Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

Babar the elephant is one of those childhood classics of literature we remember from years ago. Author Laurent de Brunhoff has kept the spirit of Babar alive for over 50 years, creating more than 30 books.

In his latest picture book, de Brunhoff introduces the reader to an art museum and great pieces of art from throughout history. Children will love paging through Babar's Museum of Art, and every adult fortunate enough to view this masterpiece with a young reader will enjoy the "elephant twist" to art. This new treasure is located in the children's area for new books.

Adult Books on Tape

For Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, a case begins when he finds a pair of boots in the rabbit brush beside a wilderness trail. Award-winning Tony Hillerman's mystery The Dark Wind can now be enjoyed on tape.

Sandra Brown, the author of over 37 sizzling New York Times Best-Sellers, offers her fans an alluring and steamy romance in New Orleans. The novel Fat Tuesday, is available in audio form.

The thoroughly entertaining book Tears of the Giraffe continues the story of Mma "Precious" Ramotswe, the clever proprietor of the only detective agency in all Botswana. Alexander McCall Smith brings a part detective story, part comedy of manners and part African travelogue to listeners.

Acclaimed writer Larry Watson, author of Montana 1948, is at the peak of his storytelling powers with this extraordinary novel. Pick up The Orchard, now on audiotape.

Books-on-tape are located in the A/V area of the adult section just beyond the circulation desk. If a selection is not available, please have one of our staff put it on hold for you.

Online Book Club

The Online Book Club Chapter-a-Day offers many selections to Internet patrons. Each book will run five days with a new book starting every Monday. Register at the library's Web site, http://vpl .sdln.net, and click on the book club logo. Selections for the week of Oct. 6 will be:

Business: TurboStrategy, by Brian Tracy.

Fiction: Family Resemblance, by Tanya Maria Barrientos.

Good News: The God I Love, by Joni Eareckson Tada.

Horror: Stolen, by Kelley Armstrong.

Mystery: Cypress Grove, by James Sallis.

Non-Fiction; The Chinese in America, by Iris Chang.

Romance: No Sanctuary, by Helen R. Myers.

Science-Fiction-Fantasy: In the Forests of Serre, by Patricia A. McKillips.

Teen Book: Slumming, by Kristen D. Randle.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

The Vermillion Public Library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 13 in observance of Native American Day, a legal holiday. Books and materials may be deposited in the book drop or the A/V drop on the south side of the library.

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.

2003 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 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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