Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Adult Non-Fiction

How do you find activities suited to your child's interest, abilities, and personality? Can you avoid "overscheduling" burnout and learn to deal with quitters, superstars, and bad sports? Sign Me Up!, by Stacy M. DeBroff is the parent's complete guide to sports, activities, music lessons, dance classes, and other extracurriculars.

It's that time of year again. The all-time bestselling tax guide, Your Income Tax 2004, by J.K. Lasser has arrived at the library and is ready for your use. It includes filing tips and instructions, planning reminders, cautions, law and IRS alerts, and court decisions from rulings in tax and federal courts.

Better Homes and Gardens introduces another idea book. Scrapbooking With Recipes includes great ideas to preserving kitchen memories.

Explore the capabilities and benefits of your Tablet PC hardware and software with help from an easy-to-understand guide. How to Do Everything with Your Tablet PC, by Bill Mann covers all machines running Windows XP.

Confronted with the intense demands of caring for the child with autism, parents often struggle to meet the needs of their other children. Siblings of Children with Autism, co-authored by Dr. Sandra L. Harris and Dr. Beth A. Glasberg is a guide for families.

Writing is all about creating an experience for the reader. How to Write Killer Fiction, by Carolyn Wheat, is a handbook that no writer of mystery or suspense can be without.

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. 15 will be:

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business: Most Likely to Succeed at Work, by Wilma Davidson.

Fiction: The Seduction of Water, by Carol Goodman.

Good News: Silent Star, by Traci Blackstock.

Horror: Kunma, by Frank Corsaro.

Mystery: A Private War, by Patrick Sheane Duncan.

Non-Fiction: Water Wars, by Diane Raines Ward.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: Engaging Men, by Lynda Curnyn.

Science Fiction/Fantasy: Messiah Node, by Lyda Morehouse.

Teen Book: Dark Waters, by Catherine Macphail.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

Children in first grade and older are welcome to celebrate the holidays at the library with a fun afternoon on Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Bring your friends for snacks and crafts. For more information, please call the library at 677-7060.

The VPL Book Club will hold its December meeting on the 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. Our selection for this month is Running With Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs. Upcoming book club titles are Bel Canto, The Crimson Petal & The White, The Mists of Avalon, and Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World. The book club meets the last Thursday of the month at the Vermillion Public Library. Call 677-7060 or stop by for more information.

On Tuesday, Dec. 23, our actual birthday, join us for special goodies and well wishes for the next 100 years.

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

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