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Updated February 12th, 2022

Get free Covid tests at the Library!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is happy to say that we have free Covid-19 rapid tests available from the South Dakota Department of Health for the public!

At the circulation desk you can ask for 1 test per family member and 2 tests per person a week. Any questions about getting the test from us please ask at the desk or call/email.

For more information on the test and how to use them please visit the South Dakota Department of Health website.

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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.

Resources & Information


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


  • 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 & Free/Discounted Tech 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
  • 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