Check It Out

Check It Out By Anne Marshall Library Book Club

The Vermillion Public Library Book Club will hold its February meeting Feb. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room. This month's selection for discussion is The Sweet Hereafter, by Russell Banks.

After a tragic bus accident in a quiet little New York town, 14 children are dead and the survivors are coming to terms with this horrible tragedy. The Sweet Hereafter is written through the perspectives of four characters, the bus driver, the gentleman driving the car behind the bus, a lawyer on the case, and finally a child crippled in the crash.

Released as a motion picture in 1997, The Sweet Hereafter won the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix. Book Club

The Book Club offers many selections to Internet patrons. Each book will run five days (Monday- Friday), with a new book starting on Monday and some of the genre offer selections every other week. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site, and clicking on the book club icon. Online patrons can find the club through

The following selections for the week of Feb. 14 are:

Audio Book: Stuffed, by Patricia Volk.

Business: Overachievement, by John Eliot, Ph.D.

Fiction: The Queen of the Big Time, by Adirana Trigiani.

Good News: Walking a Literary Labyrinth, by Nancy M. Malone.

Horror: Fear Me, Stephen Laws.

Mystery: Royal Heist, by Lynda La Plante.

Non-Fiction: Friday Night Lights: A Town, by H.G. Bissinger.

Pre-Pub: The Reluctant Tuscan, by Phil Doran.

Romance: Ring Around My Heart, by Pat White.

Science Fiction: The Visitor, by Sheri S. Tepper.

Teen: Swimming to America, by Alice Mead.

Discover Your Library � 2005

Help us celebrate Literacy Day at the library. The National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, USD Chapter, is sponsoring an afternoon of reading, crafts, snacks, and prizes for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room. A library card can be picked up for children age seven and older who don't already have a library card.

VITA will return to the Vermillion Public Library this month. Starting on Feb. 14 and running through April 14 the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be scheduled for Monday and Thursday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room. Bring your 2004 tax information and if possible, last year's tax return when you come. Call the library for more information or to see if you qualify during the scheduled times at 677-7060.

The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21 in honor of President's Day, a legal holiday. Materials may be returned in the drop boxes located on the south side of the building.

Join the library staff at the annual Library Sleepover starting on Friday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. and ending on Saturday morning, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m.. Children in third through fifth grade are invited to attend. Participants will enjoy reading, playing games, watching movies, having a snack and breakfast, and this year, creating a personalized tie-died T-shirt. Reservations and signed permission slips are required. Please stop by the library to pick up the permission slips or for more information, call Kristen Monroe at 677-7060.

The staff at the Vermillion Public Library would like your input and suggestions. Please fill out a green survey sheet, located on the circulation desk, and deposit it in the form box.

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