Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall A holiday poem from the Online Book Club/Chapter-A-Day Friends, and the Vermillion Public Library.

'Twas the Night

Before Christmas at

the Book Clubs

'Twas the night before Christmas and in every house all book club readers were clicking their mouse.

They'd hung up their stockings, decorated their trees, and now it was time to sit down and see what their email had brought them on this Christmas Eve.

A five minute break to read a good book was just what they needed, but oh my � look ?

When they opened their email no read could be found. "Oh no, we're afraid Book-Club went out of town.

Could they have forgotten to send us our read? How could they do this in our time of need?

The readers all panicked, they shivered in fright. They pined for their emails and settled in for the night.

"Could we have misplaced them? Did we hit the wrong key? Did it go to our deleted files?" Oh such misery.

And then in a flash, with the stroke of a key, one by one, they discovered their Christmas Eve reads.

Their eyes how they twinkled, they laughed and they smiled. And they settled into their chairs for awhile.

Their hearts were delighted, they felt just like kids, but it's still such a mystery where that email had hid.

Was it there all the time and they just didn't see? Or did Santa step in and do a good deed?

Good boys and girls are on Santa's list. And good book club readers he vows never to miss.

It's been a long night, time to climb into bed. So they shut down their computers and laid down their heads.

But in the quiet of night, before things came to an end, they heard, "Thanks for reading with me, it's so good to read with friends."

The Vermillion Public Library wishes all of our patrons the best holiday season.

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 Dec. 29 will be:

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business: Bang!, by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval.

Fiction: The Adventures of Flash Jackson, by William Kowalski.

Good News: The Tender Vine, by Kristen Heitzmann.

Horror: To Wake the Dead, by Richard Laymon.

Mystery: Empire of Light, by David Czuchlewski.

Non-Fiction: River-Horse, by William Least Heat-Moon.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: The Wife Test, by Betina Krahn.

ScienceFiction-Fantasy: The Goddess Worldweaver, by Douglas Niles.

Teen Book: Walk Softly, by Kate Banks.

Celebrate Life, Literacy

& Learning

Enjoy some seasonal Internet fun with letters to Santa on-line at the following addresses: www.santa.net/, www.emailsanta.com/, and www.santaclausonline.com/.

In celebration of its 100 years of service, the Vermillion Public Library has commissioned Stephen K. Ward to research and write a book of the library's history. Wine & Women: The Making of the Vermillion Public Library in a Man's World will be perfectbound and include many photographs. The finished product will be available in early 2004 for $10 per copy.

Sign up at the front desk to reserve your copy.

The library will be closed for the holiday season on Dec. 24-26. We will reopen on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. Please take advantage of the book and A/V drops located on the south side of the building.

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