VITA sessions start in just over one week!

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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!

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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:
http://www.nationalbook.org/2015_readathon.html

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.

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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!

Need a Jolt of Creativity?

The EBS Vermillion Public Library is planning to start an on-going workshop for adults on Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, beginning next month. This seminal book on creativity is designed to guide individuals in pursuit of a creative life, or to assist those looking to overcome creative blocks.

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The group would meet weekly, for a series of 4 to 6 weeks.
If you are interested in joining the group, or have any questions, please contact the library at 677.7060, or the adult programming coordinator at susan.heggestad@vermillionpubliclibrary.org.

Health Care Resources

Did you know that our website can link you to several useful Healthcare websites and databases? Just visit our menu across the top of our webpage, and click on ‘Helpful Links‘. This page includes lots and lots of useful resources, including a new section for ‘Healthcare Resources‘. Check it out!

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Storytime Returns Next Week!

storytime2015Spring Storytime sessions begin next Monday, January 12th – which is right around the corner!
If you’ve not yet registered your child, there is still time (but not much). Registration is required and space is limited! Register online by clicking on the Storytime link above, and then on the ‘Register Here’ link beside the desired date/time slot.

You may also call the library at 605-677-7060, email vpl@vermillionpubliclibrary.org, or stop in at the library to register for Storytime.

SPRING ART STORYTIMES
(ages 4-6)
Mondays: 5:30 pm
Wednesdays: 11 am
Saturdays: 10:15 am

SPRING MOVEMENT STORYTIMES
(ages birth to 3 with adult)
Tuesdays: 10:15 am
Saturdays: 11:15 am

In Appreciation

johnson statue 001Have you noticed a new ‘friend’ among the stacks?  We recently received this lovely gift from Senator Johnson. Along with the statue came a letter that read:

United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Tim Johnson
South Dakota
November 19, 2014

Dear Friends:

My wife Barbara and I have many cherished memories of going with our children to the Vermillion Public Library. It was there that our children’s love of reading blossomed, and ours grew as well.

To honor these fond memories, Barbara and I are donating this statue as a thank you to the Vermillion community.

I received this statue from the School Administrators of South Dakota in recognition of my steadfast support and commitment to education. Literacy plays a critical role in giving children the skills they need to succeed in school and in their future careers. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is a place where children and adults can broaden their horizons through books, educational programming, technology, and guidance from library staff.

Over the years, I have proudly displayed this statue in my Senate office in Washington, D.C. It has greeted countless South Dakotans, public officials, foreign dignitaries, and other guests as they visited my office, and it has served as a constant reminder of the importance of education. I am glad this statue has found a new home and hope it will help inspire young readers.

Sincerely,
Tim Johnson

Storytime Registrations are Open

The new, spring Storytime schedule is out, and you can now register!  Click on the Storytime link above, and follow the appropriate link for the time desired to our handy Google sign-up forms.

SPRING STORYTIMES

Art Storytime (ages 4-6)
Mondays, 5:30-6pm
Wednesdays, 11:30-12pm
Saturdays, 10:15-10:45am

Movement Storytime (ages birth to 3, with adult)
Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45am
Saturdays, 11:15-11:45amstorytime400

Want to Help Us?

We are looking for donations of hard candies (wrapped) today for our Stockings for Soldiers project.  These stuffed and decorated stockings are going to be picked up and shipped out tomorrow night after our Holiday Open House!  It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring some cheer to our men & women far from home.  Stop by our Circulation Desk if you have some to spare!soldiers