Check It Out at the Verrmillion Public Library

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

"Wanted: Young skinny, wiry fellows not over 18. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred." This excerpt is from an 1860 poster advertising job openings for Pony Express riders. The Pony Express is world famous, yet few know the details of this exciting chapter in American history. The Saga of the Pony Express, by Joseph J. Di Certo carries the reader over 2,000 miles of dangerous trail. His books adds insights to the heroic young riders who helped hold the nation together for 18 months while the transcontinental telegraph inched its way across the western United States. This book will appeal to all ages.

Adult Fiction

The only child of a U.S. naval officer father and a charming mother, Grace Houston is the center of her parents' universe, until sudden tragedy tears this world apart. Grace's life will never be the same once she ventured Into the Woods. Pick up the fourth novel in the thrilling new De Beers series by V.C. Andrews.

News is crackling all around him when Jack Flynn, ace reporter for the Boston Record, is summoned to a secret meeting with his esteemed publisher, Paul Ellis. Jack balances on a tightrope of personal and professional peril that takes him from the swamps of Florida to the Congress in Washington and up to Boston. Will his newspaper survive long enough for him to tell his story, in The Nominee, by Brian McGregory.

A novel that crowns Thomas Fleming's 40-year career, Conquerors of the Sky takes readers on a gripping insider's journey into the lives and loves, the hopes and heartbreaks, of the men and women who make America's planes.

Is it possible to tell the story of a generation and a city through the history of a restaurant? Maeve Binchy's character, Ella Brady thinks so, and wants to film a documentary about Quentins, a Dublin eatery, in her latest novel, Quentins.

Online Book Club

The Online Book Club Chapter-a-Day offers many selections to Internet patrons. Starting the week of April 3, the book club will make a change in the original book club. This club will them offer only non-fiction books to our patrons. Due to many reader requests, also starting this week the horror/science fiction club will split into two separate clubs. The science fiction/fantasy club will run every other week. Check out this service by registering at the library Web site,, and clicking on the book club logo. Selections for the week of April 7 will be:

Audio Books: No selection for this week.

Business: Working Identity, by Herminia Ibarra.

Fiction: No selection for this week.

Good News: Sutter's Cross, by W. Dale Cramer.

Horror: The Night Class, by Tom Picirrilli.

Mystery: Monkeewrench, by P.J. Tracy.

Original: Inside Pitch, by George Gmelch.

Pre-Pub Book: No selection for this week.

Romance: The Bride Bed, by Linda Neddham.

Science Fiction/Fantasy: Trapped, by James Alan Gardner.

Teen Books: Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

April may bring showers, but it also brings Amnesty Month at the library. Return overdue materials, or lost items to the library with no fines being charged to you. Fines already accrued will still be on your record, but during the month of April, no fines will be added.

Check out National Library Week, April 6-12, @ VPL. The Friends of the Vermillion Public Library will hold their annual Literary Luncheon on Tuesday, April 8. Drink, Dames and Droppers: The Making of The Vermillion Public Library is the topic. Historian Steve Ward is writing the upcoming book about VPL's history. Tickets for the luncheon are available at the library for $6.50 each. Serving begins at 11:30 a.m.. Call the library or stop by for more information.

There will be after school activities during National Library Week for all children in first grade and older. For more information call the library at 677-7060.

The Friends of the Library are sponsoring the spring Scholastic Book Fair beginning Thursday, April 10 and running through Sunday, April 13. Book sale items will be available during regular library hours. Come see the new books for spring and summer.

The Vermillion Public Library Book Club will have their next meeting on April 24 at 7 p.m. in the library. If you haven't signed up for the April meeting, or need more information, please call the library.

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