Check it Out at the Vermillion Public Library

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

Highlighting yet another long-time South Dakota resident and author, please check out Vermillionite Alan L. Clem's new publication. Government By the People? South Dakota Politics in the Last Third of the Twentieth Century is a work that balances narratives of personalities, issues, and campaigns focusing on the era of Karl Mundt and George McGovern to the politics of Tom Daschle and Bill Janklow. This book is the latest of several by Dr. Clem, a retired political science professor from The University of South Dakota. This selection can be found in the South Dakota section of the new book shelves.

New Children's Books

With a flash, the lake was bathed in a shimmering light, and before him stood the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. "I am the Swan Queen," she said, "I am the swan that you tried to kill." Swan Lake is perhaps the best beloved ballet of all time. Author Lisbeth Zwerger brings her singular vision to a glorious picture book adaptation of the haunting story of an enchanted swan princess. This version of Tchaikovsky's original 1877 ballet has a happy ending in which true love conquers all. The illustrations are filled with grace and beauty that evoke the brilliance of the ballet and the universal appeal of this beloved fairy tale. Look for the picture book, Swan Lake on the children's new book table.

Actor and new children's author John Lithgow is back with a new character. A squirrel named Micawber loves the paintings he sees through the windows of the nearby art museum. One day he notices an artist copying the old masters, and tries to do the same, with surprising results. Check out a delightful book that takes children and adults through the world of art with an easy fiction book, Micawber, illustrated by C. F. Payne.

Online Book Club

The Online Book Club Chapter-a-Day offers 10 selections to Internet patrons. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site,, and clicking on the book club logo. Selections premiering for the week of Jan. 27-31 include No Great Mischief, by Alistair MacLeod; Faking It, by Jennifer Cruise; Red Willow's Quest, by Heidi Skarie; Prisoners of Hope, by Dayna Curry; Crucial Conversations, by Kerry Patterson and others; Pattern of Recognition, by William Gibson. The Teen Book Club selection is Saving Jasey, by Diane Tullson. Watch for the new Mystery Book Club arriving on the Web site in February.

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

The Vermillion Public Library is celebrating its 100th anniversary during the year 2003. We are planning special events and activities throughout the year, and invite our patrons and the public to participate with us.

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