Fiction Book Club Discussion Wednesday Evening

My Jim

Fine Fiction Book Club Discussion

My Jim by Nancy Rawles
Wednesday, February 19th, 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

Copies of My Jim are still available at the Library Circulation Desk. You are welcome to come to the discussion, even if you have not read the book!

Synopsis: To help her granddaughter accept the risks of loving, Sadie Watson mines her memory for the tale of the unquenchable love of her life, Jim. Sadie’s Jim was an ambitious young slave and seer who, when faced with the prospect of being sold, escaped down the Mississippi with a white boy named Huck Finn. Sadie is suddenly left alone, worried about her children, reviled as a witch, punished for Jim’s escape, and convinced her husband is dead. But Sadie’s will and her love for Jim animate her life and see her through.

Told with spare eloquence and mirroring the true stories of countless slave women, My Jim recreates one of the most controversial characters in American literature. A nuanced critique of the great American novel, My Jim is a haunting and inspiring story about freedom, longing, and the remarkable endurance of love.

 

A Charles Darwin Birthday Party This Wednesday!

Celebrate the birthday of Charles Darwin
(12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882)
Charles DarwinLive and Learn: Charles Darwin, A Brief Tale and a
Birthday Party / with Holly Straub
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
7 pm, Kozak Community Room

Join Holly Straub, Olli members and other in
the community in a festive celebration! Holly will
give a short talk, followed by a unique birthday party,
complete with Darwin-themed games and cake!

An All New Book Sale….

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Don’t Miss the Grand Opening of Edie’s Book Shop February 7-8
Friday Hours: 10 – 5 pm
Saturday Hours: 10 – 4 pm

Register for Door Prizes and Grand Opening Gift Basket!

The Friends of the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library are excited to now have a permanent home for selling used books – Edie’s Book Shop – named in honor of Edith B. Siegrist.  Located on the library lower level, the Book Shop will be open the first Friday and Saturday of every month (except Jan. and D-Days weekend).

Be sure to come in and check out our new space as we move from having one book sale a year, to a year-round book store.  Access the Book Shop using either the elevator or the adjacent stairs located to the left of the main entrance on Church Street.

* New items will be added each month                 * Watch for Special Monthly Sales
* Featured Selected Titles and Best Sellers          * Bookmarks and other Gift Items

Edie’s Book Shop Upcoming Dates:                          Hours:

Feb. 7-8                                                                          Fridays  – 10-5

Mar. 7-8                                                                          Saturdays  – 10-4

Apr. 4-5

May 2-3

June 6-7

Proceeds from Edie’s Book Shop go to support The Summer Reading Program and other library events and activities.  Thanks for shopping with us!

Environmental Poetry by Normal Wilson

Sharing the Lead by Nancy Losacker

Artists & Authors: Environmental Poetry by Normal Wilson
(with Nancy Losacker)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
7 pm, Kozak Community Room

Norma Wilson, Vermillion poet author and USD Professor Emeritus, will read and discuss her environmental poetry from a recent book Under the Rainbow, as well as her collaboration with Nancy Losacker in an exhibition Rivers, Wings and Sky, for which they received a South Dakota Arts Council grant. Nancy Losacker will participate in the discussion of their collaborative project. Copies of Norma Wilson’s books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Call the Library for more information: 677-7060

Winter Herbals with Grace Freeman Tonight!

herbals

Wednesday, January 15th, 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

An exploration of teas, tonics and tinctures to help keep you healthy through the cold winter days and the long winter nights. The evening will include discussion as well as sampling.

Grace Freeman is a Registered Nurse and has studied herbs for 17 years. She is the owner/operator of Prairie Moon Herbs and is a Certified Lactation Consultant and a Master Gardener.

The Mysterious Written Language of the Gamelan : A Method for Decoding

Gamelan

Join us Thursday, November 14th at 3 pm in the National Music Museum as Curator Deborah Check Reeves presents an engaging session on modern Gamelan notation, which is completely different than Western musical notation. She will share the fascinating way the written symbols relate to the instruments in the Gamelan ensemble.
The National Music Museum is located at the intersection of Clark and Yale Streets on the USD campus.

This program on written notation forms another link in the events tied together for the Books in Context series. Our book this month, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, is related to nu shu, which was a form of secret writing developed in China by women so they could communicate with one another. Copies of the book are available through the library and the book discussion will be held Wednesday, December 4th at 7 pm in the Library.