Check It Out at the Vermillion Public Library

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

In January the American Library Association announced he winners of the Newbery Medal and the Honor Books. This award is named for the 18th century British bookseller, John Newbery, and is awarded annually by the ALA to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The 2003 Newbery Medal book is The Cross of Lead by well-known author Avi. The Honor Books include The House of the Scorpion, Hoot, Pictures of Hollis Woods, A Corner of the Universe, and Surviving the Applewhites. 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 books at

Adult Non-Fiction

Donated to the Vermillion Public Library by CorTrust Bank in memory of Joyce Rose is Dogs: A Dictionary of Dog Breeds, by Desmond Morris. This guide is expertly and meticulously researched covering information on over 1,000 breeds from around the world.

Work is not life, but too many of us stay at work after hours and hunger for our bosses' approval. We wear company logos and socialize with only colleagues and supervisors. But what happens when we are laid off, transferred, or simply chewed out? Do our worlds fall apart? We are a nation obsessed with work. Married to the Job, by Dr. Ilene Philipson, gives insight as to why we live to work and what we can do about it.

Right Hand, Left Hand takes the reader on a trip through history, around the world, and into the cosmos, to explore the place of handedness in nature and culture. Author Chris McManus considers evidence from anthropology, particle physics, the history of medicine, and the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most gifted left-handers in history. This book offers entertainment and new insight to scientists and general readers alike.

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: Hornet Flight, by Ken Follett

Original: Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

Romance: Learning to Float, by Lili Wright

Good News: In This Mountain, by Jan Karon

Business: The Soul of an Organization, by Richard S. Gallagher

Mystery: A Crossword to Die, by Nero Blanc

Horror/Sci-Fi: The Fallen, by Lois McMaster

Teen Books: Paint by Magic, by Kathryn Reiss

Audio Books: No Selection for this week.

Pre-Pub Book: No Selection for this week.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

The Vermillion Public Library and Lawrence Welk are 100 years old! Join us for music, memories and polkas of the Lawrence Welk era, including video clips from the newest PBS program on Tuesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at the library.

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 its 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.

Story Time is taking a break during Spring Break the week of March 3-7. We resume on March 10 and finish the spring session the week before Easter.

Laugh it Up at Your Library will kick off the Summer Reading Program which starts in June. Registration for this program and the summer Story Time will be at the end of April.

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