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Overview

Updated December 18th, 2020

The Edith B Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is open again with limited services. Our Contactless 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, and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. 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.

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.

Electronic Resources


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.
  • 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

Free College Courses

Story Times

  • Grace Lin: The illustrator and author of middle-grade novels and picture books is posting drawing tutorials and readings from her books on her YouTube channel.
  • Mac Barnett on Instagram Live: Each afternoon the author will read a chapter of his memoir, Mac B, Kid Spy #1: Mac Undercover, illustrated by @mikelowerystudio. New chapters go up about 3:00 pm Central and they’ll stay up on his IGTV till the end of the “school year.”
  • Monique Gray Smith: The author is posting videos of herself reading her picture books on her Instagram.
  • #OperationStoryTime: A partnership with picture book authors and Romper to read their stories aloud. Posted and curated on Twitter.
  • @SaveWithStories: Instagram-based online story-telling, created by Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams in partnership with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. For more information and to donate, visit the Save with Stories page at savethechildren.org.
  • Stay at Home Story Time with Oliver Jeffers: Author Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his books every weekday, and talking about some of the things that went into making them. Catch his readings live on Instagram at 6 pm GMT (which is 1 pm Central).
  • Storyline Online: An excellent resource for read-alouds, this website offers a wide selection of picture books read by celebrities.

Video Streaming

Virtual Tours

Other Entertainment Links