September Programs Set to Begin

Worst Hard Time

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is going to bustling this fall with programming designed for folks of all ages. Pick up a copy of our newsletter or any of the program fliers at the library entrance on the south side off the parking lot.
Also, information about programs geared for each age group can be found on the appropriate tabs (Adult, Teens, Kids) here on the website. Feel free to call the Library for further information at 677-7060.

One of the new adult programs is a book discussion group called Books in Context, which seeks to make relevant connections for the monthly selection through possible films or events at other venues in Vermillion, such as the National Music Museum or the University Galleries.

The Books in Context book selection for September is The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. A limited number of copies are available now for checkout at the Library for those interested in participating in the discussion, which will be facilitated by Betsy Simons on Wednesday, September 25th at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.

The tie-in events this month include the following:
Dust Bowl film Ken Burns

The Dust Bowl: A Film by Ken Burns will be shown in four 1-hour segments in
the Kozak Community Room on Tuesdays (3rd, 10th, 17, 24th) throughout the month of September at 2 pm.

Grant Wood image Dust Metal Stone

Dust, Metal and Stone: Graphic Art of the 1930s / A Gallery Talk
Alison Erazmus, Director of the University Galleries will do a gallery walk through the current exhibition on view at the University Galleries related to prints of the Dust Bowl era. This event will surely help provide some visual reference to the text of the book under discussion.

Event will be held Thursday, September 5th from 6-7 pm at the John A. Day Gallery in the College of Fine Arts on the USD campus.

Changes in the Missouri River Valley Landscape Since the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Changes in the Missouri River Valley Landscape Since the Lewis & Clark Expedition
A Program by Tim Cowman

Wednesday, July 24th, 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

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Tim Cowman is the Director of the Missouri River Institute. The University of South Dakota established the Missouri River Institute to develop and promote research, education, and public awareness related to the natural and cultural resources of the Missouri River Basin.

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One Book SD Author At The Library Tuesday, July 23rd!

It’s Not Too Late to sign up and get a copy of Long-Shining Waters, the One Book South Dakota….stop by the Library to pick up a copy and don’t miss Tuesday’s event!

One Book South Dakota 2013 Presents*
Author-Led Book Discussion and Reading
Danielle Sosin

The Long-Shining Waters by Danielle Sosin

Tuesday, July 23rd Kozak Community Room, 7 pm
Long Shining Waters

Lake Superior, the north country, the great fresh-water expanse. Frigid. Lethal. Wildly beautiful. The Long-Shining Waters gives us three stories whose characters are separated by centuries and circumstances, yet connected across time by the place they inhabit.

Sign up and borrow a copy of the book at the Vermillion Public Library. Once you return the book, put your name in a drawing to keep the book. Drawing will be done at the author event. Refreshments will be served.

*Sponsored by the VPL Library, SD Center for the Book, and the SD Humanities Council.

Water, Water — South Dakota’s Ground Water

South Dakota’s Ground Water / A Program by Derric Iles, State Geologist

Thursday, July 18th
7 pm, Kozak Community Room
drinking water image

It’s probably safe to say that many of us take our drinking water for granted. This presentation will show why ground water is important to South Dakota and will briefly examine the major sources of ground water in the state. Some potential sources of ground-water contamination will be mentioned and an example of the vulnerability of one of the state’s major aquifers to contamination will be shown. Lastly, some results of testing from one of the best ambient ground-water quality monitoring networks in the country will be given.

Derris Iles is the State Geologist and Administrator of the Geological Survey Program, South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.

Look forward to seeing you Thursday evening, July 18th. Please feel free to call the Library with any questions at 677-7060.

One Book South Dakota Event in July

One Book South Dakota 2013 Presents*

Author-Led Book Discussion and Reading
The Long-Shining Waters by Danielle Sosin

Tuesday, July 23rd Kozak Community Room, 7 pm

 Long Shining WatersDanielle Sosin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Superior, the north country, the great fresh-water expanse. Frigid. Lethal. Wildly beautiful. The Long-Shining Waters gives us three stories whose characters are separated by centuries and circumstances, yet connected across time by the place they inhabit.

Sign up and borrow a copy of the book at the Vermillion Public Library. Once you return the book, put your name in a drawing to keep the book. Drawing will be done at the author event. Refreshments will be served.

*Sponsored by the VPL Library, SD Center for the Book, and the SD Humanities Council.

Ancient Soils and Modern Science: How Not To Treat Your Soil Like Dirt!

soil

Thursday, June 27th
Roger Kozak Community Room
7 pm

Join Dean Spader in the Kozak Community Room for a fascinating look at the intricate world of soil!

Numerous scientific disciplines using electron microscopy are discovering why “many modern agricultural and urban landscapes mean dead dirt.” What is killing our soil? Why is dead soil so compacted with hardpan, and why does it erode so easily? Why are certain weeds and pests taking over? If we want to reverse these trends, how do we restore life to our dead soil? The same science is beginning to provide answers to these questions. This presentation offers two forms of soil management and suggests that one is better for our lawn, garden and farm soils.

Attend the session and enter the drawing to win a free copy of Teaming with Microbes : The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels

Teaming With Microbes