Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

A lot has changed in the past 200 years since the Lewis and Clark Expedition made its historic journey into the wilderness of the West, but some things remain the same. The plants the explorers still first described for science still grow where they come upon them. Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition mixes history with botany and incites readers to see wildflowers, shrubs, and trees as the explorers saw them. From indigo bush in Missouri to the feather boa kelp on the Oregon Coast, author H. Waynes Phillips melds 21 century knowledge with the excitement of 19-century exploration. The 10 actual sketches of Lewis and Clark's specimens were helpful as my Dakota Valley sixth-grade art students just finished a drawing study of plants in conjunction with their expedition unit. This guide also includes seven maps, 315 color photographs, and quotations from the explorers' journals.

New Adult Non-Fiction

What do you want to be, now that your are grown up? Whether you're choosing a career for the first time, rethinking the choices you made years before, or deciding how to spend your pre-and post-retirement years productively, the right career can make all the difference in whether you work life is happy. How to Be Happy at Work: A Practical Guide to Career Satisfaction brings Arlene Hisch's experience, insights, and ability to uncover and effectively address the concerns of her readers.

Known as the bible in the field of the theater, History of the Theater, edited by Oscar G. Brockett and Franklin J. Hildy is the most comprehensive and widely used survey of theater history in the market. This edition features coverage of European, North American, Asian, African, Australian, and Latin American theater history.

It is never too early for mothers and Mother's Day. Popular artist Mary Engelbreit brings her fans a collection of poetry, short stories, song lyrics, and quotations in honor of a person we may know, love or actually be in Mother O' Mine: A Mother's Treasury.

Elizabeth Van Lew was one of the most remarkable figures in American history. She was a Northern sympathizer in the Confederate capital, daring spymaster, a postwar politician, and a woman who defined the conventions of the 19-century South. In Southern Lady, Yankee Spy, author and historian Elizabeth Varon provides a gripping, richly researched account of the woman who led what one historian called "the most productive espionage operation of the Civil War."

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 March 1 will be:

Audio Book: The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger

Business: The Wright Way, by Mark Eppler.

Fiction: Sister North, by Jim Kokoris.

Good News: Winner Take All, by T. Davis Bunn.

Horror: Body Rides, by Richard Laymon.

Mystery: In Murder, by Elaine Flinn.

Non-Fiction: Sisters, by John J. Fialka.

Pre-Pub: The Love of a Stranger, by Anna Jeffrey

Romance: Hot Number, by Sheridon Smythe.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: No selection for this week.

Teen Book: Flight of the Fisherbird, by Nora Martin.

VPL Announcements

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is a program offering free federal income tax preparation and e-filing to low-income, elderly, and non-English speaking taxpayers. Those interested in receiving this free assistance are asked to bring their W-2 and 1099 forms along with their last year's tax return and any other pertinent tax information to the Vermillion Public Library from 6 to 8 on Monday and Wednesday nights. This service will be available until April 14. Walk-ins and appointments are accepted. For more information please call Dylan Wilde at 670-5294.

The Vermillion Public Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, Feb. 26 for a discussion of James Calvin Schaap's novel Touches the Sky. This is an account of the timeless theme of clashing cultures, when Dutch pioneers settle among the Lakota Sioux. The author is a professor of English at Dordt college, in Sioux Center, IA. For more information on the book club, please call the library at 677-7060.

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