Check It Out at the Vermillion Public Library

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

Although a selection from Children's Easy Non-Fiction, these poems and photographs will inspire memories in all age groups. Leaf by Leaf: Autumn Poems, by Barbara Rogasky is a collection of voices from 25 master poets, including Yeats, Whitman, Oliver, Browning, and Poe. Rogasky's eloquent selections are brought to life by Marc Tauss's photography, which captures the nuances of the poetry in spectacular images. Keep this book in mind when searching for a seasonal read next fall.

Online Book Club

The Online Book Club Chapter-a-Day now offers 10 online book clubs to give our fans a wider variety of selections. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site,, and clicking on the book club logo. Selections for the week of Jan. 13-17 include Logan's Storm, by Ken Wells; In the Castle of Flynns, by Michael Pratt; Once Upon a Pillow, by Christina Dodd and Connie Brockway; A Can of Peas, by Traci DePree; Guerrilla Publicity, by Jay Conrad Levinson, Rick Frishman, and Jill Lublin; and Magic Time, by Marc Scott Zicree and Barbara Hambly. The Teen Selection for this week is Pictures of Hollis Woods, by Patricia Reily Giff.

New Adult Collection

If you haven't had enough of the Christmas season, here are three quick reads to keep the spirit going. Check out Christmas in My Soul, by Joe Wheeler. The third volume in Wheeler's popular series brings readers seven heartwarming tales of Christmas cheer.

The second selection takes us to Harmony, IN, at Christmastime as inspiration strikes the inimitable Dale Hinshaw with a way to increase the church's profits. Christmas in Harmony, by Philip Gulley shows its citizens and the reader how to experience the simple joys of the season.

No one tells a Christmas story like author Debbie Macomber. The Christmas Basket is filled with gifts of warmth, laughter, and an old love in Rose, OR.

For a change of pace pick up The Future Homemakers of America, by Laurie Graham. Five American Air Force wives in Norfolk, England in 1952 are determined to make the most of their overseas mission, while their husbands patrol the skies in F-84 fighters. This is a fast moving story of 40 years of friendship between two countries and six women.

S.V. Date brings another dark comic story to his fans. Black Sunshine is the gleefully radical tale of two competitive brothers involved in Florida politics. Filled with razor-sharp wit and a state-full of delightfully subversive characters, this shows the reader the wildest and most lethal political campaign in Florida history.

The Museum of Hoaxes, by Alex Boese is a collection of pranks, stunts, deceptions, and wonderful stories contrived for the public from the Middle Ages to the New Millennium. This is a remarkable collection based on the author's popular Web site.

These new selections can be found on the New Book Shelves beyond the circulation desk. If they are unavailable, please ask a staff person to place a hold on your request.

January Story Time

Don't forget to sign up for Spring Story Time which begins the week of Jan. 20. Toddler, Preschool and School Age Story Times are now offered. Space is limited, so stop by the library to register or call 677-7060 for more information. The new School Age Story Time is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Topics for January include mittens and bears.

On-Line Catalog Services

The statewide on-line public access catalog helps users locate library materials at the Vermillion Public Library and at many other public, academic and school libraries across South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and other states. Terminals are located in several areas of the library. To locate materials on your home computer, link to the South Dakota Library Network homepage at

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