Check It Out

Check It Out By by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

For 25 years he has been doing the end piece on 60 Minutes. The author of several best-selling books, Andy Rooney has collected his favorite commentaries from 1982 through 2003 in his latest book. Enjoy segments and pictures of Andy Rooney's contributions to this well known Sunday program in Years of Minutes/Andy Rooney. This new selection can be found on the new adult book shelf, behind the circulation desk.

Adult Books on Audio Tapes

Using bizarre, brutal rituals, the Putaw Creek killer murders four pairs of victims. Chief prosecutor Paul Madriani is sure he has the killer until another couple is murdered. Does he have a copycat killer? From the New York Times best-selling author Steve Martini, enjoy Prime Witness on audio tapes narrated by George Guidall.

One of the greatest novelists of British literature, Thomas Hardy caused quite a stir when one of his powerful novels was first published. Now on audio tapes, The Mayor of Casterbridge, a 19th century book on that day's morality and social conventions, can be enjoyed. British actress Jenny Sterlin narrates this selection.

New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner has received rave reviews for her second novel In Her Shoes. This touching novel strikes a chord with anyone who has endured the ups and downs of sisterhood, and dreamed of becoming someone else. This book on tape is narrated by Broadway star Barbara McCulloh.

Author Elmer Kelton is hailed as the greatest Western writer of all time. He brings listeners back to post-Civil War Texas where danger and opportunity were precariously balanced in Badger Boy. This selection is narrated by Jonathan Davis.

These new books on tape are located in the adult audio book 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,, and clicking on the book club logo. Selections for the week of Jan. 26 will be:

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business: Why Not? by Barry Nalebuff and Ian Ayres.

Fiction: Winner of the National Book Award, by Jincy Willett

Good News: Adrenaline, by John B. Olson.

Horror: The Rising, by Brian Keene.

Mystery: Open Season on Lawyers, by Taffy Cannon.

Non-Fiction: Life al Dente, by Gina Cascone.

Pre-Pub: No selections for this week.

Romance: Men in Kilts, by Katie MacAlister.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: Storyteller, by Amy Thompson.

Teen Book: Tears of the Salamander, by Peter Dickinson.

Celebrate Life, Literacy & Learning

Don't forget that the Vermillion Public Library and the Vermillion Public Transit Service have teamed up to provide our patrons with free rides to and from the library. Just show your VPL patron card when getting on the bus either at your home or when leaving the library.

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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