"This Journal is my safety valve � and it is well that I can thus rid myself of my superfluous steam ? I trust posterity will remember this, should it ever be gratified by a glimpse at these pages."
In the 19th century, Boston was well known as a center for intellectual ferment. Amidst the popular lecturing of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the discussion groups led by Margaret Full sat a remarkable young woman, Caroline Healey Dall. She was a Transcendentalist, early feminist, writer, and reformer. Dall kept a diary for 75 years. She detailed fascinating aspects of her life and the major figures of those around her. The diaries filled 45 volumes and are perhaps the longest running personal account ever written by an American. Daughter of Boston, edited by Helen R. Deese, is a selection of the best from Dall's immense diary collection.
This book can be found in the Non-Fiction section of the new book shelves.
DearReader.com Book Club
The DearReader.com Book Club offers many selections to Internet patrons. Each book runs for five days, Monday through Friday. Some genres only offer selections every other week. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site, http://vpl.sdln.net and clicking on the book club icon. Online patrons can find the club at www.supportlibrary.com /su/su.cfm?x=470596. The following selections are for the week of April 3:
BUSINESS: Blue Streak, by Barbara S. Peterson.
FICTION: Rococo, by Adriana Trigiani.
GOOD NEWS: A Certain Truth, by James Scott Bell.
MYSTERY: Divided in Death, by J.D. Robb.
NON-FICTION: Chatter, by Patrick Radden Keefe.
ROMANCE: The Ravencliffe Bride, by Dawn Thompson.
TEEN: Sleep Rough Tonight, by Ian Bone.
Library Activities Calendar
A second Scrabble Scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 from 11 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the library. Come challenge others to Scrabble games at this event and improve your word knowledge. Extra Scrabble boards are welcome. This program is for adults and young adults between the ages of 12-18. For more information, please contact the Vermillion Public Library at 677-7060.
National Library Week is coming! To celebrate, the annual library sleepover is scheduled on Friday, April 7 starting at 8 p.m. until Saturday morning, April 8 at 9 a.m. Reservations are required by April 6 and permission slips can be picked up at the circulation desk of the library. This program is for children in third through fifth grade. For more information, please contact the children's librarian, Kristen Monroe at 677-7060.
The next meeting of the Vermillion Public Library Book Club is scheduled for April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. The April book for discussion is The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Jshiguro. This selection is a portrayal of an English butler in postwar England assessing his career and his life choices. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Call the library at 677-7060 for more details.
If you have read The Remains of the Day, then enjoy the movie version. The movie is scheduled for Sunday, April 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the library. Popcorn will be provided. This activity is for adults and young adults from 12 to 18 years of age.