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Solon Public Library

Summer movies made from great books

Have you seen the new “Great Gatsby” movie yet? Who’s the better Gatsby? Leonardo DiCaprio or Robert Redford (1974 film adaption)? Maybe you should re-read what some call the greatest American novel again. The library has two print and one audio CD copy of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. It’s a slim volume (less than 200 pages) and a quick read to add to your summer reading list. Are zombies are more your style? The thriller summer movie “World War Z” has just been released in theaters, and we have two copies of the novel by Max Brooks on order and should arrive soon. In August, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” will be released in the theaters, and we have a print and audio CD copy of the YA novel by Cassandra Clare on hand. Check out the list of Best Movies Based on a Book list that is posted in the DVD section for more suggestions.

July holiday closings

The library will be closed on Thursday, July 4. During Beef Days, the library’s hours will also be altered. We will be closing at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 19, and closed all day on Saturday, July 20.

Summer Reading Program

There was no free Tuesday Family Night this week, but next Tuesday, July 9, we will have a great program at 6:30 p.m. featuring a balloon storyteller from Creations with a Twist. Storytime (ages 2 through 5) on July 9 at 10:30 a.m. will feature “Gardening” as a theme. Teens (grade five and up) on Tuesdays program for July 9 at 2 p.m. will be “Cookie Decorations.” Afternoon Adventures (grades one through four) will not meet this week, but on Wednesday, July 10, at 1:30 p.m. the program will be “Fossils.”

Scholarship winners

Lauren Benzing and Eric Karr each received a $500 Solon Library Foundation/Don Ochs Scholarship this year. These recipients were selected because of their involvement with the Solon Public Library, in their use of the library, and their volunteer contributions. The essays submitted by all applicants reflected the importance that libraries have in our community. The graduates noted that the library is a quiet place to study, a reliable source for a good read and a great place to meet friends. The impression that the library was also a safe place was repeated several times. We appreciate those observations. We wish all Solon graduates our very best and we hope that you will always find a library to use, in your future.

New non-fiction titles

• “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” by Barbara Demick (2009) A National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle finalist, this book is remarkable view into North Korea, as seen through the lives of six ordinary citizens over fifteen years– a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-Sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim Jong-Il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population.
• “Saved by Ben Hewitt” (2013) A humorous, surprising, and ultimately life-changing quest that challenges everything we know about the meaning of money. Hewitt uses his sharp eye for story, exhaustive reporting, and his own experience living below his means to bring what he learned into an even larger context. How does money really work? How can a bankrupt society move forward?
• “Wheat Belly Cookbook” by William Davis (2012) Features 150 recipes to lose wheat and lose weight.

Volunteer profile

Our continuing series of profiles on part-time staff members and long-time volunteers continues this week with Sandy Hanson. Sandy is originally from West Branch, where her dad was a newspaperman. After getting married she travelled around a bit and lived in other states but came back to the Iowa City area after a while and started working at the University of Iowa Hospitals in 1956. She worked there in a variety of jobs for 50 years. On the side, she became an antique dealer, following in her mom’s footsteps. She’s been antiquing for many years, hauling furniture to Chicago for shows for 26 years. She still has an antique shop at her house and manages the annual 4th of July show at Hanson’s Grove, where she lives with husband Jerry and their dog. Her need to read has been a part of her life since she was a child (even reading when she had the measles as a child and wasn’t supposed to), and that motivated her to volunteer at the library. She’s been a library volunteer for 18 years, and most often works on processing inter-library loans, deleting library discards, and helping with orders for new books. Sandy also volunteers on the Library Foundation Board, Solon Senior Advocates, Solon Food Pantry and the Solon History Committee. In the past she has also volunteered for the Iowa City Crisis Center and Emma Goldman Clinic. She traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina with the Salvation Army to help out there as well. When she’s not busy with all of her volunteering, she likes to read, especially novels of espionage or courtroom dramas, and do crosswords. Sandy has three sons and four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Fun fact about Sandy? She’s travelled to “Hel” and back! (Hel, Poland, that is– on an antiquing trip). Thank you Sandy, for all your dedicated hours of volunteering at the library and in our community.