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Relates to the Vermillion Public Library

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner, by Kaheled Hosseini, tells the story of a friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hassan is Amir’s kite runner, exceptional at judging where a kite will land after having it’s string cut. (Kite flying in Kabul often results in bloody hands after trying to cut the strings of competitors kite’s. They often fly kites with glass coated string.) While Hassan is going after a kite that Amir has won, he suffers an attack that Amir witnesses. Amir shuts Hassan out of his life and attempts to move on. However, even after he and his father flee from the Russian occupation to America, he still feels shame and regret. Finally, he heads back to Afghanistan in an attempt to make things right and help Hassan’s son. The Kite Runner is a novel of fathers and sons and of friendship and betrayal that goes from the final days of Afghanistan’s monarchy to the atrocities of the present.

The Kite Runner is also available at the Vermillion Public Library. Check it out and let us know what you think with a comment!

With your Kansas Library Card

Did you know that you are not limited only to the books you can find at the library? Using your Kansas Library Card (KSLC) you can access thousands of e-Books, audio files, and much more. All for free! Here is a summary of some of what you will have access to.

  • HomeworkKansas – Live tutoring for Kansas students.
  • OverDrive – Digital Audio Books and Digital Music available for you download and listen to on your computer, MP3 Player, or CD.
  • FirstSearch – Access to full-image articles from electronic and full-text journals.
  • Infotrac Web – Access to citations and articles from scholarly, business, and trade journals, and other news sources.
  • NetLibrary eBooks – More that 12,000 eBooks covering a wide array of subjects.
  • ProQuest – Includes Nursing Journals Database, The ABI/Inform suite of Business and Economics resources and Research Library.
  • ¡Informe! – Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.
  • Heritage Quest – A genealogy database including 1790-1930 Census data and much more.
  • Literature Resource Center – Author biographies, literary essays, critical essays covering many subjects and much more.
  • Custom Newspapers – Full-text database of over 160 U.S. and foreign newspapers.
  • WorldBook – Includes every article in the 22 volume print edition and more.
*Interpreted from the information for the KSLC on kslc.org.

There may be further explanation to some of these services at a later time.
To obtain access to these services, provided by the State Library of Kansas and KAN-ED, see a librarian and ask for a Kansas Library Card. All you need is to be a resident of the State of Kansas.

A new website!

As you can see, the library website has a new look.  It was created using the blogging software WordPress which also makes it much easier to update when compared with the old website.  We will try to keep the site current with the happenings around the library.  It is still (and probably always will be) a work in progress so comments or e-mails are welcome.  In the meantime, check out some of the links and pages to the left and right of this post.  Enjoy!