Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!

Banned Books Week will be observed the last week of September and has been observed since 1982. The annual event celebrates Americans' right to read in a democratic country. The library will have a display of banned or challenged books, as well as a special after school book discussion of James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl for children in third through sixth grades. The discussion has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., following with a movie from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the community room of the library.

Adult Non-Fiction

A growing number of "baby boomers" are finding themselves now childless. The kids are off to college or on their own. Discover how the "empty nest" home can be updated to fit their changing lifestyles. Todd Lawson and Tom Conner inspire couples with a tour of 20 homes designed for this joyous and liberating phase in life with The House to Ourselves: Reinventing Home Once the Kids Are Grown.

Better Homes and Gardens guides homeowners or renters with savvy ways to use color, pattern, furniture arrangements, and illusion to make rooms seem larger than they really are. Check out a colorfully photographed hands-on book, Decorating Small Spaces: Live Large In Any Space.

For more than a century, Pottery Barn has been a source of inspiration in homes across America. Join the Pottery Barn Design Team as they share their secrets to help you create luxurious, refreshing bathroom areas in Bathrooms: Ideas and Inspiration for Stylish Bathing Spaces.

Home is where the hearth is. Whether you are planning a fireplace for a new home or an addition, or simply upgrading the appearance of an existing hearth, you will find much information in this guide. Cynthia Bix and the editors of Sunset Books bring the decorator traditional, contemporary, or just different and unusual concepts with Ideas For Great Fireplaces.

These and many more home decorating guide books are ready for check out and are located on the new book selves at 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. The following selections are for the week of Sept. 20.

Audio Book: No selection for this week.

Business: Big Vision, Small Business, by Jamie A. Walters.

Fiction: My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult.

Good News: The Surrogate, by Kathryn Mackel.

Horror: No selection for this week.

Mystery: Head Games, by Eileen Dreyer.

Non-Fiction: Seven Days of Possibilities, by Anemona Harocollis.

Pre-Pub: No selection for this week.

Romance: The MacKenzies: David, by Ana Leigh.

Science Fiction: No selection for this week.

Teen Book: Swear to Howdy, by Wendelin Van Draanen.

The Online Book Club would love to hear from the Vermillion Public Library patrons. 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

Discover New Trails @ Your Library

If you ordered the VPL book, Women and Wine: The Making of the Vermillion Public Library in a Man's World, 1903-2003, please pick up your copy at the library. There are still copies available for purchase. This publication would make a great Christmas gift for that special reader!

Story Time will start the week of Sept. 20. Preschool Story Time is open to all children ages 3 to 6 years. Toddler Story Time is open for all children ages 1 to 3 years. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information on program times or to register, stop by the library or call at 677-7060.

The Vermillion 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. They will hold the next discussion on Sept. 30. The book club invites you to visit with Jerry Wilson, author of The American Artery: A Pan American Journey. This book is a vivid and candid look at the lives and history of people along the great Highway 81 that connects Winnipeg, Canada to Panama, and travels through South Dakota.

Wilson, who resides near Wakonda and is also the managing editor of the South Dakota Magazine, details the adventures he found along this major highway.

The reading selection for the month of October will be The Real Rosebud: The Triumph of a Lakota Woman, by Marjorie Weinberg. Ms. Weinberg will be visiting on Oct. 28 to discuss her book and in conjunction with the Institute of American Indian Studies 50th anniversary celebration.

The South Dakota Library Network is getting a new catalog system. South Dakota public libraries and academic libraries are in the process of switching from PALS to a new program called ALEPH. Please be patient with us as we learn the ins and outs of the new system.

Patron instruction for ALEPH will be conducted during our Family Night on Nov. 22.

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