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And the Oscar winner is–

Spencer Thompson.
Spencer took the prize in the 2012 Oscar contest sponsored by the Friends of the Solon Library by correctly predicting 18 of the 24 categories. The $40 prize package included first check-out privileges for all Best Picture nominated films that arrive at the library after the Oscars (Feb. 26). Congratulations, Spencer.

Adult reading winner
The February winner in the adult reading program drawing is Denise Calef. Congratulations, Denise.
The monthly prize is provided by Friends of the Library. One entry is allowed for every book read by adults, eighteen years and older. Be sure to enter your name in the drawing at the circulation desk.

New audio books arrive
With the upcoming 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, there are many releases to commemorate the disaster. Wyn Craig Wade’s “Titanic: The Disaster of the Century” narrates an electrifying account of the vessel’s last desperate hours and addresses questions that continue to haunt the tragedy of the Titanic in a 12 set/ 14.5 hour CD. Gordon Korman’s three-CD/book series, “Titanic Book 1: Unsinkable,” “Titanic Book 2: Collision Course” and “Titanic Book 3: S.O.S,” geared to upper-elementary readers, is also available in audio CD. Korman is one of the authors of the popular “39 Clues” books.
In the non-fiction audio books, “Unhooked, How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both” by Laura Sessions Stepp is a valuable text for parents and includes a practical conversation guide for mothers and daughters. “Hooking Up” is a no-strings-attached sex act that allows participants the freedom to unhook at any time with no love or commitment to the participants.
The popular Titania De Rosnay book, “The House I Loved,” is now available in audio book as well as in hardcover. Newly released “Kill Shot” by Vince Flynn is now on the audio shelf as well as on the new fiction shelf in hardcover. “The Shadow Patrol” by Alex Berenson is in the John Wells series taking place in the CIA’s Kabul Station. The new Jodi Picoult release, “Lone Wolf” is available in audio book but we are still awaiting the arrival of the hardcover book.

New Books List
New adult books are ordered each month and are usually shelf ready by the third week. Many of the books are popular checkouts and spend very little time on the library shelf. While a variety of the new arrivals are reviewed in the newspaper, to give patrons a better idea of all the new books received, there will now be a list of all new titles posted near the new book shelf in the center of the library. Titles not found on the shelf may be placed on hold at the circulation desk.

Last call for ‘Snow Bound’
If you haven’t had a chance to see Toni’s winter display window, “Snow Bound– The Garden In Winter”, stop in soon because, like winter, the window will be disappearing. The wonderful white snow owl on loan from the Department of Natural Resources, perched in the center of this garden view, is such a wonderful creature to observe at close range. Be sure and see him again before he leaves for the season on March 10.

February Board Highlights
Friends of the Library held their February meeting on Feb. 2, prior to the winter book sale. Discussion included the book sale, possible purchases for the library for 2012 and a final report for the “Books For Troops 2011” project. The foundation met on Feb. 16. Discussion centered around the need to replace one computer, which the foundation funds for the library. A Calf Classic committee was formed to facilitate all aspects of the fundraiser through the auction to be held on Beef Days Saturday night. Ann Kent-Miller was approved for the vacant member-at-large position on the board. The Library Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting on Feb. 27 with the new board seated for the first time. Each board member was assigned a committee. The marketing committee made a presentation proposing an outdoor message sign for the library, a project two years in the making.

MOVIE CLIPS
“Puss in Boots” (2011, PG, Animated Comedy) A story about the events leading up to the sword fighting cat’s meeting with Shrek and his friends.
“The Debt” (2010, R, Action/Thriller) Shocking news reaches two retired secret agents (Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague. All three have been venerated for decades because of the mission they undertook back in 1965, when the trio tracked down a Nazi war criminal. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team’s mission was accomplished– or was it?
“For Colored Girls” (2010, R, Drama) Each of the women in this film portray one of the characters represented in a collection of 20 poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.
“Life As We Know It” (2010, PG13, Comedy/Drama) Two single adults become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.
“A Man of Deeds” (2011, Documentary) Born into the chaos of the French Revolution, Mathias Loras would come to develop a vision for a state of spirituality in the New World that few dare dream. Brought up in an elegant, bourgeois family he would eventually become a missionary assigned to a remote outpost in the frontier territory of Iowa. There he would sow the seeds of the church to rough miners and farmers, while battling the unending hardships of life on edge of civilization