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Solon Public Library

LEGO Club

The popular Lego Club meets the first Monday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. That means that Dec. 2 will be the next meeting night. Come and join the fun.

Tree decorating contest & auction

Twelve trees were entered by individuals and group designers in the Friends of the Library’s contest. Each tree is decorated in a unique theme and is 4 feet or less in height. A panel of three judges reviewed the trees (not knowing who the designer was) and Sue Ballantyne was awarded the prize in the Individual category for “Have a Meow-y Christmas” and Solon Women’s Club was the winner in the group category for their Monopoly-themed tree. Each received a $25 prize. “Nature’s Christmas” by Joanne Ochs was given an Honorable Mention prize of $10. Voting is still open in the Penny Jar Popular Vote (through Nov. 30) the designer of that tree will win a $10 prize as well. Stop in and view the trees and vote for your favorite.
Silent auction sheets are available for you to bid on a tree to take home. Bidding ends at noon on Dec. 14, but each tree also has a “Buy It Now” price and starting at noon on Dec. 3, you can buy the tree for that price and not have to wait out the auction. These trees are ideal for apartment dwellers or senior citizens with limited space. There are a variety of themes this year– if you have both Cyclone and Hawkeye fans in your house, maybe “A Tree Divided” is for you! The popular “Hunger Games” and “Harry Potter” are combined in a tree and there are also trees featuring themes of dinosaurs, gardening, nature, and Dr. Seuss.

Early out movie Thursday, Dec. 5

The last early out day movie for school-aged students for the year will be on Thursday, Dec. 5, when we will be showing the animated adventure “Planes” (PG). Program starts at 1 p.m. and students must be picked up by 3 p.m. if they are not getting home on their own.

Santa visit Thursday, Dec. 3

Santa will be at the library on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Bring the kids and your camera to capture the memory. There will also be a craft for the little ones to do.

Friends annual holiday sale

The Friends of the Solon Library will have tables of gift-quality books, holiday decor, and other giftable items at the library in December. As items are purchased, more items will be put out for sale. Items will continue to be on sale during the library’s regular hours through Dec. 21 while they last. Today, Nov. 27, is the last day to order Christmas jar mixes. They will be ready for pickup beginning Dec. 14.

Register for Christmas drawing

Each time you visit the Solon library between Dec. 2-20, register for the drawing sponsored by Friends of the Solon Library. Last year’s drawing for the 52” plush puppy was so popular, the Friends of the Library decided to do it again. This year’s prize is a 53” plush panda bear. What a great surprise for your child or grandchild– or yourself! Drawing for the prizes will be held at noon on Dec. 21 and winners will be notified by phone.

New book arrivals:

• “The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon” by Alexander McCall Smith. Modern ideas get tangled up with traditional ones in the intriguing 14th installment in the beloved, best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series featuring the fictional detective Precious Ramotswe.
• “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” by Fannie Flagg. Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Ala., has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.
• “The Valley of Amazement” by Amy Tan. A sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village.
• “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects” by Richard Kurin. The author, aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, assembled a literary exhibition of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian’s museums that together offer a marvelous new perspective on the history of the United States. Ranging from the earliest years of the pre-Columbian continent to the digital age, and from the American Revolution to Vietnam, each entry pairs the fascinating history surrounding each object with the story of its creation or discovery and the place it has come to occupy in our national memory.
• “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations” by Ree Drummond. The New York Times best-selling author shows how to ring in your favorite holidays with inspired menus for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, parties, deliveries and feasts, accompanied by fun instructions and hundreds of her signature step-by-step photos. Filled with creative and flavorful ideas for intimate dinners, group gatherings, and family meals this volume includes dozens of mouthwatering helping home cooks create a variety of delights.