Activities at the Library
The Friends of the Library will sponsor a spring book sale from May 4 through 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 May Book Page is also available at the circulation desk. Pick up your copy today.
Drawing games with Ms. Paige is scheduled for Thursday, May 12 starting at 3:45 p.m. in the Community Room of the library.
�One World, Many Stories� is the theme of this year�s Summer Reading Program. In keeping with the world theme, children are invited to check out a little stuffed animal for one week. During that week the child should read about a foreign country, take an imaginary vacation to that country, write a note on a postcard (provided by the library) about their adventure with their stuffed friend, and draw a picture depicting a famous landmark or area representing the country. Returned postcards will be displayed on a world map in the Community Room throughout the summer.
The library�s summer reading adventures includes an adult program, Cultural Clips Film Festival, young reader and young adult reader programs, and preschool and toddler storytime sessions. For more information, pick up a Check It Out Newsletter and Calendar of Events pamphlet at the circulation desk. This summer is going to be your greatest adventure yet!
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 website, 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 service. The featured for the week of May 9 are:
AUDIO BOOK: No selection for this week.
BUSINESS: The Next Evolution of Marketing, by Bob Gilbreath.
FICTION: The Book of Tomorrow, by Cecelia Ahern.
GOOD NEWS: Courting Morrow Little, by Laura Levy.
MYSTERY: The Nearest Exit, by Olen Steinhauer.
NON-FICTION: Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff.
PRE-PUB: No selection for this week.
ROMANCE: Aching for Always, by Gwyn Cready.
SCIENCE FICTION: No selection for this week.
TEEN: World�s End, by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski.
THRILLER: No selection for this week.
CLASSIC UPCOMING BOOK FOR MAY: Iola Leroy, by Frances Ellen Watkins
New Adult Historical Fiction
Violante isn�t supposed to be here, in one of the grandest courts of Renaissance Italy. She isn�t supposed to be a lady-in-waiting to the beautiful Lucrezia Borgia. In author Sarah Bower�s �Sins of the House of Borgia,� Violante�s place in history will test her heart and leave her the guardian of dangerous secrets she must carry to the grave.
The legacy of slavery, the loyalty of family and the lure of love form the story in Alan Cheuse�s �Song of the Slaves in the Desert.� The author traces the thread of slavery from sixteenth-century Timbuktu to the suffocating Southern heat.
Late in the summer of 1877 in the town of Constanta on the Black Sea, a baby girl is ushered into the world by a pair of mysterious Tartar midwives who arrive just minutes before the birth. Eleonora�s mother dies soon after and she is raised by her doting father, a carpet merchant and her resentful stepmother. �The Oracle of Stamboul,� a debut novel by Michael David Lukas, is an elegantly crafted, utterly enchanting story set in a mystical, exotic world.
It is 1819, the dawn of the British Empire. Captain Adam Bolitho must make a fast passage from Plymouth to Freetown in West Africa with secret orders for the senior officer there. The slave trade has been declared illegal but over a hundred thousand slaves are still being shipped annually, the profit considered worth the risk. �In the King�s Name,� by author Alexander Kent, Captain Bolitho finds greed, corruption and a clever, hidden enemy who will stop at nothing.
New York Times bestselling novelists W. Michael and Kathleen O�Neal Gear have long been considered the foremost chroniclers of early Native American life. Now, in a critically acclaimed, new series, they recreate the years following the first European invasions. �Fire the Sky� follows Hernando de Soto�s brutal expedition north from the Florida peninsula as the explorer plunders the heart of a complex and fragile civilization.