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

The library will be closed to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17. It will reopen at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Materials may be returned to the book and A/V drops located on the south side of the building.

The January copy of "Book Page," a book review magazine, is available at the circulation desk. This issue includes books to change your life in the new year.

Did you receive additions to your favorite collection for Christmas? The display case behind the circulation desk is looking for interesting collectables to fill space. Contact the library to show your items at 677-7060.

An after school program, �Drawing Games with Ms. Paige,� is planned for 3:45 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. This activity is for kindergarteners through eighth-grade students. Paige will show 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.

Paige will host 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.

Book Blab is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 in the Community Room. Patrons are invited to share favorite authors and books and discover some new ones with other book lovers.

January�s Fun & Games activity is From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 in the Community Room. Patrons age 12 and up are invited to play favorite board games or put together jigsaw puzzles. Learn our newest game or show others how to play Apples to Apples.  The Fun and Games for next month is scheduled on Saturday, Feb. 26.

New Adult Mystery Collection

From one of my favorite authors � and a New York Times bestselling author � M. C. Beaton, comes another Agatha Raisin mystery. Agatha's detective agency is on the case in the English village of Carsely when the officer of the Health and Safety Board rules the Christmas tree on top of the church is a public menace and he ends up dead. The situation in the village is coming to a desperate pass in Beaton's new mystery, "Busy Body."

There are a series of seemingly random murders along a 50-mile stretch of rugged northern California coastline, committed by an unknown dubbed by the media as the Coastline Killer. "The Hidden," by Bill Pronzini, is a chilling and twist-filled novel where characters are tested in unexpected ways.

Early one bright, clear morning in Athens, 461 B.C., a dead man falls from the sky, landing at the feet of Nicolaos. The corpse turns out to be the politician Ephialtes, who only days before had turned Athens into a democracy, and with it a kick-start to Western civilization. It looks like Ephialtes has been murdered to stifle the world's first democracy at its birth. Pick up "The Pericles Commission," a fun historical mystery by Australian author Gary Corby.

From the bestselling author of Bee Season comes a complex psychological drama with a simple setup. Two 11-year-old girls, best friends and fierce rivals, go into the woods, but only one comes out. "The False Friend" is author Myla Goldberg's latest novel.

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 its readers to write and tell what they enjoy about this special library. E-mails can be sent to Susan@DearReader.com.

The selections for the week of Jan. 17 are:

AUDIO BOOK: No selection for this week.

BUSINESS: Cheap: "The High Cost of Discount Culture," by Ellen Ruppel Shell.

CLASSICS FOR JANUARY: "Leavenworth Case," by Anna Katherine Green.

FICTION: "The Forgotten Garden," by Kate Morton.

GOOD NEWS: "Ransomed Dreams," by Sally John.

MYSTERY: "The Man with the Baltic Stare," by James Church.

NON-FICTION: "Washington: A Life," by Ron Chernow.

PRE-PUB:  No selection for this week.

ROMANCE: "And One Last Thing," by Molly Harper.

SCIENCE FICTION:  No selection for this week.

TEEN: "Karma Bites," by Stacey Kramer and Valerie Thomas.

THRILLER: No selection for this week.

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