New eResources for 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Vermillionaires!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), is pleased to announce the availability of two new electronic resources: Universal Class and OnePlay. Beginning January 1st, patrons will have free access to online continuing education courses and digital gaming through the library’s website, www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org/ebooks/.

Universal Class is a comprehensive service offering unlimited access to continuing education courses, covering a broad range of topics. Universal Class offers over 500 courses ranging from accounting and nutrition to reiki and gardening, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). Classes are self-paced and instructor-led, with certified instructors available to answer questions and assess your performance.

OnePlay offers a digital gaming service, where users can instantly download and play unlimited Android and PC games for free. OnePlay includes over 2,000 games from more than 75 different publishers.
1500+ PC titles, 500+ Android titles, plus no holds and no waiting. Patrons can download the games they want onto their computers, or other devices, and play them whenever and wherever – no internet required. Login can be used in the library, at home and on multiple devices. Parental controls are also available.

Details on how to access Universal Class and OnePlay may be found at http://onlinelibrary.utah.gov/.

Mango Languages

Interested in learning a language? Brushing up on some language skills? Did you know that you can do this for FREE with your Library patron card?
Explore Mango Languages by visiting our website at vermillionpubliclibrary.org, and clicking on the ‘Resources’ tab on our menu bar. Scroll down to your first choice: South Dakota Share-It. This site will open up in a new window, and provides you access to all of the databases subscribed to by the South Dakota State Library. If you’ve not yet used the services provided by SD Share-It, you will need to create an account by choosing the ‘Log-In’ option, and scrolling down to the ‘Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library’ choice in the dialog box that opens up. Use your Library card barcode as your username, and your last name in the password box.

Once in the system, click on the disc icon to see the full list of databases; Mango Languages is among your many choices. Mango Languages will prompt you to create a new account, although you may also log in as a guest. Through a module tutorial process, Mango can introduce you to any one of 72 languages – you’re sure to find the ones you’re looking for. Accessible for nearly any age, whether you’ve ever studied a foreign language before, or not. Go check it out!

Wanna Learn a Language?

Interested in learning a language? Brushing up on some language skills? Did you know that you can do this for FREE with your Library patron card?
Explore Mango Languages by visiting our website at vermillionpubliclibrary.org, and clicking on the ‘Resources’ tab on our menu bar. Scroll down to your first choice: South Dakota Share-It. This site will open up in a new window, and provides you access to all of the databases subscribed to by the South Dakota State Library. If you’ve not yet used the services provided by SD Share-It, you will need to create an account by choosing the ‘Log-In’ option, and scrolling down to the ‘Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library’ choice in the dialog box that opens up. Use your Library card barcode as your username, and your last name in the password box.

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Once in the system, click on the disc icon to see the full list of databases; Mango Languages is among your many choices. Mango Languages will prompt you to create a new account, although you may also log in as a guest. Through a module tutorial process, Mango can introduce you to any one of 72 languages – you’re sure to find the ones you’re looking for. Accessible for nearly any age, whether you’ve ever studied a foreign language before, or not. Go check it out!

The Big Library Read

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will take part in the Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital Book club through public libraries that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time. For a two-week period beginning June 23, VPL patrons will be able to borrow the eBook, A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain (Pegasus Books), from southdakota.lib.overdrive.com and participate in a worldwide version of a local book club. There will be no waitlists for this popular mystery. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library.

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A Murder in Time is an intricate mystery about a brilliant FBI agent, Kendra, who finds herself transported back in time to the 1800s. Relegated to the servant class, she stumbles across a gruesome murder, and she alone recognizes they have a serial killer in their midst. Kendra scrambles to solve the case before it takes her own life – 200 years before she was ever born. At its core, Julie McElwain’s debut novel is a puzzle, a hunt for a murderer and a quest for justice.

“Throughout my life, I’ve loved all genres of books – mystery, romance, paranormal and historical,” said author, Julie McElwain. “Maybe that’s why I’ve included a little bit of all those elements in A Murder in Time. I sincerely hope readers enjoy Kendra’s story as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it.”

Big Library Read is a free program. To get started reading, all that is needed is a VPL library card. A Murder in Time can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle® [U.S. libraries only]. The eBook will be available with no wait lists and will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are never any late fees. The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between the Vermillion Public Library, OverDrive and Pegasus Books, publisher of A Murder in Time. The title was selected based on a survey of more than 20,000 library readers.

Tech Center Updates

Our new Tech Center reservation system is coming – Thursday, June 9th! A library card is all you need to get checked into a computer; easy peasy. If you don’t yet have a library card, you should – they’re FREE for all Clay County residents:)

In preparation, our Tech Center will be closed to the public ALL DAY on Wednesday, June 8th. We apologize for the inconvenience, but sincerely hope all patrons will be pleased with the new system.

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Adult Programming is Back

We’ve got two great adult events coming up this week:

Tuesday, September 1st, 10:30 am – 12 pm
Technically Speaking Series brings you eBooks & Audiobooks
This workshop will introduce participants to the eBook and audiobook resources currently available to patrons through the library catalog. Takes place in the Tech Center. Call or stop by our Circulation desk to register, as space is limited. There are no fees for this workshop.

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Also –
Tuesday, September 1st, 7 pm
Artists & Authors Series returns with visual artist Patti Roberts Pizzuto
We will host mixed media artist Patti Roberts Pizzuto as she discusses her unique approach to creating visual art.
Free and open to the public.

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Friday, September 4th, 10:30 – 12 pm
We introduce Tech Hour – our new weekly tech mentoring program! Our tech assistant is available each week to answer your tech questions and provide one-on-one assistance. Appointments are helpful, but not necessary. Call or stop by our Circulation Desk for more information.

See you this week!

BARD mobile app

BARD MobileDo you or someone you know need braille or talking books?
Check this out – The BARD Mobile application for Android devices, version 1.0, is now available at the Google Play store. Registered patrons of the SD Braille and Talking Book Library can use the BARD Mobile app to download audiobooks and audio magazines directly to their Android devices, provided they have BARD accounts and are using devices running Android OS 4.1 or later.

The user guide is available from the bookshelf of the app and online in HTML format at https://nlsbard.loc.gov/apidocs/android/v1.0/toc.html. Help screens are also available from inside the app and may be accessed by activating the Context menu or the More Options button and selecting Help.

SD Braille and Talking Book Library patrons who have BARD accounts but need assistance with this new app should call 1-800-423-6665 (press 1, press 2) for assistance. If you do not have a BARD account and would like to download audiobooks or magazines, please call the number above and Marcia will help you get started.