The discussion you’ve been waiting for!

Tomorrow and Thursday we will finally discuss Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand!

You have two options for participating in what is sure to be an engaging discussion:
Wednesday, Jan 28th at 7 pm OR
Thursday, Jan 29th at 4 pm

*Thursday’s discussion will be facilitated by Professor Nancy Zuercher.

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Come and discuss it before you see the film.  Or, come and share your experience of the film, if you’ve already seen it.

Today is National Readathon Day!

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You might take for granted how easy it is for you to read this sentence, but millions of Americans still struggle with basic literacy. 40% of American adults are either at or below basic reading proficiency, and 14% are fully illiterate. But the trouble doesn’t stop there. Each year, millions of Americans — especially our youth — are losing touch with the power and importance of reading books. As Malcolm X said, “People don’t realize how a whole life can be changed by one book.”

Help change lives this winter by celebrating National Readathon Day with Penguin Random House, GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation. Together with your support, we hope to help fund their efforts to educate, tutor, create and sustain a lifelong love of reading.

You can get involved by joining readers across America in a marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24. From Noon – 4 PM in our respective time zones, we will sit and read a book in our own home, library, school or bookstore.

Get started now by creating your own Firstgiving Fundraising page, and inviting friends and family to donate, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

You can find out more here:
http://www.nationalbook.org/2015_readathon.html

If you represent a bookstore, library or school, we invite your venue to host a “reading party” during the Readathon, so your local community can gather and read together. You can also create a fundraising team (named for your bookstore or library), enabling your community to fund raise together as a group to contribute to the National Book Foundation’s efforts to promote reading in America. Visit our Readathon Resources page for supporting materials and information on how to get started.

And be sure to share your experiences and photos using the hash tag, #timetoread!

The Cellist of Sarajevo

We will meet once more, today at 4 pm, to discuss the wonderful and gripping novel by Steven Galloway, The Cellist of Sarajevo.

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From BookList:

Inspired by Vedran Smailovic, the cellist who, in 1992, played in a bombed-out Sarajevo square for 22 days in memory of the 22 people who were killed by a mortar attack, this is a novel about four people trying to maintain a semblance of their humanity in the besieged city. Kenan trudges across the city to collect water from the brewery for his family; on his way to buy bread, Dragan meets an old friend who reminds him of life before the war; Arrow, a sniper fighting against the occupation, is charged with keeping the cellist alive; and the cellist himself, in his simple act of performing, courageously brings a touch of life back to the citizens. Although Galloway’s characters weigh the value of their lives against the choices they must make, he effectively creates a fifth character in the city itself, capturing the details among the rubble and destruction that give added weight to his memorable novel. –Elliot Mandel

USD Professor Tim Schorn will be on-hand to facilitate the discussion, which will be held in the Small Conference Room.

See you then!

Need a Jolt of Creativity?

The EBS Vermillion Public Library is planning to start an on-going workshop for adults on Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, beginning next month. This seminal book on creativity is designed to guide individuals in pursuit of a creative life, or to assist those looking to overcome creative blocks.

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The group would meet weekly, for a series of 4 to 6 weeks.
If you are interested in joining the group, or have any questions, please contact the library at 677.7060, or the adult programming coordinator at susan.heggestad@vermillionpubliclibrary.org.

Prairie Bud/ Prairie Pasque Awards

prairiebudgraphicwnsWe will be hosting a preview of the Prairie Bud & Prairie Pasque Award nominees this Thursday, December 11th at 3:30-4:30 pm in the Kozak Community Room.

 K-5th grade can get a preview of this year’s Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Nominees. South Dakota Children’s Book Awards are divided into Prairie Bud, K-2nd grades, and Prairie Pasque, 3-5th grades.  Come join the fun, as we will watch book trailers, discuss the best books, have popcorn, and more!

The annual South Dakota Children’s Book Awards nominations provide a list of books that is fitting for both instructional and recreational reading. Connections can be made between the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy across all content areas as well as reading for enjoyment. Students are encouraged to read at least five books from the list of nominees and vote for their favorite book from those titles. The books receiving the most votes from the students win the awards. A committee of educators and librarians select the books nominated for the awards. Each child can vote only once. Deadline for voting is March 31, 2015.  Winners will be announced in April during National Library Week.

 

Storytime Registrations are Open

The new, spring Storytime schedule is out, and you can now register!  Click on the Storytime link above, and follow the appropriate link for the time desired to our handy Google sign-up forms.

SPRING STORYTIMES

Art Storytime (ages 4-6)
Mondays, 5:30-6pm
Wednesdays, 11:30-12pm
Saturdays, 10:15-10:45am

Movement Storytime (ages birth to 3, with adult)
Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45am
Saturdays, 11:15-11:45amstorytime400

Artists & Authors Series Tonight!

Tonight!  Artists & Authors series presents Travis Gulbrandson at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.
He is the author of two novels, “The Believers” and “Away From the Nets.” He is currently at work on his third, and plans to publish a collection of short stories next year. Over the course of the evening, Travis will read from that forthcoming book of short stories, and discuss his process as an author.
You can find out more about his work at:
Travisgulbrandson.blogspot.com
Facebook.com/tgulbrandson
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Opportunity for Book Clubs and Other Community Groups!

Did you know that the EBSVP Library has a Book Club in a Bag program for its patrons?

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Existing book clubs, or those interested in organizing a club, can take advantage of this program designed to promote reading as a shared experience. Book Club in a Bag offers library patrons the chance to check out a bag filled with at least 10 copies of a book from a select list of titles for up to four weeks. The bag also includes discussion questions based on the title for the club to use. Could anything be more convenient or affordable since the service is free to library patrons? Book Club in a Bag currently offers over 50 titles including both adult fiction and nonfiction books, with more being added monthly.

In addition, if you are part of a book club (or any community organization), we welcome suggested titles that your group would like to read, and we can order the books and host your group’s discussion! Call our Adult Programming Coordinator, Susan Heggestad, at 677.7060 to get more information about how the library can partner with your organization to implement your group’s desire to read collectively!

 

Book Signing Event Tonight

Rusch - County Capitols

Tonight, October 16th, 7-9 pm
Kozak Community Room

Local historian, author, and judge Arthur L. Rusch will be present to discuss and sign copies of his new book County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota.

Using county records, period newspapers, and other archival materials, Arthur L. Rusch shows how the “courthouse fights” between rival communities turned into outright battles, including bidding wars, midnight forays to steal county records and even buildings, and the destruction of courthouses—all in the cause of community survival.