Two children’s authors coming to the Vermillion Public Library

Elementary students are in for a special treat in November. They will have the opportunity to meet two children’s authors.

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library will be hosting Jeanette Hopkins, author of “The Lady Bug Waltz” and “The Juggler,” two rhyming picture books.

This is part of the library’s Books and Authors programming for children in grades kindergarten through fifth, but everyone is welcome to attend this special presentation. It will take place in the Kozak Community Room from 3:45-5 p.m. Hopkins will share her stories and the inspiration for her books. She is an educator from Sioux City and her husband, Bruce, who is also an author, will be presenting a program for adults later in the evening.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, students will learn about historic Deadwood from Joanna Jones, one of the authors of “Henry’s Adventure at the Franklin Hotel.” It tells the story of the days leading up to the grand opening of the Franklin Hotel in 1903 from the perspective of 10-year-old Henry, whose father is the hotel manager. The book is one of this year’s Prairie Pasque nominees. The Prairie Pasque Contest, as well as the Prairie Bud Contest will be briefly discussed prior to Jones’ presentation and all the contest books will be available from the library.

Jones is from Spearfish. She is an educator, an enthusiastic advocate of children’s literature, and a former member of the Prairie Pasque/Prairie Bud Committee of the South Dakota Library Association.

This program also takes place in the Kozak Community Room from 3:45-5 p.m. and is part of our Books and Authors programming for children.

Snacks will be served and door prizes will be awarded at both of these special author events. Registration is not required. If you would like more information, contact the library at (605) 677-7060 or

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