Pictures taken during Story Hour at Vermillion May 21, 2007

The childrenâ??s pictures shown under Vermillion Photos, were taken when the Frankfort-Centralia Kinder-Prep students visited and toured the Vermillion Library the May 21. The Library holds a monthly â??Story Hourâ? during the school year for Kinder-Prep and the children can check out books at that time. Karen Zidek, one of the board members, brought her bird for the children to see.

Searching the Web

Searching the web can be much more effective if you know how to phrase your search. Different search engines can have slightly different behaviors, so I’ll focus only on the most commonly used engine, Google. When searching with Google a few things to keep in mind are that capitalization does not matter, common words are excluded (unless immediately preceded by a + sign), and that a higher priority is given to the first words of a search. So the ordering of the terms matters to a certain extent.

Go to Google Help : Basic Guide for more information on basic Google searches and a link (left side) to a more advanced search guide.

Another handy reference is the Google Help : Cheat Cheat. This shows how to use some other functions of Google. Such as, defining a word, searching for synonyms of a term, and using Google as a calculator.

Don’t forget, you can also search images with Google Image Search.


If you’re interested in listening to your books instead of reading them, you can find many available online. (Some at your library as well…) A good source for free, public domain audiobooks is LibriVox. These books can be downloaded and put on your MP3 Player (iPod/Sansa/other), burned to a CD, or listened to on your computer. Simply go to the LibriVox Catalog and browse or search for a book that interests you. For more help with LibriVox, check out their FAQ or leave a comment here. I’ll do my best to help.

Some other sources of audiobooks (free and paid) are…


The website for the library has been moved to a new server. This allows for better speeds and an upgrade to the version of WordPress, running enabling the ability to fix a few issues and more. For the most part, the changes only affect the administration side of the site. However, when this was done, a few things were broken or moved around, so please be patient while we clean up.


General Discussion Area

Just a brief note…  An area for general discussion has now been created.  If you have a comment you would like to make and just don’t know or can’t find an appropriate place to post it, you can use the general discussion area.  You can find the “General Discussion” area in the left sidebar or by clicking here.  Just scroll to the bottom to add a comment.

Free and Open-source Software

There are many software programs available on the internet for your use. Many of these are programs are released for free. Often, these programs can be just a good or even better as propriety software. However, they can also be harder to find. Below are some terms that can be associated with free software and some lists of free or open-source software.

  • FreewareSoftware made available at no cost to you for personal use.
  • Open-sourceSoftware whose source code (programming) has been made freely available for use or modification as users or developers see fit. This means that you can use the software for free and modify it if you so desire.

Windows –

Mac –

Also, you can check out A repository for open-source software. Some well-tested, some new, and some little more that an idea. If you find a program that would like to check out, try clicking on “Project Web Site” for a possilby easier to understand webpage. (Little down from the top on the right-hand side.)

What software do you use and can’t live with-out? Do have somewhere you go to find free software? Feel free to discuss in the comments…

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner, by Kaheled Hosseini, tells the story of a friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hassan is Amir’s kite runner, exceptional at judging where a kite will land after having it’s string cut. (Kite flying in Kabul often results in bloody hands after trying to cut the strings of competitors kite’s. They often fly kites with glass coated string.) While Hassan is going after a kite that Amir has won, he suffers an attack that Amir witnesses. Amir shuts Hassan out of his life and attempts to move on. However, even after he and his father flee from the Russian occupation to America, he still feels shame and regret. Finally, he heads back to Afghanistan in an attempt to make things right and help Hassan’s son. The Kite Runner is a novel of fathers and sons and of friendship and betrayal that goes from the final days of Afghanistan’s monarchy to the atrocities of the present.

The Kite Runner is also available at the Vermillion Public Library. Check it out and let us know what you think with a comment!

The Manhattan Mercury

The Manhattan Mercury has launched a new version of their website. Check it out at
Some of the highlights are:

  • No login required to read articles
  • More interactive features, including message boards and the ability to discuss articles
  • Improved search, including local business directory listings
  • Better organization
  • K-State sports coverage merged into one site on

Can you help?

The library has received a e-mail asking about a building in Vermillion.

Happy New Year, dear Librarian–
Would you happen to know the name of the building in Vermillion, Kansas, where touring theatrical productions were shown during the late 19th and early 20th centuries?
The INDEX TO MUSIC IN THEATER [a not-for-profit academic theater reference database] carries several citations for touring productions that were seen there but we have been unable to attach the name of the venue to each of these citations [i.e. opera house, town hall, high school auditorium].
Your response is very important to our research.
Thank you, Ed Chilcott–INDEX coordinator

If know anything about this, please comment on this post, email the library at, or contact the library directly.
Thank you

Post Script:  Information from the 1969 Centennial book indicated that the name of the building was the Vermillion Opera House and it was built in 1904.

102 1/2 Main, Vermillion, KS 66544 (785) 382-6227