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Trailblazing Women Celebration: Gwendolyn Brooks

On Thursday, June 4th, at 1:00 pm CT, this virtual engagement, hosted by PBS Books and WTTW – Chicago PBS, will feature a talk with Suzanne Slade (Author) and Cozbi Cabrera (Illustrator) about “Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks.” During this event, you will hear the read-aloud of the book, learn about the surprising 5+ year research process (primary source research) in a fun and relatable way, and have the opportunity to investigate the author/illustrator’s collaboration and inspiration in this fabulous children’s book about this iconic woman. It will be moderated by of PBS Chicago’s VP of Community Engagement Tim Russell.

This event is recommended for kids ages 7-13.  It will also encourage youth to engage in writing poetry during this unprecedented time and offer writing prompts.

Monday Entertainer: Absolute Science

Celebrate the kick off of the 2020 Summer Reading Program with two videos from Absolute Science!

Video 1: Absolute Science Fire & Ice

You’ll see Fire light up in different beautiful colors. You’ll see the freezing magic of Liquid Nitrogen. You’ll even learn how to make Smoke appear like a genie out of a bottle in this amazing show about chemical reactions! (20 minutes)

Video 2: Absolute Science Big Bang Bubbles

It’s a celebration of beautiful breathtaking Bubbles! Big bubbles, little bubbles, smoke bubbles, helium bubbles – BIG BANG BUBBLES!!! (31 minutes)

If you haven’t done so already, register to track your reading with READsquared at

Celebrate LGBT Pride Month with these Lambda Literary Award-Winning Books

The Lambda Literary Awards, also known as the “Lammys”, are awarded yearly by the Lambda Literary Foundation to published works which celebrate or explore LGBTQ themes.

Lambda Literary champions LGBTQ books and authors. Their mission is to nurture and advocate for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve their legacies, and affirm the value of their stories and their lives. Ranging over many categories, the Awards reflect the wide spectrum of LGBTQ books, making the statement that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans stories are part of the literature of the nation.

Photo of Lambda Literary Award-Winning books available at the library
Photo of Lambda Literary Award-Winning books available at the library

Lambda Award-Winning Books Available at the Vermillion Public Library:

General Fiction:


YA Fiction:


Nonfiction Graphic Novel:

Monday Entertainer Registration

Register online to receive links to this event and other Monday performers as they approach:

Coming up on Monday, June 1st, we’ll be sharing not just one, but TWO videos featuring fun with science! “Fire and Ice”, hosted by Professor Rick, and “Big Bang Bubbles” starring Professor Toto!

Absolute Science videos will be shared on our website and Facebook at the designated time.

The Library will continue to be closed to the public through June

For the health and safety of our community members the Vermillion Public Library will continue to operate a pick-up at the door only service during June. We appreciate everyone’s patience and perseverance during this unusual time.

Starting June 1st we will have one public access computer available for use in 30-minute sessions by appointment only.

Staff are available from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday to answer the phone and respond to emails.

Remember, the Library has many digital services available to you for free. If you need assistance accessing our electronic resources please contact us.

We will continue to closely monitor 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 please 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.

Interested in Pick-up Service? View details here.