Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

Now that the weather is beginning to look like fall, we can easily browse through the holiday books for those decorating ideas.

Make your Christmas tree a work of art with 25 warm-hearted projects from Carolyn Vosburg Hall. These beautifully photographed and illustrated ornaments are accompanied by step-by-step instructions and a historical introduction. Check out this handy guide, Christmas Ornaments: A Collection of 25 Projects to Make and Cherish.

Turn holiday cheer into Christmas treasures with 13 charming projects from Santa figures and Christmas card holders to tree ornaments and candy dishes. Easy Christmas Projects You Can Make by Margaret Wilson and Robyn Thomas includes full color illustrations and easy directions to make all your decorations a success.

Trim your tree and home with hand-made ornaments and easy-to-make and fun-to-give items for the holidays. Christmas Ornaments for the Scroll Saw, by Diana Thompson includes reproducible patterns and instructions for the crafts-person in everyone.

New Adult Fiction

Gambling is expensive, sex is cheap, and death is free in 1953 Havana. The city is the linchpin of many empires and these must be protected at all costs, but a young lawyer named Castro is giving speeches of change, reform, and revolution. This danger must be dealt with in Havana, by Stephen Hunter, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Best selling author Sandra Brown brings her fans another thriller. Hello Darkness is the gripping story of a woman haunted by her past and caught in a nightmare that threatens to destroy her future.

Author Judith Gould, wildly praised for her novels of romantic intrigue, delivers her steamiest blockbuster yet. In The Greek Villa a young woman's newfound love is threatened by old family secrets on the dramatic wild coast of Greece.

A woman commits suicide for no apparent reason and a week later her son vanishes from the face of the earth. With Lost Boy, Lost Girl, author Peter Straub affirms once again that he is the master of literary horror.

Fifty years after his first novel, Battle Cry, Leon Uris returns to the topic that first inspired him to write books, the Marine Corps. O'Hara's Choice is a tale of Zachary O'Hara, and the role he plays in the future of the Marines.

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 Oct. 20 will be:

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business United We Brand, by Mike Moser.

Fiction: The Four Temptations, by Yona Zeldis McDonough.

Good News: Our Unmet Needs, by Charles Stanley.

Horror: The Syndicate, by John Nerz.

Mystery: Dead Ringer, by Lisa Scottoline.

Non-Fiction: Population, by Michael Perry.

Pre-Pub: No selection this week.

Romance: Hot Temper, by Evelyn Rogers.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: Lord Snow and Shadows, by Sarah Ash.

Teen Book: The Lottery, by Beth Goobiel.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

The children's department of the library will host a Fall Party for school-age children on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. This autumn celebration will be located in the Community Room of the library.

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

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