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Reminiscence Kits

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of a new resource now available for checkout: Reminiscence Kits. 

Reminiscence Kits are a new way for individuals living with dementia to connect with other people and remember the past. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the U.S. has almost 6 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. Reminiscence therapy is a form of treatment used to help people with dementia remember past events, people, and places. Reminiscence Kits are designed to provide meaningful activities for people living with these diseases, as well as their caregivers, family members, and friends.

Each kit comes with a video DVD, activity cards, and photos. So far, the Vermillion Public Library has eleven kits, each with a different theme, including Farms, The Great Outdoors, and even Cat and Dog Reminiscence! You can view the full list of available Reminiscence Kits by searching for “Reminiscence” in the library’s online catalog.

These kits are great for patrons of all ages; they can also be used for writing prompts or as conversation starters. Check one out from the Vermillion Public Library today!

Current Kits Available:

Cat Reminiscence Kit

2020 Library Services Survey

Your feedback is important! During the month of December, we will be encouraging all residents of Vermillion and Clay County to participate in our 2020 Library Services Survey.

Take the survey now!

All surveys completed and submitted by December 31st, 2020 will be entered to win one of eleven Vermillion Bucks gift cards! You can fill out a paper survey, which can be found at the Circulation Desk, or access the survey here: 2020 Library Services Survey.

Food for Fines 2020

During this holiday season, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will once again be accepting donations of unopened non-perishable food items for the Vermillion Food Pantry! Through the month of December, patrons who have accumulated overdue fines, with the exception of replacement fees, will be able to have up to $15 of those fines waived in exchange for donations of much-needed items such as non-perishable foods or personal care products. Even if you do not have fines to pay, we will still be accepting donations for anyone who wants to contribute. (We haven’t been charging overdue fines since March, so this may be the case for many of you. Please still consider donating!!!)

Needed items include:

(Grains: Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta) rice and rice mixes; canned pasta; noodle mixes; dry noodles and pasta; macaroni and cheese; cold cereals; bran cereal; shredded wheat; infant cereal; hot cereal mixes; oatmeal; bread, muffin, and pancake mixes; whole-grain crackers; granola bars; graham crackers; flour; bread

(Protein Foods: Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, and Nuts) canned tuna; canned chicken; canned beef stew; canned salmon; bean soups; canned or dried beans; baked beans; canned chili; peanut butter or other nut butters; canned or packaged nuts

(Vegetables) canned vegetables; vegetable soup; canned tomato products; spaghetti sauce; baby-food vegetables; V-8 juice

(Dairy: Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese) infant formula; nonfat dry milk; instant breakfast drinks; shelf-stable (UHT) milk; cream soups

(Fruit) canned fruit; raisins; applesauce; dried fruit; baby-food fruit; fruit leather (100% fruit); canned or bottled 100% juice

(Oils and Condiments) vegetable oil; salad dressing; syrup; jelly and jam; honey; sugar; mayonnaise; ketchup; mustard

(Extras) tea; coffee; spice

(Paper Products) toilet paper; paper towels; napkins; tissues

(Soap Products) hand soap; laundry detergent; liquid dish soap; cleaning products

(Personal Care Products) shampoo; toothpaste; toothbrushes; shaving cream; razors; deodorant; feminine hygiene products; baby diapers (all sizes); wet wipes

(Other Pantry Needs) gift cards of any amount to Hy-Vee or Walmart

Visit the Vermillion Food Pantry’s website for a complete wish list of items you can donate at

This Friday

Eric Model will present a “Journeys into” program that explores the offbeat, off the beaten path, overlooked, and forgotten – places, people, events, and stories of authentic Americana “beyond the interstate”. This virtual Journeys into Hidden America presentation has been customized for our South Dakota and Vermillion residents, but can be enjoyed by anyone who has an interest in learning about (and even sharing their own stories of) the gems of Americana.

Register at to access the live December 4th Zoom session, hosted by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Please register by December 3rd, 2020 to guarantee a spot.

Closed for Thanksgiving

The Vermillion Public Library will be closed starting on Wednesday, November 25th at 5:00 pm, until Saturday, November 28th at 10:00 am.

The Vermillion Public Library will be closed starting on Wednesday, November 25th at 5:00 pm, until Saturday, November 28th at 10:00 am.

Adult Take ‘n Make Craft: Recycled Book Turkey

Learn how to make a recycled book turkey! A few free take home kits will be available at the Vermillion Public Library, while supplies last.

Materials needed:

  • 1 hardcover book
  • 1 cardstock turkey head
  • Scissors or x-acto knife
  • Hot glue gun (or regular Elmer’s glue if you’re patient)

Share your creations with us! Email a photo to [email protected], or post to Facebook or Instagram and tag @VermillionPublicLibrary.