Check It Out at the Vermillion Public Library

Check It Out at the Vermillion Public Library by Anne Marshall VPL Showcased Book of the Week

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's leading cultural institutions, home to more than three million works of art. This week's library pick is cataloged in children's nonfiction, but for any patron with a love of literature and art, this new addition is full of a plethora of imaginative images from around the world.

Museum ABC: The Metropolitan Museum of Art takes the reader through the alphabet with four illustrations for each letter taken from artists of ancient times to the present. Everyone knows that A is for apple, but does everyone see an apple the same way?

The museum is where some of the most interesting apples can be found. Selections are taken from the works of Botero, Cezanne, Currier and Ives, Degas, Eakins, Hiroshige, Lichtenstein, Monet, Stuart, and dozens of other well-known and little-known artists.

New Adult Mysteries

Homicide has never been more hilarious than when committed (on paper) by author Mary Daheim. The creator of the Bed-and-Breakfast mysteries takes madcap malevolence to a delightful new level, when Hollywood comes calling, and killing in Silver Scream.

As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle studied under the pioneering forensic detective, Dr. Joseph Bell. With this as a starting point, author David Pirie has woven a compelling thriller that partners Bell and Doyle as innovators in criminal investigation, exploring the underworld violence of the Victorian era in The Patient's Eyes.

The survivor's club is what three women call it, and no woman should ever have to endure it. The first rule is to never blame the victim. These women have the means, the opportunity, and the perfect motive. In The Survivors Club, by Lisa Gardner, Meg, Carol and Jillian don't consider themselves victims, but is someone trying to make sure that this time they don't get away at all?

Boston P.I. Sunny Dandall goes on the road to protect a best selling author, uncovers a world of dark secrets, and faces personal demons in the process. Check out Robert B. Parker's latest mystery, Shrink Rap.

A charismatic performer and the intellectual equal to the men she encounters, Irene Adler is as much at home with a spyglass and revolver as with haute couture and gala balls. Carole Nelson Douglas, author of many cat mysteries, brings her fans a Victorian era novel of suspense with Castle Rouge.

On-line Book Club

Join VPL and the On-line Book Club by registering at the library's Web site, http://, and click on the book club logo. Featured books for the week of Oct. 7-12 include: The Rescue Season, by Bob Drury; The Education of Mrs. Bemis, by John Sedgwick; The Seduction, by Julia Ross; The Pressure's Off, by Larry Crabb; and I.T. Sales Boot Camp, by Brian Giese. The upcoming Teen Club selection is A Chapel of Thieves, by Bruce Clements.

Autumn Activities

"Get Graphic" is the theme for this year's Teen Read Week, Oct. 13-19 at the Vermillion Public Library. This theme is based on the hot topic of graphic novels. Don't miss the contest opportunity during this week. Also check out an evening of fun on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. for an Internet learning experience.

Join the library staff for a brown bag lunch activity to meet the candidates on Monday, Oct. 21 from 12 to 2 p.m. We will provide the coffee, juice and cookies.

Story Time Topics for October include Fire Prevention Week activities for the week of Oct. 7-11, "Pie" for the week of Oct. 15-18, "Turtles" for the week of Oct. 21-25 and don't miss "Bats" during the week of Oct. 28-Nov.1.

The Vermillion Public Library will be closed to observe Native Americans' Day on Monday, Oct. 14. We will reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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