Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

Known to millions of people for his regular commentary on the television show, 60 Minutes, Andy Rooney has authored yet another witty commentary in his own no nonsense style. Common Nonsense is addressed to his reading followers, and covers a plethora of subjects. His thoughts on education: "You meet a lot of dumb people who went to college." On the weather: "The best thing about winter is, you don't lose your sunglasses. The best thing a computer does is become outdated." For some hysterical nonsense check out Andy Rooney's latest collection of insights.

Adult Non-Fiction Collection

A collection of engrossing accounts of young reporters who found humanity amid the heartache of Sept. 11 has been published. At Ground Zero, edited by Chris Bull and Sam Erman, brings together 25 stories from young reporters who although not seasoned writers, brought articulate and sensitive stories to print.

With the first major bioterror event in the United States, the anthrax attacks in 2001, scientists were put to work full force to find ways of protecting civilian populations against biological weapons. In The Demon in the Freezer, author Richard Preston takes us into the heart of USAMRIID, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, MD.

Captain James Cook's three epic journeys in the 18th century were the last great voyages of discovery. Cook explored more of the earth's surface than anyone in history, and although an impoverished farmboy, broke the bounds of social class to become Britain's greatest navigator. Journey with author Tony Horwitz in Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before.

The New York Times Book Review

Children's Picture Books

1. Eloise Takes a Bawth, by Kay Thompson. After Eloise jumps into the tub, the Plaza Hotel springs a leak. (All ages)

3. I'm Gonna Like Me, by Jamie Lee Curtis. Lessons on self-esteem. (Ages 4 to 8)

4. If You Take a Mouse to School, by Laura Numeroff. Classroom antics. (Ages 3 to 7)

7. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, by Laura Numeroff. Holiday antics. (Ages 3 to 7)

10. Zathura, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. A space adventure involving two brothers and a board game; a sequel to Jumanji.

The library has these picture books in its collection. Please check the children's area of the library, or ask a staff person for assistance.

Online Book Club

The Online Book Club Chapter-a-Day offers 10 selections to Internet patrons. Starting this week the Book Club will introduce the two newest areas for our readers. We hope you enjoy the Mystery Book Club and the Pre-Pub Book Club. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site,, and clicking on the book club logo.

Fiction: The Money Dragon, by Pam Chun.

Original: My Losing Season, by Pat Conroy.

Romance: Fanning the Flame, by Kat Martin.

Good News: Daughter of China, by C. Hope Flinchbaugh.

Business: Priceless, by Diana LaSalle & Terry A. Britton.

Mystery: Flashback, by Nevada Barr.

Horror/Sci-Fi: Oblivion, by Jay Bonansinga.

Teen Books: Home of the Braves, by David Klass.

Audio Books: Over the Edge, by Gred Child, Armand Schultz (narrator).

Pre-Pub: Engaged to Die, by Carolyn Hart.

Computer Class

An adult class in Microsoft Excel is being offered on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. Excel is a spreadsheet program to organize, manipulate and chart numerical data. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 677-7060 or stop by the circulation desk for more information.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

February at the Vermillion Public Library brings continued celebration of our 100th year. We will highlight Library Lover's Month during the week of Feb. 9-15 with drawings and prizes. Also offered will be a writing contest, so look for more information on this upcoming activity. Check out the display case full of memorabilia featuring life in Vermillion in 1903.

VPL's new book club will be discussing the February book at their next meeting, Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The book club will be selecting books for April and May.

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