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The Super Bowl

The library presents a new Zoom program on The Super Bowl! Attendees will learn about the origins of the Big Game by hearing about how America’s top sports event was created in the aftermath of the AFL All Star Game boycott of Jim Crow in New Orleans in 1965.

Join in on this fact-filled lecture through Zoom! The free program will be presented by journalist and sports enthusiast, Evan Weiner.

Register online at to get access the Zoom session, which will be Thursday, January 21st at 7:00 pm CT.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Vermillion Public Library is proud to announce a new program for children Pre-K and under! 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

What it is

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program that encourages families to read together. This early exploration of books encourages early literacy skills and helps build a love of reading. This program is a free, ongoing program that can be started any time and can be accomplished at your own speed. All children younger than Kindergarten are welcome to participate. The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten and it is easier than it sounds! Yes, you can repeat books (kids love repetition – and they benefit from it too!) and you can count books others read to your child as well. While this may seem like a large goal, it is very doable. 

Why it’s important

Not only is reading to your child a wonderful way to bond and enjoy time together, but it also provides early literacy skills that will give your child a great head start in school!

  • Children that are read to have larger vocabularies by the time they enter Kindergarten and are more successful in school.
  • Development of reading skills starts at birth.
  • A child’s ability to learn language skills is highest before the age of six.
How to participate
  • Register
  • Log your reading
  • Celebrate the milestones with us along the way to 1,000 books!

Visit our 1000 Book Before Kindergarten page for more information on signing up! New registrants get a free book bag!

New: Digital Archives

The public library’s microfilm collection is going digital!

The Vermillion Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of a new searchable digital archive featuring digitized microfilm from local newspapers.

Thanks to the generous support of the Vermillion Public Library Foundation, you can now access older issues of the Vermillion Plain Talk through the Vermillion Public Library’s website at: View issues from 1893 to 1924 from anywhere with an internet connection! More recent issues are only accessible when you are using a library computer, or when your device is connected to the library’s Wi-Fi.

The library has plans to add more newspapers and resources to the collection over time.

New Year’s Hours

The Vermillion Public Library will be closing at 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 31st, and will be closed all day Friday, January 1st. We will open back up on Saturday, January 2nd at 10:00 am!

Library Hours

The Vermillion Public Library will be closing at noon on Thursday, December 24th, and closed all day Friday, December 25th in observance of Christmas! We will be back open on Saturday, December 26th at 10:00 am.

Weather Closure

Notice: Due to the weather, the Vermillion Public Library and other City offices will be closing at noon (December 23rd)! Assuming weather cooperates, we will be open from 8 am to 12 pm tomorrow, December 24th.

Teen Take ‘n Make Craft: 3D Snowflakes

Learn how to make 3D Snowflakes with Amanda. Free take-home kits will be available at the Vermillion Public Library while supplies last.

Materials needed:

  • 3 packs of squares (6 squares per pack = 1 3D snowflake)
  • yarn
  • template (optional)
  • also need scissors, glue or tape, a pencil

Share your creations with us! Email a photo to [email protected], or post to Facebook or Instagram and tag @VermillionPublicLibrary.

Adult Take ‘n Make Craft: Glitter Santa Ornament

Rachelle shows us how to make a glitter Santa ball ornament with the Vermillion Public Library’s December Take ‘n Make craft for adults! Limited kits will be available to pick up at the library!

Supplies Needed (Included in Kit):

  • 1 clear plastic ball ornament
  • 1 pot of Glitter-It liquid glue
  • 1 pot of fine red glitter
  • 1 strip of 1/4″ adhesive double-sided tape
  • 1 strip of 3/8″ black satin ribbon
  • 8 self-adhesive rhinestones (clear)
  • 2 self-adhesive rhinestones (black)
  • 1 disposable cup
  • 1 paper cone cup (cut the tip off to use as a funnel!)

Additional Supplies (Optional):

  • White vinegar and tap water to rinse inside of ball
  • Scissors to cut tip off of paper cone cup

Holiday Gift Basket

It’s contest time! Visit the Vermillion Public Library and tell us your favorite winter/holiday treat! Is it candy canes? Gingerbread cookies? Eggnog? Something totally unexpected? Let us know!

Fill out the slip with your name and contact info and you will be entered into a drawing to win this family-friendly holiday gift basket! The basket has fun holiday-themed items, including a movie, children’s book, gingerbread house kit, and treats! (You also get a free VPL pen when you enter!)

Winners will be announced next Friday, so enter soon! (Please wear a mask when you visit)