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Next early out is a movie

The next early out program will be on Thursday, Oct. 4, with the showing of the movie, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (PG) which is 98 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.

Storytime themes
Miss Jen announced the following Storytime themes for October.
On Oct. 9: Pizza.
Oct. 16: Dinosaurs.
Oct. 23: Fish and oceans.
Oct. 30: Halloween and spooky stories.
Storytime meets every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the library for preschoolers ages two through five with their parents or caregivers.

Upcoming events
The library’s annual Halloween costume party will be Monday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Children should come in costume for an hour of food, games, crafts and indoor trick-or-treating. There is no charge for this event.
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 and sign up will start near the end of October. Santa will be making his annual visit to the Solon library on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 8. Mark it on the calendar now so you don’t miss it.

The library staff is ready to help with third grade BINGO. From October through March, third graders and their families are welcome to stop in each month and the staff will help find the books and other materials needed to complete the BINGO sheets. There will be copies of each monthly BINGO sheet and books specific to each month on display in the children’s area.
Variations on this BINGO theme have spread to fourth and eighth grades as well. Are you having trouble finding copies of the books that you need? Check out what is available at the Solon Public Library.

We’re on Facebook
Find the Solon Public Library on Facebook and keep abreast of what is happening at the library. There are pictures and posts that will keep you in the library loop.

Rowling for grown-ups
The author of the Harry Potter books, J. K. Rowling, has a brand new novel for adult readers. Released to the public on Thursday, Sept. 27, two copies of the book, “The Casual Vacancy,” should arrive from the book supplier soon. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please call the library at 319-624-2678.
The little town of Pagford is left in shock when Barry Fairbrother died unexpectedly in his early 40s. What lies behind the pretty little English town is war. Rich are at war with poor, teenagers are at war with their parents, wives are at war with their husbands and teachers are at war with their students. The empty seat left by Barry on the town council soon becomes the biggest war the town has seen yet. Blackly comic, thought-provoking and one continuous surprise, this first adult novel by Ms. Rowling should capture adults the way that Harry Potter appealed to the kids.

Join library landscapers
Join library landscapers
Everyone passing by the library enjoy the circles of flowers at the front of the parking lot. A very small group of dedicated gardeners called the Library Landscaping Committee works diligently throughout the year to create the flower gardens. This fall, the Library Landscaping Committee is looking for help to plant a special tulip bed. Tentative dates for the project are as follows. On Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. gardeners will meet to clean and prepare the middle circle. The preferred planting date will be either Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. or Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. Depending on the weather planting may be moved up to Saturday, Oct. 27.
If you’d like to join the library landscapers, give Betty a call at 319-624-2294 and she’ll be glad to put you to work. Many hands make light work and the community will get to enjoy lovely tulips next spring.

Something new to read
There are a few books that haven’t been mentioned from the September order. “A Fistful of Collars” by Spencer Quinn is fifth in the Chet and Bernie mystery series. Canine narrator Chet and his human partner, P. I. Bernie Little are involved a top-notch mystery with genuine humor and a perceptive take on the relationship between human and dog that will stay with you long after the case is solved.
Grace MacBride and her partners find themselves in the middle of violence on a remote northern Minnesota reservation in “Off The Grid” by P. J. Tracy. This is the sixth Monkeewrench novel with never a dull moment in this rapid-paced thriller.
Linwood Barclay’s thrilling story of two brothers is titled “Trust Your Eyes.” Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic who fills his days on the computer where he travels the world without leaving his bedroom. In a street view of New York City he sees an image in a window of what looks like a murder. After Thomas tells his brother Ray, it is soon realized that they have stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy.
“The Three-Day Affair” marks the emergence of a truly talented crime writer, Michael Kardos. Three lifelong friends find themselves completely out of their element when Jeffrey attempts to rob a convenience store and drags a young woman into Will’s car. Already guilty of kidnapping and robbery, it’s just a matter of time before they find out what else they are capable of.

Friends of the Library membership drive
Friends of the Solon Library continue to recruit new members. The mission statement of the friends is to support the programs and services of the library through fundraising, volunteerism and raising the community profile of the library.
Membership dues help provide funds for the services and programs that friends sponsor annually. Ongoing fundraising events provide additional funding which pays for a variety of books, equipment, supplies and programming outside the library’s operating budget. Outright donations are also graciously accepted and thoughtfully used.
Pick up a brochure in the library lobby for more information and annual dues. Feel free to contact any of the board members with questions.
The friends board meets the first Thursday of the month at the library at 6:30 p.m. Members are welcome, but not required to attend. Volunteer opportunities are listed on the back of the membership brochure for those interested in becoming involved. Each new or renewal membership will receive one of the new Friends of the Library foldable bags. Join today. You can spot friends members by the bag that they carry.

Clean off the book shelf
Now is a good time to clean off the book shelf and donate all of your unwanted books for the Friends of the Library book sales. Sales are held twice annually in February and August. Several newly trained volunteers are anxious to practice their book sorting skills. However, donations are being received at a slower than normal pace.
Donations may be dropped off at the circulation desk during regular business hours. Receipts are given upon request. If you’re going to bring an exceptionally large donation, please give the circulation desk a head’s up call. No old textbooks, encyclopedias or Readers Digest Condensed books, please.

Is your costume too tight?
The Friends of the Library is announcing their new “Halloween Costume Recycling Program” which will be a great way for families to dispose of a costume they no longer need as well as provide costumes at low prices for the following year. Donate any unwanted costumes between now and Nov. 21. Friends volunteers will clean, mend and store the costumes. Beginning next fall, friends will host a sale of the costumes and all proceeds will go to benefit the library. Members will be needed to volunteer to assist with several aspects of this new project.