Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

Millions of Americans remember Dick and Jane, Spot and Puff, and Sally and Tim. The little stories of these characters with their simple vocabulary words and warmly rendered illustrations were a hallmark of American education in the 1950s and 1960s.

The first Dick and Jane stories actually appeared earlier in the Scott Foresman Elson Basic Reader Pre-Primer, copyright 1930. The books featured short, upbeat, and highly readable stories for children. The pages were filled with colorful characters and large, easy-to-read Century Schoolbook typeface, with adventures of Dick and Jane's world.

Generations of American children learned to read with the Dick and Jane stories and still cherish the memory of this part of their learning. The educational publisher of Pearson Scott Foresman is honored to reissue a collector's edition of the classic stories along with publishers, Grosset & Dunlap. Enjoy a "blast from the past" as you page through the Storybook Treasury of Dick and Jane and Friends.

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. The selections for the week of July 19:

Audio Book: A Heart Full of Lies, by Ann Rule.

Business: Ideas Are Free, by Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schoeder.

Fiction: Hot Plastic, by Peter Craig.

Good News: Good Heavens, by Margaret Graham.

Horror: The Wind Caller, by P. D. Cacek.

Mystery: Ice Run, by Steve Hamilton.

Non-Fiction: Gunpowder, by Jack Kelly.

Pre-Pub: Blind Switch, by John McEvoy.

Romance: Under a Lucky Star, by Diane Farr.

Science Fiction: Camouflage, by Joe Haldeman.

Teen Book: Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements.

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, July 19-23, and visit with the Zoo Man and his collection of animals. Two programs are scheduled, starting at 1 and 2 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. on Mondays for check-in and prizes.

Pick up a calendar for more information.

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 be 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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