Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

To continue honoring men and women who served in the United States military, author Steve Jackson brings to print another extraordinary and true story of American sacrifice and heroism. Toward the end of World War II, the Japanese high command designated the destruction of American aircraft carriers. On March 19, 1945, a Japanese bomber broke through the U.S. air cover and screamed toward the USS Franklin. With two 500-pound bombs, the pilot pierced the ship's deck, setting off onboard ammunition and fuel, and killing hundreds of sailors in just the first few minutes.

As the Franklin was near capsizing, the light cruiser USS Santa Fe, known as the Lucky Lady, pulled along side what was left of the Franklin and attempted the most daring rescue in U.S. naval history. Celebrate Memorial Day again and check out Lucky Lady: The World War II Heroics of the USS Santa Fe and Franklin.

Easy Reader Non-Fiction

Are your young readers bored already? Check out these new craft books to fill their time and imagination. When kids shout, "Look what I made," you know their creative minds have been hard at work. Better Homes and Gardens brings kids and adults new kid-tested projects with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and patterns to help with summer boredom. Ask for the Better Homes and Gardens Crafts For Little Kids book of 101 really fun ideas.

Pretend you are a wizard apprentice, and the wizard wants to share his magical secrets. Here is a book to set the imagination free with hair-raising adventures and amazing discoveries. Open The Book of Wizard Craft, illustrated by Lindy Burnett, and find spells, potions, fantastic tales and 50 enchanting things to make.

Want to be the cat's meow? Then surprise a cat-loving friend with purr-fectly adorable gifts that you can make. Six feline ideas with illustrated step-by-step instructions to keep boredom away for ages 8 and up with Cat Crafts, by Linda Hendry.

These fun hands-on books can be found in the new book section of the children's reading area.

Young Adult Collection

In a sequel to the Princess Diaries, author Meg Cabot brings back your favorite royalty and all of her un-royal problems. Princess Mia has real trouble with the political bureaucracy of Genovia, and her subjects in Princess In Waiting.

Author Ann Brashares created a bestseller with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and is back for another summer with the four girls who are governed by 10 traveling pants rules. Join Bridget, Carmon, Tibby and Lena in The Second Summer of the Sisterhood.

Simon Glass was easy to hate, but they didn't know why until the day they killed him. From its powerful opening to its tension-filled ending, this compelling novel will pull the reader in and keep the pages turning. Quotes from teachers, parents, kids and the cops give different, and sometimes conflicting, points of view about a dramatic and suspenseful event. For more mature readers, Shattered Glass, by Gail Giles, is her first young adult novel

Online Book Club

The Online Book Club Chapter-a-Day offers many 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 June 2 will be:

Audio Books: No selection this week.

Business: When You Say Yes But Mean No, by Leslie A. Perlow.

Fiction: Sushi for Beginners, by Marian Keyes.

Good News: Messy Spirituality, by Michael Yaconelli.

Horror: Martyrs, by Edo Von Belkom.

Mystery: Rain Fall, by Barry Eisler.

Non-Fiction: Driving Over Lemons, by Chris Stewart.

Pre-Pub Book: No selection for this week.

Romance: Savannah Blues, by Mary Kay Andrews.

Science Fiction/Fantasy: Hyperthought, by M.M. Buckner.

Teen Books: Finding Our Way, by Rene Saldana.

Celebrate Life, Literacy, & Learning

Are you ready for "Laugh It Up @ Your Library," the 2003 Summer Reading Program? Activities start at noon on Monday, June 9 and end at noon on Friday, Aug. 1. The kick-off party is scheduled for June 9 featuring a lunch at the library. This program, for beginning readers through adult readers, is free to all participants. Look for a list of activities in the Vermillion Recreation booklet, available in the library.

Don't forget summer Story Time that starts June 9 for children 3 years through 6 years old. Space is limited and registration is required. Stop by the library to sign up or call for more information at 677-7060.

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