Check It Out

Check It Out By Anne Marshall
Vermillion Public Library Top Ten Reasons to Support Libraries #5.  Libraries promote literacy. Libraries promote a lifelong reading habit starting with story times for preschoolers and continuing with special collections and programs for teens. Many libraries offer book discussion groups, large print books for the elderly, presentations by authors, and other book-themed programming.  Many South Dakota libraries also collaborate with local literacy councils and provide assistance for English as a Second Language citizens. In 2007, South Dakota libraries provided 6,880 children's programs and 966 programs for adults. #4. Libraries are essential to education. From the cradle to the grave libraries support lifelong learning. Libraries provide books, classes, and other resources to help keep us learning."Tuition" for learning is free. In addition to materials and programs, in 2007 librarians answered 375,717 reference questions for the citizens of South Dakota.?Look for the other reasons to support you library in the next article.? New Adult Mysteries The young and powerful warrior Arthur stands on the brink of British legend.  A young woman is brutally murdered and the blame is placed on Merlin, in The Killing Way, an evocative historical mystery by journalist and novelist Tony Hays. Author Cassandra Fallows made an unsuccessful attempt at fiction writing but believes she has found the right non-fictional story. Life Sentences by real author Laura Lippman is the journey of Cassandra's journey into the past and an unsolved mystery. When Dan Rhodes is asked to join the Clearview Barbershop Chorus, he suspects an ulterior motive. Murder in Four Parts, by Bill Crider is the latest Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery and throws our hero into an unusual assortment of small-town crimes. 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 May 4 are: AUDIO BOOK: The Book of the Dead, by Douglas Preston. BUSINESS: Who Said So, by Michael E. Parker. FICTION: The Memory of Water, by Karen White. GOOD NEWS: Multiple Blessings, by Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson. MYSTERY: The Betrayal Game, by David L. Robbins. NON-FICTION: The Year We Disappeared, by Cylin Busby and John Busby. PRE-PUB:  Ghostwriter, by Travis Thrasher. ROMANCE: Trouble in Mudbug, by Jana Deleon. SCIENCE FICTION:  Cauldron, by Carl Deuker. TEEN: Gym Candy, by Jack McDevitt. THRILLER: Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts, by Laura Benedict. Vermillion Public Library Upcoming Activities • A memoir is a piece of autobiographical writing that often tries to capture certain highlights of one's past. Greg Dyer, University of Sioux Falls professor and consultant for the Dakota Writing Project, will be facilitating a memoir-writing workshop in honor of Vermillion's sesquicentennial celebration. The last meeting of a three-part workshop will be held in the Community Room at the library on the Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. • Summer Story Time begins June 1.  Sign-up for this program begins on April 29 at the Armory from 3:30 to 7 p.m. or stop by the library for sign-up and information.  • Baby Lapsit will return in the fall. Be Creative @ Your Library is the theme of this year's summer reading program.  Join the Vermillion Public Library for a kickoff carnival on Thursday, May 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  There will be entertainment, games, and snacks. Pick up your bag, reading log, and information for a summer of creativity and fun.

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