Welcome to the Kids Zone!


Childhood is a crucial time in the individual development process, a fact we understand and cater to. With a variety of constructive learning and entertainment opportunities, the Library and its staff are doing our best to provide the means for positive growth to children of the community. See for yourself – below you will find links to useful resources tailored to the youth and their needs. Also, see our Programming tab for events and workshops through which kids can learn, play and grow. There’s always something going on here, and we’d love to have them join!


Register now for Summer Story Time sessions!  There are no fee for these programs, but registration is required. Visit our website at, and click on the Story Times link, or call us at 605-677-7060.  Each session is open until full (12 per class).  Sessions run June 5th – July 25th.

Art Storytime (4 & up):
Mondays: 5:30
Tuesdays: 11 am

Movement Storytime (birth – 3):
Tuesdays: 10:15 am

READY TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD? Summer Reading Program 2017

Readers of every age will be challenged to dream big this summer as the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library presents “Build a Better World!” during their 2017 Summer Reading Program.  Planned activities include coding, circuits, and LEGO robotics, creative building projects, health & wellness sessions, Chess Club, Origami Club, weekly entertainers and much, much more. The Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young-adult, with programs, prize drawings, Storytime sessions, reading clubs, and many other sessions.

Did you know that children consistently score higher in reading and math when they participate in summer reading programs? Use the summer season to bolster your child’s brain development, while having tons of fun – for FREE!  Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me program; adults are encouraged to register, as well, for the adult reading program, all of which have prizes available.

Registration for all summer reading programs will begin on May 22nd, via the ‘Summer Reading Program’ link on our website,, and are free of charge.




TumbleBooks Instructions for iPad

Great Websites For Kids:
BBC Primary History
Designed to appeal to younger students, this site offers an introduction to specific periods in history with timelines and biographical information.

B. J. Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper
One of the oldest and broadest dictionaries of carefully chosen web sites for students, this father-son collaboration is a “go-to” destination for anyone with homework to do, a research or science project, or any other informational need.

Common Core — State Standards Initiative
Devoted to the task of defining Common Core State Standards, this site provides detailed definitions of what students are expected to learn in their journey toward successful college and career experiences.

Dave Pilkey’s Extra Crunchy Website-O-Fun
Meet Dave Pilkey in comic book form! Explore his books, videos, games and book app! Be sure to check out “Fun Stuff” for more activities and silly facts.

Discovery Kids in Spanish
Videos and games featuring favorite characters from Discovery Kids. Also includes helpful information for parents.

Engineer Girl
The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.

Glacier Works:Everest
Glacierworks utilizes stunning photography and videography to educate visitors about the glaciers of the Greater Himalayan Region. The importance of the glaciers, the changes they are experiencing and their documented history are brought to life by this amazing collection of work.

How to Smile
A collection of hands-on science and math activities, created by staff from science museums around the country, this website is a resource for educators, homeschoolers, parents, and anyone looking to teach school-aged children about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEAM) using interactive, non-classroom methods.
The US Government’s website for kids explores jobs, health, art, school subjects and more. Choosing personal interests or searching the latest school report can be done on this website through text, games and informational videos.

Kidzone with the New York Philharmonic
Discover the world of the New York Philharmonic and go backstage to learn about music and instruments. Kids can explore famous composers, play games, and create music.

Lawrence Hall of Science
The Lawrence Hall of Science is UC Berkeley’s public science center; 24/7 science is the kids page, which includes a variety of science experiments and activities, as well as games and citizen science opportunities.

Mocomi is a fresh approach to content for kids with the perfect blend of fun and learning that helps the left & the right brained child learn through experiences.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
A user-friendly resource for parents, caregivers, or anyone impacted by or concerned about learning disabilities (LD). Features guides for understanding LD symptoms and treatments in an age-appropriate context, from preschool through adult.

PBS Kids Lab in Spanish
Games and activities that help develop math and reading skills.

A PBS site for girls interested in science. SciGirls includes games, project ideas, videos and more.

Smithsonian Kids
Smithsonian Kids includes a lot of information and activities about a lot of topics, including dinosaurs, world cultures, animals, outer space, history, and more, many of which are also exhibits at the Smithsonian museums.

Spanish site of the “My Hero” project
My Hero is a project to celebrate the best of humanity. Students can add to the project by submitting their own essays about their heroes.

Start with a Book
Themed books (fiction and nonfiction) and activities to engage children in reading and learning during the summer. Helpful literacy tips, resources and printables for parents and caregivers.

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms
A wide range of genetic terms are explained thoroughly but concisely by leading experts in the field. Multimedia elements include downloadable PDFs, audio clips with explanations of terms, and 3d models.

Tween Tribune
Daily news sites for kids, tweens and teens. From animals to entertainment, you will find the most compelling, relevant and interesting news all on one site!

Tween Tribune in Español
Daily news in Spanish for children and adolescents.

Walking with Dinosaurs
Created by the BBC, Walking with Dinosaurs features individual pages featuring interesting facts, images and statistics on particular dinosaurs.

Spark children’s imaginations by sharing a “Wonder of the Day” and exploring a “Wonder Playground.” A project of the National Center for Family Literacy.