Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

Growing up in the '50s and '60s, I was well versed on a vast Seuss collection of reading materials. I practiced my skills by reading these books to my younger siblings, and many years later to my own children. During high school lectures I would draw Seuss-like creatures on my note paper. I now have young art students draw imaginary animals from the book, If I Ran the Zoo.

While browsing the new book shelf I found a treasure to excite ones heart and soul. The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing but the Seuss: A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel, by Charles D. Cohen, is a wondrous window into the mind and life of a genius. Cohen, who lives near Springfield, MA, the hometown on its favorite son, Dr. Seuss, is one of the world's foremost collectors of Seussiana.

Theodor Geisel was an intensely private man, a man for who fame was not always welcome. He was happier sitting at the drawing table than across from any reporter or would-be biographer. He was a man who died in 1991 with most of the secrets of his genius intact, until now. Celebrate the Seussentennial and check out this fascinating biography.

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. Selections for the week of April 5 will be:

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business: How Great Decisions Get Made, by Don Maruska.

Fiction: The Master Butchers Singing Club, by Louise Erdrich.

Good News: Blindsided, by Richard M. Cohen.

Horror: The Wyrm, by Stephen Laws.

Mystery: Morgue Mama: The Cross Kisses Back, by C.R. Corwin.

Non-Fiction: Mao's Last Dancer, by Li Cunxin.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: Deeper Than Desire, by Cheryl Holt.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: The Doomsday Brunette, by John Zakour.

Teen Book: Tom Away, by James Heneghan.

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

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.

"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 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.

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