Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Books of the Week

Jan Karon, the author of the beloved Mitford Year books, has used her talents to bring readers of all ages a book of encouragement. In The Trellis and the Seed, Karon offers her fans a parable about the rewards that come from being a little big different from everyone else. Noted artist, Robert Gantt Stelle adds to this simple story with vibrant illustrations created in watercolors. This book can be found in the new book area of the children's section of the library.

New Adult Selections

A new biography by J. Randy Taraborrelli brings to light many of the secrets behind the fairy tale of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III. When the award-winning actress married the Prince of Monaco, it looked like a dream come true. Master biographer, Taraborrelli bases his research on hundreds of exclusive interviews from friends and relatives to bring readers Once Upon a Time, the honest portrayals of Grace and Rainier.

Europeans first saw the dodo, a flightless odd-looking bird early in the 16th century. By the second half of the 17th century it was annihilated by the Europeans, and all that remained were the stories of what the Portuguese explorers called the "crazy bird." In The Return of the Crazy Bird: The Sad, Strange Tale of the Dodo, author Clara Pinto-Correia considers how this bumbling and ungainly creature has an effect on our imagination and literature.

Here is a new book to accompany those warm and cloudless summer nights, The Backyard Astronomer's Guide, by Terrence Dickenson and Alan Dyer. This amateur astronomers reference contains more than 750 superb photos and diagrams, dozens of reviews of equipment and instruction on the use of binoculars and telescopes.

He was introduced to the game by his father, a man who had earned the nickname, Mr. Baseball, because of his encyclopedic knowledge of our national pastime. He signed his first professional contract at the age of 18, made his big-league debut at 20, and spent the next 25 years mastering his craft and securing his position as one of the top left-handed pitchers of his time. Pick up the biography of "south-paw" Jim Kaat, Still Pitching: Musings from the Mound and the Microphone.

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 July 14 will be:

Audio Books: No selection for this week.

Business: The Selling Fox, by Jim Holden.

Fiction: The King of Torts, by John Grisham.

Good News: A New King of Christian, by Brian D. McLaren.

Horror: Scream Queen, by Edo Van Belkom.

Mystery: Law of Gravity, by Stephen Horn.

Non-Fiction: The Soul of a Chef, by Michael Ruhlman.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: I've Got You, Babe, by Karen Kendall.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: Long Hot Summoning, by Tanya Huff.

Teen Book: Dust, by Arthur Slade.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

Laugh It Up @ Your Library with Daniel L. Miller, director of the Summer Vermillion Community Theater production of Robin Hood. He will be conducting a workshop in improvisation, mime, and beginning acting skills. The fun starts at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 14 in the community room of the library. Don't forget the movies showing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week.

The Vermillion Public Library Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, July 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Activity Room. Author David Sedaris' book Me Talk Pretty One Day will be discussed. Life of Pi, by Yann Martell, and the 2003 winner of the Booker Prize will be discussed on Aug. 28. Copies of this selection are available for pick-up at the library. This book club is open to all who are interested For more information, please stop by or call the library at 677-7060.

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