It’s Friends of Libraries Week

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be spending the week of October 15-21, 2017, celebrating its Friends of the Library group as part of the 12th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.

The Friends of the Vermillion Public Library were established in 1986 and have raised many thousands of dollars in support over the years. Countless community members contribute annually to the Friends, and over 25 of these contributors actively volunteer their time to assist the group with fundraising efforts that include an annual literary lunch and a used book sale each month in the lovely Edie’s Book Shop.

“My parents introduced me to books at a young age and I have been a ‘reader’ ever since,” says Friends President Joyce Zimmer. “As a child in Vermillion, many a rainy summer afternoon was spent in the Children’s Library (the basement of the old library) where I could immerse myself in all sorts of adventures between the covers of a beloved book.  Anything I can do now to foster this love of reading in others makes me happy. Our work crew for Edie’s is filled with others who love to read and the time flies by as we share favorite authors and books.”

The current advisory council for the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library organization includes Anne Dunham, Ann Stewart, Betsy Simons, Maxine Rodgers, Shari Kolbeck, and Sharon Donahoe.

Ann Stewart, long-time Edie’s volunteer and loyal VPL patron states, “Sharing a customer’s joy as they find that special book is one reason I enjoy volunteering at Edie’s book shop.”

Special attention throughout the week will include an honoring of our Friends Advisory Council during our Board of Trustees October meeting on Thursday, as well as social media and website focus on all the hard work achieved by the organization. Patrons are encouraged to consider becoming a member of the organization by filling out member forms that will be located at the Circulation Desk, and on our website.

“The Friends of the Vermillion Public Library bring much extra energy and enthusiasm into our library,” claims Daniel Burniston, Library Director. “They do a huge amount of hard work for the library through activities like Edie’s Book store. The funds they raise help give library staff much needed extra time and resources for activities such as creating, implementing and running our fantastic array of programs and services. The dedicated, voluntary work the Friends group does helps us make the library a better place for all of our community members; we greatly appreciate it and can’t thank them enough for all they do.”

National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ala.org/united. For additional information, please contact the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library at 677-7060.

Read a Banned Book

Throughout the country, most children are starting a new academic year. Teachers are sending out their lists of required readings, and parents are beginning to gather books. In some cases, classics like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” may not be included in curriculum or available in the school library due to challenges made by parents or administrators.

Since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has recorded more than 10,000 book challenges, including 323 in 2016. A challenge is a formal, written complaint requesting a book be removed from library shelves or school curriculum. About half of all challenges are to material in schools or school libraries, and one in four are to material in public libraries. OIF estimates that less than one-quarter of challenges are reported and recorded.


It is thanks to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, and students that most challenges are unsuccessful and reading materials like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “Slaughterhouse Five,” the Harry Potter series, and the Hunger Games series, remain available.

The most challenged and/or restricted reading materials have been books for children. However, challenges are not simply an expression of a point of view; on the contrary, they are an attempt to remove materials from public use, thereby restricting the access of others. Even if the motivation to ban or challenge a book is well intentioned, the outcome is detrimental. Censorship denies our freedom as individuals to choose and think for ourselves. For children, decisions about what books to read should be made by the people who know them best—their parents!
In support of the right to choose books freely for ourselves, the Edith B. Siegrist Public Library is celebrating Banned Books Week, along with the ALA from September 24-30th, an annual recognition of our right to access books without censorship.


Since its inception in 1982, Banned Books Week has reminded us that while not every book is intended for every reader, each of us has the right to decide for ourselves what to read, listen to or view. The Vermillion Public Library and thousands of colleges, schools, libraries and bookstores across the country will celebrate the freedom to read by participating in special events, exhibits, and read-outs that showcase books that have been banned or threatened. The VPL will be drawing attention to Banned Books Week by sponsoring ‘I Read Banned Books’ promotion throughout the week. Patrons and community members are encouraged to review the ALA’s list of commonly challenged and banned books here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10, and then either visit the Library in person, or post on the Library’s social media pages to share what banned books you’ve read, or are reading – just tag #vermillionpubliclibrary and #bannedbooksweek.
The first 18 participants will receive a ‘Words Have Power’ button, and three lucky patrons’ names will be drawn for prize packs at the end of the week.

