Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall New Adult Non-Fiction

Building with bales has begun to enter the mainstream, but many want to know more about this unique house. The New Strawbale Home, by Catherine Wanek, provides the answers with floor plans and photographs for 40 imaginative homes located across North America. This practical book discusses varying climate considerations and essential design details for problem-free construction and low maintenance. Also included are valuable insights and hindsights of architects, contractors, and owner/builders, plus an extensive resource section.

All the ABC's of knitting are covered in a complete course that will not only show you the basics, but also techniques that will take your projects to the next level. Knitting School: A Complete Course, published by The Sterling Company, will build your confidence as you compare the types of yarn available and begin to use them to cast stitches onto your needles, forming a foundation row. Advance beyond the fundamental stitches and the traditional scarf with directions for five unique patterns.

For more than half a century, Pottery Barn's signature blend of comfort and style has been a source of inspiration in homes across America. In The Pottery Barn Bedrooms, the design team shares its favorite decorating secrets and styling ideas to help you create beautiful sleeping spaces that offer comfort and serenity and help you express your personal flair.

Living large for many people has come to mean just that � living in a large house. That dream home may be an open Soho loft, a spacious suburban mansion, or an echoing country estate. All of these residences present challenges often unanticipated by the owner. Kira Wilson Gould brings her expert advice on architectural solutions, furniture, lighting, art and accessories, paint colors, and wallpaper to the reader in Big Home, Big Challenge: Design Solutions For Larger Spaces.

Where there are trees and humans there has been a lofty place to sleep, to eat, to dream, and to play. Treehouses: View From the Top, by John Harris, presents an inspirational selection of some of the finest ever made structures for the heights. Included is an introduction that sketches the history of the treehouse, from Emperor Caligula's "Eyrie," where guests were entertained by jugglers and acrobats, to the incredible new treehouse complex at Alnwick in the United Kingdom.

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. 9 will be:

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business: Who Really Matters, by Art Kleiner.

Fiction: I Am Madame X, by Gioia Diliberto.

Good News: Shop, Save, and Share, by Ellie Kay.

Horror: Gateways, by F. Paul Wilson.

Mystery: Kiss Them Goodbye, by Stella Cameron.

Non-Fiction: Money Dancing, by Daniel Glick.

Pre-Pub: No selection this week.

Romance: Soaring Eagle's Embrace, by Karen Kay.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: Assault On Atlantis, by Greg Donegan.

Teen Book: Lily's Ghosts, by Laura Ruby.

Library Notes

The Vermillion Public Library Book Club announces the upcoming selections for the monthly group. They are Bel Canto, The Mists of Avalon, and Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World. The Book Club meets on the last Thursday of every month. Please call the library at 677-7060 for more information.

The statewide on-line public access catalog helps users locate library materials at the Vermillion Public Library and at many other public, academic, and school libraries across South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Terminals are located in several areas of the library. To obtain materials at home, link to the South Dakota Library Network homepage at

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