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Solon Public Library

Third annual Oscar contest
The Friends of the Solon Library group is once again sponsoring a “Predict the Oscars” contest. The winner receives a prize package worth over $50 plus “first check-out” privileges for all Best Picture nominees that the library receives after the awards. Details and entry forms are available at the circulation desk, and entries are due on Feb. 23.

Book Notes
(featured new titles)
• “The Debt-Free Spending Plan: An Amazingly Simple Way to Take Control of your Finances Once and For All” by JoAnneh Nagler (2013).
• “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess” by Jen Hatmaker.
• “The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: How to Live Well by Throwing Away Less” by Amy Korst (2012).

New Year’s resolutions? The library can help
Each week in January this column will focus on one of the most common New Year’s resolutions and show you resources at the library that can help you keep them. So far we’ve discussed “Getting Healthy” and “Getting Organized.” This week’s resolution: “Getting Real About Finances.” Are you one of the 77 percent of Americans living paycheck to paycheck with no savings? Or part of the 43 percent of Americans that have less than $10,000 saved for retirement? It’s never too late to change your bad financial habits. In addition to the featured new titles in the Book Notes section, you might want to give a listen to the CD audio book, “7 Rules for Life: How to take Control of your Financial Future” by Mary Hunt (2012). Her simple, unchanging, basic rules work in every financial situation, for every income level, and for every stage of life. Maybe you’re interested in helping your parents navigate estate planning, Medicare, or nursing home care. Then Jeff Opdyke’s 2011 book “Protecting Your Parents’ Money” will help you out. Take a browse through the non-fiction shelves in call number 332 to see many other titles. In the DVD section, check out “Suze Orman’s Money Class” (2011). There’s also the newly released documentary “Queen of Versailles,” about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. The film follows two unique real people, whose rags-to-riches-to-rags success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American dream. In April, the library will once again be sponsoring “Smart Money Week” with programs to help keep you on track. Watch this column for more information.

Early-out activities
On school early-out days, the library offers free programming for school-aged children. On Thursday, Jan. 24, we will be making artisan cards. Program starts at 1 p.m. and pick up time is 2 p.m.

January Storytime
Storytime is every Tuesday for children ages 2 through 5 with a program of stories, songs, and rhymes followed by a craft. Younger siblings are also welcome to attend. The theme for Jan. 22 is “Horses.”

Babygarten
Babygarten is coming back in February and sign-ups are now underway. It will run for six weeks on Fridays from Feb. 1 through March 8. Babygarten brings caregivers and babies (ages newborn through 24 months) together for about 45 minutes of stimulating experiences intended to nurture the bond between caregiver and child and to increase the caregiver’s awareness of the child’s development with an emphasis on language enrichment and pre-literacy skills. Infants and their caregivers will share nursery rhymes, songs, and books followed by a free-play/activity period. Registration is free and can be done by calling the library at 319-624-2678.

Display window update
The display window will be taking a short break until early February when it will be snowing golden flakes and hearts in “Heart of Gold,” a lacy fantasy for Valentine’s Day. Spring will bring “Emily Dickinson’s Garden” to celebrate National Poetry Month. The theme for Summer Reading Program this year is “Dig Deep” and the window will feature an archeological dig looking for a T-Rex.

Friends of the Library used book sale
It’s almost time again for the semi-annual used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Solon Library. Member volunteers are busy sorting and boxing thousands of books for the sale on Feb. 2. We estimate that we will have over 3,600 used books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books available. Most items are priced under $0.50. Sale hours will be 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with friends members allowed to enter at 9 a.m. If you’re not a friends member, and want to start your shopping early, there will be a $5 early admission fee. Bring your boxes and bags and get bargains galore to help pass the winter months.

Senior meal and movie
Meal & a Movie program this month will be on Friday, Jan. 25. Catered meal will feature meatloaf, potatoes and pies at a cost of $7.50 per diner. The movie will be the comedy/fantasy/drama “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” This 2012 release stars Jennifer Garner and is about a childless couple who bury a box in their backyard containing all their wishes for an infant. Soon after a pre-adolescent boy appears who isn’t quite what he seems but has a profound effect on the people he meets. Call 319-624-2710 for reservations before noon on Jan. 24 or sign up at Old Gold Dining.