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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One Team, One Dream

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We were so honored to host the Jolley third graders as they stopped in for a visit this morning. In their “One Team, One Dream” goal of reading a million minutes during the school year, they are traveling to different reading spots around our community.
Now that’s a goal we can get behind!
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February Artists & Authors series presents…

Join us tomorrow night at we host local author and professor Matthew Moen during our Artists & Authors series. He will share excerpts from his book Dumb Bunnies and Expecting Cats.

Moen is a professor at The University of South Dakota who published six academic books before he strayed into the world of cat tales. Copies of his new book will be available at the event. It is available electronically for Kindle and Nook and in paperback on Amazon and in Vermillion at Cedar County Vet, Davis Pharmacy and Barnes & Noble at USD. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of books will be donated to local Humane Societies, including the Bangor, Maine and SD Heartland Humane Society.
7 pm in the Kozak Community Room

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The discussion you’ve been waiting for!

Tomorrow and Thursday we will finally discuss Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand!

You have two options for participating in what is sure to be an engaging discussion:
Wednesday, Jan 28th at 7 pm OR
Thursday, Jan 29th at 4 pm

*Thursday’s discussion will be facilitated by Professor Nancy Zuercher.

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Come and discuss it before you see the film.  Or, come and share your experience of the film, if you’ve already seen it.

Today is National Readathon Day!

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You might take for granted how easy it is for you to read this sentence, but millions of Americans still struggle with basic literacy. 40% of American adults are either at or below basic reading proficiency, and 14% are fully illiterate. But the trouble doesn’t stop there. Each year, millions of Americans — especially our youth — are losing touch with the power and importance of reading books. As Malcolm X said, “People don’t realize how a whole life can be changed by one book.”

Help change lives this winter by celebrating National Readathon Day with Penguin Random House, GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation. Together with your support, we hope to help fund their efforts to educate, tutor, create and sustain a lifelong love of reading.

You can get involved by joining readers across America in a marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24. From Noon – 4 PM in our respective time zones, we will sit and read a book in our own home, library, school or bookstore.

Get started now by creating your own Firstgiving Fundraising page, and inviting friends and family to donate, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

You can find out more here:
http://www.nationalbook.org/2015_readathon.html

If you represent a bookstore, library or school, we invite your venue to host a “reading party” during the Readathon, so your local community can gather and read together. You can also create a fundraising team (named for your bookstore or library), enabling your community to fund raise together as a group to contribute to the National Book Foundation’s efforts to promote reading in America. Visit our Readathon Resources page for supporting materials and information on how to get started.

And be sure to share your experiences and photos using the hash tag, #timetoread!