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Events and Activities at Your Library

The library's card catalog has a new look.  The South Dakota Library Network has updated its system to Aquabrowser.  This new card catalog has great features that make searching for items easier.  Many of the results illustrate the book covers.  Ask the library staff to assist you with your searches.  

The YA Book Club is currently reading The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. The program runs from 6 to 7 p.m., with book club discussion from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

The Historical Heritage is meeting at the library on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. This month's selection is The Contact Surgeon, by Dan O'Brien.  This novel follows the story of an old man as he tells of his days as a surgeon with the army and of his friendship with Crazy Horse, the Sioux chief, in the last part of his life.  Join the discussion facilitated by Jim Zuercher, a writing and rhetoric instructor at Morningside College.

Fun & Games is back on Saturday, Oct. 23 starting at 1 p.m. in the afternoon in the Community Room of the library. Patrons ages 12 and up are invited to play board games or put together jigsaw puzzles.  Drinks and snacks are available.

Weekly Online 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.  The Online Book Club is asking it's readers to write and tell what they enjoy about this special library.  E-mails can be sent to Susan@DearReader.com.

The following selections for the week of Oct.18 are:

AUDIO BOOK: Things the Grandchildren Should Know, by Mark Oliver Everett.

BUSINESS: The Referral Engine, by John Jantsch.

FICTION: The Late Lamented Molly Marx, by Sally Koslow.

GOOD NEWS: An Eye for an Eye, by Irene Hannon.

MYSTERY: The Koala of Death.

NON-FICTION: The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter, by Holly Robinson.  

PRE-PUB:  Check Online for this selection.

ROMANCE: Faith, by Deneane Clark.

SCIENCE FICTION: Veracity, by Laura Bynum.

TEEN: Millon Dollar Throw, by Mike Lupica.

THRILLER:  Where the Dead Lay, by David Levien.  

New Adult Fiction

FBI Special Agent, Maggie O'Dell must weather two deadly forces in author Alex Kava's terrifying new novel. Damaged is full of action that builds with every page, with behind-the-scenes forensic details, colorful characters, and satisfying twists that are the trademark of Kava's psychological thrillers.

Intelligence, by Susan Hasler, is an irreverent and funny novel about the crushing burden of the bureaucracy on getting everything just right.  Hasler relates the fight of her characters to set the record straight in the face of office politics, government cover-up, and blackmail in the CIA.

Set in the summer of 2009, The Summer We Read Gatsby, by Danielle Ganek, is a delightful comedy of manners about two sisters, who must set aside their differences when they inherit a house on the Hamptons.

Mesmerizing, exhilarating, and profoundly moving, Mr. Peanut is a police procedural of the soul and a poignant investigation of the relentlessly mysterious human heart.  In Adam Ross's first novel, he introduces character David Pepin, who has been in love with his wife since the moment they met in a university seminar on Alfred Hitchcock.  After 13 years of marriage, David can't imagine life without her, but when she dies a suspicious death, he is the prime suspect.

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