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New sign in library’s future

Preliminary work has begun near the driveway entrance of the library in preparation for installation of an LED message sign. To date, work crews have moved a parking lot light and buried the electrical service. The sign made of brick and sporting the library name and logo will make a substantial statement. The LED message will be used to announce library activities and events including holiday parties, book sales, Summer Reading Program events and pertinent city information as well.
For the past two years, the library marketing committee, Sue Ballantyne, Paula Sears, Alan Harrington, and library staff members Kris Brown, Jennifer Leveck, and Jacque Deaton have been working toward this goal and should see it to completion in the next few months, with a target date of the end of October.
The sign has been made possible with funding from a bequest.

Closed for Beef Days
The library will be closing at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 20, and will remain closed on Saturday, July 21, for Solon Beef Days. The library will resume normal hours on Monday, July 23, opening at 10 a.m. Enjoy the celebration.

‘Reading to Dogs’ starts Monday, July 23
Summer Reading Program is winding down for the year. After the library is closed for Beef Days week-end, Monday, July 23, will begin with R.E.A.D. with the Johnson County Therapy Dogs. Registration is required to participate. The dogs will be in the library on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 23, 24 and 26 from 5 until 7 p.m. Independent readers (kids able to read on their own) will read in 15 minute time slots.

Summer Reading Program
Storytime special guest for Tuesday, July 24, will be Kristin Simon from East Central Iowa Council of Governments. Kristin will be presenting her program “Dream Big – What Makes Us Happy?” and reading “The Gift of Nothing” by Patrick McDonnell. Storytime meets at 10:30 a.m. for ages two through five, their siblings and caregivers.
Summer reading participants have until 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, to complete reading logs and enter them into the drawings. T-shirt challenge sheets must also be completed and turned in by 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.

Meal & a Movie
Meal & a Movie for seniors in the meeting room of the library will be taking a hiatus for the summer. This decision was made after the Senior Advocates newsletter was printed and distributed but announcements will continue to make participants aware of the change. Meal & a Movie will pick up again in the fall. In the meantime, join your friends at Old Gold Dining or on one of the van trips on the schedule. The vans and buses seem to gravitate toward good food as well as interesting tours.

Adult computer classes
Five openings remain in the adult computer class beginning Aug. 8 for six weeks or through the week of Sept. 15. Classes are held Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m. for an hour. Adult computer classes are for those who need to practice using the Internet or basic computer use.
Call the library at 319-624-2678 to register. There is no fee; however those who sign up should only do so if they plan on attending regularly.
Some shorter classes in Publisher software will be offered in the future.

Friends seeking members
Through your use of the Solon Public Library you are already a friend. Be an official friend by joining the Friends of the Solon Library organization. Each member controls the amount of time, if any, they want to help out. Meeting attendance is not required.
Annual membership dues from $10 to $35 help provide valuable programs and materials for the library not covered in their annual budgets. Among the membership benefits is a new members-only tote bag. It folds flat and snaps shut when not in use. It has a broad bottom and sturdy construction capable of hauling about anything you can imagine including: books, groceries, toys or ballgame paraphernalia.
Already a member? Renewing now at the new rate will extend your membership through October 2013, and reward you with the bag and an unframed “Of Time and Place” poster, featuring past window displays created by Toni Russo.
For more information about Friends Membership– go to this link on the library’s website http://www.solon.lib.ia.us/support-our-library/friends/friends-info and click on friends brochure and membership information pdf.

The list of new books
Some of the library’s most popular authors are appearing with new releases for your reading pleasure. James Patterson and co-author Michael Ledwidge have a new book “I, Michael Bennett,” in the Michael Bennett series. Detective Bennett has to take his 10 kids and nanny out of New York to a family cabin to escape the threats of epic violence from a prisoner. Expecting the town to be a quiet, happy place is what he hoped to find. Instead there is violence with fighting gangs and little police intervention. As violence overwhelms the state, Bennett is thrown between his hometown and New York City in an effort to restore order.
J. A. Jance has a new release in the Joanna Brady series, “Judgment Call,” to be released July 24. Set in the isolated Arizona desert, Sheriff Joanna Brady finds herself investigating the murder of her daughter’s high school principal. When a photo of the crime scene shows up on Facebook, Sheriff Brady digs deeper to find shocking and incriminating information against Ms. Highsmith, the deceased principal.
In the FBI thriller, “Back Fire” by Catherine Coulter, Judge Ramsey Hunt is presiding over the trial of a couple accused in a string of murders when the Judge is shot in the back. FBI agents Sherlock and Savich come onto the scene and Savich is threatened. The investigation continues with Sherlock and Savich watching their backs.
James Lee Burke has penned another novel in the Dave Robicheaux series titled, “Creole Belle.” As Robicheaux recovers from a bullet wound the morphine meant to dull his pain has began playing tricks on his mind. Was his latest visitor flesh and blood? If not, how did the iPod appear at his bedside? The latest visitor, a young woman, disappeared weeks ago, so no one believes him.