Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

What makes a South Dakotan? There is no short explanation to this question. South Dakota Magazine has a reputation as the premier collector of good stories and pictures about life in our great state. Bernie Hunhoff, editor of the magazine, has come to realize that the stories from South Dakota Magazine have a value beyond entertainment.

Hunhoff and others have condensed, combined, and rewritten stories from the first 20 years of the magazine's existence. Our history, humor, adventures, challenges, and heartaches are collected together in a new publication, South Dakota's Best Stories.

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 click on the book club logo. Selections for the week of Dec. 8 will be:

Audio Book: Back Story, by Robert B. Parker.

Business: How Customers Think, by Gerald Zaltman.

Fiction: The Happiness Code, by Amy Herrick.

Good News: Line of Duty by Terri Blackstone.

Horror: Shikar, by Jack Warner.

Mystery: The Big Gamble, by Michael McGarrity.

Non-Fiction: Learning Joy From Dogs Without Collars, by Lauralee Summer.

Pre-Pub: Back Before Dark, by Sharon Arms Doucet.

Romance: I Got You Babe, by Jane Graves.

ScienceFiction-Fantasy: No selection for this week.

Teen Book: The New Rules of High School, by Blake Nelson.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

The Friends of the Vermillion Public Library will hold the annual Holiday Scholastic Book Sale starting on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The sale will continue on Friday through Sunday, Dec. 5-7 during regular library hours. This is the perfect time to pick up those special books and stocking stuffers.

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.

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.

During the month of December the library staff will serve birthday cookies every Monday. On Tuesday, Dec. 23, our actual birthday, join us for special goodies and well wishes for the next 100 years.

The VPL Book Club will hold its next meeting on Dec. 18 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.

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./

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