Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall The South Dakota National Guard Creed

"I am an American soldier. I am a member of the South Dakota Army National Guard, a protector of the greatest state and nation on earth. Because I am proud of the uniform I wear, I will always act in ways credible to the military service and the nation it is sworn to guard."

From Cold War to Gulf War: The South Dakota National Guard, 1945 to the Millennium, by Steven J. Bucklin fills the void in the published history of the South Dakota Guard, is expertly research, and explains how the work situation affects our state's Guard. Bucklin dedicates his work to all the men and women who have served under the South Dakota Guard creed. This book can be found in the South Dakota collection area of the new book shelves.

New Adult Non-Fiction

Dazzling in appearance, idiosyncratic in behavior, dragonflies and damselflies have long captured the imaginations of nature lovers. Dragonflies, by Cynthia Berger, is a full-colored guide written in clear, straightforward language, perfect for the budding naturalist or experienced nature lover.

A memoir of extraordinary depth and searing honesty, In the Ghost Country is the story of Peter Hillary's physical and emotional journey across the icy wastes of Antarctica. This is Hillary's own harrowing account of his attempt with two companions to complete Captain Scott's doomed trip to the South Pole.

Golf is one of the fastest growing and most popular participation sports in the world. John Allan May now brings the enthusiast a guide to equipment, techniques, and courses with The Complete Book of Golf.

What's a "Palooza"? Actor John Lithgow defines it as an activity that keeps kids from uttering those terrifying words, "I'm bored"! Now an author, Lithgow has gathered 101 ideas for creating boredom-busters for children ages 3 to 12 in A Lithgow Palooza!

These books and many more are located on the new book shelves in the adult area of the library.

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 May 17 will be:

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business: When the Buck Stops with You, by Alan Axelrod

Fiction: Disturbance of the Inner Ear, by Joyce Hackett.

Good News: The Secret Blend, by Stan Toler.

Horror: No selection for this week.

Mystery: A Share in Death, by Deborah Crombie.

Non-Fiction: You Don't Have to be Rich, by Jean Chatzky.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: Love Bites, by Lynsay Sands.

Science Fiction-Fantasy: Frek and the Elixir, by Rudy Rucker.

Teen Book: Focus on This, by Amy Kaye.

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 If you have any comments or suggestions concerning the Online Book Club or the new format, please send them your feedback at

VPL Announcements

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

The library's book club will be meeting Thursday, May 27 at 6 p.m. to discuss featured regional author, Ann Daum from Okaton, and her book The Prairie in Her Eyes. She will be in attendance and available for book signings.

The book club meets the last Thursday of every month at the library and is open to everyone free of charge. For more information, please stop by the library or call at 677-7060.

The Summer Reading Program starts the week of June 7, with the theme of Discover New Trails @ Your Library.

The Vermillion Public Library will be closed on Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day, a legal holiday. Materials may be returned to the book and A/V drops on the south side of the building. The library will continue to be closed on Sundays during the summer months, reopening its Sunday hours after Labor Day.

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