Affordable Care Act Information

Are you looking for information about the Affordable Care Act? Need guidance in applying?
The Rural Office of Community Services will be on hand with very useful information on Tuesday, October 25th from 6 – 8 pm in the Small Conference Room. This is a drop-in information session only. Individual appointments for application assistance will be held on Thursday, November 10th.

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October Artists & Authors

John Banasiak, award-winning photographer and Professor of Art at the University of South Dakota, will visit the Vermillion Public Library to discuss his work on Tuesday, October 11th at 7 pm.

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John Banasiak grew up on the south side of Chicago, and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Upon graduation he received the Fred J. Forester Traveling Fellowship to help with a documentary project in Poland in 1973. After teaching Art Foundation and Color Photography classes as a graduate student at the Art Institute of Chicago, he was offered a Visiting Artist position at “Light Work” on the campus of Syracuse University, which lead to a job as a one year replacement on the Art Department faculty of New York State University in Oswego. The following year he traveled to New Zealand and presented photographic workshops at Auckland University and Canterbury College. Upon his return to the US he was offered a full time teaching position at the University of South Dakota where he has taught Photography for the past 36 years. In 1992 he received the Burlington Northern Award for Teaching, and in 2004 received the Belbas-Larson Award. He also received the President’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2008. He is represented by the Joseph Bellows Gallery of La Jolla, California, and has been part of the AIPAD Photo Show held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City for the past five years. He was also recently included in this year’s Creative Quarterly “Best 100 – 2015” annual, published by Artisanal Media of NYC, with photographs from a current photographic series titled “Scenes from the Dreams of a Fortune Teller”. This past autumn he had a solo exhibition in the Main Gallery of the University of South Dakota, featuring 60 Kalitype prints titled “Views from the Halls of Purgatory. His photographic work is included in the collections of The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The International Center of Photography in NYC, The Nelson-Atkins Museum/ Hallmark Photographic Collection in Kansas City, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Fundacion Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain, The Diosgyori Vizualis Museum in Miskolc, Hungary, and the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Georgia.
This presentation is free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at 605-677-7060.

Election Information and Education

*Attention Vermillionaires*
Here are some upcoming opportunities for election education:

Thursday, October 13th at 8 pm
John Thune/Jay Williams Forum
South Dakota Focus, SDPB1

Thursday, October 20th at 7 pm
District 17 Candidate Debates & Ballot Issues Forum
Al Neuharth Media Center, USD Campus

Monday, October 24th, 7-8:30 pm
County Commissioner Forum
City Hall Chambers

Tuesday, October 25th, 7-8:30 pm
State Legislative Forum
City Hall Chambers

Tuesday, November 1st, 7-8:30 pm
Ballot Issues Discussion and Election ReviewHere:) Vermillion Public Library

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Homework Help is available at the Library

Do you know a kid who could use a little extra help with homework? The Library offers free homework help, due to a crew of lovely volunteers from the USD Serve program.
Homework Helpers happens on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm in the Children’s Activity Room. Snacks provided:)

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Attention Writers!

Are you a writer looking to get published?
Don’t miss this great opportunity to work with an award-winning author & poet, for FREE!

On Saturday, October 1st from 2 -4 pm, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to host the Writer’s Workshop: Get Published Now, with Jim Reese. “Get Published Now” is a hybrid writing workshop where participants spend time generating ideas and discussing real methods on how to get published in today’s market. The Writer’s Workshop features an informal conversation with an award-winning working writer / editor / publisher discussing craft, publishing and the writing life.

“Jim Reese … He’s our Mark Twain of this century … Jim writes about the everyday experience, and he, in my view, is therefore America’s poet.”
—Grace Cavalieri, from the Poet and the Poem at the Library of Congress

Jim Reese is an Associate Professor of English; Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota; and Editor-in-Chief of 4 PM Count. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, and he has performed readings at venues throughout the country, including the Library of Congress and San Quentin Prison. His third book Really Happy was published by New York Quarterly Books in 2014.

