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Overview

Updated October 19th, 2020

The Edith B Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is open again with limited services starting August 3rd. Our Pick-up service continues to be available for those patrons not wanting to come into the building. We are offering a Grab and Go service where visitors will be able to browse materials and check-out. A limited number of computers will be available Mondays through Fridays. The Library will be open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. We will also be available Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm for Reserve Pick-up only – no library building access. Sundays we are closed.

Here’s what we’re doing to keep you safe:

  • Patrons are asked to limit browsing to 30-minutes or less.
  • Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult.
  • Computers are available for up to 60-minutes.
  • Patrons are required to wear a mask when inside the building, if medically able. See City website for details.
  • Patrons seeking assistance at a computer will be required to wear a mask if social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and people outside your household.
  • The meeting rooms, seating, tables, and play area are currently unavailable.
  • In-person programming is canceled.
  • Magazines are available for checkout only.
  • Returned library materials will be quarantined for 48 hours before being checked in. These items will continue to be listed on your account until they are checked in, but no fines will be charged for them.
  • The library building has a cleaning service that cleans the building daily. High-contact areas will be wiped down regularly throughout the day. Public computers will be wiped down after each use. Library staff assisting the public will wear masks and the public service desk has sneeze guards.
  • Hand is sanitizer available throughout library building.
  • Public Wi-Fi is available 24-hours a day 7-days a week and extends into the parking lot and rear of the building.
  • Only the automatic doors at the South parking lot entrance will be open to minimize contact with library surfaces.

Online Programs: Keep an eye on the Vermillion Public Library page for online programs and take home activity kits.

We are closely monitoring developments pertaining to COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus. We encourage community members, especially those in high-risk populations, to stay away from public spaces. If you are feeling ill avoid contact with other people. Social distancing is one key way to slow the spread of the illness. Please keep in mind, as a public space, the Library cannot guarantee germ-free physical materials. You need to consider if using library materials is best for you and your family. As a reminder, the Library has many digital services available to you for free.

Interested in Pick-up Service? View details here.

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Summer Reading Program 2020


Resources & Information


Activities

Trying to stay entertained and informed during the Great Staycation? Check out these links to online-based activities, story times, and other free resources designed to help you stay home, stay safe, and stay entertained. And don’t forget about our permanent list of electronic resources available for Vermillion Public Library patrons!

Art & Projects

Books

  • Vermillion Public Library Book Chatter Facebook Group: Until we are able to open back up to the public, we have transitioned our regular Book Chatter program to an online format! This Facebook Group will allow participants to talk about books they are recommending this month! Hopefully we can meet again in person soon, but until then please share your recommendations.
  • ABDO: Free digital content through July 31, 2020
  • Audible Stories: Audible has launched this free service that offers family-friendly educational and entertaining audiobook content.
  • Britannica eBooks: Continue learning with ebooks covering top curriculum subjects including science, math, governement, health, and history. Login to read online or download these books. Username: freebritannica Password: ebooks
  • Comixology: Unlimited free 60 day trial with access to over 25,000 comics, graphic novels, and manga.
  • National Emergency Library: Online collection from Internet Archive available through June 30, 2020.
  • Scribd: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Scribd, the audiobook, ebook, and magazine subscription service, is offering 30 days of free access to their entire library to everyone through this special link. No credit card or subscription commitment required.
  • TumbleBooks has offered the Vermillion Public Library free access to its electronic book collection through August 31st, 2020. No login or library card required. Unlimited access. Read as many books as you want on any device. No checkouts, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.

Free College Courses

Story Times

Video Streaming

Virtual Tours

Other Entertainment Links