Artists & Authors Returns with noted Author visit

Patrick Hicks is the author of over ten books, including The Collector of Names, Adoptable, and This London. He will appear at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library to read from his newest novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, on Tuesday, September 13th, at 7 pm.

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His work has appeared in such journals and magazines as Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Salon, Chronicle of Higher Education, Commonweal, Christian Science Monitor, The London Magazine, Huffington Post, The Utne Reader, and many others. He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize, he was recently a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, the Dzanc Short Story Collection Competition, and the Gival Press Novel Award. His poetry has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, The PBS Newshour, and his work with PBS’s “Over South Dakota” was nominated for an Emmy. His first novel held company among only 20 books selected for National Reading Group Month and it was listed as a Top Pick for First Year College Programs. A winner of the Glimmer Train Fiction Award, he is also the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships, including awards from the Bush Artist Foundation, the South Dakota Arts Council, the Loft Literary Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A dual-citizen of Ireland and America, he is the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University as well as a faculty member at the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. He has lived in Northern Ireland, England, Germany, and Spain, but has returned to his Midwestern roots. When not writing, he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie with his British wife and he is a sucker for playing in the backyard with his seven-year-old son, who was adopted from South Korea. Light saber battles happen in their house all the time—there are a lot of scorch marks in the living room.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating.

One Book is Around the Corner

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, partnering with Osher Life-Long Institute, will present a discussion of this year’s One Book South Dakota on Tuesday, September 13th at 3 pm.  Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Library’s Circulation Desk.

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The 2016 One Book South Dakota selection is Some Luck by Jane Smiley.  The first volume of an epic trilogy from a beloved writer at the height of her powers, Some Luck starts us on a literary adventure through cycles of birth and death, passion and betrayal that will span a century in America. The novel is a National Book Award nominee, as well as Best Book of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Financial Times, The Seattle Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and BookPage.

1920, Denby, Iowa: Rosanna and Walter Langdon have just welcomed their firstborn son, Frank, into their family farm. He will be the oldest of five.

Each chapter in this extraordinary novel covers a single year, encompassing the sweep of history as the Langdons abide by time-honored values and pass them on to their children. With the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change through the early 1950s, we watch as the personal and the historical merge seamlessly: one moment electricity is just beginning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis. Later still, a girl we’d seen growing up now has a little girl of her own.

Jane Smiley won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1992. She will appear at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings, Sept. 23 at the Performing Arts Center. Her keynote begins at 7:30 pm following the mass author book signing at the PAC at 6:30 pm.

These events are made possible by the generous support of the South Dakota Humanities Council.  The South Dakota Humanities Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1972 whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota.

Edie’s Book Shop

will be open to the public once each month, beginning next weekend!

Stop by and shop for fantastic literary finds on Friday, September 9th or 10th, from 10 am to 4 pm.  You won’t believe the selection and the deals.  Plus, the whole shop has been updated!  You’re sure to find something you’ll love.  The shop will also be open on the following dates this Fall:

October 14 & 15
November 4 & 5
December 2 & 3

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Story Time is Coming…

Story Times and regular Children’s programming will return on Monday, September 12th.  They’ll be here before you know it!  So take a minute to click on our Story Time link, above, and sign up for the Story Time session that works best for you.  These programs are free, but space is often limited.

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Congratulations!

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A big THANK YOU to the many businesses and organizations that contributed prizes to support this summer’s reading program. Congratulations to the winners of our Adult Summer Reading Program prize drawing:
Valiant Vineyards Gift Certificate – Suzanne Johnson
Sharing the Dream Jewelry Set – Shaleen Allen
Sharing the Dream Jewelry Set – Dawna Anderson
Sharing the Dream Jewelry Set – Mary Edelen
Vermillion Theaters Movie passes (2) – Amanda Yeary
VAFM Gift Certificate (2) – Cyndy Chaney
VAFM Gift Certificate (2) – Diane Zak
VAFM Gift Certificate (2) – Cheyenne Hoesing
McDonald’s Gift Cards (3) – Brenda Auen
T-Shirt & Book/Movie – Angela Hansen
T-Shirt & Book/Movie – Melissa Greise
T-Shirt & Book/Movie – Renee Nicks
T-Shirt & Book/Movie – Theresa Chasing Hawk
Book & Movie Choice – Marina Sereda

Books & Brews in July

Did someone say ‘Brews’? That would be us! Don’t miss the Library’s coolest new program for adults, Books & Brews, this coming Friday, July 15th from 7 – 9 pm. This month we’re featuring John Jordre of Red Wagon Bread as he teaches us a little about home-brewing.
BYOB – 21 & up only, please.

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Summer Reading is for Adults, Too

Is curling up with a good book your idea of a great summer vacation? Are you feeling left out when you read about all the fantastic programs for kids happening here at the library this summer? Does the idea of winning prizes make you giddy?
Well, the Summer Reading Program is for adults, too! Every summer we are surprised at how many folks miss out on the chance to win some lovely prizes (including a Valiant Vineyards Winery gift certificate), when they are reading for pleasure, anyway.

Participating couldn’t be easier: Each time you finish a book, stop by the library and fill out an adult SRP entry form and leave it with the staff. You’re entered! We will draw for prizes at the end of July, and contact winners by email or phone. What are you waiting for?

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Summer Reading Program continues…

Thanks to an exuberant and active Kick-off party, generously supported by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library, Larry Brady, and Murph’s Appliance, we ushered in the 2016 summer season with nearly 200 attendees! To view some of the highlights, visit the library’s Youtube channel and look up the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library.

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The Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organization does so much to support the Summer Reading Program through their Edie’s Book Shop Sales. We’d like to send out an extra huge thank you to all of you who drop by these monthly sales to search for your fabulous book treasure. Every dollar you spent goes back into library programming! Additionally, June’s sale was matched by a generous grant from the Modern Woodmen of America – everyone who shopped on the June 3rd & 4th sale doubled their impact. THANK YOU Modern Woodmen!

You can still register for all summer reading programs via the ‘Summer Reading Program’ link on our website, www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org.
Movement Storytime (birth & up, with a caregiver), Tuesdays at 10:15 am
Art Storytime (ages 4+), Mondays at 5:30 pm and Tuesdays at 11 am
SCIENCE CLUB, Mondays at 10:30 am
ENTERTAINERS, Mondays at 1 pm
CODING CLUB, Tuesdays at 10:30 am
MOVIETIME!, Tuesdays at 1:30 pm at the Coyote Twin
LEGO CLUB, Wednesdays at 10:30 am
ART CLUB, Wednesdays at 1:30 pm
NUTRITION, Thursdays at 10:30 am
WELLNESS WORKOUT, Thursdays at 1 pm
VEX IQ ROBOTICS, Thursdays at 2:15 pm
For Teens:
TEEN BRUNCH, Wednesdays at 10:30 am in the Teen Room

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.