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Teen Take ‘n Make Craft: Skull String Art

Learn how to make skull string art! A few free take-home kits will be available at the Vermillion Public Library while supplies last.

Materials needed:

  • Black foam board (at least 8”x10”)
  • Approx. 9 feet of white embroidery floss or string
  • 64 straight pins (anywhere from ½”-1” in length)
  • Skull outline for template
  • Scissors

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: Recycled Book Pumpkins

Learn how to make recycled book pumpkins with Rachelle!

A few free take-home kits will be available at the Vermillion Public Library while supplies last.

Materials needed:

– Paperback book with cover removed
– Paper and pencil for tracing
– Sharp scissors or x-acto knife
– Glue (hot glue preferred, regular okay if patient!)
– Stick
– Scrap of ribbon or fabric

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

12 Years in Prison and What Criminals Teach Me

Join local author Jim Reese for an informative presentation on writing and prison advocacy. This program will run via Zoom this Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 pm. Registration required:

Reese works as an artist-in-residence as part of the National Endowment for the Arts inter-agency initiative with the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons. He established the first creative writing workshop and publishing course for Yankton Federal Prison Camp, and edits the yearly journal, ‘4 P.M. Count,’ which features creative writing and visual artwork by prison inmates.

This presentation will give attendees current and historical context about incarceration in the United States, while examining the effects of programs like his. Jim will also discuss his new book, ‘Bone Chalk,’ a collection of essays about Midwestern life that captures the disparity between urban and rural America.

Jim Reese is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, and he has performed readings at venues across the country, from the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. to San Quentin Prison in California.

Register at: to access the Zoom session, hosted by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Please register by October 14th, 2020.

Cook the Book – Zoom

Do you love browsing through cookbooks or trying new recipes and cooking techniques? Do you miss being able to gather with fellow foodies for Cook the Book at the library? Join us for a virtual session of Cook the Book online!

We will meet for our first online session on Tuesday, October 6th at 12:00 noon. Come prepared to talk about a recipe you tried over the summer! Was it comfort food? Something cooling? Something fun? You are welcome to prepare the recipe to show us how it turned out! Unfortunately we won’t be able to partake in a shared meal, but we can at least show off our creations and talk about food and books featuring food!

Follow this link to register for the Zoom session:

If you have any questions, please email Rachelle at [email protected].

Johnathan Celestin (Featuring VPL Staff!)

Johnathan Celestin’s concert is available now! The video will also be accessible via our Facebook page, and will be available for the next month. You can watch any time until then! Feel free to share it with anyone you think would enjoy the positive messages and love that Johnathan Celestin promotes. This video covers issues such as self-love, empathy, and fighting mental illness.

Keep an eye out in this video for your friends here at the library! Many of us are wearing our masks, but I bet you can make out who is who! We’ve got Rachelle, Sophia, Dan, Wendy, Jeff, Mackenzie, and Nicole! And some of us are even dancing.

Thanks for watching!

Presidential Impact on Sports

Didn’t get to catch the live September 17th Zoom lecture on the Presidential Impact on Sports by Evan Weiner? Never fear! The discussion was recorded, and you can view it here:

Recycled Book Pumpkin

Learn how to make recycled book pumpkins with this month’s Take ‘n Make video! Video will be live at 8 am, October 13th, and can be watched whenever you have time! Limited kits will be available to pick up at the Vermillion Public Library after the video airs.