Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased book of the Week

While browsing the new book shelves, I found an exceptional children's book that readers of any age will enjoy. "Have you ever needed to call 911, but you didn't have a phone? Have you ever needed to run, but your legs were like spaghetti? Have you ever needed to yell 'help!', but your throat was dry with fear?"

This is how Mr. Magro introduces a writing assignment to his class. Award-winning author Betsy Byars with Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers have brought together 12 humorously illustrated short stories that all tie together in The SOS File. When Mr. Magro opens the file box to read the stories to the class, he explains that all but one assignment has received extra credit. The SOS File brings understanding to a special disability and the hope that anything can be overcome with the right awareness.

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. These selections are for the week of July 26:

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business: Reinventing Strategy, by Willie Pietersen.

Fiction: One Day the Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead, by Clare Dudman.

Good News: Breach of Promise, by James Scott Bell.

Horror: No selection for this week.

Mystery: An Image of Death, by Libby Fischer Hellman.

Non-Fiction: Over the Edge of the World, by Laurence Bergreen.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: Sing Me Home, by Jerri Corgiant.

Science Fiction: No selection for this week.

Teen Book: Midnight Blue, by Pauline Fisk.

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

Discover New Trails

@ Your Library

Join the Summer Reading Program activities for our last week of the summer. The annual Water Day is scheduled for Monday, July 26 on the back lawn of the library building. On Tuesday and Wednesday, July 27-28, the Summer Reading Program staff has planned a culminating activity.

Discover your trail with a trip to Spirit Mound and a journey back to Vermillion's Lewis & Clark history. For more information, please contact the library staff. The Discover New Trails table is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and then again from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday for check-in and prizes. This is the last week for the program.

All pages and minutes must be turned in by noon on Friday, July 30. No late information will be accepted. The closing party starts at 1:30 p.m.

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, July 28 at 6 p.m. to discuss American Artery: A Pan American Journey, by visiting author, Jerry Wilson. 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.

The title for August is The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel, by Louise Murphy.

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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