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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!

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)

Earth Days StoryWalk® at Prentis Park

Get outside and celebrate Earth Days with a special Vermillion StoryWalk® at Prentis Park! Starting Saturday, April 17th, you can enjoy the great outdoors along with a great children’s book, “We Are Water Protectors,” by Carole Lindstrom. The book tells the story of an Ojibwe girl who fights against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

(Readers will also have a chance to be entered to win a prize from the Vermillion Public Library!)

For more information on Earth Days 2021, visit www.greeningvermillion.org.

Bilingual Story Time

Join us for a special virtual bilingual story time this Tuesday, April 13th at 10:30 am!

The Vermillion Public Library and Cornerstone Career Learning Center invite you to learn more about Ramadan and the Islamic culture. We will be reading two books in English and Pashto: “Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors” by Hena Khan and “The Farmer’s Wife” by Idries Shah. Watch online by visiting our Facebook page @VermillionPublicLibrary or visit our YouTube page.

Bonus: Lantern take-home activity kits and free copies of “The Farmer’s Wife” (English version) will be available to pick up starting April 13th! We will have a limited supply of books available, and they can be picked up at the circulation desk.

Vaccine Available Now!

Spread the news, Vermillion! All residents of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota ages 16 or older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If you live in Vermillion, you can get this at one of three places:

  • Sanford (877-701-0779) (Website) (You can also book through the My Sanford Chart App)
  • Hy-Vee (605-624-5574) (Website)
  • Walmart (605-624-4106) (Website)

Please get your vaccine as soon as possible! The sooner we get people vaccinated, the sooner things can get back to normal. You can even book online! It’s completely free, and does not require an insurance plan.

Seed Library

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to announce our new Seed Library!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library’s Seed Library is designed to provide seeds for free to local community members. With this library you are encouraged to plant the seeds, watch them grow, and then donate any extra produce you may gain to the Vermillion Food Pantry!

You may also donate commercially grown and packaged seeds that are properly labeled and in their original packaging. Just bring those seeds to the circulation desk! (At this time we cannot accept homegrown/harvested seeds).

Seed libraries are perfect for both expert and aspiring gardeners alike. They provide affordable (i.e. free) seeds, and a low-risk way for novice gardeners to experiment with their green thumbs. The extra produce can also be a welcome (but not required) donation to a local food bank.

With this new endeavor, we are hoping to encourage everyone to Borrow, Grow, and Share.

Picture of card catalog being repurposed as a seed library.

Easter Sunday

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be closed on Sunday, April 4th in observance of Easter.