Check It Out at the Vermillion Public Library

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

This week's selection is an exceptional read for "children of all ages." Have you ever seen a Jackalope? Not sure what it is? Well check out this new addition to the children's collection and get the whole story from an armadillo in cowboy boots and hat. Authors and illustrators Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Grummel grew up hearing about the jackalope of the American West, and began telling their own tale of this famous creature. Look for Jackalope on the children's new bookshelf.

New Books

Kenneth Graham's The Wind in the Willows has captivated imaginations for nearly a century. When shy Mole climbs out of his hole and into the fresh spring air, he meets Ratty, the clever water rat. The two set off for a day on the river, and begin a classic tale of adventure and friendship. Although cataloged for Intermediate Fiction, all readers will appreciate The Wind in the Willows: Kenneth Graham's Complete and Unabridged Collection.

For all those readers who like cats and a good mystery, author Carole Nelson Douglas and Midnight Louie are back in Las Vegas. Cat in a Neon Nightmare is the 15th Midnight Louie mystery and this tough-talking tomcat is as feisty as ever.

Forensic geologist Em Hansen has barely survived a series of life-altering events that have forced her to get to know herself all over again. Check out a suspenseful story, which begins in a cloud of dust and leads all the way to NASA. Author Sarah Andrews gives the reader a top-notch mystery in Killer Dust.

It's the perfect kidnapping, and the perfect marriage between crime and terrorism. The criminals have no chance of being caught, until one man decides not to be the perfect victim. Author David Lindsey has written the perfect fiction novel in The Rules of Silence.

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 May 5 will be:

Audio Books: No selection this week.

Business: The DNA of Success, by Jack M. Zufelt.

Fiction: Sheet Music, by M.J. Rose.

Good News: Angels Watching Over Me, by Michael Phillips.

Horror: Doomed to Repeat It, by DGK Goldberg.

Mystery: The Tea Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly.

Original: Ambushed: A War Reporter's Life on the Line, by Ian Stewart.

Pre-Pub Book: No selection for this week.

Romance: Shore Lights, by Barbara Bretton.

Science Fiction/Fantasy: The Changeling Plague, by Ayne Mitchell.

Teen Books: Chill Wind, by Janet McDonald.

Celebrate Life, Literacy, & Learning

National Pet Week will be celebrated at the library on Tuesday, May 6 during the last after-school program for the school year. A local vet will be speaking on pet care and feeding.

If you missed the summer activities sign-up at the Armory, please stop by the library to register for Laugh It Up at Your Library, the 2003 Summer Reading Program. This year the 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 at 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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