Earth Days are Happening Now!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is just one of dozens of organizations participating in this year’s Earth Days! There are numerous, exciting things happening each day.

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Factory Girls

Tonight!
Wednesday, March 25th, 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will host a discussion of Factory Girls, by Leslie T. Chang. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor Sara Lampert, USD Department of History.

An eye-opening and previously untold story, Factory Girls is the first look into the everyday lives of the migrant factory population in China.

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In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Beijing, tells the story of these workers primarily through the lives of two young women, whom she follows over the course of three years as they attempt to rise from the assembly lines of Dongguan, an industrial city in China’s Pearl River Delta.

A book of global significance that provides new insight into China, Factory Girls demonstrates how the mass movement from rural villages to cities is remaking individual lives and transforming Chinese society, much as immigration to America’s shores remade our own country a century ago.

Special Presentation Tonight!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to host nationally recognized author Ben Mikaelson as he shares his presentation “Finding the Heart of the Story” tonight, March 9th, 6:30 pm, in the Kozak Community Room.

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February Artists & Authors series presents…

Join us tomorrow night at we host local author and professor Matthew Moen during our Artists & Authors series. He will share excerpts from his book Dumb Bunnies and Expecting Cats.

Moen is a professor at The University of South Dakota who published six academic books before he strayed into the world of cat tales. Copies of his new book will be available at the event. It is available electronically for Kindle and Nook and in paperback on Amazon and in Vermillion at Cedar County Vet, Davis Pharmacy and Barnes & Noble at USD. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of books will be donated to local Humane Societies, including the Bangor, Maine and SD Heartland Humane Society.
7 pm in the Kozak Community Room

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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