Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

Earth From Above: 366 Days, compiled by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and translated from the French by Simon Jones, is a fascinating day-to-day ecological journey for the world. With 10 years in the making, Arthus-Bertrand brings the reader essays and images that reflect on the evolution of the planet and the future of its inhabitants. The photographs are a vast collection of landscapes, cityscapes and humanity that display examples of all of the elements and principles of creative design. included for each day and photograph are the longitude, latitude and map location.

Craft and Artistry Books

With a few more weeks of winter weather still upon us, here are a few new books to occupy our time indoors.

Renowned rubber stamp artist and card maker MaryJo McGraw will show you how to create handmade cards that capture the look and feel of antiques and heirlooms. With Vintage Greeting Cards everyone can design 23 gorgeous new cards using 14 fabulous techniques with step-by-step instructions.

When going into a fabric store to look and touch the variety of fabrics, your mind busily processes the texture, drapability, color and design of the fabrics. In Sewing Smart With Fabrics, edited by Jeanne Stauffer, you can bring to life dozens of creative and practical ideas using all types of materials.

Photographs are the heart and soul of scrapbooks. Thousands of scrapbookers and photo enthusiasts are discovering exciting and innovative ways to crop their treasures with Cutting Edge Photo Cropping for Scrapbooks.

Rubber-stamping is one of the most exciting artistic techniques because its applications are virtually limitless. Stamp Artistry, by Rice Freeman-Zachery is a collection of projects that will inspire and teach how to combine stamps with fabric, leather, beading, clay, metal and glass to create artwork for every part of your life.

From The Arabian Nights to The Lord of the Rings, the world of fantasy art appeals to all generations. Drawing & Painting Fantasy Figures: From the Imagination to the Page, by artist Finlay Cowan includes simple step-by-step guides for basic figure drawings to the latest developments in computer-aided design.

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 Feb. 23 will be:

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business: More Balls Than Hands, by Michael J. Gelb.

Fiction: The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman.

Good News: Secrets of the Wind, by Stephanie Grace Whitson.

Horror: Deep in the Darkness, by Michael Laimo.

Mystery: The Second Chair, by John Lescroat.

Non-Fiction: On the Run, by David DiBenedetto.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: One Night of Scandal, by Teresa Medeiros.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: Deprivers, by Steven-Elliot Altman.

Teen Book: A Long Time Ago Today by Sally Warner.

VPL Announcements

Please join us for the Library Lovers' Party at the Vermillion Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Children from first grade and up are invited to join us for an afternoon of fun, games and treats.

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 p.m. 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 Vermilion 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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