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Preschooler programs

Even the youngest can enjoy the library programs. Babygarten is taking place on Fridays from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. through Oct. 12. This program is specific to children from newborn through 24 months and their caregivers and siblings. The program includes approximately 20 to 25 minutes of rhymes and songs followed by 30 minutes of play time. This program is specifically designed for one-on-one involvement between parent and child and is facilitated by Miss Jen, children services librarian.
New parents won’t want to miss picking up a “Books for Babies” bag at the library, compliments of the Solon Women’s Club. Each bag contains useful items for new parents, tips for reading to your baby and a board book. Request your gift to welcome baby at the circulation desk.
Plan to join Miss Jen on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for Storytime. Storytime activities are designed for children ages two through five years old and their caregivers. Younger siblings are invited, too. Storytime themes for the remainder of September are as follows: Tuesday, Sept. 18, Weather; and Tuesday, Sept. 25, Clean and Messy.

Early out craft Sept. 20
The early out program for Thursday, Sept. 20, will feature craft making a decoupage light switch cover.
Early out school days are designated twice a month on the school calendar. The library will have programming for each of those days. The first early out day of the month is designated as “Movie Day” and will run from 1 until 3 p.m. The second early out day of the month will be a one hour craft time program from 1 until 2 p.m.
Each program is open to all school age groups. Parents or caregivers are responsible for getting students to the library and picking them up when the activity is over. Programming will begin after lunch at 1 p.m. School age children under the age of 10 may attend the early out programs without an adult but must be picked up at the conclusion of the program if they are not in the care of a babysitter, who must be at least 11 years old.

Doing homework?
With school back in session, many students are coming to the library with reading assignments. Eighth graders are involved in reading bingo. Any student or parent needing help finding books should ask the librarians for assistance.

Adult Book Club meets Tuesday
Solon Book Club will resume at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, after the summer break. The September selection for the Solon Area Book Club is “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal” by Christopher Moore. The group generally meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Solon library. 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 319-624-2678 or email Jacque at jdeaton@solon.lib.ia.us.

Adult Reading prize winner
Denise Miller is the winner for the cash prize in the adult reading program drawing for August. The monthly prize is provided by Friends of the Library. One entry is allowed for every book read by adults, 18 years and older. Be sure to enter your name in the drawing at the circulation desk.

Seniors meal and a movie
Meal and a movie will return on Friday, Sept. 28 after a summer hiatus. Join this group for a mouth-watering meal of shepherd’s pie and dessert, and the movie, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” 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. Make reservations for lunch with Sandy at 319-624-2710. If there is a movie you’d like to see drop the senior advocates a line at P. O. Box 99 or call Sandy at 319-624-2710.

Browse a new magazine title
Thanks to Coke drinkers who drop off their MCR points, two new magazine subscriptions have been added to the shelves. “Bloomberg Business Week” promises to deliver the business information you need: surprising and timely perspectives on the most important issues of today and unique stories you won’t find anywhere else.
Fans of the HGTV cable channel will enjoy the magazine that gives insider secrets from your favorite HGTV stars. Get decorating ideas for your home, design tips, and real estate advice every month with the new “HGTV Magazine.”
As with all magazine subscriptions, the current issue stays in-library, but past issues can be checked out. Suggestions for new subscriptions may be dropped into the point’s collection container.

So long, ‘State Fair!’
As summer departs, so too is the “State Fair” display window at the library. Created by window designer Toni Russo, there are only a few days left to view the memories of summer and 4-H fairs and great food. A couple of local Solon girls, Brianna Smith and Mady Hess, took first place in the Sixth Annual Johanna Beers Pie Baking Contest at the Johnson County Fair with their Caramel Apple Pie. Turns out, this isn’t the first award winning pie these girls have created. They acquired their pie baking skills from Grandma Hess. Grandpa Hess and Grandpa Vernon Smith are the official taste testers. Pick up a copy of the award winning Caramel Apple Pie recipe on the table near the window display.
The last official day to view the window will be Friday, Sept. 14.
Early October will bring Mr. Bones and Mr. Scarecrow to the forefront in the window with “The Pumpkin Patch” dedicated to the late Don Ochs, a tireless library supporter and Halloween’s number one fan. As Toni works her creative magic, there will be lots of mystical characters and autumn surprises at the Halloween party in the cornfield and the pumpkin patch.

More new books
Many of your favorite authors have been busy turning out a new novel. Grab your library card and head into the library to select your next armload of reading entertainment. There are over a dozen new mysteries to keep you up at night – among them “Zoo” by James Patterson, “Delusion in Death” by J D Robb, “Low Pressure” by Sandra Brown, and “Severe Clear” by Stuart Woods.
Fiction readers will be happy to see Book Two of the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett titled, “Winter of the World” and the book with a movie tie-in, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” by Deborah Moggach. This, by the way, will be the feature at the Senior Advocate’s meal and a movie on Sept. 28. Ever popular author Anita Shreve’s “You Are the Love of my Life” is also on the shelf along with a half-dozen other tempting titles.
Non-fiction has some new political titles not mentioned from last month as well as Jay Cost’s “Spoiled Rotten” added this month. “PaperMade” is for anyone looking for a project. Kayte Terry subtitled this book “101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper.” A big selection of parenting books are still featured in the black display case with topics on bullying, kids and homework, the shy child and some read aloud books for the youngest in the family.

Movie Clips
All of the featured DVDs this week are based on books:
“The Lucky One” (2012, PG13, Drama) A Marine travels to Louisiana after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.
“The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio” (2005, PG13, Biography, Drama) In order to support her 10 children, Evelyn Ryan (Julianne Moore) enters a commercial jingle-writing contest. Based on the biographical book of the same name by Terry Ryan.
“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” (2008, PG-13, Wartime drama) Set during World War II, this critically acclaimed film, based on a novel by John Boyne, is a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
“The Shunning” (2011, TV Movie) Beautiful Katie Lapp has always felt something missing in her simple Amish existence– until a mysterious “Englisher” comes to Lancaster County looking for the baby girl she gave up for adoption 19 years ago. Based on the novel by Christian Fiction novelist Beverly Lewis.
“Love Comes Softly” (2003), “Love’s Enduring Promise” (2004), and “Love’s Long Journey” (2005). Although these three made-for-TV movies do not follow the story-line of the books completely, they are based on the popular series by inspirational novelist Janette Oke, following the lives of a family through several generations in the 19th century.