Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

The book of the week is a document guide for the South Dakota newspaper collection on microfilm located at the South Dakota Archives. The "Newspapers Listed By City" section is an alphabetical listing of every newspaper title and the city where it is published. The "Newspapers Listed By Title" section also states the city and gives a brief historical note of the paper. South Dakota Newspapers on Microfilm 1859-2001 is located on the new bookshelves, and will eventually be placed in the South Dakota Room in the reference section. Funding for the South Dakota Newspaper Project came primarily from grants and contributions, with technical assistance from The Library of Congress. More information about this guide can be found at the project Web site at

Young Adult Books-on-Tape

The Strange Affairs of Adelaide Harris, by Leon Garfield tells the tale of a typical 18th century English boys school. In ancient history class the students were told the tale of Spartans who left infants out in the hills to make them stronger. To test this story the classmates leave Harris' infant sister Adelaide out on the downs. Listen to narrator Ron Keith tell the madcap results of these actions.

The Strega-Borgias' roof develops a leak of river-like proportions, forcing the family to move to the Auchenlochtemuchty Arms. This is the only hotel that will accept three mythological beasts and a pet crocodile. Hotel living is only the beginning of the family's problems in Pure Dead Wicked, by Debi Gliori, also narrate by Ron Keith.

Another tale by bestselling author Brian Jacques is Triss. The tale of a spunky young squirrelmaid held slave to the evil ferret King Agamu and his ruthless daughter, Princess Kurda. After her escape, she travels to Redwall Abbey to find more adventures.

These and more new books-on-tape can be found in the Young Adult area of the library.

Online Book Club

Featured books for the week of Dec. 2-6 include Out of the Flames, by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone; The Last Noel, by Michael Malone; Great Love, by Rida Allen; A Child of the King, by Bill Bright; Getting to Closed, by Stephen Schiffman. The Teen Book Club selection for this week is Never So Green, by Tim Johnston. Check out the On-line Book Club by registering at the library's Web site,, and clicking on the book club logo.

Upcoming Activities

The Vermillion Public Library is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2003. The theme for this year-long event is "100 Years of Life, Literacy and Learning @ the Vermillion Public Library." Displays of photos, clothing and music from 1903 will offer the public a glimpse of the customs from that time. There will be special programs for children and adults each month, so check out the library article for information on each event.

Just a reminder: The last fall storytime session will be the week of Dec. 2-6. Sign-up for the spring storytime will begin sometime in January. Watch for upcoming information.

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