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 The Pillars of the Earth, Mini Series, by Ken Follett is the fall 2011 book club selection. This epic mini series of kings and peasants centers on the building of a magnificent church in 12th-century England.  The library will be showing the movies on Wednesdays starting at 7 p.m. in October and November.  Watch for more details.

Sign-up for fall Storytimes.  Registration is required as space is limited.  Stop by the circulation desk for more information.

Also, this fall the library is hosting the One Book South Dakota Program with the South Dakota Humanities Council.  This year�s book is The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History, Joseph Marshall III.  The discussion will be facilitated by Jamie Sullican from Mount Marty College.  More information will be available later this month.

The library is pleased to announce a new look with new features to the Online Book Club sign up page.  Patrons will be able to read the current or past book selections on a new eye catching design, add their own links to the drop down menu, and add their own background images.  The site automatically tweets new weekly book titles and there will be rotating widgets that patrons can add to the library�s web page.

Several dozen libraries are testing the new Book Club site and shortly it will be available for everyone.

The DearReader On-line 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 their book club without leaving Facebook.  This also opens the door for patrons to post comments about a book on Facebook.

During the summer the Vermillion Public Library is closed on Sundays.  Materials may be returned to the book or A/V drop boxes located on the south side of the building.

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 service.  The features for the week of Aug. 15 are:

AUDIO BOOK: No selection for this selection.

BUSINESS: The Language of Trust, by Michael Maslansky.

FICTION: Though Not Dead, by Dana Stabenow.

GOOD NEWS:  One Simple Act, by Debbie Macomber.

MYSTERY: Fade to Blue, by Bill Moody.

NON-FICTION: Plastic, by Susan Freinkel.

PRE-PUB: No selection for this week.

ROMANCE: Here to Stay, by Catherine Anderson.

SCIENCE FICTION:  No selection for this week.

TEEN: Reality Check, by Jen Calonita.

THRILLER: No selection for this week.

New Adult Non-Fiction

Do you need help with your toddlers wonder year?  �What to Expect: The Second Year,� by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel is the complete why, when, and how-to guide to the 12- to 24-month-old child.

�Shadows Bright as Glass,� by Amy Ellis Nutt is the remarkable story of one man�s journey from brain trauma to artistic triumph.  A cruel trick of nature, a catastrophic stroke, and a quiet, sensible Jon Sarkin was transformed into an artist with a ferocious need to create.

Every day in teaching contains many humbling opportunities to make a difference in the life of a child.  �Thanks to One of My Favorite Teachers,� by John Morrissey is a collection of stories about gifted and motivated teachers.

The book, �Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China,� by Judith Stacey is a provocative research on mainstream issues. The author profiles unfamiliar cultures of contemporary love, marriage, and family values from around the world.

Author Lynda Hopkins admits she�s not a farmer, not even a farmer�s wife, just an aspiring farmer�s suburban girlfriend. In her memoir, �The Wisdom of the Radish and Other Lessons Learned on a Small Farm,� Hopkins and boyfriend, Emmett become the country�s newest sodbusters with their goal to earn a living by growing crops, raising chickens, and selling the fruits of their labor at the local farmer�s market.

Imagine the crunch of a freshly-picked apple, with an apple that you picked in the fall, but are enjoying several months later. �The Joy of Keeping a Root Cellar,� by Jennifer Megyesi with photographs by Geoff Hansen, is a guide to canning, freezing, drying, smoking, and preserving your harvest.

What if the conscious mind, the part you consider to be you, is just the tip of the iceberg? What is the rest doing?  �Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain,� by David Eagleman is a stunning exploration of the �we� behind the �I�.  The author reveals all the neural magic tricks behind the cognitive illusion we call reality.

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