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Library Activities and Information

Book Blab is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the library.  Stop by the library for the fifth year of sharing your favorite authors and books and discovering some new ones with other book lovers.

The afternoon of Fun and Games will be Saturday, Jan. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. also in the Community Room.  This is a program for patrons, ages 12 years and over, to play board games or put together jigsaw puzzles.  Learn how or show others how to play Dominos, the newest game to be added to the afternoon of fun.

Book Page: America's Book Review for January is available at the circulation desk.  The Book Page features new and well-known authors and their books, reviews in the areas of fiction, nonfiction and children's materials, information about audio books and book clubs.  Pick up your January copy soon.

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.

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 info@dearreader.com or phone 941-373-0700.

The regular features for the week are:

BUSINESS: "Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty," by Patrick M. Lencioni.

FICTION: "The Gendrarme," by Mark T. Mustian.

GOOD NEWS: "The Dog Next Door," edited by Callie Smithy Grant.

MYSTERY: "Anthem For Doomed Youth," by Carola Dunn.

NON-FICTION: "Ask Me Why I Hurt," by Randy Christensen, M.D.

PRE-PUB: No selection for this week.

ROMANCE: "The Reluctant Viking," by Sandra Hill.

SCIENCE FICTION: No selection for this week.

TEEN: "This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein," by Kenneth Oppel.

THRILLER: No selection for this week.

The Audio Book club has expanded. Now every other week patrons will be able to sample a small clip of five different books each day.  There are no selections for the week of Jan. 16 through Jan. 20.

New Adult Fiction

Ed Clancy and Joe Shelby are reporters for "The Paris Star," an English-language newspaper based in Paris.  Survivors of missions to Vietnam, Beirut, Kosovo, and beyond, they are in shock at being ambushed by the Internet age and a 24-hour news cycle. "The Paris Correspondent," by author Alan S. Cowell, is a tribute to journalism, love, and liquor in a turbulent era.

East coast transplants to a small Oregon town, Naomi and Scanlon Pratt are on the threshold of a new life.  Scanlon has a position at a local University and Naomi, a fragrance designer whose sense of smell has inexplicably vanished, is expecting the couple's first child. "The Oregon Experiment," by Keith Scribner, is a contemporary civil war between desire and betrayal and explores a minefield of convictions and complications.

Best selling author, Clive Cussler is back teamed up with author Graham Brown to bring fans another Kurt Austin adventure. A Japanese cargo ship cruising the eastern Atlantic near the Azores bursts into flames and a gang of pirates speeds toward the ship to take advantage of the disaster. "Devil's Gate" is filled with high-stakes suspense and boundless adventure and is one of the most thrilling Cussler novels yet.

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