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Activities at the Library

2011 Storytime Sign-up.  Registry for winter/spring Storytime will start on Jan. 24, 2011. Interested patrons can call, stop by, or e-mail the library for information and to register. Toddler storytime (1 to 3 years old) is scheduled for Tuesdays at 10:30 or 11:15 a.m. and 6 or 6:30 p.m.  The preschoolers storytime (3 to 5 years old) is scheduled on Monday at 6:30 or 7 p.m., on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m., and Thursdays at 11:15 a.m.

The library will be closed for a Christmas break on Thursday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Dec. 26.  It will reopen on Monday, Dec. 27.  The library will also be closed on Friday, Dec. 31 and Saturday, Jan. 1. It will reopen on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 1 p.m.  Materials may be returned to the book and A/V drops located on the south side of the building.

The December copy of Book Page, a book review magazine, is available at the circulation desk.  This issue includes great holiday gift ideas.

Expand our library.  Show your support and sign the petition, located at the circulation desk, to make The Vermillion Public library expansion and renovation project a reality.  Signatures are needed to demonstrate the community�s support for expanding resources and continuing to make the library a place of knowledge and social importance.

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 Dec. 27 are:

 AUDIO BOOK: The Three Weissmanns of Westport, by Cathleen Schine.

BUSINESS: The Triangle of Truth, by Lisa Earle McLeod.

FICTION: The Stormchasers, by Jenna Blum.

GOOD NEWS: A Season of Miracles, by Rusty Whitener.

MYSTERY: The Professional, by Robert B. Parker.

NON-FICTION: The Poisoner�s Handbook, by Deborah Blum.

PRE-PUB:  Please check on-line for this selection.

ROMANCE: A Secret Affair, by Mary Balogh.

SCIENCE FICTION: Children No More, by Mark L. Van Name.

 TEEN: Crocodile Tears, by Anthony Horowitz.

 THRILLER: Legally Dead, by Edna Buchanan.

Highlighted Author

From Haywood Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hat Club, comes another hilarious novel of marriage, love, and second chances.  In Waking Up in Dixie, Elizabeth Mooney escaped the shame of her �white trash� family to marry Howell Whittington, the crown prince of her small town.  She never dreamed that 30 years later, she�d end up trapped in a loveless marriage to the cruel banker who�s foreclosing on all her friends.

Haywood Smith�s other bestsellers are Ladies of the Lake, Wedding Belles, The Red Hat Club Rides Again, and Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch. If you haven�t read her books, or are re-reading them, Smith tells the stories of women who emerge victorious through divorce, menopause, raising children, illness, and every tribulation that happens with real women.

New Adult Fiction Collection

The Box is an inspired and daring work of fiction.  Author Gunter Grass writes in the voices of his eight children as they record memories of their childhoods, of growing up, and especially of their father, who was always at work on a new book.  The author�s other works include, The Tin Drum, My Century, Crabwalk, and Peeling the Onion.

In the tradition of her widely popular Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, author Amy Clipston weaves a tale of Anna Mae McDonough, who is shunned by her family when she left the Amish community in Lancaster, PA, to marry a non-Amish man in Baltimore in A Plain and Simple Christmas.

Years of Red Dust is an international bestselling collection of stories by acclaimed author Qui Xiaolong.  He links together the lives and histories of residents of Red Dust Lane, a street in Shanghai.

Conrad in Beverly Hills, by author Jake Fuchs, chronicles a son�s lifelong struggle to come to terms with his impossible father, an overbearing and endlessly self-involved onetime writer of serious fiction who has become a hack Hollywood screenwriter.  Fuchs other works include Death of a Dad and Death of a Prof.

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