Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

The Caldecott Medal, named in honor of the 19th-century illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the illustrator of the most distinguished American Picture Book for children. On Jan. 27, the A.L.A. announced the winners of the Caldecott honoring the best children's literature published in 2002. The 2003 Caldecott Medal Winner is My Friend Rabbit, by Eric Rohmann. The Caldecott Honor Books include The Spider and the Fly, Hondo and Fabian, and Noah's Ark.

Jerry Pinkney is one of the most celebrated illustrators of our time. His works include four Caldecott Honor books, five Coretta Scott King Awards, the King Honor twice, and four gold medals from the society of illustrators. Noah's Ark is another of his unique picture books, showing the power and beauty of nature with a universal tale of epic scope.

If these featured books are not currently in our children's collection, they are on order, and will be ready for circulation soon. Please ask our staff to check a selection's status, or go on-line to search for your favorite book at

Children's Non-Fiction

A book located in the children's area, but also a "coffee table special," is Something Not Quite Right. In this slightly offbeat, deliberately challenging and strikingly oversized book, one of our favorite artists, Guy Billout, offers the viewer 33 full-sized paintings that portray scenes where things are, well, not quite right. Check out this fun picture books and try to spot clever anomalies and paradoxes.

Author Greg Tang knows how to make mat appeal to the masses. The unique author of The Grapes of Math, he gives kids more practice in this creative approach to his favorite subject. Tang's techniques build valuable problem-solving skills and help young students get ready for the challenges of higher math with a new book, Math Appeal.

There are many kinds of courage. Awesome kinds and everyday kinds. Still, courage is courage � whatever the kind may be. Check out Bernard Waber's COURAGE when you need that special kind of courage.

Catharine O'Neill began her career as a cartoonist, and now brings her humorous illustration skills to print with Leprechaun Luck: A Wee Book of Irish Wisdom. May this book bring a smile, some happiness, too and may the luck of the Irish be always with with you.

National Geographic presents more than 500 years of American history in an authoritative, readable and lavishly illustrated family reference book. The History of the United States from 1492 to the Present, by historian Robert D. Johnston has concise information just right for that brief school report. Included is a foreword by first lady Laura Bush, U.S. historical documents, Web sites, historical places to visit, presidents' terms of office, and dates the states entered the union.

Adult Non-Fiction

Now that we are experiencing some actual winter weather, our patrons need some of those great stay-at-home books. For the readers with a creative urge, check out Sew Creative Gifts For Under $10, edited by Vicki Blizzard. It includes a large variety of quick, easy and many recyclable materials gifts for all occasions and recipients.

If you feel shut-in and crowded for space, take a look at Taunton's Home Storage Idea Book, by Joanne Kellar Bouknight. This resource is a must for everyone who wants to put away their stuff, be more productive, and still find all their belongings.

If you have a craving to cook, a new cookbook will solve your hunger. Nick Malgieri, author of Cookies Unlimited, Chocolate, and How to Bake, has another scrumptious volume of his delightful recipes in Perfect Cakes.

If you like to stay warm and read, enjoy a new guide A Year of Reading, by Elisabeth Ellington and Jane Freimiller. This is a month-to-month guide to the classics and crowd pleasers that can be used by your or for a book group.

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 for the week of March 10 will be:

Fiction: The Sweet By and By, by Jean Mackin.

Original: My Father's Ghost, by Suzy McKee Charnas.

Romance: With Love Jennifer Blake, by Linda Lael Miller.

Good News: Remember, by Gary Smalley and Karen Kingsbury.

Business: Win-Win Career Negotiations, by Peter J. Goodman.

Mystery: The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown.

Horror/Sci-Fi: Birds and Bees, by Sephera Giron.

Teen Books: Dr. Franklin's Island, by Ann Halam.

Audio Books: The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love.

Pre-Pub Book: The Room-Mating Season, by Rona Jaffe.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

The VPL will hold its annual sleepover on Friday, March 21 starting at 8 p.m. The sleepover is open to children in third grade through sixth grade. Registration and parental signatures are required. All children must be registered by 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19. Space may be limited, so sign up early.

The new Book Club will hold their next meeting on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. If you haven't registered for the March book discussion, please call the library for more information at 677-7060.

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