Check It Out at the Vermillion Public Library

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

Thomas Kinkade is one of the most popular and widely collected artists of our time. He is beloved for his light-filled quaint country cottages, mountain vistas, and majestic depictions of the American small town. Kinkade is also a master of plein air painting, or painting outdoors in natural light. The Artist in Nature, edited by M. Stephen Doherty, with an introduction and commentary by Thomas Kinkade, is the first book to showcase his celebrated plein air works. Also included is a section on materials and techniques, along with some step-by-step demonstrations of the amateur artist. You will find this selection in the adult new book section of the library.

Books-on-tape

Need some good listening material for those summer road trips? check out some recent additions to the adult Books-on-Audio-Tape collection. The Nightspinners, by Lucretia W. Grindle, is a suspenseful murder mystery of twins growing up in rural Georgia. The recently estranged twins could silently communicate is a secret language they called "Nightspinning." When Marina is the victim of a brutal murder, Susannah can hardly bear the guilt of their separation.

A U.S. Navy officer shares his first hand account of Cuban missile crisis, using his own experiences as well as the personal accounts and observations of U.S. and Soviet officers and sailors. Author of October Fury, Captain Peter A. Huchthausen, U.S. Navy (retired), served as electronic materials officer and a watch officer aboard the USS Blandy when it took part in the blockade of Cuba in 1962.

Miss Julia is back. That proper lady with a backbone of iron, perfect steel magnolia poise, and the sharpest tongue south of the Mason-Dixon Line is on a mission to save her friends from eviction. Listen to Miss Julia Hit The Road, by Ann B. Ross, author of several "Miss Julie" books.

In The Other Woman, author Eric Jerome Dickey turns his trademark insight, compassion, razor-sharp wit and sexy storytelling to the subject of marriage. The Other Woman is the explosive, emotional story of a couple's reckoning and reconciliation, as only Dickey can tell it.

Passion and intrigue continue to heat up in the florida Keys when there is a brutal murder of a little girl. The cast includes a wealthy businessman who specializes in hijacking pleasure boats and murdering their owners, and the hermit-sleuth, Thorn, in Off the Chart, by James W. Hall.

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, http://vpl.sdln.net, and clicking on the book club logo. Selections for the week of June 23 will be:

Audio Books: Evening At Five, by Gail Godwin.

Business: The Success Case Method, by Robert O. Brinkerhoff.

Fiction: Boonville, by Robert Mailer Anderson.

Good News: Troubled Waters, by Rene Gutteridge.

Horror: Face, by Tim Lebbon.

Mystery: Cold Pursuit, by T. Jefferson Parker.

Non-Fiction: Food and Loathing: A Lament, by Betsy Lerner.

Pre-Pub: Miracle Girl, by Keith Scribner.

Romance: Falling for April, by Lisa Plumley.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: No selection this week.

Teen Book: My Not-So-Terrible Time at the Hippie Hotel, by Rosemary Graham.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

Laugh It Up @ Your Library and the summer reading program with the annual Water Fun Day Monday, June 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the back yard of the Vermillion Public Library. Take a look at the display case in the adult area for the "Laugh it Up" prizes for all levels of readers. Don't forget to stop in each week for a movie. Shows start at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

From now until Sept. 12 enter the Join the Major League Contest. For information and to enter type in www.ala.org@yourlibrary/jointhemajorleagues, then download and print out the Playbook that corresponds to your age group. Entries must be postmarked no later than Sept. 12.

and received by the American Library Association by Sept. 14. Children under the age of 1 must include written permission by a parent or legal guardian.

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