Check It Out at the Vermillion Public Library

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

Since it was first introduced over 100 years ago in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum's world of Oz has become one of the most enduring and beloved creations in children's literature. Born in 1856 in upstate New York, Baum was unsuccessful in most endeavors, until he took his mother-in-law's advice to write down and publish the stories he told to his children. In this first full-length adult biography of Baum, author Katharine M. Rogers discusses some of the aspects that made his work unique and have likely contributed to Oz's long-lasting appeal. When you browse through the biography L. Frank Baum, Creator of Oz, don't miss the special inserts about Abderdeen.

Adult Non-Fiction

The most urgent problem facing the newly independent United States was how to pay for the war that won the country its freedom. In his first presidential address to Congress, George Washington put the establishment of a single system of weights and measures immediately after a national defense and a united currency as the country's most urgent priority. Measuring America, by Andro Linklater discusses how an untamed wilderness shaped the United States and fulfilled the promise of democracy.

Like the pivotal clue in a Conan Doyle story, the American porch hides itself in plain sight. It is uniquely American, but like our nation, an icon with roots deep into the cultures of the world. Author Michael Dolan relates the colorful and surprising history of the porch in this lively journey through architecture, literature, film, photography, and pop culture, from ancient Greece to modern day. Check out The American Porch: An Informal History of an Informal Place.

In his short lifetime (1912-1967), Woody Guthrie wrote over 3,000 songs. Accompanying himself on the guitar, he sang about what he saw happening around him, the bread lines of the Depression, migrant workers during the Dust Bowl era, and unions fighting for decent work conditions. It was his career as a troubadour musician that popularized the term folksinger. Enjoy the biography by Elizabeth Partridge, This Land Was Made For You and Me.

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. Selections for the week of Feb. 10 will be:

Fiction: Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Earle Stegner.

Original: The Dive from Clausen's Pier, by Ann Packer.

Romance: Head Over Heals, by Susan Anderson.

Good News: Bringing Up Boys, by James Dobson.

Business: The 2R Manager, by Peter E. Friedes.

Mystery: Black River, by G.M. Ford.

Horror/Sci-Fi: Devil's Bargain, by Judith Tarr.

Teen Books: The House Next Door, by Richie Tankersley.

Audio Books: None for this week.

Pre-Pub: None for this week.

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. Display your writing ability, creativity and enthusiasm for the library by submitting an essay or drawing. Tell us what you love most about the library. Stop by the library to pick up a list of the rules. Entries must be turned in no later than Tuesday, Feb. 18. 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 its next meeting, Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The book club will be selecting books for April and May.

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