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Blind Date with a Book

It’s back! The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library wants to set you up on a blind date… with a book!

During the month of February, the Vermillion Public Library will be providing a selection of wrapped “mystery date” books for patrons to check out. Simply select a book based on the provided description, and take it to the circulation desk to check it out on your account! When you’ve finished your “date,” you can return the book to the library and pick out another one. In addition, each book contains a review slip for you to fill out after you’ve finished reading. Turn in that slip when you check in your book to be entered to win a prize at the end of the month!

Review slips are due back by the first week in March. Remember, never judge a book by its cover! 

Lunch & Learn

Join the Vermillion Public Library for our February Lunch & Learn with Phyllis Cole-Dai on Zoom:

Consider the 1862 Dakota Uprising in Minnesota from the perspective of Sarah Wakefield. At the time of the Uprising, Sarah was married to a government physician on the Dakota (or Sioux) reservation. She was captured with her two young children the first morning of the outbreak. Her relationship with Ćaske, her Dakota captor and protector, became a source of great controversy and ultimately tragedy. In this presentation Phyllis tells a few captivating stories behind her writing of ‘Beneath the Same Stars,’ her novel that dives into this history. She leads her audience on a journey from a family cemetery in a dense woods in North Kingstown, Rhode Island; to the ruins of the Upper Sioux Agency near Granite Falls, Minnesota; to the kitchen table of a Dakota elder in Peever, South Dakota…. Along the way she explores a largely forgotten history that still haunts this region of the country.

This program was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Register to access the February 5th Zoom session at, hosted by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Please register as soon as you can to guarantee a spot.

Super Bowl Zoom Recording

Did you miss our Zoom session with Evan Weiner on the origins of the Super Bowl? Never fear! It was recorded, and you can view the 1.5 hour presentation here:

The Super Bowl

The library presents a new Zoom program on The Super Bowl! Attendees will learn about the origins of the Big Game by hearing about how America’s top sports event was created in the aftermath of the AFL All Star Game boycott of Jim Crow in New Orleans in 1965.

Join in on this fact-filled lecture through Zoom! The free program will be presented by journalist and sports enthusiast, Evan Weiner.

Register online at to get access the Zoom session, which will be Thursday, January 21st at 7:00 pm CT.

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!

New: Digital Archives

The public library’s microfilm collection is going digital!

The Vermillion Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of a new searchable digital archive featuring digitized microfilm from local newspapers.

Thanks to the generous support of the Vermillion Public Library Foundation, you can now access older issues of the Vermillion Plain Talk through the Vermillion Public Library’s website at: View issues from 1893 to 1924 from anywhere with an internet connection! More recent issues are only accessible when you are using a library computer, or when your device is connected to the library’s Wi-Fi.

The library has plans to add more newspapers and resources to the collection over time.

New Year’s Hours

The Vermillion Public Library will be closing at 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 31st, and will be closed all day Friday, January 1st. We will open back up on Saturday, January 2nd at 10:00 am!

Library Hours

The Vermillion Public Library will be closing at noon on Thursday, December 24th, and closed all day Friday, December 25th in observance of Christmas! We will be back open on Saturday, December 26th at 10:00 am.