VPL is ‘Exemplary’ Library!

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.

Hotspots are Here

We are offering mobile Hotspots for check-out beginning Wednesday, February 1st.

During our trial period in the month of February, we will have 2 devices available for patrons aged 18 & up with a patron card in good standing for at least the past 6 months, and a valid ID. Check-out periods for the trial period will be for 3 days, with no automatic renewals. Additionally, patrons who utilize the devices will be asked to complete a follow-up survey to assist us in assessing the program, and to determine future needs.

Further information will be available for patrons at the Circulation Desk, or by calling us at 677.7060. A brochure with all relevant patron information will be available by the end of the trial period. Beginning in March, the Library intends to offer more devices for check-out, with a circulation period of 5 days.

Informational Meeting Tonight

You are invited to make your mark with the Vermillion Theater Community Mural Project!

This informational meeting introduces the new community based mural project at the Vermillion Theater, to be created in partnership with The Vermillion Downtown Cultural Association. USD painting professor Amber Hansen, Rebecca Froehlich and Carolina Pineda will give a presentation on the community mural making process, discuss how to be part of the design team, and take questions and suggestions. Everyone is welcome to attend, and refreshments will be provided.

Can you help?

The EBS Vermillion Public Library is considering offering mobile Hotspots for check-out to patrons. We need your feedback to help us determine program and device needs.  Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RG528PW
Thanks, in advance, Vermillionaires!

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.

Talking Books

The South Dakota State Library Braille and Talking Book Program has established an audio book depository at Your Library’s Name in Your Town.

The depository is available to anyone who has a visual impairment that prevents them from seeing print, a physical disability that prevents holding materials and/or turning the pages, or a learning disability caused by an organic dysfunction.

In order to receive the service, individuals must register with the State Library Braille and Talking Book Program. Registration materials are available at Your Library’s Name.

Once registered, an individual will receive his or her own audio book player. Books can be mailed directly to a participant’s home, or they can be checked out at Your Library’s Name. Prospective patrons can also borrow a digital machine along with books to try listening to a book. Registered patrons can borrow a machine if their player isn’t operating correctly and books if they run short of their own. There is no charge for this service.

Rescheduled Reception

Don’t Forget!

Jane Larson’s Retirement reception has been rescheduled for this 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.