Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

Last month, relatives from Washington State visited my South Dakota family. We proudly introduced them to Vermillion and the surrounding area, with a trip to Sioux City and the Lewis & Clark Center. We boastfully took sole possession of this history, but were reminded that Washington is also a part of that great expedition.

With this in mind, I offer all fans of the Lewis & Clark legacy another spectacular book to browse. On May 14, 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition rowed four miles up the Missouri River, beginning their epic journey to the Pacific. Eighteen months and 4,000 miles later, 31 men and one woman, her baby, and a large dog reached the Pacific Ocean. Almost 200 years later, Bob and Mike Webster climbed into their home-built airplane and began a slightly different type of journey following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark.

I invite you to check out Lewis & Clark by Air: A Pictorial Tour of the Historic Lewis and Clark Trail, with breathtaking photographs of some of our nation's most beautiful scenery.

Adult Non-Fiction

Motorcycles are in Jean Davidson's blood. Her grandfather was Walter Davidson, one of the four founders and the first president of Harley-Davidson. Check out Jean Davidson's Harley-Davidson Family Album: 100 Years of the World's Greatest Motorcycle in Rare Photos. From her family's English and Scottish roots to the present company, this book will show the reader an intimate look at one of America's enduring icons.

The name Daniel Boone evokes an image of the quintessential American hero, a man of action, a pathfinder, an emblem of the great adventure of his age � the westward movement of the American people. Pick up a new biography, Daniel Boone: An American Life, by author Michael A. Lofaro.

The Boys' Crusade is the great historian Paul Fussell's unflinching and unforgettable account of the American infantryman's experiences during WWII. This book is both a tribute to their noble service and a valuable lesson for future generations.

"If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write," theorizes best selling author Stephen King. In 1999, King began to write about his craft and his life. By midyear, a widely reported accident jeopardized the survival of both. In the months of his recovery the link between writing and living became more crucial than ever. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft takes the reader through the crucial aspects and inspiring advice on everything from plot and character development to work habits and rejection in an enlightening biography.

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,, and clicking on the book club logo. Selections for the week of Nov. 10 will be:

Audio Book: To the Nines, by Janet Evanovich.

Business: The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Swartz.

Fiction: Redcoat, by Bernard Cornwell.

Good News: Speak to Me of Love, by Robin Lee Hatcher.

Horror: The Doorkeepers, by Graham Masterton.

Mystery: Sensei, by John Donohue.

Non-Fiction: Edison & the Electric Chair, by Mark Essig.

Pre-Pub: III Wind, by Rachel Caine.

Romance: A Bridgetro Love, by Leigh Greenwood.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: No selection for this week.

Teen Book: My Brother's Hero, by Adrian Fogelin.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

Million Minute Family Challenge Game Day will be held Thursday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your family and friends to have fun. Board games will be provided, but you can bring your own favorites. For information call the library at 677-7060, or log onto

The Vermillion Public Library will be celebrating Children's Book Week from Nov. 17-20 with special after-school activities. All children from first grade and up are invited for fun and games.

The library's book club will be meeting on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. The selection for November is Crescent, by Diana Abu-Jaber. The selection for the Dec. 18 meeting is Running with Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs. Please call the library or stop by for more information.

The Vermillion Public Library will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day, a legal holiday. There will be no Toddler Story Time. The library 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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