Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

May 12-18, 2003 was a watershed week in the history of photography. For 24 hours a day for seven days, digital photographers across the nation were invited to take pictures of their cities and towns, friends and neighbors, and families and pets. More than 25,000 photographers responded. They ranged from first-time digital photographers to university photography students to top international photojournalists and newspaper shooters, including 36 Pulitzer Prize winners. The resulting collection of photographs is displayed in America 24/7: Extraordinary Images of One American Week.

This undertaking was created by Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen, the team behind the most successful photography projects in history, including the New York Times #1 bestseller A Day in the Life of America.

Photographs from all 50 states are printed. Lloyd B. Cunningham, senior photographer for the Argus Leader is the coordinator for South Dakota.

Adult Non-Fiction

When Tomas Francis Meagher arrived in New York City in 1852 he was already a hero known to every Irishman in the New World. His role as leader of the Irish Uprising of 1848 against the British rule, combined with his revolutionary fervor, had earned him exile to the British penal colony off the coast of Australia. He escaped and found passage to America, where he was a celebrated man who had risked death to end the suffering of his native land. Check out The Exile, by Richard Wheeler.

In the year 1502, innocent 7 -year-old Bianca de Navada lives perched high above the rolling hills and valleys of Tuscany and Umbria at Montefiore, the farm of her beloved father, Don Vicente. One day a noble entourage makes its way up the winding slopes to the farm. No one can claim innocence for very long in the presence of Cesare Borgia and his sisters. Author Gregory Maguire has created a stunning creative work in Mirror Mirror that gives a new life to the classic story of Snow White.

The wily Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and of England, sends her ward, Alais, to retrieve a cache of letter hidden in Canterbury Cathedral. The Canterbury Papers, by Judith Koll Healey is lavishly set in medieval England and France. It is an enthralling and suspenseful debut novel combining dark family secrets, duplicity, and a missing heir to the throne.

Online Book Club

The Online Book club Chapter-a-Day offer 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 clicking on the book club logo. Selections for the week of March 29 will be:

Audio Book: The Emperor of Ocean Park, by Stephen L. Carter.

Business: The Collaboration Challenge, by James E. Austin.

Fiction: A Company of Three, by Varley O'Connor.

Good News: The Things I Know Best, by Lynne Hinton.

Horror: Borrowed Flesh, by Sephera Giron.

Mystery: Winter's End, by John Rickards.

Non-Fiction: Poison, by Gail Bell.

Pre-Pub: The Pearl Diver, by Jeff Talarigo.

Romance: The Conqueror, by Judith E. French.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: No Selection this week.

Teen Book: Shadow of a Doubt, by S.L. Rottman.

The Online Book Club would love to hear from the Vermillion Public Library Patrons. If you have any comments or suggestions concerning the online Book Club, please send them you feed back at http://www.DearReader.com.

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 pertinent tax information to the Vermillion Public Library from 6 to 8 p.m. 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 will hold the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 9, starting at 11 a.m. for children ages 1 year to 10 years old. Participants should meet in the community room of the library for registration and instructions. Children over 10 years old are welcome to help with the activities. For more information, please stop by or call the library at 677-7060.

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