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Job Posting: Youth Services Librarian

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library seeks a creative, energetic individual with a genuine passion for working with youth to serve as Youth Services Librarian. Are you eager to share the love of reading and literature, develop capable users of information and technology, and encourage each child’s development to their fullest potential?  Can you design and provide engaging activities that help young people develop their creativity, interests, and talents? Is empowering and motivating younger community members important to you?

Job Summary

The Youth Services Librarian is responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating all activities associated with Youth Services, which serves patrons from birth through twelfth grade.

For a complete position description, or to apply online, go to

One Book South Dakota

The most recent selection in the 17-year history of the One Book South Dakota program is “Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church” by Megan Phelps-Roper. Learn about and discuss the book via Zoom during your lunch break! Friday, September 4th at 12:00 pm Central. Copies of the book are available for checkout from the Vermillion Public Library. Registration is required: The first 30 people to register will each get a free Reader Guide and a South Dakota Humanities Council sticky pad!

About the book:

The activist and TED speaker Megan Phelps-Roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in America.

At the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Founded by her grandfather and consisting almost entirely of her extended family, the tiny group would gain worldwide notoriety for its pickets at military funerals and celebrations of death and tragedy. As Phelps-Roper grew up, she saw that church members were close companions and accomplished debaters, applying the logic of predestination and the language of the King James Bible to everyday life with aplomb―which, as the church’s Twitter spokeswoman, she learned to do with great skill. Soon, however, dialogue on Twitter caused her to begin doubting the church’s leaders and message: If humans were sinful and fallible, how could the church itself be so confident about its beliefs? As she digitally jousted with critics, she started to wonder if sometimes they had a point―and then she began exchanging messages with a man who would help change her life.

A gripping memoir of escaping extremism and falling in love, “Unfollow” relates Phelps-Roper’s moral awakening, her departure from the church, and how she exchanged the absolutes she grew up with for new forms of warmth and community. Rich with suspense and thoughtful reflection, Phelps-Roper’s life story exposes the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization.

Register below to access the Zoom session, hosted by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library, and lead by SDHC Scholar, Dr. Marilyn Carlson Aronson. Please register by September 3rd, 2020:

This program was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Science Bonus Saturday

Celebrate the end of the 2020 Summer Reading Program with just one more Science Bonus Saturday video!

Brought to you by Absolute Science and the Vermillion Public Library.

Rick Eugene Magic Short Show #2: The fun continues with Magician Rick Eugene showing you ropes, cards, and coins. Rick will teach you how to perform some of these simple magic tricks for yourself to Amaze Your Friends! (12 minutes)

Eisner Award Nominees

The Eisner Awards are prizes given for creative achievement in American comic books. Check out some of the 2020 nominees from the Vermillion Public Library today!

2020 Eisner Awards Nominees Available at the Vermillion Public Library

Best Publications for Early Readers:

Best Publications for Kids:

Best Publications for Teens:

Best Reality-Based Work:

  • They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker (GRAPHIC Takei)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium:

Hansel & Gretel

The series finale of Dollhouse Fairy Tales tells the tale of two lonely children abandoned in the forest and left to the devices of an evil witch!

Watch Hansel and Gretel, performed by the Dollhouse Theatre Players. Rated PG for attempted cannibalism and murder.

And enjoy the entire season streaming now on Facebook and YouTube!

Boss of Lunch

It’s our final Chapter Story Time book for the Summer Reading Program!Listen to Miss Beth read chapters 1 – 3 of “Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch” by Barbara Park.

Something very wonderful is happening to Junie B. And it’s called—hurray, hurray!—she’s getting to be a professional lunch lady! And that means hanging out with Mrs. Gutzman in the cafeteria. And standing behind the counter. And even wearing a real actual hair net! Who knows? Pretty soon she could be the boss of the whole entire lunch operation!

Science Tuesday

It’s 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 21st, and that means it’s time for our final episode of Science Tuesdays!

Today’s video is brought to you by Absolute Science and the Vermillion Public Library 2020 Summer Reading Program.

Steve ‘n TV’s Optical Illusions Show: Are you ready to be deceived? Steve Couch and his computer animated friend, TV, have collected more than 50 of the most astonishing optical illusions ever created. There will be moving physical displays and video images that will astound and delight you. You will learn how your eyes work and how the illusions trick you. You will play games to test your eyesight and concentration. (42 minutes)