Food for Fines Drive happening now!

Food for Fines In honor of the Holiday Season, and the growing need within our community, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be accepting food donations in exchange for overdue fees December 1st – 13th.  Please bring your bags of donations to the Circulation Desk during our open hours on any of these dates, and we will gladly waive your fees (with the exception of damage/replacement fees).

The Vermillion Food Pantry is particularly in need of donations of soup/chili, tuna or canned meats, jam/jelly, pasta sauces, and boxed meals.

Warmest wishes for a Happy Holiday season!!


Celebrate Earth (Every) Day


The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will participate in the Earth (Every) Day events throughout our community with a book discussion of EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want by Frances Moore Lappé on Monday, April 21st. The discussion, led by Dean Spader, will be held in the Kozak Room at 7 pm. Whether or not you have read the book, you are more than welcome to come to the discussion.

The author, Frances Moore Lappé, will be speaking at the USD campus at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 22nd. A full week in store to celebrate Earth (Every) Day with these events and more, which can be found on the Earth Day calendar at the Sustainable Vermillion website.

Be sure to check out our display case of earth-related books from the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library collection. If you’d like to check one out, feel free….just mention at the Circulation Desk that you got it from the Earth Day display. Happy Earth Day!

Edie’s Book Shop

February 7th (10 am -5 pm) and February 8th (10 am -4 pm)

book-heartThe Friends of the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library are excited to now have a permanent home for selling used books — Edie’s Book Shop — named in honor of Edith B. Siegrist. Located on the lower level, the book Shop will be open the first Friday and Sturday of every month (except Jan. and D-Days weekend).

Be sure to come in and check out our new space as we move from having one book sale a year, to a year-round book store. Access the Book Shop using either the elevator or the adjacent stairs located to the left of the main entrance on Church Street.

  • New items will be added each month
  • Watch for Special Monthly Sales
  • Featured Selected Titles and Best Sellers
  • Bookmarks and other Gift Items for Sale

Edie’s Book Shop Upcoming Dates
Hours: Fridays 10-5 and Saturdays 10-4

February  7 – 8
March 7 – 8
April 4 – 5
May 2 -3
June 6 – 7



Community Christmas Open House at the Library

Friday, December 6th
Following the Parade of Lights at 6:30 pm and the tree lighting on the Platz


Things to do:
Visit with SANTA CLAUS by the fireplace

Make a STOCKING for a SOLDIER in front of the Circulation Desk

Frost, decorate and eat a COOKIE in the Activity Room in the Children’s Area

Make a GRINCH ORNAMENT in the Kozak Community Room

The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion — A South Dakota Decision

Two Informative Sessions!
Monday, November 4th
3 pm and 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

Affordable Care Act & Medicaid Expansion graphic


How will the Affordable Care Act work in South Dakota? What difference will it make if South Dakota decides to expand Medicaid? Joy Smolnisky, Director of the SD Budget & Policy Project and Lizzy Bolander of the Rural Office of Community Services will be presenting a non-partisan explanation of health care reform in South Dakota. They will discuss details of buying insurance and look at the option to expand Medicaid and how it would affect health care providers and consumers in the state.

Call the Library with any questions at 677-7060.


Jim Stone on Clay County Barns

Jim Stone barns

Preservation Wednesday
Clay County Barns with Jim Stone
Wednesday, October 16th, 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

Jim Stone has been researching and documenting the rich heritage of barns in Clay County. Learn more about their fascinating history in his talk at the Library in the upcoming talk. Preservation Wednesday is co-sponsored by the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission and the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library!

Call the library at 677-7060 for more information!


One Book SD Author At The Library Tuesday, July 23rd!

It’s Not Too Late to sign up and get a copy of Long-Shining Waters, the One Book South Dakota….stop by the Library to pick up a copy and don’t miss Tuesday’s event!

One Book South Dakota 2013 Presents*
Author-Led Book Discussion and Reading
Danielle Sosin

The Long-Shining Waters by Danielle Sosin

Tuesday, July 23rd Kozak Community Room, 7 pm
Long Shining Waters

Lake Superior, the north country, the great fresh-water expanse. Frigid. Lethal. Wildly beautiful. The Long-Shining Waters gives us three stories whose characters are separated by centuries and circumstances, yet connected across time by the place they inhabit.

Sign up and borrow a copy of the book at the Vermillion Public Library. Once you return the book, put your name in a drawing to keep the book. Drawing will be done at the author event. Refreshments will be served.

*Sponsored by the VPL Library, SD Center for the Book, and the SD Humanities Council.

Volunteer Tax Assistance

The Vermillion VITA IRS-trained volunteers will be available to assist you with tax preparation and filing at the following times and locations:

Saturday, February 23rd, 10:30 am – 2:00 pm, USD Law School, Room 103
Monday, February 25th, 4:30 – 8:00 pm, USD Meunster University Center, Room 225
Saturday, April 6th, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, USD Law School, Room 103
Saturday, April 13th, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, USD Meunster University Center, Ballroom
2nd floor

Please bring all necessary documentation, including W-2 forms, any medical deductions, etc.