Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment sessions at the Library

The Rural Office of Community Services will be on hand tomorrow to assist individuals in enrolling in the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace.
Thursday, January 5th
10 am – 4 pm, in the Small Conference Room

 

Meditation Returns

The Om Sweet Om organization is returning to the Public Library this winter & spring with weekly meditation/mindfulness sessions led by multiple practitioners with multiple approaches. Participants are welcome to bring their own meditation cushion, although limited cushions/bolsters are available. Hot tea provided by the Bean!

Sundays, beginning January 8th, from 2-2:45 pm

No experience is necessary – anyone able to sit quietly and focus for 45 minutes is welcome. Come for one session, or all of them. There is no charge, but free-will donations are welcome.

It’s Not Too Late!

Wanna help yourself and your community at the same time?
In keeping with the season of giving, the Edith B. Siegrist Public Library is pleased to share its intention to offer amnesty to patrons owing fines throughout the month of December, in exchange for donations of food pantry items.
The “Forgiving for Giving” campaign will collect donations of non-perishable items that will then be distributed by the Vermillion Food Pantry during the holidays. Patrons who have accumulated overdue fees, with the exception of replacement fees, will be able to have those fines waived in exchange for donations of much-needed items, such as canned meats, canned or packaged soups, canned beans, dried pastas and grains, dried fruits, canned vegetables, etc. A more detailed list can be found by visiting vermillionfoodpantry.org/how-to-help/wish-list.

Post-Holiday Activities

Looking for something to do after Christmas? We’ve got 3 days of fun activities planned this week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (12/27-29), join us for lunch and fun activities!
Big thanks to the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library for sponsoring lunch.

Forgiving for Giving

We’re halfway through!

Wanna help yourself and your community at the same time?
In keeping with the season of giving, the Edith B. Siegrist Public Library is pleased to share its intention to offer amnesty to patrons owing fines throughout the month of December, in exchange for donations of food pantry items.
The “Forgiving for Giving” campaign will collect donations of non-perishable items that will then be distributed by the Vermillion Food Pantry during the holidays.  Patrons who have accumulated overdue fees, with the exception of replacement fees, will be able to have those fines waived in exchange for donations of much-needed items, such as canned meats, canned or packaged soups, canned beans, dried pastas and grains, dried fruits, canned vegetables, etc.  A more detailed list can be found by visiting vermillionfoodpantry.org/how-to-help/wish-list.

Retirement Reception for Jane Larson

*POSTPONED* Jane Larson’s Retirement reception has been postponed, due to inclement weather, until Friday, December 9th from 3-6 pm.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library staff and Board of Trustees are very pleased to share a planned public reception honoring the retirement of long-time Library Director, Jane A. Larson, scheduled for Friday, November 18th from 3 – 6 pm. After a serious year-long illness, and continuing to recover at home in Meckling, Larson is looking forward to saying a proper goodbye to colleagues and patrons. Jane served the community as Director of the Library for 32 years. In that time, she steered the Library through enormous change and growth, including overseeing a major renovation and expansion of the Library, completed in 2013. Anne Dunham, Friends of the Vermillion Public Library long-time volunteer, is looking forward to thanking Larson. “Jane has been the face of the Library for over 30 years. She has been greatly missed.”
“We’re excited to have this opportunity to thank Jane for her years of dedicated service to the Vermillion Public Library, and for all she achieved while she was here. We encourage friends, acquaintances, and community-members to stop by and visit with Jane during her reception,” states incoming Library Director, Daniel Burniston.
The reception is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Kozak Community Room.
For more information, call the Library Circulation Desk at 677.7060.

Happy Halloween, Verm Spooks!

Be sure to include the Library in your Halloween plans this year!
We’ve got some silly, spooky fun planned for after school on Monday, October 31st, beginning at 3:30 pm.
Join us for a costume party and contest, pumpkin painting, scary stories, tasty treats, and so much more. We’ll have some special prizes for your creative costumes, so start working now on coming up with your most literary, most scary, and most adorable ideas – we can’t wait for the costume parade.
*Please note, there will be no evening Story Time on Halloween. Go out and have some trick-or-treating fun;)

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Helpful Election Information and Forums

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

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 Elections Review
Vermillion Public Library

Now you know:) Spread the word.

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.