How to Prepare for the Eclipse

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library has joined more than 1,000 libraries across the country to participate in the celestial event of the century, the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse. During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn’t occurred in decades. In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the United States was nearly 40 years ago. The rest of the U.S. and North America will see a partial eclipse, with the Moon covering up only part of the Sun. It is aptly named the Great American Eclipse.
This will be an exciting opportunity for our community to celebrate science, with fun, hands-on and multimedia activities, culminating in the eclipse event on August 21, 2017.

The Vermillion Public Library will offer two public programs to bring the excitement of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) to children, teens and adults. Our first event, tailored to school-aged children in our Summer Reading Program, will take place during our normally scheduled Workshop session on Thursday, July 20th at 10 am. This session will take place in the Kozak Community Room, and will provide a scientific background on solar eclipses, as well as the creation of a solar viewer for safe viewing of the coming eclipse.

The second event will be formatted for all ages, and any anyone in the community, on Saturday, August 12th at 1 pm. This event will also take place in the Kozak Community Room, explore the basic science of solar eclipses, and include the creation of a solar viewer. At both events, the Library will have free eclipse glasses to distribute. The Library has joined the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library initiative, which are providing resources and STEM activities to libraries across the nation related to the eclipse. Partners include NASA, the American Library Association, and many other organizations. All eclipse programs are free and open to the public.

Additionally, between July 20th and the date of the eclipse – Monday, August 21st – the Library will distribute FREE eclipse glasses to anyone requesting them. The distribution of these glasses has been made possible through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, the National Science Foundation, as well as through our own Friends of the Vermillion Public Library Foundation.

“We are so proud to be participating in this national program,” said Susan Heggestad, Public Relations & Programming Specialist for the VPL. “We have partnered with our Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organizaiton to help our community prepare for this amazing astronomy event. We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find the solar eclipse to be an experience they will remember the rest of their lives.”

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street, Vermillion. For further information, contact us by calling 677-7060, or by emailing vplstaff@vermillionpubliclibrary.org.

Reading Beyond Lists

Do you know kids that can read way above their grade level? Most of us do, but finding books that have acceptable content for their age is often an issue. There is finally a professional list for this!

The ALA-Children’s Book Council Joint Committee just released a list of recommended books for kids who are advanced readers, but who still need titles that are age-appropriate. The list is posted online http://www.cbcbooks.org/reading-beyond/, and is also available as a printable handout that can be given to parents and educators – which can be found here: ReadingBeyondHandout-CBC

Reading Beyond LOGO (PRNewsfoto/Children’s Book Council)

RBDigital Update

As a reminder to those of you utilizing the various services offered by RBDigital: the RBdigital Gateway will be down for a major planned service update beginning at 8pm ET, Monday, June 26 and running through approximately 10am ET, Tuesday, June 27.

Affected services include InstantFlix/Indieflix, OnePlay, Zinio for Libraries.

Coming soon – the new RBDigital app for all eBooks, eAudiobooks, and magazines!

Don’t miss Books & Brews

this Friday, June 16th at 7 pm.
The Board of Trustees of the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, the Foundation of the Vermillion Public Library, and the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library invite the community to a special session of our Books & Brews program on Friday, June 16th, from 7 – 9 pm. This season’s premier event is intended as a reveal of a number of wonderful technological upgrades to our library, generously supported by the Vermillion Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Vermillion Public Library. Participants will enjoy live music, light refreshments and beverages, and an engaging social evening while touring the Library facilities.

Adults 21 & up are welcome to attend.

Freegal Comes to the VPL

We are excited to share yet another new eResource now available to our patrons: Freegal! Freegal® Music is a free music service available to all our library patrons. All you need is your library card number. Freegal offers access to about 13 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000+ labels with music that originates in over 80 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions, while allowing 3 downloads per week, plus 3 hours of streaming per day. Check it out, Vermillionaires!

Spring Book Club

Have you read Hidden Figures yet?
The VPL will host a discussion of the book on Thursday, May 4th at 1 pm. Copies of the book are available for check-out at the Circulation Desk starting… NOW! If the movie has been released by then, we will also screen the film;) Don’t miss your chance to discuss the season’s most talked about book-to-screen adaptation.