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Activities at the Library

The Friends of the Library will sponsor a spring book sale from May 4 through the 8. They are looking for volunteers to set up and take down, sort materials, and cashier.  Donations from the book sale help support the Summer Reading Program and other events at the library.  Contact Misi at 677-7060 for more information.

Hours of the book sale are on Wednesday, May 4, Thursday, May 5, and Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to  5 p.m.  On Friday, May 6 the hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 8 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Vermillion summer parks and recreation registration guide is available at the circulation desk.  The sign up for summer fun is on Wednesday, May 4 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the National Guard building at 603 Princeton Street.

The May Book Page is also available at the circulation desk.  Pick up your copy today.

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 service.  The featured for the week of May 2 are:

AUDIO BOOK: Check on-line for this week�s selection.

BUSINESS: The Genius Machine, by Gerald Sindell.

FICTION: Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen.

GOOD NEWS: Hope Will Find You, by Naomi Levy.

MYSTERY: Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out, by Lee Goldberg.

NON-FICTION: Into the Storm, by Lee Timmer. 

PRE-PUB: Check on-line for this week�s selection.

ROMANCE:  Kentucky Bride, by Hannah Howell.

SCIENCE FICTION:  Starbound, by Joe Haldeman.

TEEN: Goddess Boot Camp, by Tera Lynn Childs.

THRILLER: House Justice, by Mike Lawson.

CLASSIC UPCOMING BOOK FOR MAY: Iola Leroy, by Frances Ellen Watkins.

New Adult Fiction

Boone Drake is a young cop rising rapidly through the ranks of the Chicago Police Department.  He has beautiful wife, nice starter home, a great partner, and a career plan that should land him in the Organized Crime Division within five years. Until, everything goes wrong. A longtime Chicagoan, the son of a police officer, and the brother of two cops, author Jerry Jenkins brings his readers a new novel, �The Brotherhood.�

Mexican author Carlos Fuentes, winner of the Cervantes Prize, is one of the world�s most acclaimed writers.  He brings readers a stunning new novel that is a magnificent epic of passion, magic, and desire in modern Mexico.  �Destiny and Desire� is a tapestry set in a world where free will fights with the wishes of the gods. This novel is translated by Edith Grossman.

Deep in the heart of Oxford�s Bodleian Library, scholar Diana Bishop requests a manuscript called Ashmole 782 in the course of her research. Coming from an old line of witches, she senses this ancient book might be bound up with magic. The opening of the book sets off a stirring of daemonds, witches, and vampires within the library�s reading rooms. �The Discovery of Witches,� by Deborah Harkness, is the first book in the All Souls trilogy.  The second novel will be published in 2012.

The fictional writings of E. L. Doctorow comprise a towering achievement in modern American works. �All the Time in the World� is a never before published collection of six short stories about people who are distinct in their surroundings.

Best selling author Alex Berenson brings his fans another suspense thriller in �The Secret Soldier.�  John Wells may have left the CIA, but he hasn�t left the high-stakes world of espionage, where hidden battles determine the fate of nations as he goes underground in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

New Adult Biography

One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, J. D. Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life. Here is a new biography, energetic and magnificently researched, that shows a true picture of a life that spanned nearly the entire twentieth century. Author Kenneth Slawenski explores Salinger�s privileged youth, long obscured by misrepresentation and rumor, revealing the brilliant, sarcastic, vulnerable son of a disapproving father and doting mother.  �J. D. Salinger: A Life� is a read no lover of literature can afford to miss.

Fifteen-year-old Carolyn Maull McKinstry was just a few feet away when the Klan-planted bomb that killed four of her friends exploded in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. It was one of the seminal moments in the American Civil Rights Movement, a sad day in American history, and the turning point in a young girl�s life. �While the World Watched,� by Denise George, author of 24 books and over magazine 1,500 magazine articles, is a unique and moving exploration of how racial relations have evolved over the past five decades.

Howard Sounes, author of the definitive �Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan,� spent more than two years investigating every aspect of Paul McCartney�s life and work. �Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney� is unlike previous biographies of the Beatle icon. The author pays equal attention to the story of his time with the group and the ongoing story of his post-Beatles career, creating a comprehensive volume that spans the long arc of the artist�s life and work.

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