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Activities at the Library

The library will host a book discussion on Every Patient Tells a Story, by Lisa Sanders, M.D., on Sunday, March 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room. The book and discussion is facilitated by the USD Chapter of the American Medical Student Association.  Copies of this book are available to check out at the circulation desk or call 677-7060 to reserve a copy.

The Adult Book Club is featuring Land of the Burnt Thigh, by Edith Eduroa Kohl, on Thursday, March 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room. This book is a fascinating memoir of two women homesteaders on the South Dakota frontier.  The discussion will be facilitated by Norma Wilson, USD professor emeritus.  Hot drinks and refreshments will be provided.  Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

Drawing Games with Ms. Paige for the month of March is on Thursday, March 24, from 3:34 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room.

The USD Reading Council�s Caldecott Award Day is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, from 3:45 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room. This program, for younger readers, features stories, activities, and snacks.

It is that time of year again!  Volunteers trained to use material provided by the IRS will provide tax preparation services at the library. Scheduled hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, March 19 and 26, and April 9. Pick up a list of free tax services at the circulation desk.

�DearReader,� the online book club, has added a Teen tab to its library tabs for Facebook.  This tab displays the daily book club excerpt right on Facebook.  Teens can sign up for the Teen Book Club without leaving Facebook.  This also opens the door for teens to post comments about the current books and make their friends aware of new books.

�DearReader� has also added the feature, BookTweets that automatically sends out a tweet letting people know what books their library is featuring each week on the Online Book Club. This feature is available to the book club members.  A link in the tweet takes readers to a page showing each of the clubs, the book jackets, titles, and authors.  Patrons can then click to read the excerpt in their browser, on their mobile device, or click to subscribe to the daily emails.  For more information email the site at

Check out the VPL�s TumbleBookLibrary and TumbleReadables collection on the library�s home page.  Click on the children�s department link.  Readers can look at a new read-along graphic novel demo by clicking on this site,

The library�s home page has also added a link the WebMD.  The homepage address is

Weekly Online Book Club

The 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, 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 service.  The featured for the week of March 21 are:

AUDIO BOOK: The Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine, by Alison Weir.

BUSINESS: Pay Attention, by Anne Thomas & Jill Applegate.

FICTION: Take One Candle Light a Room, by Susan Straight.

GOOD NEWS: A Hope Undaunted, by Julie Lessman.

MYSTERY:  Hypothermia, by Arnaldur Indridason.

NON-FICTION: Bloody Crimes, by James Swanson.

PRE-PUB:  Lillies in Moonlight, by Allison K. Pittman.

ROMANCE: Twice Tempted By a Rogue, by Tessa Dare.

SCIENCE FICTION: Star Trek: The Needs of the Many, by Michael A. Martin & Jake Sisko.

TEEN: The Replacement, by Brenda Yovanoff.

THRILLER: The Ark, by Boyd Morrison.

CLASSIC BOOKS FOR MARCH: The Saga of Gosta Berling, by Selma Lagerlof.

 Highlighted Book of the Week

When Doane Robinson suggested a massive carving in the Black Hills of South Dakota he could not have envisioned the impact the memorial would have today.  The economic stimulus to the state of South Dakota from tourism dollars is staggering.  The intangible values of our freedoms and our liberties that people envision when visiting are breath taking.  America�s Shrine of Democracy, by T. D. Griffith has captured the history and setting of the memorial well and has included a Black Hills section to give the reader a sense of this unique corner of America. Included is a foreword by President Ronald Reagan.

New Adult Non-Fiction Collection

Genealogy On Line, by Elizabeth Powell Crowe is a definitive online genealogy guide, updated with the latest Web 2.0 technologies.

My Empty Nest Isn�t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman, by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Scottoline Serritella.

The Vikings Reader, edited by Armand Peterson, is the fascinating, yard-by-yard chronicle of 50 years of Viking football from the perspective of the sportswriters and commentators who were there when the stories unfolded.

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