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The Early Days of Television

Learn about the early days of television with the Vermillion Public Library’s April Lunch & Learn Zoom lecture. TV is a part of everyday life in America, but how did it get its start? From its introduction in the 1920’s, through its rapid expansion after World War II, television has continued to reflect the society of its time. Stroll down memory lane and get reacquainted with the early days of television.


Register at bit.ly/vpltv to join the free Zoom lecture with Evan Weiner, hosted by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. We will meet online at 12:00 pm on Friday, April 2nd. Please register as soon as possible to guarantee a spot!

Earth Days Book Discussion

Celebrate Vermillion Earth Days with a discussion of Hope Jahren’s bestselling book, The Story of More.

Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist, a brilliant writer, a passionate teacher, and one of the seven billion people with whom we share this earth. In The Story of More, she illuminates the link between human habits and our imperiled planet. In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind the key inventions—from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles—that, even as they help us, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere like never before. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming—from superstorms to rising sea levels—and the actions that we all can take to fight back. At once an explainer on the mechanisms of global change and a lively, personal narrative given to us in Jahren’s inimitable voice, The Story of More is the essential pocket primer on climate change that will leave an indelible impact on everyone who reads it. (From book cover)

On April 19th at 6:30 pm, join the Vermillion Public Library on Zoom to discuss the book! Copies are available to check out from library to read before the discussion.

Registration is required to access the Zoom session, and can be done at: bit.ly/earthdaysvpl.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Vermillion Public Library is proud to announce a new program for children Pre-K and under! 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

What it is

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program that encourages families to read together. This early exploration of books encourages early literacy skills and helps build a love of reading. This program is a free, ongoing program that can be started any time and can be accomplished at your own speed. All children younger than Kindergarten are welcome to participate. The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten and it is easier than it sounds! Yes, you can repeat books (kids love repetition – and they benefit from it too!) and you can count books others read to your child as well. While this may seem like a large goal, it is very doable. 

Why it’s important

Not only is reading to your child a wonderful way to bond and enjoy time together, but it also provides early literacy skills that will give your child a great head start in school!

  • Children that are read to have larger vocabularies by the time they enter Kindergarten and are more successful in school.
  • Development of reading skills starts at birth.
  • A child’s ability to learn language skills is highest before the age of six.
How to participate
  • Register
  • Log your reading
  • Celebrate the milestones with us along the way to 1,000 books!

Visit our 1000 Book Before Kindergarten page for more information on signing up! New registrants get a free book bag!

Adult Take ‘n Make: Yarn Feather Keychain

Rachelle shows us how to make a keychain feather with yarn with the March Take ‘n Make for Adults! The how-to video will be live at 8:00 am on Monday, March 8th, and can be watched whenever you have time. Limited kits will be available to pick up at the Vermillion Public Library after the video airs.

Supplies Needed (Included in Kit):

  • Yarn (approx. 45 feet/15 yards)
  • Keychain ring

Additional Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tape (optional)
  • Comb or wire brush (optional)
  • Hairspray or fabric-stiffening product (optional)

Lunch & Learn: Istanbul

Watch the recording from our March 5th Lunch & Learn featuring a virtual tour of Istanbul! Phil shares stories and talks about some of the city’s famous sites, including Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, the Blue Mosque, and more.