Check It Out at the Vermillion Public Library

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

On the evening of Sept. 14, as the sun set over the flag-draped county courthouse in Somerset, PA, 1,500 mourners gathered together as Gov. Tom Ridge presided over a memorial to the passengers and crew of United Flight 93. Ridge said the hijackers had failed in their mission, as they had not destroyed our spirit, they rekindled it. Among the Heroes, by Jere Longman tells yet another tale of the gallant passengers and crew who fought against an unfamiliar foe and provided a measure of victory for many Americans.

Online Book Club

Online Book Club The Chapter-a-day now offers 10 online book clubs to give our fans a wider variety of selections. The PrePub Book Club is the readers' "stage pass" to start reading books before they're published. Every other week you'll receive an advanced copy from a book that's not yet published. Check out the On-line Book Club by registering at the library's Web site,, and clicking on the book club logo.

Selections for the week of Jan. 6-10 include True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey; The Worst Day of My Life, by M.A. Harper; The Mother's Day Garden, by Kimberly Cates; Not a Sparrow Falls, by Linda Nichols; The Heart of Change, by John P. Kotter and Dan S. Cohen; and Breed, by Owl Goingback. The Teen Online Book Club selection is The Night I Disappeared, by Julie Reece Deaver. The Audio Book Club selection is the abridged edition of Finders Keepers, by Mark Bowen.

New to the Collection

Several new Young Adult and Intermediate Fiction books are now processed and ready for check out. These include Keeper of the Doves by Newbery Medal-winning author Betsy Byars. It's the summer of 1899 and everything is changing in the world except the tranquil world of Amen Mcbee, her four older sisters and the family's home, The Willows. Byars evokes a bygone era tale of a likable young heroine poised on the brink of change and self-discovery.

Another award-winning author, Lloyd Alexander, is back with the tale of Lidi, a brilliant magician with copper-colored hair and hypnotic hands. In The Rope Trick, Alexander has created one of his most bewitching heroines and a remarkable fantasy that affirms the indomitable human spirit and the magic in all of us.

Rowan has never met her father. Now with her mother's murder she goes on an adventure to find the legend of Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood. Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest, by award-winning author, Nancy Springer is full of heroes and villains, fantasy and adventure.

There is a magical underworld of Venice, Italy where hidden canals and crumbling rooftops shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets. Prosper and Bo are two orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle when they meet a mysterious 13-year-old boy called the "Thief Lord." Check out Cornelia Funke's fantastic and spellbinding Young Adult read, The Thief Lord.

January Library Activities

Spring Storytime starts in January, so sign up in advance. Toddler, Preschool, and School Age Storytimes are now offered. Please register at the library or call 677-7060 for more information. The School Age Storytime is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Join us at the library for Family Fun Night on Monday, Jan 13 at 7 p.m. Treats and tours of the library will be offered along with information on all of the activities and resources offered by VPL.

In 2003 the Vermillion Public Library is celebrating its 100th anniversary. We have planned special activities and programs honoring the library and our patrons. A special celebration will be held later in the year to recognize the official opening of the library in 1903. An official history will be published and distributed at that time. Watch for more information about additional programs and activities for children and adults.

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