In 2015 Reese received an Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, and in 2012 a Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his exemplary dedication and contributions to the Education Department at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp. Since 2008 Reese has been one of six artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ interagency initiative with the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This workshop is generously supported by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organization. The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please call to reserve your spot. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion. For more information call the Library at 605-677-7060.

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VPL Outside the Lines

What a weekend! Many thanks to all who came out and enjoyed their library in a new way: those who came by to meet our new Library Director, Dan Burniston, on Friday the 16th and those who came by to enjoy our first ever ‘drive-in’ movie night. Such a blast! We’re still cleaning up;)
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Outside the Lines is Here

We are officially Outside the Lines this week!  Don’t miss these two special events:

On Friday, September 16th at 7 pm we will host our next Books & Brews event as a meet & greet ‘Happy Hour’ with our new Library Director, Daniel Burniston!  We invite community members to our ‘Beer Garden’ – in the garden behind the library.  Adults aged 21 and up only, of course.  There will be live music, refreshments, a limited selection of craft beers to sample, and participants are encouraged to bring their own favorites.

And on Saturday, September 17th at 7 pm, join us for our first ever ‘Outside the Library Drive-In Movie Night’ in our parking lot! Patrons of all ages are welcome to view the new, live-action ‘Jungle Book’ with us, and munch on popcorn.  Bring your own chairs and beverages.

These events are a part of Outside the Lines, a global initiative designed to reintroduce libraries to their local communities. From Sept. 11-17, 2016, organizations will host events and campaigns worldwide designed to get people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a whole new way.

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Learn to Play the Ukulele

Have you ever wanted to learn to play the ukulele? Just love to get together with others and play music?
Beginning with our Fall line-up of programs, the Library is pleased to offer Free Ukulele lessons to patrons aged 7 & up. No musical experience or background necessary; the ukulele is easier to learn than the guitar (and more affordable too). No ukulele? No problem – we will have some ukuleles for you to borrow. These lessons will officially begin on Friday, September 16th at 4 pm, and Saturday, September 17th at 3:30 pm.

The sessions are as follows:
Fridays – 4-4:45 pm (7 & 8 yr olds)
4:45-5:30 pm (9 & 10 yr olds)
Saturdays – 3:30-4:15 pm (11 & 12 yr olds)
4:15-5 pm (13 & up)
These sessions are free, but space is limited! Call or stop by the Circulation Desk to sign up.

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Instructor Joseph Ahuna is a USD graduate student from Kaneohe, Hawaii. He played the ukulele in a Hawaiian band that traveled around the world, as well as playing the ukulele at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He has over 20 years of experience performing and playing the ukulele, and has an entire season of fun curriculum planned that will teach the basic chords, songs, and history of the ukulele. There are even plans to put on a simple recital at the end of the term, which ends December 17th. For more information, feel free to call the Library at 605-677-7060.

Artists & Authors Returns with noted Author visit

Patrick Hicks is the author of over ten books, including The Collector of Names, Adoptable, and This London. He will appear at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library to read from his newest novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, on Tuesday, September 13th, at 7 pm.

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His work has appeared in such journals and magazines as Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Salon, Chronicle of Higher Education, Commonweal, Christian Science Monitor, The London Magazine, Huffington Post, The Utne Reader, and many others. He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize, he was recently a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, the Dzanc Short Story Collection Competition, and the Gival Press Novel Award. His poetry has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, The PBS Newshour, and his work with PBS’s “Over South Dakota” was nominated for an Emmy. His first novel held company among only 20 books selected for National Reading Group Month and it was listed as a Top Pick for First Year College Programs. A winner of the Glimmer Train Fiction Award, he is also the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships, including awards from the Bush Artist Foundation, the South Dakota Arts Council, the Loft Literary Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A dual-citizen of Ireland and America, he is the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University as well as a faculty member at the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. He has lived in Northern Ireland, England, Germany, and Spain, but has returned to his Midwestern roots. When not writing, he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie with his British wife and he is a sucker for playing in the backyard with his seven-year-old son, who was adopted from South Korea. Light saber battles happen in their house all the time—there are a lot of scorch marks in the living room.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating.