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Early out movie, Thursday, Nov. 1

The next early out program will be on Thursday, Nov. 1, with the showing of the movie, “Pirates: Band of Misfits” (PG) which is 88 minutes long. Movie time will be from 1 until 3 p.m.
Movies are shown in the meeting room and most attendees prefer to sit on the floor. The library does have a few bean bag chairs but not enough for everyone. Kids are more than welcome to bring in pillows or comfy seat-like things of their own for early out movies.

Meal and A Movie, Friday, Nov. 2
Meal and a Movie is on Friday, Nov. 2. Sponsored by Solon Senior Advocates, the group convenes in the meeting room of the library. Come for lunch at 11 a.m. and stay for the movie, “Hugo.” Make reservations for lunch, ham and scalloped potatoes and pie for dessert, with Sandy at 319-624-2710.

International Game Day Nov. 3
Saturday, Nov. 3, is International Game Day and Solon Library is joining the celebration from noon until 5:30 p.m. There will be options to play board games galore and a spectacular Mario Kart Wii tournament. Scrabble games will convene at 2:30 p.m. and last until 5:30 p.m.
All ages are welcome. This is a free event in the meeting room with no registration. A current Solon Library card is required. If you do not have a library card, you may sign-up before the event. Snacks will be provided.

Miss Jen’s Storytime Nov. 6
Children ages two through five, their caregivers and younger siblings should plan to join Miss Jen every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for Storytime. The theme for Tuesday, Nov. 6, will be counting.

Thanksgiving mix orders due Nov. 7
Thanksgiving jar mixes may be preordered through Nov. 7. Order forms are available at the library or by emailing SolonLibrFriends@aol.com. All jars are priced below $5 and payment must accompany the order. Choose from cranberry cornbread mix, turkey noodle soup mix, pumpkin chocolate chip muffin mix or apple cider spice mix. Take one along as a hostess gift or reward yourself. Gift jars may be picked up at the library during regular business hours on Friday, Nov. 16, through Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Downsizing program, Sat., Nov. 10
Mark your calendar now for a special program on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. The Friends of the Library are sponsoring a Seniors Downsizing Program with lots of information packed into a one hour program on how to start the process of de-cluttering, downsizing, and organizing your life for that next smaller sized house or condo. It’s a free program, and no reservations are necessary. More information is available at the library or by emailing friends.

Gingerbread Workshop Nov. 13
The library’s annual Gingerbread House Workshop will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with two sessions, one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Registration is required for this event. Sign up your family by calling the library at 319-624-2678.

Book club to meet Nov. 20
The Solon Book Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Solon Library from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. All interested adult readers are welcome to attend. For questions about the book club, please contact Joyce at jebarta@southslope.net. To borrow a copy of a selected book, please contact the library circulation desk by calling 624-2678 or e-mail Jacque at jdeaton@solon.lib.ia.us.
The selection for the Nov. 20 meeting is the memoir “Father’s Day” by Buzz Bissinger. Bissinger has twin sons. One is a graduate student studying to become a teacher. The other, Zach is a savant, challenged by serious intellectual deficits but also blessed with rare talents. In order to better understand Zach, Buzz and Zach hit the road to revisit all the places they have lived together during Zach’s twenty-four years. Zach revels in his memories, and Buzz experiences his own journey, with revelations about his own parents, the price of ambition, and its effect on his twins.

Time to order Christmas jar mixes
Christmas jar mix order forms are now available at the library circulation desk or by e-mailing Friends of the Library at SolonLibrFriends@aol.com. A nice variety of hot drink mixes, soups, sweet treats and side dishes are being offered for $5.25 or less. Mixes are packed in canning jars with decorative fabric tops and complete preparation instructions. Deadline for preorders to be turned in at the library is Wednesday, Nov. 21. Payment must accompany all preorders. Your gift jars will be available for pick-up at the library beginning on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Books to enjoy
If you are looking to read a series and prefer something a little whimsical with murder and moral obligation, take a look at “The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie series” by Alexander McCall Smith. There are nine books in the series, ranging in copyright dates from 2004 through 2012. The latest, “The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel” is on the new book shelf. In this latest installment, Dalhousie, the Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth answers an unexpected appeal from a wealthy Scottish collector who has been robbed of a valuable painting. If you are just starting the series, the balance of the books will be found in the stacks.
“The Casual Vacancy” by J K Rowling, listed on both the local and national bestseller lists is Rowling’s first novel for adults. The story centers around the little town of Pagford left in shock by the unexpected death of one of their residents holding a town council seat. The empty seat becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has seen. Leave your comments about Rowling’s first adult novel at the circulation desk.
A new James Patterson book co-authored with Marshall Karp, also on the national best-seller list is “NYPD Red”. Filled with movie stars arriving in limos for premiers, Hollywood is on the Hudson and New York is swept up in the glamour. Then a producer collapses at his power breakfast and that begins the action of a string of brutal and horrifying crimes. With larger-than-life action, relentless speed and white-knuckle twists, this book is another thriller by Patterson.
Staying with the national best-seller list, “Mad River,” by John Sandford is also on the new book shelf. “Mad River” is a Virgil Flowers novel. Three teenagers with dead-end lives and chips on their shoulders take off on a Bonnie and Clyde venture through rural Minnesota.
First they kill a highway patrolman and keep going from there. Detective Flowers joins in the investigation and even he doesn’t realize what’s about to happen next.
The Iris Johansen fans will find her latest thriller, “Sleep No More,” on the new book shelf. One woman was held captive for decades; another one freed by the truth. Eve Duncan will be questioning everything she thought she knew about her family and her past.
Just released Oct. 23, John Grisham fans will be clamoring for his latest legal thriller, “The Racketeer.” Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new Grisham novel. Judge Fawcett and his young secretary were found dead in his remote lakeside cabin. And, who knows who is responsible? Malcolm Bannister, former attorney who is now housed in the Federal Prison Camp.