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Adult Program

July Lunch & Learn: No Justice for Agnes

The Vermillion Public Library will be hosting Wayne Fanebust, a South Dakota Humanities Scholar and author. Fanebust will be here to talk about the events surrounding his 2020 novel, “No Justice for Agnes: The strange death of Agnes Polreis and the sensational South Dakota murder trials of Emma Kaufmann” Agnes Polries was a 16-year-old immigrant girl and live-in servant for Emma Kaufmann. Kaufmann was arrested and put on trial twice but was never convicted of murder. Join us at the library Friday, July 8th at 12:00 pm noon to find out more about these events. Wayne Fanebust’s book is available for check out at the library.

Register online at bit.ly/vplagnes to get the Zoom link and let us know if you plan on attending in person or virtually! This program will be held in person at the Vermillion Public Library, in the Kozak Room. The program is sponsored in part by the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Lunch & Learn: Small Town Life

The Vermillion Public Library will be hosting Phyllis Schrag, a South Dakota Humanities Scholar from the Speakers Bureau. Schrag will be presenting on the topic of Small Town Life. Schrag, grew up in a tiny South Dakota town that measured 4 blocks by 6 blocks. Her reminisces of life in a small town are universal.  Monday, after all, was wash day, and every self-respecting woman there knew just how to hang out that wash to dry so some things would be hidden from view.  Schrag delightfully describes life in a small town from a child’s perspective and brings listeners deep into the heart of a community whose lives revolved around the town whistle, school events, and church.  Her personal refection of that life and those times, entitled, ““If You Have To Grow Up, It Might As Well Be In a Small Town” will be held at the library Friday, June 3rd at 12:00 pm noon.

Register online at bit.ly/vpltown to get the Zoom link and let us know if you plan on attending in person or virtually! This program will be held in person at the Vermillion Public Library, in the Kozak Room. The program is sponsored in part by the South Dakota Humanities Council.

For questions email [email protected] or call 605-677-7060. The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. We are open Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 9 pm, Fridays 8 am to 6 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm, and Sundays 1 pm to 5 pm.

Cold Case South Dakota

The Vermillion Public Library will be hosting Beresford author Chris Wevik, who will be talking about her upcoming book, Someone Knows, about South Dakota unsolved mysteries. Chris will talk about her research and some of the cases that will be presented in her book.  The program will take place Monday, April 4th at 7:00 pm.

Register online at bit.ly/vplcold to get the Zoom link and let us know if you plan on attending in person or virtually! This program will be held in person at the Vermillion Public Library, in the Kozak Room.