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Adult Take ‘n Make Craft: Crystal Bead Trees

It’s the last Adult Take ‘n Make Craft of the Summer! Learn how to make these sparkly crystal bead trees with Rachelle!

Kits will be available in the south entrance of the library.

Supplies Needed:

  • Beads of various sizes and styles
  • 12″ strands of 18 gauge wire (x10)
  • 1 rock
  • Pliers or small wire clippers are optional and not included in kit

Job Opening: Library Assistant II

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

Have a love of books? Are you detail-oriented? Comfortable with computers? The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library seeks an energetic individual with excellent interpersonal skills. If this applies to you, please visit the City of Vermillion website to view the full Library Assistant II job description and apply. (www.vermillion.us/Jobs)

Teen Art Workshop

There won’t be a Teen Takeover on Wednesday, July 7th. Instead, we’ll be hosting a special Teen Art Workshop on Thursday, July 8th at 2:00 pm with Michael Albert! Teens can join us in the Kozak Room for a Pop Art challenge.

We’ll be closed!

The Vermillion Public Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, July 4th and 5th, in observance of Independence Day!

Songs of Freedom

This Friday, join the Vermillion Public Library for a special 90-minute Zoom Lunch & Learn with Craig Harris, who presents Songs of Freedom. Learn about music’s role in union organizing, war protesting, civil rights demanding, and environment protecting.

Craig Harris is a musician, teacher, author, photographer, and host of a weekly radio show on Bluegrass Country (bluegrasscountry.org). Harris is the author of Crossing Borders: My Journey in Music, the memoir of Max Baca of the Grammy-winning Los Texmaniacs (May 2021), Bluegrass, Newgrass, Old-time and Americana Music (2018), The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music (2014/2017), Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music (2016), and The New Folk Music (1993). Having played percussion for C.J. Chenier, Greg Brown, Jonathan Edwards, Rod MacDonald, Melanie, Merl Saunders, Rick Danko (The Band), and Los Texmaniacs, he is a member of the Gaea Star Band (with whom he’s co-hosted the syndicated Gaea Crystal Radio Hour since 2014) and an Americana group, Two Day Jeans. After teaching music in public/charter schools for more than a quarter of a century, Harris launched the Drum Away the Blues program in 2009. Since then, he’s presented multimedia programs on Indigenous music, America’s musical roots, Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, and rock and roll in libraries in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Register at bit.ly/vplsongs 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, July 2nd. This program will be recorded for anyone who can’t make the live event.

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: Beeswax Candles

Learn how to make some super simple beeswax candles with Rachelle! Kits will be available in the south entrance of the library starting at 8:00 am on Monday, June 14th!

Supplies Needed:

  • Beeswax sheet
  • Cotton wick
  • Scissors (not included in kit)

Edie’s Book Shop Opens This Weekend!

That’s right! They’re back! Friday and Saturday, June 11th & 12th, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Downstairs at the Vermillion Public Library.

Please wear a mask and prepare to be socially distanced. The safety of our Friends volunteers is a very high priority, and we thank you in advance for respecting their space.

Lunch & Learn This Friday!

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.