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Events and Activities at Your Library
The library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.  It will reopen at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 12. Materials may be returned at the book and A/V drops located on the south side of the building.

The upper elementary readers program is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18, from 3:45 to 5 p.m. This month's book is The Chronicles of Narnia.  Students are invited to participate in trivia, craft activities, a clue search, and snacks.

On Thursday, Nov. 18, celebrate the release of the new Harry Potter movie with a Harry Potter party. The YA Book Club will be discussing the book, The Alchemyst.  The party is from 6 to 7 p.m. in the South Dakota Room, with the book club following from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Also, on Nov. 18, the Adult Book Club is reviewing the novel, The Emigrants, about a party of Swedes who fled the poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression of Sweden in 1850.  This program is sponsored by the Historical Heritage group and the book discussion is facilitated by Magnhild (Maggie) Pettersen.

The November Fun & Games is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 20.  Join the group to play board games or put together jigsaw puzzles.  This program is for adults and young adults 12 years and older.

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 Nov. 8 are:

AUDIO BOOK: No selection for this week.

BUSINESS: Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit, by Leonard Inghiller & Micah Solomon.

FICTION: Juliet, by Anne Fortier.

GOOD NEWS: Once in a Blue Moon, by Leanna Ellis.

MYSTERY: Pursuit of Honor, by Vince Flynn.

NON-FICTION:  Germs, Genes, and Civilization, by David P. Clark.  

PRE-PUB:  No Selection for this week.

ROMANCE: Spy Games, by Gina Robinson.

SCIENCE FICTION: No selection for this week.

TEEN: Dead is Just a Rumor, by Marlene Perez.

THRILLER:  No selection for this week.  

CLASSICS UPCOMING BOOK FOR NOVEMBER:  The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime.

New Adult Non-Fiction

The news of impending grandparenthood often leaves Baby Boomers dazed and confused.  With the music of real-life rock-n-roll grandparents like Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and Paul McCartney, the Boomers can rattle and roll to a new identity with Grandparents Rock: The Grandparenting Guide for the Rock-n-Roll Generation, by Pat Burns.

From New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Nick Trout, comes another touching and heartfelt story from the front lines of veterinary medicine.  Love is the Best Medicine is the story of two dogs that forever changed the way he thought about life, death, fate, and love.

We all want to be happy in every area of our lives, including work.  Happiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success,  by Jessica Pryce-Jones offers the secret to finding happiness at work for all of us, which in turn helps us to experience a more meaningful and healthy life.

Although it was 1806 when Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis after their journey across the country, it was not until 1905 that they were truly celebrated as national heroes.  In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark, by Wallace G. Lewis, examines how public attitudes toward their explorations and the means of commemorating them have changed.  This book will appeal to scholarly and armchair historians interested in the Western frontier as experienced by both Lewis and Clark.

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