All Programming

Upcoming Events:

Oct
16
Wed
Knitting
Oct 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This informal group meets weekly to knit and craft together. No signups required.

Oct
17
Thu
Mexican Train Dominoes
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The public is welcome to join this casual group domino session! Weekly in the Small Conference Room (occasionally in the South Dakota Room).

Author Norma Wilson
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us at the library for a special visit from the author of Frog Creek Road, Dr. Normal Wilson!

Wilson’s book of poetry draws us into the wonder of nature, whether it’s the startling appearance of an unexpected animal or the worked-for observation of animals oblivious to human presence. Follow the seasonal changes from winter through autumn during a thirty-six year period during the author’s life with her family, friends, and the flora and fauna surrounding her home on a prairie bluff in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Norma will be signing copies and reading passages from her new book. This event is free and open to the public!

Norma Wilson’s books include Wild Iris (1978), One-Room Country School: South Dakota Stories with co-editor Charles Woodard (1998), The Nature of Native American Poetry (2001), Under the Rainbow: Poems from Mojácar (2012), Memory, Echo, Words (2014), Rivers, Wings & Sky (2016) with visual artist Nancy Losacker, and Frog Creek Road (2019). Her new book of poetry is a seasonal chronicle of 36 years with her family, friends and the flora and fauna surrounding her prairie bluff home. After 27 years of teaching she retired as University of South Dakota English Professor Emerita in 2005. She and her husband Jerry Wilson live and write in a geo-solar house they built in 1982 in rural Vermillion. They are the parents of two adult children, Walter Clark Wilson and Laura Grace Wilson.   https://sites.google.com/a/usd.edu/norma-c-wilson/

Oct
22
Tue
The Donner Party
Oct 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

In 1846, a group which has come to be referred to as the Donner Party left their Midwest homes to head west to what is now the state of California. The journey took many unexpected turns, and only about half of the group survived for the duration of the trip. Through watching a video and participating in a book discussion led by Holly Straub, we will explore what the Donner Party can teach us about humanity and survival under the most trying and desperate of circumstances.

The book that will be discussed is The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party, by Daniel James Brown (optional reading, but suggested). Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Vermillion Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Oct
23
Wed
Knitting
Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This informal group meets weekly to knit and craft together. No signups required.

Oct
24
Thu
Mexican Train Dominoes
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The public is welcome to join this casual group domino session! Weekly in the Small Conference Room (occasionally in the South Dakota Room).

Halloween Trivia Night
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The library is hosting a new Halloween Trivia Night! Come to the Kozak Room with your team, join one when you get here, or face the challenge on your own for a chance to win prizes while you enjoy refreshments and work your brain! Arrive in costume and get an extra point towards your total score for every team member in costume. Teams can contain anywhere from 1 – 5 players. This event is free and open to all adults (kids are welcome to accompany their parents/guardians).

 

Oct
30
Wed
Knitting
Oct 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This informal group meets weekly to knit and craft together. No signups required.

Oct
31
Thu
Mexican Train Dominoes
Oct 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The public is welcome to join this casual group domino session! Weekly in the Small Conference Room (occasionally in the South Dakota Room).

Nov
1
Fri
Lunch & Learn: William Kamkwamba
Nov 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

For Lunch and Learn in November, the library will be ushering in National Education Week a few days early with a presentation on the story of young Malawian inventor and engineer, William Kamkwamba.

When drought struck the village of Wimbe, 14-year-old Kamkwamba used a book he found at the community library to create a functioning wind turbine that was able to power multiple electrical appliances in his family’s house. He subsequently accomplished projects that include clean water, malaria prevention, solar power, and lighting for his family compound.

Since then, Kamkwamba’s story has been documented through his autobiography, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, a documentary, William and the Windmill, and a Netflix drama released in early 2019.

Learn more about William Kamkwamba while you eat your lunch! This event is free and open to the public.

 

Book Chatter
Nov 1 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Book Chatter returns!

Wondering what to read next? Want to talk about a book you’ve been enjoying? Join us for Book Chatter the first Friday of every month!

Refreshments will be served, and all are invited to this casual group meetup. Bring a book to discuss or just sit in and listen!

Nov
3
Sun
Dances of Universal Peace
Nov 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Dances of Universal Peace are spiritual practice in motion.  Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, music, and movement into a living experience of unity, peace, integration and healing.

Learn more on the Vermillion Dances of Universal Peace Facebook page!

 

 

Nov
5
Tue
Cook the Book
Nov 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Do you love browsing through cookbooks or trying new recipes and cooking techniques? This fall consider joining our most popular book club – Cook the Book!

Once a month, our tastiest adult program will introduce fellow foodies to new tastes, cooking techniques, and great books about cooking. This unique book group brings together patrons who love to cook for a shared meal and conversation about food and cooking.

To participate, choose a recipe to prepare and share for the first meeting. Each month there is a different theme, so check with library staff to see what the group will be discussing, and what kind of recipe to bring!

It will only be necessary to make one regular-sized recipe – no need to double! Subsequent meetings will be themed according to the group’s choices.

 

The Donner Party
Nov 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

In 1846, a group which has come to be referred to as the Donner Party left their Midwest homes to head west to what is now the state of California. The journey took many unexpected turns, and only about half of the group survived for the duration of the trip. Through watching a video and participating in a book discussion led by Holly Straub, we will explore what the Donner Party can teach us about humanity and survival under the most trying and desperate of circumstances.

The book that will be discussed is The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party, by Daniel James Brown (optional reading, but suggested). Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Vermillion Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Nov
8
Fri
Edie’s Book Shop
Nov 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Edie’s Book Shop is a monthly sale operated by the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library. Stop by for fantastic deals on gently used (and often new) books! There’s something for everyone here, and every cent goes back into supporting the operation of the library’s programming. In fact, the proceeds from Edie’s Book Shop sales play a major part in helping us run the Summer Reading Program.

This season the store will be open second Fridays and Saturdays of every month. September through December.

 

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