Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

Paintings of upper-class men and women tell an important part of the history of costumes, but surviving garments reveal even more. Every crease, stitch, and stain in a piece of clothing supplies valuable information about its wearer and its era. What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America, by Linda Baumgarten features 18th and early 19th century garments from the premiere collection of Colonial Williamsburg. Illustrated with more than 300 color photographs, including many details and back views, this book gives the reader a sampling of high-style clothing, everyday clothing and shoes, and the clothing of slaves. Author Baumgarten is the curator of textiles and costumes at Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

Children's Easy Fiction

One more week of free reading time before school starts! Many of the summer activities are over and children might have time on their hands. Keep your kids or grandkids reading with some of these new additions to the children's area.

Author and illustrator Marc Brown brings his fans a book just ready for those starting school. D.W., Arthur's fun and sassy little sister is ready to help the new preschooler get through that all important first day. Pick up a helpful and hilarious book, D.W.'s Guide to Preschool.

What is a curse given by a witch when it is really in reverse? Author Tom Coppinger delights readers with an old fashioned Grimm Fairy Tale about a witch who rewards a kindly couple with something called the "The Curse of the One-armed Man." Find out what this might be in a Curse in Reverse.

My eyes are green like the sea, and my hair is dark and blows free. Here is a picture book inspired by the magnificent family tree and American folk art that tells a story of our country's family tree. Check out Grandparent's Song, by Sheila Hamanaka.

Another book with beautifully painted illustrations by authors Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan is Painting the Wind. A Newberry Medal winning author and her daughter bring to life an island surrounded by water and light.

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 Aug. 18 will be:

Audio Books: Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson.

Business: Buck Up, Suck Up and Come Back When You Foul Up, by James Carville and Paul Begala.

Fiction: Utopia, by Lincoln Child.

Good News: The Life You've Always Wanted, by John Orthberg.

Horror: Bloodroom, by Naima Haviland.

Mystery: Skyhook, by John H. Nance.

Non-Fiction: Sacred Wounds, by Jan Goldstein.

Pre-Pub: Anja the Liar, Thomas Moran.

Romance: The Adventurer, by Jaclyn Reding.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: No selection for this week.

Teen Book: The Speed of Light, by Ron Carlson.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

The Vermillion Public Library Book Club will be meeting Thursday, Aug. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Activity Room. The selection for August is Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. This novel is the winner of the 2003 Booker Prize. For more information, please stop by the library or call 677-7060.

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