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Expanding Resources & Broadening Minds

The Vermillion Public Library Foundation's purpose is the promotion of the Vermillion Public Library, its general welfare, and its public relations. One of the Foundation's goals is to assist the library is designing and funding special projects that will improve or expand patron services.

The current mission of the Foundation is to obtain funding to provide access to ideas and to promote the pursuit of lifelong learning.  A fundraising campaign, co-chaired by Roger Kozak and Jerry Johnson, will help in expanding the Children's Area plus add a multipurpose area and basement.  Renovations to the existing building will include a Young Adult Room, additional technical center space, enlarged Community Room, and added Reference sections.

The goal of the Foundation is to obtain gifts to provide for the furnishings to be placed in the newly expanded and renovated Vermillion Public Library.  Recognition Opportunities include:

Benefactor: $25,000 or more

Patron: $5,000 – $24,999

Sponsor: $1,000 – $4,999

Supporter: $500 – $999

Friend: $100 – $499

New Adult Non-Fiction Collection

New from the international and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of "The Energy Bus," is a read that takes you on an enlightening and life-changing quest to find passion, purpose, and happiness in your life and work.  "The Seed," by Jon Gordon, introduces the reader to Josh, an up and coming star in his company who has lost his passion at work. Challenged by his boss to take two weeks and decided if he really wants to work there, Josh take off for the country, where he meets a wise farmer who gives him a seed and a promise. If you find the right place to plant this seed, you'll find surprising new sources of wisdom and encouragement in your own work and life.

On a sunny fall afternoon in 1988, Jon Sarkin was playing golf when, without a whisper of warning, his life changed forever. As he bent down to pick up his golf ball, something strange and massive happened inside his head. For an utterly inexplicable reason, a tiny blood vessel, deep in the folds of his gray matter had suddenly shifted ever so slightly, rubbing against his acoustic nerve. Any noise now caused him excruciating pain. "Shadows Bright as Glass," by award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Ellis Nutt, interweaves Sarkin's remarkable story with a fascinating tour of the history of and latest findings in neuroscience.

What happens when an adventure travel expert, who's never actually done anything adventurous, tries to recreate the original expedition to Machu Picchu? In July of 1911 a young Yale lecturer, Hiram Bingham, climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and encountered an ancient city.  But nearly a century later the news reports cast him as a villain who smuggled out priceless artifacts and stole credit for finding one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. Author Mark Adams takes readers to Peru to investigate the allegations against Bingham by retracing the explorer's steps in "Turn Right at Machu Picchu."

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.

Check out the new version of the On-Line Book Club home page.  If you have any questions, patrons can contact the Book Club at or phone 941-373-0700.

The regular features for the week of Nov. 14 are:

BUSINESS: "In Pursuit of Elegance," by Matthew E. May.

FICTION: "The American Heiress," by Daisy Goodwin.

GOOD NEWS: "Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me," by Ian Morgan.

MYSTERY:  "The Hanging Wood," by Martin Edwards.

NON-FICTION: "Knuckler," by Tim Wakefield.

PRE-PUB: "Gossip," by Joseph Epstein.

ROMANCE: "Wild Desire," by Lori Brighton.

SCIENCE FICTION: "Mind Storm," by K. M. Ruiz.

TEEN: "Bluefish," by Pat Schmatz.

THRILLER: "The Paradise Prophecy," by Robert Brown.

 Beginning on Nov. 14, the Audio Book Club will be expanding. Now every other week, patrons will be able to sample a small clip from five different titles.  Instead of using RealPlayer, mp3 clips will be featured. Audio Book Club clips include: 

Nov 14: "Ready Player One," by Ernest Cline.

Nov. 15: "The Christmas Wedding," by James Patterson.

Nov. 16: "The Dovekeepers," by Alice Hoffman.

Nov. 17: "Crossing Mandelbaum Gate," by Kai Bird.

Nov. 18: "The Best Advice I Ever Got," by Katie Couric.

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