Huge thanks to the Vermillion Public School Foundation for partnering with us to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday last week with Austin’s first graders, green eggs & ham-style!
In case you weren’t aware, we’ve got LOTS of things to do with your pre-schoolers:
Power 1/2 Hour – Stories, music & fun with Mackenzie; Wednesdays at 11:15 am (NO session this Wednesday, March 8th)
Parent-Tot Dance; Fridays at 10:30 am
And of course, our traditional Story Time sessions!
Movement Story Time; Tuesdays or Saturdays at 10:15 am
Art Story Time (ages 4 & up); Mondays at 5:30 pm, and Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11:15 am
Give us a call at the Circulation Desk for more information. 677.7060.
February’s Artists & Authors series brings author Travis Gulbrandson to the Library to discuss his recently published novel, “A Marble Heart”.
“A Marble Heart” tells the true story of Julia Anna Baker, who ran children’s homes across the Midwest for personal financial gain in the early part of the 20th century. Baker traveled the country proselytizing for and collecting money in the name of “home conserving.” The children who came under her care, however, were subject to filthy living conditions, insufficient food and, in some cases, physical abuse.
The book was inspired by a photograph found in a Sioux Falls antique store. “A Marble Heart” is the culmination of more than two years of historical research, and utilizes such real-world figures as Baker herself, Kansas City politicians and a preacher who claimed to be the reincarnation of the prophet Elijah.
Gulbrandson is previously the author of two novels, “The Believers” and “Away from the Nets,” and “Face to Face,” a collection of short stories. He worked as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade, including publications at Pierre, Yankton and Vermillion. During that time his work was recognized by the South Dakota Newspaper Association and the Associated Press.
Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Do you love socializing and chatting over good food? Cook the Book is a new book club that brings together patrons who love to cook over a meal and conversation about cooking and recipes. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate!
Our first book is Cooked, by Michael Pollan. Each participant will choose a recipe ahead-of-time and prepare it for the first meeting to share; it’s that simple. It will only be necessary to make one regular-sized recipe – no need for doubling. Subsequent meetings after the initial meeting will all conform to a particular food theme, chosen by the group. Books will be available beginning early-January. Please contact the library’s Circulation Desk to sign up and pick up a copy of the book.
Monday, Feb 6th – Mar 27th, 12 pm in the Kozak Community Room
Cook the Book is almost here – have you read the book yet?
Mondays, Feb. 6 – Mar. 27, 12 pm in the Kozak Community Room
Do you love browsing through cookbooks or trying new recipes and cooking techniques? The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is pleased to resume our most popular book club – Cook the Book! On Mondays at noon, beginning on February 6th, and continuing through March 27th, our tastiest adult program will introduce fellow foodies to new tastes, cooking techniques, and great books about cooking.
This unique book group brings together patrons who love to cook for a shared meal and conversation about cooking. Our introductory book for this season will be Cooked, by Michael Pollan. To participate, drop by the Library Circulation desk to pick up a copy of the book.
Participants will choose recipes inspired by book to prepare and share for the first meeting. Subsequent meetings will be themed according to the group’s choices.
Moms and tots – are you in Story Time withdrawal after the long holiday? Got cabin fever? We’ve got you covered: all Story Time sessions return next week!
Art Story Time (for ages 4 & up): Mondays at 5:30, Tuesdays or Saturdays at 11 am.
Movement Story time (birth & up with a caregiver): Tuesdays or Saturdays at 10:15 am.
The South Dakota State Library Braille and Talking Book Program has established an audio book depository at Your Library’s Name in Your Town.
The depository is available to anyone who has a visual impairment that prevents them from seeing print, a physical disability that prevents holding materials and/or turning the pages, or a learning disability caused by an organic dysfunction.
In order to receive the service, individuals must register with the State Library Braille and Talking Book Program. Registration materials are available at Your Library’s Name.
Once registered, an individual will receive his or her own audio book player. Books can be mailed directly to a participant’s home, or they can be checked out at Your Library’s Name. Prospective patrons can also borrow a digital machine along with books to try listening to a book. Registered patrons can borrow a machine if their player isn’t operating correctly and books if they run short of their own. There is no charge for this service.
Cook the Book returns in October, beginning Monday, October 3rd at 12 pm.
Do you love browsing through cookbooks or trying new recipes and cooking techniques? We are very excited to continue the very successful, new kind of book club – Cook the Book! This unique book group will bring together patrons who love to cook over a meal and conversation. Our introductory book for the season will be Cooked, by Michael Pollan. To participate, drop by the Library Circulation desk in early September to pick up a copy of the book. Participants will choose recipes from the book to prepare and share for the first meeting. Subsequent meetings will be themed according to the group’s choices.
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.
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.
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.
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.