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Bilingual Story Time

Join us for a special virtual bilingual story time this Tuesday, April 13th at 10:30 am!

The Vermillion Public Library and Cornerstone Career Learning Center invite you to learn more about Ramadan and the Islamic culture. We will be reading two books in English and Pashto: “Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors” by Hena Khan and “The Farmer’s Wife” by Idries Shah. Watch online by visiting our Facebook page @VermillionPublicLibrary or visit our YouTube page.

Bonus: Lantern take-home activity kits and free copies of “The Farmer’s Wife” (English version) will be available to pick up starting April 13th! We will have a limited supply of books available, and they can be picked up at the circulation desk.

Vaccine Available Now!

Spread the news, Vermillion! All residents of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota ages 16 or older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If you live in Vermillion, you can get this at one of three places:

  • Sanford (877-701-0779) (Website) (You can also book through the My Sanford Chart App)
  • Hy-Vee (605-624-5574) (Website)
  • Walmart (605-624-4106) (Website)

Please get your vaccine as soon as possible! The sooner we get people vaccinated, the sooner things can get back to normal. You can even book online! It’s completely free, and does not require an insurance plan.

Seed Library

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to announce our new Seed Library!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library’s Seed Library is designed to provide seeds for free to local community members. With this library you are encouraged to plant the seeds, watch them grow, and then donate any extra produce you may gain to the Vermillion Food Pantry!

You may also donate commercially grown and packaged seeds that are properly labeled and in their original packaging. Just bring those seeds to the circulation desk! (At this time we cannot accept homegrown/harvested seeds).

Seed libraries are perfect for both expert and aspiring gardeners alike. They provide affordable (i.e. free) seeds, and a low-risk way for novice gardeners to experiment with their green thumbs. The extra produce can also be a welcome (but not required) donation to a local food bank.

With this new endeavor, we are hoping to encourage everyone to Borrow, Grow, and Share.

Picture of card catalog being repurposed as a seed library.

Easter Sunday

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be closed on Sunday, April 4th in observance of Easter.

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!