The Library will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Sunday, September 3rd and Monday, September 4th.
Enjoy the long weekend, Vermillionaires!
Prepare for the eclipse with open access to Gale’s In Context resources!
With the upcoming solar eclipse, Gale is providing free access to three earth science resources. They are opening up access to Science in Context, Research in Context and Student Resources in Context through Sept. 15 for those back to school projects that involve the eclipse, as well as the science enthusiasts looking for more information on the event.
Please note that all users will need to complete a short registration form to access these resources.
Vermillionaires: We are so sorry to report that we are all out of our free eclipse glasses! Amazingly, they went fast. If you are still on the hunt for glasses, there are some to be found online, but beware of fake glasses:
Join us as we discuss the initial chapters of Melody Warnick’s engaging book about loving where you live: This is Where You Belong. Bring your lunch or order in, and we’ll have drinks and sweets. This Thursday, August 17th will be the first session of a monthly book club meeting.
Copies of the book are available for check-out at our Circulation Desk.
The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library seeks an after-school STEAM program facilitator. This free, weekly children’s program is designed to help develop and nurture school-aged children’s skills in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The program will resume beginning mid-January 2018, with the Fall semester to be utilized for curriculum module development and existing after-school program review.
The intern must be motivated and well-organized, with a strong interest in the sciences and in working with school-aged children. The Library’s preference is for an individual with science instruction experience, or a student working toward a degree in Education, Early Childhood Development, or related field.
• Develop series of short curriculum modules in sciences (electronics, simple robotics, mathematics, coding, etc.) that can later be utilized by Library staff and volunteers
• Engage and lead children in planned activities weekly, from mid-January through end of April, 2018
• Help in creating a safe, welcoming environment for program participants
• Promote activities that build and strengthen STEAM skills and lifelong learning
• Understand and adhere to library policies, procedures and rules
Preferred Skills and/or Experience:
• Background in sciences, technology, engineering, art or mathematics
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Experience working with elementary-aged children
• Creative thinking and problem-solving skills
• Ability to work independently
• Self-motivated and well-organized
• Dynamic interpersonal skills; tactful, cheerful, enthusiastic, positive, good sense of humor
Fall semester 2017, preferably by September 15th.
3-4 hours per week during the Fall and Spring Semester
This is a grant-funded position and is expected to last at least the duration of the school year.
To be considered, please mail or email a completed City if Vermillion employment application, cover letter, and resume to:
Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library
18 Church St
Vermillion, SD 57069
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 email@example.com.
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