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Summer Reading Program Closing Party

The Vermillion Public Library 2021 Summer Reading Program ends on July 29th! Join us for the closing event, starting at 12 noon.

Hy-Vee will be grilling hot dogs, and will be serving chips and soda. We will have yard games and a special concert with Red Beard Blue Beard starting at 1:00 pm!

Poster for Summer Reading Program end party.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Do you have a child Pre-K or younger? Set them up for success with the Vermillion Public Library’s free 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!

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!

SRP: Science Steve (adapted show)

This is a pre-show at 12pm next Monday, July 19th. Science Steve is offering a quiet, smaller show for those that are sensitive to loud noise, as his show can get a little loud. Please register below to let us know if you can make it to this pre-show.
Please note that you do not need to register for the regular show at 1pm.Please follow the link below to register!

(Register here)

Adult Take ‘n Make Craft: Crystal Bead Trees

It’s the last Adult Take ‘n Make Craft of the Summer! Learn how to make these sparkly crystal bead trees with Rachelle!

Kits will be available in the south entrance of the library.

Supplies Needed:

  • Beads of various sizes and styles
  • 12″ strands of 18 gauge wire (x10)
  • 1 rock
  • Pliers or small wire clippers are optional and not included in kit

Job Opening: Library Assistant II

We have a special full-time job opening up at the Vermillion Public Library!

Have a love of books? Are you detail-oriented? Comfortable with computers? The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library seeks an energetic individual with excellent interpersonal skills. If this applies to you, please visit the City of Vermillion website to view the full Library Assistant II job description and apply. (

Lunch & Learn: Songs of Freedom

Thank you to all that joined us for Songs of Freedom with Craig Harris! If you did not get the chance to join us for the Lunch & Learn last Friday you can still watch the recording of it! The video can be viewed here!

Please join us for our next Lunch & Learn in September for our One Book South Dakota discussion for The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin.

Teen Art Workshop

There won’t be a Teen Takeover on Wednesday, July 7th. Instead, we’ll be hosting a special Teen Art Workshop on Thursday, July 8th at 2:00 pm with Michael Albert! Teens can join us in the Kozak Room for a Pop Art challenge.

We’ll be closed!

The Vermillion Public Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, July 4th and 5th, in observance of Independence Day!

Songs of Freedom

This Friday, join the Vermillion Public Library for a special 90-minute Zoom Lunch & Learn with Craig Harris, who presents Songs of Freedom. Learn about music’s role in union organizing, war protesting, civil rights demanding, and environment protecting.

Craig Harris is a musician, teacher, author, photographer, and host of a weekly radio show on Bluegrass Country ( Harris is the author of Crossing Borders: My Journey in Music, the memoir of Max Baca of the Grammy-winning Los Texmaniacs (May 2021), Bluegrass, Newgrass, Old-time and Americana Music (2018), The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music (2014/2017), Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music (2016), and The New Folk Music (1993). Having played percussion for C.J. Chenier, Greg Brown, Jonathan Edwards, Rod MacDonald, Melanie, Merl Saunders, Rick Danko (The Band), and Los Texmaniacs, he is a member of the Gaea Star Band (with whom he’s co-hosted the syndicated Gaea Crystal Radio Hour since 2014) and an Americana group, Two Day Jeans. After teaching music in public/charter schools for more than a quarter of a century, Harris launched the Drum Away the Blues program in 2009. Since then, he’s presented multimedia programs on Indigenous music, America’s musical roots, Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, and rock and roll in libraries in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Register at to access the free program on Zoom, hosted by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. We will meet online at 12:00 pm on Friday, July 2nd. This program will be recorded for anyone who can’t make the live event.