Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall New Children's Collection

Children's author and illustrator Tomie DePaol, is back with another heartwarming story. Pascual, the patron saint of cooks and the kitchen, doesn't know how to cook, so he prays and kitchen angels swoop down to prepare a delicious feast. Pascual and the Kitchen Angels is exquisitely illustrated in the style of Italian frescoes and DePaola's own special art work.

Shel Silverstein, renowned poet and illustrator, brings his fans a tender story touched with sadness and aglow with consolation. The Giving Tree, the tale of a small boy and an apple tree, will delight readers young and old.

Snakes are reviled by most, loved by some, and feared by all. David T. Greenberg and illustrator Lynn Munsigner have teamed up to show these creepy, slithery serpents in a new light that will have the reader laughing out loud. Fans of Greenberg's other books Slugs, Bugs!, and Skunks! will delight in Snakes!

Even the best cat doesn't live forever, and Victor is very sad when his Charlie dies. Leslea Newman's gentle story, The Best Cat in the World, honors the full range of a child's feelings after losing a favorite pet, and is complimented with soft pencil and watercolor illustrations.

What kind of shell is that? Where did this coconut come from? Can I take a closer look at a horseshoe crab? Learn all about the wonders of beach life with Jim Arnosky's fascinating new beach guide. Beachcombing: Exploring the Seashore is detailed with colorful illustrations to help all beach goers identify shells, coral, birds and other animals.

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 June 21:

Audio Book: A Mighty Heart, by Mariane Pearl.

Business: The Culting of Brands, by Douglas Atkin.

Fiction: A Hole in the Universe, by Mary McGarry Morris

Good News: Brink of Death, by Brandilyn Collins.

Horror: Black Fire, by James Kidman.

Mystery: The Commander, by Patrick A. Davis.

Non-Fiction: The Horses of Proud Spirit, by Melanie Sue Bowles.

Pre-Pub: Visions of Death, by J.D. Robb.

Romance: Dream On, by Beverly Brandt.

Science Fiction: No selection for this week.

Teen Book: Back Stage Pass, by Gaby Triana.

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.

Discover New Trails @

Your Library

Join the Summer Reading Program activities this coming week with a Theater Program starting Monday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the community room of the library. The Discover New Trails table is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and then again from 6 to 8 p.m. every week day for check-in and prizes. Pick up a monthly calendar for more information on the weekly activities.

The Vermillion Public Library is also assisting in the "No Child Left Behind Summer Reading Achievers." For more information please stop by the library or call 677-7060.

The Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, June 24 at 6 p.m. to discuss Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, by Carlos Eire. The Book Club meets every last Thursday of the month at the public library and is open to everyone free of charge with copies of the books available at the library. Upcoming discussion titles include visiting author Jerry Wilson with American Artery: A Pan American Journey for the month of July and The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel, by Louise Murphy in August.

The South Dakota Library Network is getting a new catalog system. We are in the process of shifting from PALS to a new program called Aleph. Please by patient with us as we learn the ins and outs of the new system. We will be teaching our patrons this new program at our Family Night scheduled for September.

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