Check It Out

Check It Out New Library Grant

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a grant to the Vermillion Public Library for the enhancement of public access to computers and the Internet. With this grant the library will be able to purchase four new computers and one new printer, as well as other technology related materials. The library and staff must meet certain criteria to fulfill the requirements for the award. We are excited for the opportunity to bring our patrons newer technology.

Recent Additions to the Adult Collection

The Beothuk were the original people of Newfoundland and the natives encountered by the European sailors. In The Beothuk Saga, author Bernard Assiniwi brings his knowledge as an anthropologist and historian of these people to the reader. This novel, translated from the French, begins a thousand years ago in the time of the Vikings in what is now Newfoundland.

The definition of Paronomania is a clinical obsession with word games. Author Reginald Hill, acclaimed as "the master of form and sorcerer of style," combines wordplay and sleuthing in Dialogues of the Dead, where a brilliant sociopath leaves literary clues in his wake of murder.

Barbara Taylor Bradford indulges the reader in a nostalgic memoir of four school friends reunited after many years apart. In Three Weeks in Paris, the arrival of an invitation to return to The Anya Sedgwick School of Decorative Arts brings four women together to deal with unfinished business and poignant regrets.

Fool's Errand is the captivating story of a man finally confronting the two magics that divide not only himself but also his land. In Robin Hobb's continuation of a fantasy saga, FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in a self-imposed exile. This is about to change when destiny comes seeking him once again.

In author Susan Vreeland's debut novel, Girl in Hyacinth Blue, she tells the story of a Vermeer painting that transforms its many owners with its beauty. Now in her latest creation, The Passion of Artemisia, Vreeland tells the story of a woman artist in post-Renaissance Italy who challenges the old world of painting with the beauty of her work.

Dale Stewart was a respected college professor and successful novelist, but he sabotaged his career and marriage with an obsessive love affair that ended badly. Retreating to rural Illinois and his childhood farm, he attempts to put his life back on track, but cryptic and mysterious messages keep appearing on the computer screen. In author Dan Simmons' novel A Winter Haunting, the character must deal with psychological demons, and now, the real demons that haunt him.

Library Activities

It's membership renewal time for the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library. If you are currently a paid member, please stop by or send a check in care of the library at 18 Church Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. If you are interested in membership, please stop by the library to sign up and fill out an information form. If you are already a lifetime member, stop by to update your information. Dues are set for student � $5, senior � $5, individual � $7, family � $10, business � $30, and lifetime dues � $100. Monthly meetings are held at the library every second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

The Friends of the Vermillion Public Library host an annual Literary Luncheon held during National Library Week. This year the luncheon will be on April 17 and feature Suzanne Radigan, a professor in the English department at USD. The Friends also sponsor the Scholastic Book Sale during December, and a twice a year used book sale. The next one will be set for summer Crazy Days. Donated "gently used" books are greatly appreciated, and can be dropped off at the library.

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