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Relates to the Vermillion Public Library

New Books available

We now have a few new fantasy books available. The currently published portion of The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan is available. From a prequel to Book 11. Also the first four books in the Shannara series by Terry Brooks are available for checkout. If you enjoyed The Lord of the Rings, check these out.

Printing and Faxing services

You may or may not be aware, that earlier in the year, the library purchased a new HP All-in-One Printer. It is capable of printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. In black and white or color and with single or double sided pages. We hope that this is found useful.

The board has agreed to the use of a simplified pricing scheme to help pay for the cost of ink, phone line (when used for faxing), and maintenance for the printer. The cost will be 25¢ for each page printed and each page sent out as a fax. This includes pages that are black and white or color, single or double-sided, and faxes that are sent or received. There is a cover sheet available for faxes sent from the library and we ask that you fill out an entry on the Fax Record form.

My Path to War

by Richard Gibbs
Ball Turret Gunner
457th Bomb Group

Available for $18.00 at the Vermillion Public Library or you can contact Richard Gibbs at
301 W 5th Street
Vermillion, KS 66544

The author, Richard Gibbs, traces an 18 year old draftee during World War II through basic training, aerial gunnery school, marriage and eventually being assigned to the 457th Bomb Group as a participant in some of the greatest air battles of World War II. The book is written almost entirely from memories remembered from that time over 60 years ago. It tells of the great raids on Leipzig, Cologne, as well as those on the center of the City of Munich, Germany. Richard Gibbs attempts to describe his feelings when the Corporal walked down the gravel path toward his hut in the middle of the night to wake the crews who were to fly that day. Also, he describes the isolation feelings of the flying personnel while assigned to one of the greatest B17 Groups of the War.

Wireless Internet now available

With some grant money that was recently received for some technology upgrades, the library purchased a wireless router. Between the times of 7:00 am 10:00 pm, free wireless internet access will be available at the library. Even if the library is closed. If your computer is equipped with a wireless card, you will be able to connect to the internet. No password is required.

The library is not responsible for any information that is compromised by your use of the wireless connection.

Technical support for connecting your computer to the internet cannot be provided by the library or the library staff. You are responsible the setup and configuration of your computer.

Printing to the library printers is not allowed from computers connected wirelessly.

You are expected to abide by the Electronic Equipment and Internet Use Agreement while using the wireless connection.

While not required, the library would appreciate it if you would let us know if you make use of the wireless connection.

Pictures taken during Story Hour at Vermillion May 21, 2007

The childrenâ??s pictures shown under Vermillion Photos, were taken when the Frankfort-Centralia Kinder-Prep students visited and toured the Vermillion Library the May 21. The Library holds a monthly â??Story Hourâ? during the school year for Kinder-Prep and the children can check out books at that time. Karen Zidek, one of the board members, brought her bird for the children to see.

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

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!