Check It Out

Activities at the Library

Check out the Lego display in the case behind the circulation desk. Watch for the new display in February when the library will be wearing red in support of women and heart disease on Feb. 4.

February is also Library Lovers' Month. Fill out a pink form located on the circulation desk with suggestions to make your library an even better place.

The Drawing Games with Ms. Paige program shows students how to turn ordinary paper and pencils into extra-ordinary fun by playing non-competitive games that sharpen drawing skills and develop the power of observation. Ms. Paige will be hosting several drawing games and activities each month throughout the winter and spring seasons. The drawing programs include Telephone Books, Add-on Pictures, Draw What You Hear, and Crayon Carbon Copies.

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 Jan. 31 are:

Audiobook: No selection for this week.

Business: "The Opposable Mind," by Roger L. Martin.

Fiction: "The Help," by Kathryn Stockett.

Good news: "Nightshade," by Ronie Kendig.

Mystery:  "The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas," Chris Ewan.

Non-fiction: "A Little Bit Wicked," by Kristin Chenoweth.

Pre-pub:  No selection for this week.

Romance:  "Blown Away," by Sharon Sala.

Science fiction: No selection for this week.

Teen: "Fire," by Kristen Cashore.

Thriller: No selection for this week.

New Adult Non-Fiction Collection

"Keep The Change," by Steve Dublanica. A clueless tipper's quest to become the guru of the gratuity.

"The Rules of Life," by Richard Templar. A personal code for living a better, happier, more successful life.

"How to Become a Scandal," by Luara Kipnis. Adventures in bad behavior.

"A Secret Gift," by Ted Gup. How one man's kindness and a trove of letters revealed the hidden history of The Great Depression.

"The Ten Roads to Riches," by Ken Fisher. The ways the wealthy got there and how you can too.

"Good Kids, Tough Choices," by Rushworth M. Kidder. How parents can help their children do the right thing.

"Chasing the Sun," by Richard Cohen. The epic story of the star that gives us life.

"The Parent's Guide to Psychological First Aid," by Gerald P. Koocher and Annette M. LaGreca. Helping children and adolescents cope with predictable life crises.

"You Had Me at Woof," by Julie Klam. How dogs taught me the secrets of happiness.

New Adult Biography Collection

Tiger Woods has been part of American life since he appeared on The Mike Douglas Show as a two-year-old, hitting golf balls for Bob Hope. In the three decades since, he has established himself as the most dominant golfer of all time and became the wealthiest athlete on the planet. And beside him was his father and best friend, Earl Woods. "In His Father's Son: Earl and Tiger Woods," bestselling author Tom Callahan recounts the lives of Earl Dennison Woods and his son. Written in lyric prose and based on interviews with Earl, Tiger and dozens of insiders, Callahan reveals the man who made Tiger who he is.

As a teenage actress in 1920s Austria, performing on the stage and in film in light comedies and musicals, Hedy Kiesler, was heralded across Europe by her mentor, Max Reinhardt. However it was her nude scene and dramatic ability in "Ecstasy" that made her a star. Author Stephen Michael Shearer's in-depth and meticulously researched biography "Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr," separates the truths from the rumors, the facts from the fables, to reveal the life and character of one of classic Hollywood's most remarkable women.

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