Afterschool STEAM at the Library

Do you enjoy working with youth, and love Tech? We’d like to meet you!
The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library seeks an after-school STEAM program facilitator. This free, weekly children’s program is designed to help develop and nurture school-aged children’s skills in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The program will resume beginning mid-January 2018, with the Fall semester to be utilized for curriculum module development and existing after-school program review.

The intern must be motivated and well-organized, with a strong interest in the sciences and in working with school-aged children. The Library’s preference is for an individual with science instruction experience, or a student working toward a degree in Education, Early Childhood Development, or related field.

Responsibilities:
• Develop series of short curriculum modules in sciences (electronics, simple robotics, mathematics, coding, etc.) that can later be utilized by Library staff and volunteers
• Engage and lead children in planned activities weekly, from mid-January through end of April, 2018
• Help in creating a safe, welcoming environment for program participants
• Promote activities that build and strengthen STEAM skills and lifelong learning
• Understand and adhere to library policies, procedures and rules

Preferred Skills and/or Experience:
• Background in sciences, technology, engineering, art or mathematics
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Experience working with elementary-aged children
• Creative thinking and problem-solving skills
• Ability to work independently
• Self-motivated and well-organized
• Dynamic interpersonal skills; tactful, cheerful, enthusiastic, positive, good sense of humor

Start Date:
Fall semester 2017, preferably by September 15th.

Schedule:
3-4 hours per week during the Fall and Spring Semester

End Date:
This is a grant-funded position and is expected to last at least the duration of the school year.

Compensation:
$8.75/hr

To be considered, please mail or email a completed City if Vermillion employment application, cover letter, and resume to:

Beth Samenus
Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library
18 Church St
Vermillion, SD 57069
605.677.7060
Beth.Samenus@vermillionpubliclibrary.org

RBDigital

RBDigital is streamlining its patron interface, as of June 27th. For the first time in the industry, audiobooks, magazines, and eBooks will be available in one easy-to-use app. Other key features include:
– A significantly improved user experience
– App-based patron notifications to help with tech support and engagement
– Faster, easier search
– Exclusive content

RBDigital will be migrating the app and website at approximately 8 pm on June 26th. Unfortunately, patrons will likely experience downtime during the 14-hour migration period. The new app and website will be live by the morning of June 27th.

Got Wifi?


Thanks to an opportunity provided through the government contract division of Verizon, the Library will be able to make 4G Jetpack mobile Hotspots available to patrons for free. During our trial period in the month of February, we will have 2 devices available for patrons aged 18 & up with a patron card in good standing for at least the past 6 months, and a valid ID. Check-out periods for the trial period will be for 3 days, with no automatic renewals. Patrons may check devices out again, if available, after a 24 hour waiting period. Additionally, patrons who utilize the devices will be asked to complete a follow-up survey to assist us in assessing the program, and to determine future needs.

Further information will be available for patrons at the Circulation Desk, or by calling us at 677.7060. A brochure with all relevant patron information will be available by the end of the trial period. Beginning in March, the Library intends to offer more devices for check-out, with a circulation period of 5 days.

Hotspots are Here

We are offering mobile Hotspots for check-out beginning Wednesday, February 1st.

During our trial period in the month of February, we will have 2 devices available for patrons aged 18 & up with a patron card in good standing for at least the past 6 months, and a valid ID. Check-out periods for the trial period will be for 3 days, with no automatic renewals. Additionally, patrons who utilize the devices will be asked to complete a follow-up survey to assist us in assessing the program, and to determine future needs.

Further information will be available for patrons at the Circulation Desk, or by calling us at 677.7060. A brochure with all relevant patron information will be available by the end of the trial period. Beginning in March, the Library intends to offer more devices for check-out, with a circulation period of 5 days.

Can you help?

The EBS Vermillion Public Library is considering offering mobile Hotspots for check-out to patrons. We need your feedback to help us determine program and device needs.  Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RG528PW
Thanks, in advance, Vermillionaires!

New Tech Program for Adults

In response to requests from patrons, the Library is excited to share a new program for adults in the New Year: Tech & Toddies!

Adults who love techie toys are invited to join in the fun for a new series of social hours on the 3rd Fridays of each month. Beginning January 20th, folks can be introduced to a variety of geeky gadgets including LEGO Robots, Snap & Squishy Circuits, Coding and more. Refreshments are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own beverages.  Adults 21 & up only, please.

The January session, which is scheduled for 7-9 pm, will focus on LEGO Mindstorm Ev3 Robotics. In 2 hours, participants will build their own robot and learn the basics of programming it. The facilitator will be Lauren Hollenbeck, 4-H Youth Program Advisor for Clay, Union, and Yankton counties, who regularly facilitates robotics session for youth at the VPL. All sessions will take place in the Kozak Community Room.

 

Help us with our survey!

The EBS Vermillion Public Library is considering offering mobile Hotspots for check-out to patrons. We need your feedback to help us determine program and device needs. Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RG528PW

Thanks, in advance, Vermillionaires!

New eResources for 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Vermillionaires!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), is pleased to announce the availability of two new electronic resources: Universal Class and OnePlay. Beginning January 1st, patrons will have free access to online continuing education courses and digital gaming through the library’s website, www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org/ebooks/.

Universal Class is a comprehensive service offering unlimited access to continuing education courses, covering a broad range of topics. Universal Class offers over 500 courses ranging from accounting and nutrition to reiki and gardening, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). Classes are self-paced and instructor-led, with certified instructors available to answer questions and assess your performance.

OnePlay offers a digital gaming service, where users can instantly download and play unlimited Android and PC games for free. OnePlay includes over 2,000 games from more than 75 different publishers.
1500+ PC titles, 500+ Android titles, plus no holds and no waiting. Patrons can download the games they want onto their computers, or other devices, and play them whenever and wherever – no internet required. Login can be used in the library, at home and on multiple devices. Parental controls are also available.

Details on how to access Universal Class and OnePlay may be found at http://onlinelibrary.utah.gov/.