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July Lunch & Learn: No Justice for Agnes

The Vermillion Public Library will be hosting Wayne Fanebust, a South Dakota Humanities Scholar and author. Fanebust will be here to talk about the events surrounding his 2020 novel, “No Justice for Agnes: The strange death of Agnes Polreis and the sensational South Dakota murder trials of Emma Kaufmann” Agnes Polries was a 16-year-old immigrant girl and live-in servant for Emma Kaufmann. Kaufmann was arrested and put on trial twice but was never convicted of murder. Join us at the library Friday, July 8th at 12:00 pm noon to find out more about these events. Wayne Fanebust’s book is available for check out at the library.

Register online at bit.ly/vplagnes to get the Zoom link and let us know if you plan on attending in person or virtually! This program will be held in person at the Vermillion Public Library, in the Kozak Room. The program is sponsored in part by the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Author Visit by Mary Angela

The Vermillion Public Library and the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival will be hosting Sioux Falls author Mary Angela, who will be talking about her published book series, Professor Prather Mystery series. The program will take place Saturday, June 18th at 1:00 pm.

Register online at bit.ly/VPLAngela to get the Zoom link and let us know if you plan on attending in person or virtually! This program will be held in person at the Vermillion Public Library, in the Kozak Room.

An Act of Murder Book synopsis:

In the sleepy college town of Copper Bluff, South Dakota, English professor Emmeline Prather is enjoying the start of a new semester. But when one of her students dies working on the fall musical, it disrupts life on the small, quiet campus. Although the police rule the death accidental, Prof. Prather has good reason to suspect foul play.

 Unmasking the murderer proves much more challenging than finding dangling participles, so Em recruits fellow English professor Lenny Jenkins for assistance.

Together, they comb the campus and vicinity for clues, risking their reputations and possibly their jobs. After an intruder breaks into Em’s house, Lenny advises caution—and perhaps a change of address.

Em, on the other hand, is all the more determined to forge ahead, convinced they’re on the brink of an important breakthrough.

An Act of Murder is the first book in the mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Professor Prather.

For questions email [email protected] or call 605-677-7060. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. We are open Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 9 pm, Fridays 8 am to 6 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm, and Sundays 1 pm to 5 pm.

Special Edie’s Book Sale

Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library Friends of the Library are holding their monthly Book Sale on June 10th & 11th. This sale is a special half off everything in the entire store! Edie’s Book store is only open Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th from 10am – 4pm. This is the last sale of the summer and won’t be reopened until September so don’t miss out.

The Friends are also offering a deal for adults that sign up for the Summer Reading Program! If you are 19+ you can sign up for our Adult Book BINGO either on READsquared or at the circulation desk, you will receive a gift certificate that can be turned in to redeem 3 free books from the June sale! You must sign up before the book sale as these gift cards are only valid for that specific weekend. Gift cards are only given out at the circulation desk.

For more information, call the library at 605.677.7060, or visit our website at www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-program.

Lunch & Learn: Small Town Life

The Vermillion Public Library will be hosting Phyllis Schrag, a South Dakota Humanities Scholar from the Speakers Bureau. Schrag will be presenting on the topic of Small Town Life. Schrag, grew up in a tiny South Dakota town that measured 4 blocks by 6 blocks. Her reminisces of life in a small town are universal.  Monday, after all, was wash day, and every self-respecting woman there knew just how to hang out that wash to dry so some things would be hidden from view.  Schrag delightfully describes life in a small town from a child’s perspective and brings listeners deep into the heart of a community whose lives revolved around the town whistle, school events, and church.  Her personal refection of that life and those times, entitled, ““If You Have To Grow Up, It Might As Well Be In a Small Town” will be held at the library Friday, June 3rd at 12:00 pm noon.

Register online at bit.ly/vpltown to get the Zoom link and let us know if you plan on attending in person or virtually! This program will be held in person at the Vermillion Public Library, in the Kozak Room. The program is sponsored in part by the South Dakota Humanities Council.

For questions email [email protected] or call 605-677-7060. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. We are open Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 9 pm, Fridays 8 am to 6 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm, and Sundays 1 pm to 5 pm.

Lunch & Learn: The Great Escape at Dunkirk Documentary

Join the Vermillion Public Library for a showing of the Nova documentary, Great Escape at Dunkirk. Learn about how the allies in World War II managed to survive a disaster that would have led to certain death.

Description: As France fell to the German armies in May 1940, 400,000 Allied troops were trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk. Their annihilation seemed certain—a disaster that could have led to Britain’s surrender. But then, in a last-minute rescue, Royal Navy ships and a flotilla of tiny civilian boats evacuated hundreds of thousands of soldiers to safety across the Channel—the legendary “miracle of Dunkirk.”

Register at bit.ly/escapedunkirk to let us know you are interested in attending, hosted by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. We will meet in the Kozak Room in the library at 12:00 pm on Friday, May 6th.

Guests are welcome to bring their lunch, and refreshments will be served! The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion, South Dakota. Contact us at 605-677-7060, or through email at [email protected].