Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

While perusing the new books for ideas on this week's highlighted section, I found another heartwarming biography. Think of outstanding Caldecott Award winning books and illustrators, and many things come to mind. Just this past week, I read Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, to the kindergarten art students. After the discussion on the composition of these imaginative creatures, we then drew "Wild Things."

Maurice Sendak ranks as one of the most respected children's book artists in the world. However, his talents include much more than picture books. Tracing his life and work from 1980 to the present, The Art of Maurice Sendak, by playwright Tony Kushner, is filled with a rich display of his art and skills outside of children's literature. Kushner, a longtime friend and, more recently, a collaborator with the artist, chronicles Sendak's work and provides new insights into his unique past. Readers are offered an intimate view into the personal and professional frustrations, as well as triumphs of the "King of All the Wild Things."

New Adult Books

Two women: Annabelle, an inspiring young poet from the suburbs, and Z., the celebrated mentor who tries to hold her back. It's no accident that their initials span the alphabet. Apprentice to the Flower Poet, by Debra Weinstein is a hilarious book about language, writing, and appropriation of ideas.

Eastern Europe, 1956. Comrade Inspector Ferenc Kolyeszar, who is a proletariat writer in addition to his job as a state militia homicide detective, is a man on the brink. The Confession, by Olen Steinhauer is a fantastic follow-up to his debut book, The Bridge of Sighs, and guarantees to advance this talented writer.

Stephen King is back. The state police of Troop D in rural Pennsylvania have kept a secret in Shed B out back of the barracks ever since 1979. Check out King's latest intrigue, From a Buick 8.

About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hot-shot young banker is sent to help one of his firm's important and mysterious clients. After unpacking a crate of rare books, he finds a treasure kept sealed for many years and many reasons. Codex, by Lev Grossman is part thriller, part literary history and part computer game.

Serge A. Storms is back! This one-man crime spree hits no speed bumps as he swings through Tampa, Disney World, and parts south before settling in Miami Beach. Author of The Stingray Shuffle, Tim Dorsey combines this zany character with madcap comedy in Cadillac Beach.

The seedy underbelly of small-town life is exposed in Water Wings, by author Kristen den Hartog. Beautiful and vampish Darlene Oelpke is getting married again. When her daughters and their cousin come home for the event, they revisit the landscape of their own childhood, only to unearth both ugly secrets and the strange resiliency of love.

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, http://vpl.sdln.net, and clicking on the book club logo. Selctions for the week of April 12 will be:

Audio Book: Stone Monkey, by Jeffrey Deaver.

Business: The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need, by Peter B. Stark and Jane Flaherty.

Fiction: But Inside I'm Screaming, by Elizabeth Flock.

Good News: Cadence, by B.J. Hoff.

Horror: The Boys are Back in Town, by Christopher Golden.

Mystery: The Falls, by Karen Harper.

Non-Fiction: The Return to Treasure Island and the Search for Captain Kidd, by Barry Clifford with Paul Perry.

Pre-Pub: Take Me, Take Me With You, by Lauren Kelly.

Romance: Magnolia Moon, by JoAnn Ross.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: No selection for this week.

Teen Book: Hang On In There, Shelley, by Kate Saksena.

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 your feedback at http://www.DearReader.com.

VPL Announcements

"Lunch with Lewis and Clark" will be presented by Mary Gunderson on Tuesday, April 13 in conjunction with the annual Literary Luncheon held at the Vermillion Public Library. Gunderson is a paleocuisineologist and author of The Food Journal of Lewis and Clark: Recipes for an Expedition. Serving begins at 11:30 a.m. with tickets available for $9 at the library. The program will begin at 12:10 p.m. Please call the library for more information.

Join us in celebrating National Library Week, April 18-24 with activities for children in first grade and up. On Monday, April 19, be entertained by Mr. Twister, the Magician. Tuesday, April 20 is craft participation day. On Wednesday, April 21, try your skill with games. Thursday, April 22, enjoy a movie in the Community Room. Activities start after school at 3:30 p.m. Call the library for more information.

In concurrence with National Library Week, The Friends of the Library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Sale. The book sale will be open from April 15 through April 18 in the Community Room of the library.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is a program ofering 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.

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