Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Books of the Week

The Lewis and Clark expedition has become part of the founding myth of the American West, integral to our explanations of how the nation expanded to the Pacific Coast.

In observance of the many Lewis and Clark celebrations this summer, here is an interesting view of one of the most examined, yet mysterious, events that shaped our country. Auther Laurie Winn Carlson opens up the questions of why President Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark on this arduous overland journey when American ships were already in the waters off the continent's west coast, and then why did the expedition return by way of the dangerous journey when they could easily have returned via ship?

Many questions are investigated in Seduced by the West: Jefferson's America and the Lure of the Land Beyond the Mississippi.

Join the Corps of Discovery with a book full of historical information and dozens of activities to keep kids of all ages busy the entire summer. Carol A. Johmann has made history real with her new publication, The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Join the Corps of Discovery to Explore Uncharted Territory. This book can be found in the children's reading area.

The song America the Beautiful has been stirring hearts for generations. Artist Wendell Minor has added colorful painted illustrations to the original poem of Katharine Lee Bates to create spectacular picture book for every age to enjoy. Celebrate Independence Day through a visual history of our great country with American the Beautiful, located on the children's new bookshelf.

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 July 7 will be:

Audio Books: The Wandering Hill, by Larry McMurty.

Business: How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less, by Nicholas Boothman.

Fiction: The Song Reader, by Lisa Tucker.

Good News: Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn.

Horror: Oogie Boogie Central, by M. Stephen Lukac.

Mystery: Custard's Last Stand, by Tamar Myers.

Non-Fiction: The Frozen Water Trade, by Gavin Weightman.

Pre-Pub: The Outside of August, by Joanna Hershon.

Romance: Not So Innocent, by Laura Lee Guhrke.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: No selection for this week.

Teen Book: Alice, I Think, by Susan Juby.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

Laugh It Up @ Your Library for Game Day. Join us in the Community Room for games, snacks and an afternoon full of fun on Monday, July 7 at 1:30 p.m. 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 6-8 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 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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