides new insight into China, Factory Girls demonstrates how the mass movement from rural villages to cities is remaking individual lives and transforming Chinese society, much as immigration to America’s shores remade our own country a century ago.

Revealing Documentary Film Being Screened tomorrow night!

We are so, so excited to be hosting a screening of the film tomorrow evening, followed by a facilitated community discussion. Come check it out! We’ll even have popcorn and treats;)

Wednesday, March 11th, 7pm in the Kozak Community RoomMiss-Representation-620x400

Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

Special Presentation Tonight!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to host nationally recognized author Ben Mikaelson as he shares his presentation “Finding the Heart of the Story” tonight, March 9th, 6:30 pm, in the Kozak Community Room.

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