Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Adult Non-fiction

Outdoor Projects

Exotic gardens are unrestricted by conformity, leaving the process of creating them imaginative and exciting. Stephen Griffith, internationally experienced horticulturist, brings an extensive directory to novice or accomplished gardeners. Big Leaves for Exotic Effect is a valuable guide to formulating plant schemes for your yard, provides unique photographic record of large-leaved plants, and is a quick reference to their optimum growing conditions.

Regardless of the amount of space you have in which to plant, window boxes are the ideal way to garden. The Window Box Gardening Book, by Anne M. Halpin, defines the three classic styles and shows how each can work beautifully on virtually any house. This guide also includes detailed instructions on how to plan for seasonal changes as well as how to select the most attractive color schemes.

Whether you have a balcony garden with a few potted plants, acres of rolling fields, or a kitchen with country garden d�cor, you'll love making the 16 charming projects found in Inspired by the Garden. With step-by-step instructions Marie Browning shows the gardener and crafter how to create pieces for indoor or outdoor beauty.

Better Homes and Gardens helps bring your dreams to reality with Stone Landscaping: Ideas and Techniques for Stonework. This guide includes a design gallery, planning strategies, buying advice, step-by-step instructions for popular stone projects, and plants to use with stone landscaping.

Better Homes and Gardens also can help you plan and create outdoor living spaces with Trellises, Arbors, & Pergolas. This guide includes a design gallery, more than 20 plans, design advice, step-by-step instructions, and information on plants that grow easily on structures.

Your feathered friends will flock to eye-catching, creative and stylish houses and feeders designed by Thom Boswell, Bruce Woods, and David Schoonmaker. The Big Book of Bird Houses & Bird Feeders is a complete guide full of patterns, instructions, feeding information, types of house-nesting birds, and exciting photographs for anyone to create a work of art.

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 May 31 will be:

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business: Right Risk, by Bill Treasurer.

Fiction: Riding with the Queen, by Jennie Shortridge.

Good News: The Book of the Dun Cow, by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Horror: No selection for this week.

Mystery: Avenger, by Frederick Forsyth.

Non-Fiction: The Mourner's Dance, by Katherine Ashenburg.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: When a Texan Gambles, by Jodi Thomas.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: Consequences, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Teen Book: Amy, by Mary Hooper.

The Online Book Club would love to hear from the Vermillion Public Library patrons. Starting in July the upcoming book lists can be located at www.dearreader.com/books. If you have any comments or suggestions concerning the Online Book Club or the new format, please send them your feedback at http://www.DearReader.com.

VPL Announcements

Sample ballots for the June 1 election are available on the table in the lobby of the library.

The Summer Reading Program starts the week of June 7, with the theme of Discover New Trails @ Your Library. Discover your trail and sign up for a summer of fun activities!

The Vermillion Public Library will be closed on Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day. Materials may be returned to the book and A/V drops. The library will be closed on Sundays during the summer.

months, reopening its Sunday hours after Labor Day.

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