Learn to Play the Ukulele

Have you ever wanted to learn to play the ukulele? Just love to get together with others and play music?
Beginning with our Fall line-up of programs, the Library is pleased to offer Free Ukulele lessons to patrons aged 7 & up. No musical experience or background necessary; the ukulele is easier to learn than the guitar (and more affordable too). No ukulele? No problem – we will have some ukuleles for you to borrow. These lessons will officially begin on Friday, September 16th at 4 pm, and Saturday, September 17th at 3:30 pm.

The sessions are as follows:
Fridays – 4-4:45 pm (7 & 8 yr olds)
4:45-5:30 pm (9 & 10 yr olds)
Saturdays – 3:30-4:15 pm (11 & 12 yr olds)
4:15-5 pm (13 & up)
These sessions are free, but space is limited! Call or stop by the Circulation Desk to sign up.

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Instructor Joseph Ahuna is a USD graduate student from Kaneohe, Hawaii. He played the ukulele in a Hawaiian band that traveled around the world, as well as playing the ukulele at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He has over 20 years of experience performing and playing the ukulele, and has an entire season of fun curriculum planned that will teach the basic chords, songs, and history of the ukulele. There are even plans to put on a simple recital at the end of the term, which ends December 17th. For more information, feel free to call the Library at 605-677-7060.

Long-Time Librarian Retiring

On Thursday, August 4th from 2-4 pm, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will host a public reception for retiring staff member Shelly Koller. Says Acting Director Wendy Nilson, “Shelly has been the heart & soul of the library and will be greatly missed.”

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Shelly Koller joined the staff at the Library in 1991 as the Circulation Supervisor. In her time with the organization she has seen a number of profound changes take place within the Library, from the introduction of digitized records, to the implementation of various state-wide searchable databases, to the major renovation and expansion which took place in 2013. She is one of the most recognizable faces in the library due to her position at the Circulation Desk, and is the staff member with whom the vast majority of patrons interact during their visits. “Jane Larson hired me in the 1991 and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work at the Library. I will truly miss my job, all the wonderful patrons I have met, and the friendships I’ve made over the years.”
Patrons and the public are encouraged to drop by during the reception, which will be held in the Kozak Community Room.

The End is Near!

The end of our exciting Summer Reading Program, anyway.
We will wind down another eventful summer on Wednesday, July 27th at 1 pm, with a participant party out behind the library. Patrons are invited to join in our ‘Cool Down Party’ – an afternoon of water games, pizza, ice cream and prizes in honor of their participation in this summer’s program. Be ready to get wet! Those who wish to attend are asked to reserve a spot in advance by either visiting our website at http://vermillionpubliclibrary.org/2016-summer-reading-program/, or by stopping by the Circulation Desk.

*In the case of inclement weather, the party will be rescheduled!*

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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

SRP Kick-Off Party is Almost Here!

Help us celebrate the start of another great Summer Reading Program, ‘On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!’ Program participants of all ages are welcome to drop by and join in the fun – pick up your program packet, race through our obstacle course, enjoy some crafts, bounce in the bouncy castle, and enjoy some cool treats.

The 2016 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young-adult, with programs, weekly reading prizes, Storytime sessions, reading clubs, and more. Did you know that children score higher in reading and math when they participate in summer reading programs! Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me program; adults are encouraged to register for the “Exercise Your Mind: Read” adult reading program, with prize drawings available.

Registration for all summer reading programs will begin on May 16th, via the ‘Summer Reading Program’ link on our website, www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org, and are free of charge.

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Summer Reading is Around the Corner

Join the fun! Our 2016 Summer Reading Program kicks-off on Monday, June 6th.
Follow the Summer Reading Program link on our website to register.
vermillionpubliclibrary.org/2016-summer-reading-program/

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Film Screening & Community Discussion

Coming next week!
Film and community discussion on human trafficking – Tuesday, March 8th at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room. Find out more about this important social issue, and ways to become involved in fighting it.

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Film Screening on Tuesday, February 9th

We are so pleased to be screening this film tomorrow night, accompanied by a facilitated community discussion. Arrive early to get your seat!
Tuesday, February 9th at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room

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