Check It Out

Check It Out by Anne Marshall Showcased Book of the Week

When Captains Lewis and Clark began their Expedition of Discovery in 1803, they carried instructions from President Thomas Jefferson to learn about the American natives they met along the way. The Corps encountered Indian nations and tribes who were mostly unknown to them and the men learned new things every day. Discover for yourself the peoples inhabiting much of the Louisiana Purchase territory with Meeting Natives with Lewis and Clark by Barbara Fifer.

This paperback children's book is richly documented and illustrated with information on these tribes for excellent resource material for that school research paper. Check out page 19 for an interesting story about our own Spirit Mound, located just north of Vermillion. This book will be found in the children's new book section 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. The following selections are for the week of Oct. 11:

Audio Book: Loud and Clear, by Anna Quindlen.

Business: A Bias for Action, by Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal.

Fiction: Signal & Noise, by John Griesemer.

Good News: Miss Julia Meets Her Match, by Ann B. Ross.

Horror: Midnight Mass, by R. Paul Wilson.

Mystery: Past Due, by William Lashner.

Non-Fiction: The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, by Ben Izzy.

Pre-Pub: The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.

Romance: After Midnight, by Merline Lovelace.

Science Fiction: The Wrong Reflection, by Gillian Bradshaw.

Teen Book: Haunted, by Meg Cabot.

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

The Vermillion Public Library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 11 in observance of Native American Day, which is a legal holiday. The library will reopen for patrons at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. Materials may be returned in the book and A/V drops on the south side of the building.

"Teen Read Week � It's ALIVE @ Your Library" will be celebrated Oct. 17-23. The library encourages teens to celebrate Teen Read Week by reading books about forensics, mysteries, horror, science fiction, and other creepy stories. Write reviews of these books and we will post then in the Young Adult section of the building. Write your own scary story to be judged with the top three stories to receive a prize. Entries must be typed, double-spaced with your name, grade, and phone number at the top, and be delivered to Kristen Monroe by Oct. 15.

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!

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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