American libraries are the cornerstones of our democracy. Libraries are for everyone, everywhere. Because libraries provide free access to a world of information, they bring opportunity to all people. Now, more than ever, celebrate the freedom to read at your library! Read an old favorite or a new banned book this week.

 

National Library Week is April 9-15

April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or even record their own music.
Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to address the needs of their communities. By providing such resources as e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.
Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by with an exciting line-up of activities:

Beginning Monday, April 10th at 10 am, we invite patrons and community members to stop by for our #librarylove photo op! We are looking for library friends of all ages and backgrounds to have their portraits added to our collection, which are showcased here in the library.
On Tuesday, April 11th from 12-1 pm the library will honor our volunteers and donors in a special reception. All are welcome.
Wednesday, April 12th is Library Card Upgrade Day! Is your library card old and tattered? Lost? Just interested in switching to a handy key-card? For today only, patrons are invited to stop by and upgrade to a new card, without the usual dollar fee. In addition, we will have some fun library-related goodies to give away.
Thursday, April 13th will bring the opportunity for patrons and community members to drop in and sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school, and public. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries and urge you to show your support by signing your name.
And on Friday, April 14th, we will reveal all the glorious portraits taken of patrons during our #librarylove photo shoot on Monday. Don’t miss the chance to see yourselves or your neighbors and read what they have to say about libraries.

In addition, our normal children’s afterschool programming will feature special activities and treats. For more information, please visit the library’s website at vermillionpubliclibrary.org, or contact the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library at 677-7060.

Declaration for the Right to Libraries

DeclarationForTheRightToLibraries-791x1024We are in the midst of celebrating National Library Week, and in that spirit we invite our patrons to stop by our Circulation Desk and sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries, sponsored by the American Library Association.
Because Libraries change lives.

National Library Week is next week!!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is pleased to announce that it will celebrate National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18, 2015) with an exciting line-up of events for all ages. This year’s theme is “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.”

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First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

Beginning Monday, April 13th at 3:30 pm, the library will host the Teen Art Club as they share their newfound knowledge of graphic novels and skills with the public. Look for their poetic chalk creations to emerge over the afternoon out on the sidewalks in front of the library!
On Tuesday, April 14th from 3:30-5 pm the library will host a reception in the children’s area to reveal new artworks. Among the works showcased will be the brilliant new mosaic created in October by Vermillion artist Nancy Losacker, with the assistance of area 4th and 5th graders. The creation of this work was generously sponsored by the Edith B. Siegrist Library Board of Trustees, with support provided by the South Dakota Arts Council with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Wednesday, April 15th will bring the opportunity for patrons and community members to drop in and sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school, and public. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries -public, school, academic, and special – and urge you to show your support by signing your name.
LEGO lovers of all ages won’t want to miss our big LEGO party on Thursday, April 16th, from 3:30-5 pm. Expect great treats, lego-shaped candies, and of course, LEGO-building challenges!
Friday afternoon, April 17th, from 1-5 pm patrons can drop by for a ‘sneak peek’ of our wonderful children’s art exhibition, showcasing works created by area children during library Storytime and Storytime outreach sessions, and afterschool art clubs. The works will be up for sale during the next day.
The library will cap off the week with the biggest bash saved for Saturday, April 18th! The Children’s Art Show & Sale, a fundraiser for the Summer Reading Program, will be open from 10 – 4 pm. From 2-3 pm, we will honor special library volunteers during a Volunteer Appreciation reception, unveil a special new #librarylove promotion, screen the video of a fun and unexpected teen event, and end the afternoon with door prizes!