Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

Maxwell MacKenzie is one of the most important architectural photographers working today. American Ruins: Ghosts on the Landscape is a powerful pictorial essay in which he chronicles a fast-disappearing manifestation of the American Dream, the eloquent remains of barns, houses, and schools erected by immigrant settlers. His crisp black and white prints provide a poignant reminder that architecture sometimes becomes the most intriguing when it slips into ruin. Photographs, from the upper plains including South Dakota, and Rocky Mountains states, are accompanied by quotations from well-known persons and notes about each from the author.

Children's Videos

Get wild about reading and check out the new Between the Lions videos from the children's area. Visit a family of special lions who live in a library where characters pop off the pages, vowels sing, and words take on lives of their own. Parents Theo and Cleo and cubs Lionel and Leona share their favorite stories with you through a mix of live action, puppetry, and animation. This PBS series has won the Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming Award.

If you are caught in a jam, call on Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, played by Jean Stapleton, who stars as a loveable lady with a knack for helping kids and their parents out of the stickiest situations. From the top of her piled-high red hair to the tips of her funky tennis shoes, she's a genius when it comes to finding uncommon solutions to the common, everyday challenges that come with growing up. You'll enjoy this funny, colorful video series that teaches children about life in a wonderful, whimsical way. Both video series can be located on the children's video shelf.

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 Sept. 1 will be:

Audio Books: Resolved, by Robert K. Tanenbaum. Read by Les Sellars.

Business: Nonstop Networking, by Andrea R. Nierenberg.

Fiction: The Schooling of Claybird Batts, by Janis Owens.

Good News: In the Presence of My Enemies, by Gracia Burnham.

Horror: Fire & Flesh, by Evan Kingsbury.

Mystery: Deception, by John Altman.

Non-Fiction: I Sleep at Red Lights, by Bruce Stockler.

Pre-Pub: Balance of Power, by Richard North Patterson.

Romance: Hot Pink, by Susan Johnson.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: No selection for this week.

Teen Book: Deep, by Susanna Vance.

Celebrate Life, Literacy, & Learning

Check out the new sunflower show in the new book display case behind the circulation desk. Can you find 100sunflowers in honor of the Vermillion Public Library's centennial year? This display was created by Janice Kitzler, technical services librarian.

The Book Club selection for September will be Christopher Phillips' Socrates Caf�: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy. The Book Club meets the last Thursday of the month at the library. For more information, please stop by the library or call 677-7060.

In honor of the library's 100th birthday, we will be collecting food for the Food Pantry during the month of August. There is still time to participate, with donations used for partial payment toward existing fines. Items needed for the Food Pantry include peanut butter, jelly/jam, applesauce, canned chili, cream corn, peas, dry cereal, disposable diapers (all sizes in small packages), coffee/tea, instant potato packages, and instant flavored rice packages. Please stop at the circulation desk with your items or for more information.

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