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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!

Masks are still required inside the library!

Masks are still required inside City-owned buildings, and CDC guidelines state that unvaccinated people should still wear masks. We need to continue to prioritize the safety of our unvaccinated patrons, including children under 16. Thank you so much for your understanding!

June Lunch & Learn

The Vermillion Public Library has a special Pride Month Zoom Lunch & Learn planned for June!

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The purpose of the commemorative month is to acknowledge the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

In recognition of June as LGBTQ Pride Month, please join Travis L. Letellier for a presentation on “The ABCs of LGBTQ.” Travis has been part of the Vermillion community since 2014, when he joined the USD faculty. He serves on committees for the City of Vermillion and volunteers for South Dakota non-profits. Travis’s talk will focus on how we can develop a better understanding of LGBTQ identities and experiences. By introducing fundamental concepts, definitions, and language, participants will leave with a deeper knowledge of the LGBTQ community.

Register at bit.ly/vplabc to access the free program on Zoom, hosted by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. We will meet online at 12:00 pm on Friday, June 4th.

Job Opening: Public Relations & Programming Specialist

We have a special full-time job opening up at the Vermillion Public Library!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library seeks a creative, energetic individual with a genuine passion for working with community members. Are you eager to share the love of reading and literature, develop capable users of information and technology, and encourage lifelong learning? Can you design and provide engaging and informational activities? Is empowering, educating, and motivating community members important to you? If so, please visit the City of Vermillion website to view the full Public Relations & Programming Specialist job description and apply. (www.vermillion.us/Jobs)

Adult Take ‘n Make Craft: Beastly Beady Baubles

Learn how to make Beastly Beady Baubles with Rachelle and the Vermillion Public Library! We’ll make a bumble bee, an owl, a cow, and a fox. And keep your eyes peeled for more information on the upcoming Summer Reading Program: Tails and Tales!

Bee starts at 1:05
Owl starts at 6:30
Cow starts at 11:00
Fox starts at 20:20

Supplies (included in kit):
Tri-beads
Clear stretchy string
Animal pattern

Supplies (not included in kit):
Scissors
Tape

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!

Adult Take ‘n Make Craft: Seed Bombs

Rachelle shows us how to make seed bombs with this special Earth Days April Take ‘n Make for Adults! The how-to video can be watched whenever you have time. Limited kits will be available to pick up at the Vermillion Public Library after the video airs.

Visit greeningvermillion.org for more Vermillion Earth Days events!

Supplies Needed (Included in Kit):

  • Powdered clay
  • Compost Seeds (Native to South Dakota region: Lupine, Blanket Flower, Black-Eyed Susan, and Coneflower)
  • Sandwich bag

Additional Supplies:

  • Water
  • Gloves (optional)