Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

The story of the ship called Mayflower is deeply woven into the fabric of American history. Take a look beyond the myths and grade school stories of the journey to a new world with a new book of exceptional photographs by Sisse Brimberg, a photographer for National Geographic Magazine, and author Catherine O'Neill Grace, who co-authored National Geographic's 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving.

Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage also includes information from Peter Arenstam, a marine artisan and seasoned sailor, and John Kemp, the associate director of colonial interpretation at Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts.

Imagine what it must have been like to set forth on a journey to an unfamiliar land on the other side of a vast, mysterious ocean few had ever crossed. The reader will learn that these seafarers were not a unified group, that not all of them came to America for religious reasons and that their new land was not an empty paradise for the taking.

Readers of all ages will enjoy a true story of the lives of these voyagers. This new library addition can be found on the new bookshelf in the children's area.

New Children's Books

It was Mom's idea to go to the museum on her birthday. She said she wanted us all to go somewhere different. Check out the amazing surprises that take place in The Shape Game by Anthony Browne.

Ann Estelle is very busy working on The List. The Queen of Christmas knows there's nothing more important, but will she get all the things she really wants? Author and artist Mary Engelbreit brings her well known humor and illustrations to another children's book, Queen of Christmas.

The last footprints on the Earth's moon were placed there in 1972, more than 30 years ago. Isn't it time for us to return? Home on the Moon, by Marianne J. Dyson, investigates the possibility of another moon trip with plans for the first human outpost.

When the Graves family moves into the creaky old house on the hill, everyone in Union City is a little scared. They seem like nice people, but why did they paint the old house the color of blood, and do they really let giant spiders run free in the parlor? The Graves Family, by Patricia Polacco, is her funniest book ever with wild colorful illustrations.

What is silence? What is wisdom? How do you know you're here? The Philosopher's Club, by Christopher Phillips can help you come up with plenty of answers.

Farmer Fred never smiled much. He'd say, "Nothin' funny about corn." Not even the animals laughed or smiled. Serious Farm by Tim Egan will help anyone bring a little more laughter into his or her lives.

All of these entertaining children's books can be found on the new bookshelves of the children's area.

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 Nov. 24 will be:

Audio Book: To Conquer the Air, by James Tobin.

Business: The Path to Corporate Nirvana, by Judith Anderson.

Fiction: The Story Teller, by Arthur Reid.

Good News: The Happy Room, by Catherine Palmer.

Horror: The Darkest Part of the Woods, by Ramsey Campbell.

Mystesry: Delusion: A Mystery, by G.H. Ephron.

Non-Fiction: A Treasury of Great American Scandals, by Michael Farquhar.

Pre-Pub: Desert Places, by Blake Crouch.

Romance: While She Was Sleeping, by Suzanne Forster.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: No selection for this week.

Teen Book: Waiting for Sarah, by Bruce McBay and James Heneghan.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

The Vermillion Public Library Book Club selection for December is Running with Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs. The book club meets on the last Thursday of every month. For December the group will meet on Dec. 18 because of the Christmas holiday. Please call the library or stop by for more information.

The library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and will also be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will be open at 10 a.m. on that Friday morning. Books and materials may be returned to the book and A/V drops located on the south side of the library building.

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