We’re Still ‘Outside the Lines’

In recent years, libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement to accommodate the growing needs of their local communities. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library invites the residents of Clay County to experience the library in a whole new way. Come join your community outside the Library as we host some special events:

Our children’s after school programming returns for the Fall this week, with new programs in the line-up and tons of fun activities during Story Times. Art, Music and Movement Story Times are open for registration now, which can be found at vermillionpubliclibrary.org/storytime/. For school-aged children, we are extremely proud to share that we’ve expanded our afterschool programs to every day of the week! Afterschool programs are open to those aged 5 & up (except Tuesday Robotics, which is open to those in 2nd grade & up), are free of charge, and require no registration. Most programs occur twice per month, and include: Nutrition/Yoga, Minecraft, LEGO Robotics & VEX IQ Robotics, Cursive Class, Chess Club and LEGO Club. Additionally, we offer Origami Club and Art Club once per month. Every Friday we offer a free movie (with popcorn!). For the full listing, visit our children’s programming page at our website: vermillionpubliclibrary.org/kids/.

Tuesday, September 12th at 7 pm we will preview an hour of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR. It tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. The screening will be followed by a panel
discussion featuring South Dakotans who were active in protesting the War. Afterward, SDPB will be conducting video interviews with interested veterans, their family members and others who witnessed the Vietnam War as part of efforts to collect stories for historic preservation.

On Friday, September 15th at 7:30 pm the final Books & Brews of the year will feature a ‘Drive-In’ behind the library of the cult classic 80’s film, The Breakfast Club. We’ll have the movie and popcorn and a limited selection of craft beers to sample, and participants are encouraged to bring their own favorites, as well as a chair. Adults aged 21 and up only, of course.

And on Saturday, September 16th at 7:30 pm, families are invited to join us for our second annual ‘Outside the Library Drive-In Movie Night’ as we enjoy Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Patrons of all ages are welcome to participate in viewing a family-friendly movie and munching on popcorn. Bring your own chairs and beverages.

These events – and more – are a part of Outside the Lines, a global initiative designed to reintroduce libraries to their local communities. From Sept. 10-16, 2017, organizations will host events and campaigns worldwide designed to get people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a whole new way.

Now in its fourth year, Outside the Lines takes many of the concepts, such as creativity, customer curiosity, culture, community and creative spaces, and puts them into action where they count – in our local communities. Learn more at getoutsidethelines.org.

Looking for film sponsorships

Over the past year the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, the Vermillion School District Foundation, the Vermillion Booster Club, the Vermillion School Board, and Maloney Real Estate all supported a new series of early-out films at the Vermillion Theaters for area school children. These free, afternoon films are intended as an option for families needing activities for their children to participate in on early-out days. The Library and the Vermillion Theaters intend to continue the program this year, and we are in need of sponsors for this year’s six early-out school days.

Film licensing, popcorn, bottles of water, and theater supervision will cost $350 per film. Potential sponsors, and others wanting to contribute toward the overall costs, are invited to send their donations care of the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. Questions can be directed to Beth Knedler, Youth Services Librarian, by calling our Circulation Desk, 677-7060.

The first of these scheduled early-out films will be Thursday, September 14th at 2 pm. in celebration of Roald Dahl Day, we will be screening Fantastic Mr. Fox! Open to all school-aged children and their caregivers; seating begins at 1:45 pm.

Summer Meal Gap

For the next 3 weeks, the Vermillion Public Library will be the site of the Summer Meal Gap lunch program! Hosted by the Vermillion Food Pantry and the Welcome Table, these lunches are meant to bridge the gap between the end of the Free Summer Meal Program, and the beginning of the school year.
Lunch begins at 11:30, and will be served until 1 pm, or until food runs out. Any Vermillion-area children, and their families, are welcome to attend. Takes place in the Kozak Community Room.

Generously supported by the Dakota Hospital Foundation, Vermillion United Way, The Welcome Table Backpack Program, the Vermillion Food Pantry, and Feeding South Dakota.

Room Reservations

Did you know that you can now make your room reservation requests online? Simply scroll up to the ‘Room Reservations’ link to get started.

In addition, you can view our public calendar to look for openings in the schedule by clicking on the ‘View Full Schedule Button’.


As always, you can still call us at the Circulation Desk for assistance.

SRP Activities Continue

The end is near, but it’s not over yet! We still have a handful of fun activities to finish out this year’s Summer Reading Program, and you’re invited. Be sure to check out these upcoming events:

Wednesday, July 19th at 10 am – LEGO Club (Kozak Room) and Teen Brunch (Small Conference Room)
at 1:30 pm – Art Club (Kozak Room)
Thursday, July 20th at 10 am – Building Solar Viewers in Workshop (Kozak Room)
at 1 pm – FIT with the USD Women’s BB Team! (Kozak Room)
at 1:30 pm – Cursive Class (Kozak Room)
at 2 pm – Chess Club (Kozak Room)
Monday, July 24th at 10:30 am – Nutrition with HyVee’s Shannon Schaack (Kozak Room)
at 1 pm – Vermillion/Clay County Community Safety visit! (Library Parking Lot)
at 2 pm – Origami Club (Kozak Room)
Tuesday, July 25th at 10 am – Minecraft (Youth Room)
at 1:30 pm – Tale of Despereaux (Coyote Twin Theater)
Wednesday, July 26th at 10 am – LEGO Club (Kozak Room) and Teen Brunch (Small Conference Room)
at 1:30 pm – Art Club (Kozak Room)
Thursday, July 27th at 1 pmSRP End Party at Prentis Park Plunge! *Sign-ups required; please call 677.7060 or stop by the Circulation Desk.

There’s Still Time!

It may seem like the Summer Reading Program is winding down (where does the time go?), but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a BUNCH of fun things to catch before it’s all over. And keep reading! We’ve got incentives to give out for each week, and you can check in at ANY time to collect your incentives… up until the end of the program, that is – which is Friday, July 28th.

Here are a couple of the fun programs coming. See the remaining program sessions listed on the SRP calendar at the bottom of the post.

Ready for the All-American Eclipse?

Are you excited about the coming eclipse? Are you prepared? Check out NASA’s great resources: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Here at the VPL, we’ve also got some workshops cooked up that will help you get the most out of this rare eclipse event! On Thursday, July 20th – as part of our SRP Workshop session – we will lead kids in the creation of a solar viewer. We will also distribute eclipse glasses to all participants. Then again on Saturday, August 12th at 1 pm, we will lead another solar viewer workshop that will be open to anyone in the community. We will have plenty of eclipse glasses to share, so please feel free to drop by and pick yourself up a pair:)

A Special Night of Thanks

The VPL’s first Books & Brews of the 2017 season was an upscale affair held on Friday, June 16th. Past and present members of Vermillion Standard Time were on hand to provide some fantastic, jazzy accompaniment to our formal unveiling of all the recent tech upgrades the Library has received, due to the continued support of the Vermillion Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library.


Director Dan Burniston emceed the informal evening of revelry, refreshments, and community, although the thanks expressed were formal and heartfelt. Our community enjoys one of the premier public libraries in the state, due in large part to the dedicated and tremendous support of our partner organizations. This evening served as just one small gesture of gratitude toward all those who work so hard to make us look good!


And speaking of looking good, we’ve put together a little video of the night’s highlights, which can be found on our youtube channel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiVBvlwCcbw.