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Books for Troops ends

The Books for Troops project ended with the mailing of the December 2011 boxes. The project was originally begun in January 2011 to support the deployed Iowa National Guard troops. Those units returned during the summer. During 2011, 27 boxes were mailed to troops. Troops responded with appreciation for the boxes that were received.
The difficulty in obtaining addresses made it impossible to extend the project. The release of addresses of service people is highly restricted due to privacy laws as well as the protection of soldiers and their families that are waiting back home.
No further items are being collected. Thanks to all who donated to the project.

Summer Reading Program countdown
Summer Reading Program is heading into the final stretch of programs and activities. July 28 is the last day of the program. Next week will be the last week of daily programming. On Tuesday, July 17, Storytimers will be listening to stories about camping and doing a camping craft. “Teens on Tuesdays @ 2” will have their final program of the year with water games. This will be an outside program and all attending should plan to get wet. In case of rain, teens will move indoors, without the water games and enjoy snacks and the book giveaway. At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, the Family Night entertainment is the movie, “Monsters vs. Aliens” with drinks and snacks provided. The movie is rated PG and lasts 94 minutes. The Wednesday Afternoon Adventurers for first through fourth grades will be making lanterns at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18.

Register to read to therapy dogs
On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 23, 24, and 26, Johnson County R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) will be at the library from 5 until 7 p.m. Registration for a specific time to come and read to one of the dogs will begin on Monday, July 9. Kids can register for a 15-minute reading time slot. Any child can sign up, but they must be able to read aloud on their own.
During the first week of registration (July 9 through 14), each child can sign up for one 15-minute session. If there are still open slots after the first week, children can come back and sign up for another session.

June adult prize winners
Adult readers as well as the kids are getting into the act during Summer Reading Program. Seventy individuals completed 186 entries for the June prize drawing. June prize winners are:
Shannon Hahn –$50 Barnes & Noble gift certificate.
Kelly Foster –$25 gift certificate for movies at Coral Ridge Mall.
Fran Neuzil –$25 gift card for gas.
Michael De Pree - $20 gift certificate from Joensy’s.
Sharon Croshek –“Between the Covers” T-shirt and reading lights for her family.
Autum Hansgen - $10 in cash.
Keep reading. More great prizes will be given away at the end of July. Several of the June prizes will repeat and an Old Creamery Theater $25 gift certificate will be added for July.
Thanks to sponsors– Bridge Community Bank, the Friends of the Solon Library, Old Creamery Theater and Joensy’s for their help in supporting the Adult Summer Reading Program.

New audio books
A new shipment of audio book titles have arrived for the shelf. Added are: “Wild Star” by Catherine Coulter, “The Storm” by Clive Cussler, “The Daughters of Blessing” series by Lauraine Snelling, “The Bourne Imperative: a Jason Bourne novel” by Eric Van Lustbader, two new Louis L’Amour titles, “XO” by Jeffery Deaver and “The Whole-Brain Child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind” by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

It’s fair time
The Johnson County Fair is from July 23 through 26. The six libraries of Johnson County join together to share a booth in the exhibition hall to promote library awareness in their community. Posters representing each library are displayed. Volunteers representing the six different libraries staff the booth and offer a souvenir along with a cold drink of water at their watering station. Stop by when you’re enjoying the fair.

More good books arrive
Jodi Picoult has joined with her daughter, Samantha Van Leer, to present their first-ever novel for teen readers. With color illustrations and color text “Between The Lines,” is an attractive introduction of Jodi Picoult to the teen readers. Faithful Picoult readers will be picking it up as well. Read what happens when Delilah, a bit of a loner and book nerd, is spoken to by Oliver. Elin Hilderbrand takes you back to Nantucket for a summer read in her latest release, “Summerland.” On a warm June evening, the students of Nantucket High gathered on the beach for a traditional bonfire but the celebration ends in tragedy with a car accident. Questions linger about what happened before Penny, the driver, took the wheel. As summer unfolds, more truths are revealed.
Newly released by Lisa Unger, “Heartbroken” is a story about three women on a heart-wrenching collision course. This suspenseful story will keep the pages turning as Kate and Emily, whose lives couldn’t have been more different, meet Birdie on an island in the Adirondacks. “Heartbroken” is a tense novel about the limits of dysfunctional families. “Coming Home: A Story of Undying Hope” by Karen Kingsbury is a stand- alone novel in paperback that will serve as either an introduction or conclusion in the saga of the Baxter family. Tremendous victory, unprecedented loss, a story of faith and forever kind of love are all events that are experienced in “Coming Home.”
Joanna Trollope readers will enjoy her latest novel, “The Soldier’s Wife,” a recently released paperback. Dan Riley , a major in the British Army, is up for promotion after a tour of duty in Afghanistan but it means a move for the family. Alexa, his wife, has been offered a good teaching job she can’t take and daughter Isabel hates the Army boarding school and begins running away. Trollope involves the reader in the story of a family striving to balance duty and ambition.
Book 11 in the Peter Diamond series, “Cop To Corpse” by Peter Lovesey finds Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond assigned to a case to find a sniper who is targeting policemen. A chilling encounter with the sniper leads Diamond to evidence that suggests the killer might be one of their own. Does Diamond manage to capture this dangerous sniper while keeping his team from losing faith in him?
The latest release in the Bess Crawford series is “An Unmarked Grave” by Charles Todd. World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford matches wits with a devious killer when she discovers the body of an officer who has been murdered concealed among the dead awaiting burial. Bess begins to piece together what little evidence she can find to track down the elusive killer.

Where’s the bear?
Wander into the children’s section of the library and catch a glimpse of the newest resident– a huge 53-inch bear is sitting there– in a chair– just waiting for his next hug. The plush, warm and fuzzy bear is a gift from Friends of the Library. So far unnamed, the bear has already received many hugs and a few visitors to his lap.