NoveList Plus is Here!

Have you ever finished a great book and wanted to find more just like it? Or wanted to help your child find just the right book to read? The VPL now offers NoveList Plus, a helpful resource to help readers match up with the books that are right for them.

The NoveList Plus database connects readers to their next book by making recommendations for what to read next. One of the most popular elements is read-alikes. This feature suggests titles that are ‘just like’ other titles. If you’ve just finished a great book, log into NoveList Plus and find great read-alikes. There are also read-alikes for authors and series. Consider NoveList Plus your one-stop guide to great reading. It contains lists of recommended reads and award-winning books. It covers both fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages from the youngest readers to adults. It also has extra content like reviews (both professional reviews and reader reviews), book discussion guides, curriculum guides, and other book-oriented articles. Book groups and teachers find these resources especially helpful.

Check out NoveList Plus, and NoveList K-8 Plus on our eResources page: vermillionpubliclibrary.org/ebooks/.

     

New eResource for Kids

The South Dakota State Library is happy to bring you a new talking book resource, BookFlix by Scholastic. This PreK-2 (approximate ages 0-8) resource supports beginning, ELL (English Language Learners), special needs, and struggling readers.

BookFlix is accessible inside any library or school building, or outside your library or school with your library card.

You can find BookFlix at library.sd.gov, within the Elementary School and Educators & Librarians category pages, or on the main eResources page at: http://library.sd.gov/LIB/ERD/index.aspx

BookFlix is structured with 125+ pairs of animated books, coupling classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related talking nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic.

Benefits:

  • Build early literacy skills, vocabulary, and fluency
  • Support reading comprehension
  • Support visual and auditory learners with video adaption of fiction books
  • Form real world knowledge with digital nonfiction flipbooks
  • Differentiate between fiction and nonfiction

Features:

  • Thematic
  • Natural voice read-aloud with word highlighting
  • Author biographies and videos
  • Related web links for extended learning
  • Interactive learning games
  • Lesson plans with follow up activities
  • Spanish translated pairs
  • Streaming

Get an Earful of Books

Do you enjoy listening to podcasts? Do you love books, reading, and libraries? Then you may want to check out some of these great library podcasts:

https://www.nypl.org/voices/blogs/blog-channels/librarian-is-in
http://dppl.podomatic.com/
http://www.knoxlib.org/about/news-and-publications/podcasts/books-sandwiched-podcast
https://www.epls.org/178/The-Lone-Reader
http://westportlibrary.org/digital/podcasts
https://shelflife.cooklib.org/category/podcast/
http://feeds.feedburner.com/festival-of-writers
http://dekalblibrary.org/elibrary/storycorps\
http://shelfawareness.blubrry.com/
http://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/e-media/podcasts/aloud
https://libwww.freelibrary.org/podcast/
https://sfpl.org/?pg=2000034801
http://multcolib.libsyn.org/webpage/category/Brown%20Bag%20Lunch%20and%20Learn
http://multcolib.libsyn.org/webpage/category/Booktalks%20-%20Teens
http://multcolib.libsyn.org/webpage/category/Interviews
https://archive.org/details/@shelf_life_podcast
https://archive.org/details/@shelf_life_podcast
https://libraryyou.escondido.org/
https://cpl.org/eventsclasses/music-at-main-podcasts/

Introducing Pronunciator

Recently, the South Dakota State Library introduced a new language eresource available to library patrons: Pronunciator. Pronunciator provides over 80 different language courses. There are also 50 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Instructional methods include oral phrases, flash cards, and learning guides. It also has ProLive, live online conversation classes led by teachers, with 250+ half-hour sessions per week in over 20 languages. Another feature of Pronunciator is the Course Designer module, which allows for the creation of private multimedia language courses in Dakota, Lakota, and over 700 other Native American languages, and for the tracking of student progress within those custom courses. This resource takes the place of the previously available Mango Languages.

Additionally, this program provides access to the additional resource ProCitizen, which is an interactive course to help prepare you for the civics, reading and writing parts of the USCIS Naturalization Test. It provides 100 instructional videos, drills and quizzes. The state library provides separate links for ProCitizen in English and Spanish. These links can be found at the South Dakota State Library website: http://library.sd.gov/LIB/ERD/pronunciator/index.aspx. A user manual for Pronunciator can be found at https://www.pronunciator.com/manual/.


We Read Banned Books

What’s your favorite banned book, Vermillionaires? Our Library Director, Daniel, is a big fan of the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. The VPL’s Circulation Supervisor, Jeff, counts Vonnegut’s Slaughter-Five among his favorites. Susan, our Public Relations Specialist, has always been profoundly impacted by all of Toni Morrison’s works. We want to know which banned books are meaningful to you; as well as any you’re looking forward to adding to your reading list!

Don’t forget that we’re celebrating Banned Books Week with a special promotion: weigh in on our facebook page, over on our instagram or twitter pages, or even in-person at the Library Circulation Desk with your favorite banned book, and you’ll be entered into a prize drawing – just tag #vermillionpubliclibrary and #bannedbooksweek. In addition, the first 18 entrants will get a ‘Words Have Power’ button!

 

Don’t miss Books & Brews

this Friday, June 16th at 7 pm.
The Board of Trustees of the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, the Foundation of the Vermillion Public Library, and the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library invite the community to a special session of our Books & Brews program on Friday, June 16th, from 7 – 9 pm. This season’s premier event is intended as a reveal of a number of wonderful technological upgrades to our library, generously supported by the Vermillion Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Vermillion Public Library. Participants will enjoy live music, light refreshments and beverages, and an engaging social evening while touring the Library facilities.

Adults 21 & up are welcome to attend.