Check It Out by Anne Marshall Thanks for the memories! "When I started in radio, the medium was already well established. The nation was still coping with the Great Depression and, much to my surprise, I was starting to eat regularly with money earned from steady work on the Broadway stage." Enjoy the golden age of radio with audiocassettes from The Bob Hope Show from the late 1930's to the 1950's, as Bob invites you to remember 20 of his favorite broadcasts. This selection of 10 cassettes can be found in the adult audiocassette area of the library.
Two new children's books have caught my eye. The first is a collection of small stories about a boy named Carl who lives on a small island of hummingbirds, pines and hardy Norweigian fishing folk. On Sand Island, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is also a beautifully written story told with a poet's attention to sound, and is illustrated with lovely, lyrical paintings by David A. Johnson.
To look at Oscar Westerwit, you might think he is just another New York City squirrel, but you would be wrong. Oscar lives in Central Park in 1900, and is the manager and shortstop of the Central Park Green Sox. Life looks great until Big Daddy Duds, jewel thief, all-around thug, and the leader of the rats invades this peaceful setting. Find out the whole tail (or tale) in The Mayor of Central Park, by award-winning author, Avi.
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. 15 will be:
Audio Books: Power Failure, by Mimi Swartz with Sherron Watkins.
Business: The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J. Schwartz.
Fiction: Ambrose Bierce and the One-Eyed Jacks, by Oakley Hall.
Good News: The Distant Beacon, by Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn.
Horror: Craven Moon, by Billie Sue Mosiman.
Mystery: Pinocchio Syndrome, by David Zeman.
Non-Fiction: The Language Police, by Diane Ravitch.
Pre-Pub: Brave Enemies, by Robert Morgan.
Romance: The Lady is Tempted, by Cathy Maxwell.
Science Fiction-Fantasy: No selection for this week .
Teen Book: A Break with Charity, by Ann Rinaldi.
Celebrate Life, Literacy,
Just a reminder! The Vermillion Public Library will again be open on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. The Sunday hours will begin on Sept. 7.
The library is holding a book making class for children in the first grade and up. This will be on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library. Children will learn how to put together their own book and have a chance to actually make a book. For more information, please call the library at 677-7060.
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, which will be published and distributed at the celebration.