It’s Edie’s Birthday!! Come and help us celebrate at the next sale of the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library, in Edie’s Book Shop.
Coming this Friday and Saturday, May 5th & 6th, from 10 am to 4 pm.
This month is a very special celebration of our namesake – Edie! May is her birthday month, so come on down to the shop and enjoy a treat while you shop:) Don’t miss your chance to support library programming, and score some sweet book deals for yourself, as well!
The VPL’s Artist & Authors series will host author and poet Frank Pommersheim on Tuesday, March 14th at 7 pm. This presentation is free and open to the public, and takes place in the Kozak Community Room.
Pommersheim writes extensively in the field of Indian law. He is the author of Braid of Feathers (American Indian Law and Contemporary Tribal Life), Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution, more than 40 law review articles, and more than 125 judicial opinions. His newest book entitled Tribal Justice: 25 Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice came out in 2015.
Professor Pommersheim has received the University of South Dakota Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center Reconciliation Award, and the John Wesley Jackson Award as the Outstanding Professor of Law. He has also been nominated for the University of South Dakota President’s Award for Research Excellence. In the fall of 2016, Frank received the Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Award from the SD Humanities Council.
Frank is also a poet. His most recent chapbook is Local Memory and Karma (The Buddha Correspondence, Vol. 2).
We will host a community discussion on the impetus behind the Sioux Falls Compassion Charter during our March Long Overdue Series event, on Tuesday, March 7th at 7 pm.
Compassionate Sioux Falls is an initiative sponsored by the City of Sioux Falls and other organizations and individuals. Compassionate Sioux Falls encourages community members, businesses, and organizations to act with compassion. This initiative was inspired by the Charter for Compassion – a global initiative that encourages compassion and caring in communities. All communities show compassion, but the compassionate initiatives strive to ensure compassion is an everyday occurrence and is a first thought instead of an afterthought.
We will host Colleen Moran, ADA Coordinator/Assistant City Attorney for Sioux Falls, who will share more about how the Compassion Charter has been operating in their city, and what it could mean for other cities in the Midwest.
Your public library, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, was again accredited as an ‘exemplary’ library for 2017. Library Director Daniel Burniston recently traveled to Pierre during SDLA Legislative Day, to receive the commendation. State Librarian Daria Bossman and South Dakota Library Association President Danielle Loftus were on hand to present awards.
South Dakota Libraries submit to voluntary accreditation through the SD State Library on a yearly basis. To be accredited at the Exemplary level a library must meet all of the Essential standards (first level), all of the Enhanced standards (middle level), and all but two of the Exemplary standards (highest level). The comprehensive list of standards used to accredit our state’s public libraries can be found at http://library.sd.gov/LIB/DEV/SDPubLibStandards-2017Guide.pdf.
It takes the work of a great number of dedicated folks to achieve an exemplary accreditation. The Library would like to thank and share this honor with our Library Board of Trustees, the Vermillion Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organization, and Vermillion City Council.