April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

This month we are inviting everyone to create a poem on our Poetry Board! Rearrange the available words to form your own composition!

Freegal Update

To Our Freegal Users,

An all-new Freegal Music Service will launch on April 4th! On that day, the Freegal Music Site will be down for approximately 10 hours (11:00 pm CST April 3rd – 9:00 am CST April 4th). When it is back up, there will be an entirely new product and new apps for the iOS and Google stores. Patrons will be able to continue using their existing credentials, and all your playlists and stored music will be preserved.

Highlights of the new service include:

1. A completely new set of mobile apps that take advantage of new technology to allow the same robust website experience in the palm of the patron’s/customer’s hand. This is what the future of our service looks like – everything on the phone. Great discovery, great functionality and an intuitive and clean interface.

2. An emphasis on curated music. We know that of our almost 3 million users, 50% of them come to the site looking to discover music rather than finding something specific. To that end, we now have over 100 playlists to meet every mood or whim. New lists will be published weekly, and they are pleasingly displayed on the site and the apps.

3. A simple, clean and modern new interface to help the patrons/customers quickly explore the breadth and depth of our content base, which is now 15 million tracks and includes music videos and audiobooks.

Tom O’Day and Bronco Nell are coming to Vermillion!

The Friends of the Library will once again be partnering with OLLI and the SD Humanities Council for their 2018 Literary Lunch presenter, Living History Performer Ray Maple.

Wearing period costume, Maple will recall the life and times of early day Wyoming outlaw Tom O’ Day, who rode with Butch Cassidy and was involved in the botched Belle Fourche bank robbery. His tales include outlaws and famous persons of the 1880’s through 1930 when Tom died in Timber Lake, SD. He will also tell about Ella Smith, aka Bronco Nell, a partner and horse thief from Meeteetse, WY who was the last woman to serve time in the state penitentiary.

The Literary Lunch is open to everyone – you need not be an OLLI member to attend!

Tickets will be available at the Library front desk from Fri., March 23 through Sun, April 8.

Seating is limited, so get your tickets early for this fun event!

What’s Cooking?

In LA’s Fairfax district, where ethnic groups abound, four households celebrate Thanksgiving amidst family tensions. In the Nguyen family, the children’s acculturation and immigrant parents’ fears collide. In the Avila family, Isabel’s son has invited her estranged husband to their family dinner. Audrey and Ron Williams want to keep their own family’s ruptures secret from Ron’s visiting mother. In the Seelig household, Herb and Ruth are unwilling to discuss openly their grown daughter’s living with her lover, Carla. Around each table, things come to a head. A gun, an affair, a boyfriend, and a pregnancy precipitate crises forcing each family to find its center.

Watch ‘What’s Cooking?’ this Monday, March 26th at 6:00 pm, here at the Vermillion Public Library. Part of the Food in Film Series!