Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

What is it about some houses that makes us long to live there while others leave us cold? What is it that makes a house distinctive? Leading residential architect Jeremiah Eck identifies the four key elements that can turn an ordinary house into a memorable home: good siting, well-designed floor plans, elegant exterior forms, and details that transmit an enduring sense of quality, warmth and character. Eck demonstrates that distinctiveness and timelessness aren't things that happen by accident, they are a deliberate effort from the moment a homeowner begins to think about building or buying a home. The Distinctive Home: A Vision of Timeless Design shows homeowners how they can achieve a home with lasting character.

Craft Book Collection

Lynette Jensen's wonderful new collection of quilting projects for those cold winter days brings to mind cabin getaways and retreats. Twenty cozy designs reflect a variety of settings and events with traditional style and ease of construction for any room in your home. With patterns and full color photographs, you will enjoy Cozy Cabins Quilts from Thimbleberries.

Making country projects is an entertaining and creative way to try a wealth of traditional crafts while enhancing your home with appealing patterns, textures and colors. Country Living's Handcrafted Country: Decorative Projects for a Beautiful Home, by Mary Seehafer Sears and Eleanor Levie is a plethora of craft projects designed to capture the inviting appeal of country style in your home.

Beautifully decorated screens or room dividers can elegantly enhance or divide a room for decoration or function. Yesterday's discard pile is today's treasure trove and can make it possible to create traditional, or unconventional sculpture-like works for any room. Making & Decorating Stylist Screens, by Katherine Duncan Aimone includes 30 beautiful projects with material lists, directions and full color photographs to inspire anyone's imagination.

Online Book Club

The Online Book Club Chapter-a-Day offers many selections to Internet patrons. Each book will run five days (Monday-Friday), with a new book starting every Monday. 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. 22 will be:

Audio Books: No selection for this week.

Business: Quantum Leap Thinking, by James J. Mapes.

Fiction: Some Days There's Pie, by Catherine Landis.

Good News: This Isn't the Life I Signed Up For, by Donna Partow.

Horror: A Terrible Beauty, by Graham Masterton,

Mystery: Jane and the Ghosts of Netley, by Stephanie Barron.

Non-Fiction: The Next Better Place, by Michael C. Keith.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: A Kiss From Maddalena, by Christopher Castellani.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: One Knight Only, by Peter David.

Teen Book: A Step from Heaven, by An Na.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

The Book Club selection for September will be Christopher Phillips' Socrates Caf�: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy. The Book Club will be meeting Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. Upcoming book club titles include: The DaVinci Code, Running with Scissors, and Crescent. For more information, please stop by the library or call 677-7060.

This year marks the library's 100th birthday. A special celebration is planned for Sunday, Oct. 26 in honor of the official opening as a public library in 1903. Historian Steve Ward has been commissioned to put together a written history of the library. Orders will be taken for this publication. Please call the library for more information 677-7060.

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