Fiber Artist Phyllis Packard

joins us for our March Artist & Authors presentation. She will share her work with us tomorrow evening, Wednesday, March 4th, at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.loom

Phyllis is a working artist residing in Vermillion. She has been a long-time small business owner, director of the Solid Waste Department for the City of Vermillion, and currently serves on the Clay County Commission. She uses the ancient tools, a multi-harness loom and shuttles to combine warp and weft in a mix of tapestry, pattern, and plain weave.

Her artistic imagery is primarily landscape interjected with seascape and mindscape. Recently she has been fascinated by the feel, structure and color of weaving and creating shawls and scarves that are highly utilitarian.

VITA Sessions continue tomorrow afternoon

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Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 4-8 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Feb. 28th, 10-5 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Mar. 16th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Wednesday, Mar. 18th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Sunday, Mar. 22nd, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Thursday, Mar. 26th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Saturday, Mar. 28th, 10-4 pm, Kozak Community Room
Tuesday, Apr. 7th, 4:30-9 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Apr. 11th, 1-4 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Apr. 13th, 4:30-9 pm, Kozak Community Room

One Team, One Dream

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We were so honored to host the Jolley third graders as they stopped in for a visit this morning. In their “One Team, One Dream” goal of reading a million minutes during the school year, they are traveling to different reading spots around our community.
Now that’s a goal we can get behind!
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VITA sessions start in just over one week!

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Volunteers from the IRS VITA program will be present to provide tax assistance at the library on the following dates:

Sunday, Feb. 8th, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Sunday, Feb. 22nd, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 4-8 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Feb. 28th, 10-5 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Mar. 16th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Wednesday, Mar. 18th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Sunday, Mar. 22nd, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Thursday, Mar. 26th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Saturday, Mar. 28th, 10-4 pm, Kozak Community Room
Tuesday, Apr. 7th, 4:30-9 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Apr. 11th, 1-4 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Apr. 13th, 4:30-9 pm, Kozak Community Room

Today is National Readathon Day!

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You might take for granted how easy it is for you to read this sentence, but millions of Americans still struggle with basic literacy. 40% of American adults are either at or below basic reading proficiency, and 14% are fully illiterate. But the trouble doesn’t stop there. Each year, millions of Americans — especially our youth — are losing touch with the power and importance of reading books. As Malcolm X said, “People don’t realize how a whole life can be changed by one book.”

Help change lives this winter by celebrating National Readathon Day with Penguin Random House, GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation. Together with your support, we hope to help fund their efforts to educate, tutor, create and sustain a lifelong love of reading.

You can get involved by joining readers across America in a marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24. From Noon – 4 PM in our respective time zones, we will sit and read a book in our own home, library, school or bookstore.

Get started now by creating your own Firstgiving Fundraising page, and inviting friends and family to donate, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

You can find out more here:
http://www.nationalbook.org/2015_readathon.html

If you represent a bookstore, library or school, we invite your venue to host a “reading party” during the Readathon, so your local community can gather and read together. You can also create a fundraising team (named for your bookstore or library), enabling your community to fund raise together as a group to contribute to the National Book Foundation’s efforts to promote reading in America. Visit our Readathon Resources page for supporting materials and information on how to get started.

And be sure to share your experiences and photos using the hash tag, #timetoread!

Need Tax Assistance?

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Volunteers from the IRS VITA program will be present to provide tax assistance at the library on the following dates:

Sunday, Feb. 8th, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Sunday, Feb. 22nd, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 4-8 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Feb. 28th, 10-5 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Mar. 16th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Wednesday, Mar. 18th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Sunday, Mar. 22nd, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Thursday, Mar. 26th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Saturday, Mar. 28th, 10-4 pm, Kozak Community Room
Tuesday, Apr. 7th, 4:30-9 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Apr. 11th, 1-4 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Apr. 13th, 4:30-9 pm, Kozak Community Room

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We will be closed

in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 19th.mlkforweb

Instead of visiting us, please consider making it a day of service!  Find out more, or register at
http://www.usd.edu/academics/center-for-academic-and-global-engagement/service-learning/keeping-the-dream-alive.cfm

Afterward, stop by the Washington Street Arts Center from 5-7 pm to participate in a celebration of MLK Jr.’s legacy, and see some outstanding art by our youngest community members.
See you there!

Health Care Resources

Did you know that our website can link you to several useful Healthcare websites and databases? Just visit our menu across the top of our webpage, and click on ‘Helpful Links‘. This page includes lots and lots of useful resources, including a new section for ‘Healthcare Resources‘. Check it out!

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In Appreciation

johnson statue 001Have you noticed a new ‘friend’ among the stacks?  We recently received this lovely gift from Senator Johnson. Along with the statue came a letter that read:

United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Tim Johnson
South Dakota
November 19, 2014

Dear Friends:

My wife Barbara and I have many cherished memories of going with our children to the Vermillion Public Library. It was there that our children’s love of reading blossomed, and ours grew as well.

To honor these fond memories, Barbara and I are donating this statue as a thank you to the Vermillion community.

I received this statue from the School Administrators of South Dakota in recognition of my steadfast support and commitment to education. Literacy plays a critical role in giving children the skills they need to succeed in school and in their future careers. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is a place where children and adults can broaden their horizons through books, educational programming, technology, and guidance from library staff.

Over the years, I have proudly displayed this statue in my Senate office in Washington, D.C. It has greeted countless South Dakotans, public officials, foreign dignitaries, and other guests as they visited my office, and it has served as a constant reminder of the importance of education. I am glad this statue has found a new home and hope it will help inspire young readers.

Sincerely,
Tim Johnson