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/

What’s a Human Library?

Have you ever been to a Human Library? Well, now’s your chance: the ID Weeks Library at USD will be hosting a Human Library on Wednesday, October 18th from 4 to 7 pm. It’s your chance to get to know some truly intriguing folks in our community.

Non-Fiction Book Club

The stimulating discussion on Richard O. Prum’s The Evolution of Beauty continues Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 pm in the Small Conference Room. Holly Straub, Associate Professor of Psychology at USD, leads the way. We’ve got refreshments, too!

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!

 

Read a Banned Book

Throughout the country, most children are starting a new academic year. Teachers are sending out their lists of required readings, and parents are beginning to gather books. In some cases, classics like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” may not be included in curriculum or available in the school library due to challenges made by parents or administrators.

Since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has recorded more than 10,000 book challenges, including 323 in 2016. A challenge is a formal, written complaint requesting a book be removed from library shelves or school curriculum. About half of all challenges are to material in schools or school libraries, and one in four are to material in public libraries. OIF estimates that less than one-quarter of challenges are reported and recorded.


It is thanks to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, and students that most challenges are unsuccessful and reading materials like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “Slaughterhouse Five,” the Harry Potter series, and the Hunger Games series, remain available.

The most challenged and/or restricted reading materials have been books for children. However, challenges are not simply an expression of a point of view; on the contrary, they are an attempt to remove materials from public use, thereby restricting the access of others. Even if the motivation to ban or challenge a book is well intentioned, the outcome is detrimental. Censorship denies our freedom as individuals to choose and think for ourselves. For children, decisions about what books to read should be made by the people who know them best—their parents!
In support of the right to choose books freely for ourselves, the Edith B. Siegrist Public Library is celebrating Banned Books Week, along with the ALA from September 24-30th, an annual recognition of our right to access books without censorship.


Since its inception in 1982, Banned Books Week has reminded us that while not every book is intended for every reader, each of us has the right to decide for ourselves what to read, listen to or view. The Vermillion Public Library and thousands of colleges, schools, libraries and bookstores across the country will celebrate the freedom to read by participating in special events, exhibits, and read-outs that showcase books that have been banned or threatened. The VPL will be drawing attention to Banned Books Week by sponsoring ‘I Read Banned Books’ promotion throughout the week. Patrons and community members are encouraged to review the ALA’s list of commonly challenged and banned books here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10, and then either visit the Library in person, or post on the Library’s social media pages to share what banned books you’ve read, or are reading – just tag #vermillionpubliclibrary and #bannedbooksweek.
The first 18 participants will receive a ‘Words Have Power’ button, and three lucky patrons’ names will be drawn for prize packs at the end of the week.

American libraries are the cornerstones of our democracy. Libraries are for everyone, everywhere. Because libraries provide free access to a world of information, they bring opportunity to all people. Now, more than ever, celebrate the freedom to read at your library! Read an old favorite or a new banned book this week.

 

Non-Fiction Book Club

Tomorrow brings the first of two discussion sessions on our non-fiction book club this season – The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum.
The group will meet at 1 pm in the Small Conference Room.
Second meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd at 1:30 pm.

Edie’s Book Shop

It’s almost time for Edie’s Book Shop to return!

Edie’s Book Shop Sale, the Public Library’s basement bookshop run by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library, returns after its summer hiatus on Friday and Saturday, September 8th and 9th, from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Don’t miss the great deals – everything from the newest bestsellers, to the hottest mysteries, vintage books, children’s and YA, and much, much more.  All of Edie’s sales go right back to the Library (and you) in the form of Summer Reading Program support, purchase of needed library materials and equipment, and special library projects, so you can feel good about your purchases!

AND, for the second year in a row, Edie’s and the Library will have tons and tons of FREE books up for grabs outside the Library’s main entrance. While you’re downtown for Ribs, Rods, and Rock & Roll, drop by Edie’s and the lawn outside the Library – you’re sure to find book treasures for everyone.

Edie’s Book Shop will then be open once each month for the remainder of the Fall:
October 13 & 14, November 3 & 4, and December 1 & 2.

Many Thanks!


THANK YOU to the supporters of our 2017 Summer Reading Program:
Lauren Hollenbeck          Angela Anderson          Shannon Schaack
Lauren & Caiden Mandernach                               Sandy Pederson
John Lushbough              Susan Port                     Daniel Peterson, NPS
Marina Sereda                 Asli & Ali Dag                Musheera Anis
Julia Hellwege                Jose Dominguez            Shane Griese
Dennis Steffen, Vermillion Optimists Club       Pete Jahn
Brian Steffen                 Vermillion HyVee          Vermillion Walmart
ACE Hardware             Jason Thiel and Vermillion Theaters
Vermillion Civic Council                                       USD Women’s Basketball
Theta Omega, ESA Chapter                                  Vermillion Rotary
American Legion Aux., Wallace Post #1            Yankton Literacy Council
Catholic Daughters                                                FOE Sunshine Aux.
Friends of the Vermillion Public Library          Vermillion Lions
Delta Kappa Gamma, ETA Chapter                   Matt Taggart, Fire Marshal
Matt Davis, Vermillion Police                             Todd Halverson, Vermillion Light & Power
Monty Monkvold, Vermillion Light & Power  Jill Macy
Tom & Nancy Nelson                                            Barb Rickord
Sharon Ross                  Jan & Gary Small          Pat & Jerry Pratt
William & Cyndi Dendinger                                F. Arlene DeVany
Cathy Beard & John Davidson                            Heidi & Clark Bennett
Jan Chapman               Darlene Farabee             Karen Farris
Carol & Tom Geu         Pat & John Gors             Janet Hoffman
Patricia & Roger Holmes                                      Shirley & Bill Huber
Fern Kaufman              Patricia Kozak                The Bean
Amanda Hofland         Bali Summers                 Jenna Wilhelm
Katie Keitges                Abby VanPeursem         Ethan Simmons

SRP Activities Continue

The end is near, but it’s not over yet! We still have a handful of fun activities to finish out this year’s Summer Reading Program, and you’re invited. Be sure to check out these upcoming events:

Wednesday, July 19th at 10 am – LEGO Club (Kozak Room) and Teen Brunch (Small Conference Room)
at 1:30 pm – Art Club (Kozak Room)
Thursday, July 20th at 10 am – Building Solar Viewers in Workshop (Kozak Room)
at 1 pm – FIT with the USD Women’s BB Team! (Kozak Room)
at 1:30 pm – Cursive Class (Kozak Room)
at 2 pm – Chess Club (Kozak Room)
Monday, July 24th at 10:30 am – Nutrition with HyVee’s Shannon Schaack (Kozak Room)
at 1 pm – Vermillion/Clay County Community Safety visit! (Library Parking Lot)
at 2 pm – Origami Club (Kozak Room)
Tuesday, July 25th at 10 am – Minecraft (Youth Room)
at 1:30 pm – Tale of Despereaux (Coyote Twin Theater)
Wednesday, July 26th at 10 am – LEGO Club (Kozak Room) and Teen Brunch (Small Conference Room)
at 1:30 pm – Art Club (Kozak Room)
Thursday, July 27th at 1 pmSRP End Party at Prentis Park Plunge! *Sign-ups required; please call 677.7060 or stop by the Circulation Desk.