LSS Financial Counseling comes to Vermillion

Are credit or money issues stressing you out? In an effort to better serve our community through life-long learning opportunities, we are pleased to announce an upcoming partnership with Lutheran Social Services Center for Financial Resources.

Beginning Thursday, June 11th, a financial counselor from the LSS Center for Financial Resources will be present at the library from 10 am until 3:30 pm, on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. The sessions will run through the month of August.
Since 1984, Consumer Credit Counseling Service has been dedicated to educating and empowering individuals and families to master their finances. To fulfill this mission, CCCS provides free and low cost services including individual budget counseling, debt management, and community education. These services are specifically designed to help clients take control of their financial future.

Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota
To set up an appointment, or to get more information, you may call 800-568-2401 or email You may also visit their website at

Site Maintenance


For those accessing our online information, please be aware that some pages may not be accessible due to ongoing maintenance. We are testing out some new ideas in effort to update the website and make its use more convenient for our patrons. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause; if you come across any issues, please let us know and we will get you the information you need!


Phone: 605-677-7060




It has come to our attention that someone is calling area business as a representative of the library, asking for donations.
We are NOT currently soliciting anyone by phone.

If you receive a call from the Vermillion Public Library (it may be from an out-of-state area code) asking for donations, please DO NOT comply, and report the call to the local police.
We appreciate your help!

Award-winning Documentary Film and Film Subject come to Vermillion

The wait is almost over! Two nights from now we will screen the amazing documentary ‘Alive Inside’, and follow it up with a facilitated community discussion with the subject of the film, Dan Cohen.

Wednesday, April 8th 6:30-9 pm

alive inside

Alive Inside highlights a ground-breaking wellness program called ‘Music & Memory’, developed by social worker Dan Cohen. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the amazing results from engaging with dementia patients, and others, through the use of music. The film offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, among others.

Ariadne Albright, of Sanford Arts Vermillion, will facilitate a community discussion with Mr. Cohen, via Skype, following the film.

This film screening and facilitated community discussion is proudly supported by the Dakota Hospital Foundation, Sanford Arts Vermillion, and the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library Board of Trustees.

This event is free and open to the public. Please arrive early for best seating.


VITA Sessions resume tonight

irs vita2 irs vitaVolunteers from the IRS VITA program will be present to provide tax assistance at the library on the following dates:

Wednesday, Mar. 18th, 4:30-8 pm, Small Conference Room
Sunday, Mar. 22nd, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Thursday, Mar. 26th, 4:30-8 pm, Small Conference Room
Saturday, Mar. 28th, 10-4 pm, Kozak Community Room
Tuesday, Apr. 7th, 4:30-8 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Apr. 11th, 1-4 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Apr. 13th, 4:30-8 pm, Kozak Community Room

Block Printing Workshop

Please join us for our March Picture This workshop, this Saturday, March 7th, 2-4 pm.

block printing

Block printing is one of the oldest forms of printmaking in which a carved block is covered in ink to transfer images onto paper or fabric. This workshop is a basic course and will cover the carving and printing process. Participants will learn about different block printing tools, carve a block, and print their own images. Tools and some materials will be provided. One tote bag will be provided per participant for printing.

Registration, and a $5 fee is required. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Please stop by our Circulation Desk, or call the library at 677-7060.

VITA sessions start in just over one week!

irs vita irs vita2Mark your calendars!

Volunteers from the IRS VITA program will be present to provide tax assistance at the library on the following dates:

Sunday, Feb. 8th, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Sunday, Feb. 22nd, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 4-8 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Feb. 28th, 10-5 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Mar. 16th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Wednesday, Mar. 18th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Sunday, Mar. 22nd, 1-5 pm, Kozak Community Room
Thursday, Mar. 26th, 4:30-9 pm, Small Conference Room
Saturday, Mar. 28th, 10-4 pm, Kozak Community Room
Tuesday, Apr. 7th, 4:30-9 pm, Kozak Community Room
Saturday, Apr. 11th, 1-4 pm, Small Conference Room
Monday, Apr. 13th, 4:30-9 pm, Kozak Community Room

Today is National Readathon Day!


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:

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.

cellist of sarajevo

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!