Birds and Birding in Southeastern SD

Summer Reading Program Adult / Family Events

Dave Swanson photo

Join Dr. David Swanson for an afternoon exploration of birds!
Saturday, June 14, 2014
1 pm til….

We will begin in the Kozak Room for a short program on the basics of birdwatching and a brief review of common birds found in our area. Then we’ll head out on a birding tour to Cotton Park in Vermillion to get a look at some local birds!

Wear comfortable shoes and be ready to take a nice walk….weather permitting!

This program is intended for adults, but family members are welcome! Call the library at 677-7060 for more information.





One Template, Many Cards!

Craft Workshop:
One Template, Many Cards!
with Susan Rolfeshandmade cardWednesday, April 30, 2104
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Kozak Community Room

Join Susan Rolfes for an evening of fun creating 3 cards using one card template. We will utilize a variety of card making techniques, (including rubber stamping, detail-cutting, ribbon sanding and layering) to create some basic cards. No experience necessary! Join in the fun!

Learn to Start Your Vegetables from Seed!

Live and Learn: Vegetable Seed Starting,
a hands-on workshop with
Master Gardener Dean Spader
seedstart-1-300_0Thursday, April 10, 2014
7 pm, Kozak Community Room
Learn how to start many of your vegetables from seeds in order to a) jumpstart your garden indoors b) get wider varieties of plants from organic seeds c) save money by growing your own transplants….and much more! This class will provide you with a handout listing all the necessary materials, demonstrate how to mix your own potting soil, give start times and procedures for maximum germination, along with advice for lighting, temperature and fertilization after sprouts occur. Learn how to harden off and transplant for best results.

Literary Lunch Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets on Sale at the Library!

The Friends of the Edith B. Siegrist
Vermillion Public Library Presents
24th Literary Lunch in Honor of
National Library Week

“Judge Rusch on Judge Kidder”

Art Rusch

Thursday, April 3, 2014 Lunch served at 11:30 am Program begins at 12:10 pm Tickets: $9.00 Available at the Library now through March 30th

Judge Art Rusch is a  long-time Vermillion resident and avid local historian, having published, “Portrait of a River Town: Vermillion Before the Flood of 1881” in South Dakota History, as well as research on courthouses. He practiced law for 27 years, serving twelve years as States Attorney, and seventeen years as presiding judge of the First Judicial Circuit.

Judge Rusch is a recipient of the Richard Cropp Award for amateur historians from the Augustana College Center for Western Studies. He is currently working on a biography of Judge Jefferson Kidder who was involved in politics in Vermont and Minnesota before coming to Vermillion, Dakota Territory in 1865 as a Federal Judge appointed by Abraham Lincoln. Kidder also served as Territorial Delegate to Congress and was the leader of the movement to establish the University of Dakota at Vermillion.

Environmental Poetry by Normal Wilson

Sharing the Lead by Nancy Losacker

Artists & Authors: Environmental Poetry by Normal Wilson
(with Nancy Losacker)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
7 pm, Kozak Community Room

Norma Wilson, Vermillion poet author and USD Professor Emeritus, will read and discuss her environmental poetry from a recent book Under the Rainbow, as well as her collaboration with Nancy Losacker in an exhibition Rivers, Wings and Sky, for which they received a South Dakota Arts Council grant. Nancy Losacker will participate in the discussion of their collaborative project. Copies of Norma Wilson’s books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Call the Library for more information: 677-7060

Growing Business with Social Networking

Social-Media Marketing

Tech Session: Growing Business with Social Networking
Tuesday, January 14th at 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

So many networks to choose from and so little time. What is a person to do? Take a rational look at social networks and selecting the right one for your business.
Session led by Mark Winegar.

Feel free to bring a laptop, tablet or smart phone to the session!

Books in Context Linked Event: Beethoven Concert on USD Campus

Stieler, Joseph Karl: Beethoven mit der Missa solemnis Ölgemälde, 1819

In the spirit of building community, the Music Department at the University of South Dakota is participating in our Books in Context Linked Events by presenting a short Beethoven piano concert on Wednesday, October 30th at 7:30 pm. The Books in Context selection for October is: Beethoven’s Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved by Russell Martin. Whether or not you have read or plan to read the book, please join us at Colton Recital Hall in the College of Fine Arts on the USD campus for this concert of Beethoven music presented by students in the Music Department at the College of Fine Arts. Please call the Library with any questions at 677-7060.