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Trick-or-Treat with Muskie and The Fez

Join Muskie and The Fez in this Halloween-themed digital escape room! Test yourself with trivia and puzzles, follow the clues, and choose the best answers to proceed through the game. This escape room is also a choose-your-own adventure story! Winners will successfully help Muskie the Muskrat and Fez the Pheasant go trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

The game can be played anytime now through midnight, November 1st, 2020.Visit bit.ly/halloweenvpl to play!

Costume Contest

Join us during Trek-or-Treat on Friday, October 30th to be entered into the costume contest! Get your picture taken and a panel of celebrity judges will decide who wins best Halloween costume! Prizes will be awarded the following week.

(Proper masks and social distancing are encouraged at this event.)

Jim Reese: 12 Years in Prison

The recorded Zoom program from October 15th, 2020 featuring Jim Reese, author of Bone Chalk. Jim discusses running a prison creative writing program with his essay entitled 12 Years in Prison and What Inmates Teach Me. Hosted by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Enter the Vermillion Public Library’s first ever Pumpkin Carving Contest! Pick up a free pumpkin, or use one of your own. Free pumpkins will be available starting October 19th. One per household, please. Available while supplies last.

Carved pumpkins can be returned starting October 28th. All pumpkins must be returned by 3:00 pm on Friday, October 30th in order to be entered into the voting contest. Winners will be announced the following week!

You can join in on the community voting during Trek-or-Treat at the library between 3:30 – 4:30 pm on October 30th.

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Children’s Take ‘n Make Craft: Spooky Spider Webs

Learn how to make a spooky and colorful spider web! A few free take-home kits will be available at the Vermillion Public Library while supplies last.

Materials needed:

  • Coffee filter
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 2 black pom poms of different sizes
  • 1 black pipe cleaner, to be cut into 8 pieces
  • Water
  • Spoon, dropper or spray bottle

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

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: bit.ly/jimreesevpl.

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: bit.ly/jimreesevpl to access the Zoom session, hosted by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Please register by October 14th, 2020.