Check It Out By Anne Marshall Vermillion Public Library New adult Mysteries? Shandell "Blackbird" Bird has everything going for him. Recently selected number two overall in the NBA draft, with sponsor contracts and a fantastic salary, he is an instant millionaire. Unfortunately he has the inability to bury secrets from the past. When Bird is found shot to death, private investigator CJ Floyd and his partner Flora Jean Benson are on the trail of steroids and big-game point shaving. Author Robert Greer brings his fans yet another great read in the CJ Floyd mystery series with Blackbird, Farewell. Edgar Award finalist and author Sally Wright delights her readers with another Ben Reese mystery. It is 1947 and a female linguist at Arlington Hall, a high-security U.S. decoding and decrypting facility, is murdered. Ten years later, Ben Reese receives a letter from Carl Walker, a friend and colleague of the murdered woman. Walker unexpectedly disappears and Ben finds himself involved with the Venona Code, a Soviet code partially decrypted by the U.S. and Britain. Wright's latest novel, Code of Silence, suddenly has international consequences.? Both of these books can be found on the new book shelving beyond the circulation desk at the library. Celebrate Vermillion, 1859-2009 Celebrate Vermillion's 150 years of city hood by listening to a CD, Vermillion Sesquicentennial Kick Off Event: "Unchained Melodies". This audio CD commemorates the kick off of a year of activities. 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 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 also find the club at www.supportlibrary.com/su/su.cfm?x=470596. The following selections for the week of Feb. 23 are: AUDIO BOOK: Fortunate Son, by Walter Mosley & Lorraine Toussaint. BUSINESS: Results That Will Last: Hardwiring Behaviors That Will Take Your Company to the Top, by Quint Studer. FICTION: Rhett Butler's People, by Donald McCraig. GOOD NEWS: The Grand Scheme, by Kathy Herman. MYSTERY: Suffer the Little Children, by Donna Leon. NON-FICTION: Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them, by David Anderegg PRE-PUB: Flipping Out, by Marshall Karp. ROMANCE: Lonesome Cowboy, by Debbie Macomber. SCIENCE FICTION: Courageous (The Lost Fleet), by Jack Campbell. TEEN: The Possibilities of Sainthood, by Donna Freitas. THRILLER: First to Kill, by Andrew Peterson. Vermillion Public Library Upcoming Activities Free tax preparation by certified community volunteers is scheduled for Saturdays on Feb. 28, March 28, and April 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the library. For more information, please call the library at 677-7060. Enjoy an afternoon playing board games or putting together jigsaw puzzles during the upcoming Fun and Games Saturday on Feb. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room. View a movie and participate in a discussion during February's Classics & Flicks scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. The movie is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith and the discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Sharon Ross, a retired Vermillion High School English teacher. Also, on Thursday, Feb. 26 is a program for the upper elementary-aged students. The American Girl Party starts after school at 3:45 p.m. and runs to 5 p.m. Activities, crafts and treats will be provided.