It’s here. The semi-annual used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Solon Library will be Saturday, Feb. 2. We estimate that we will have over 3,600 used books, DVDs, CDs and audio books available. Most items are priced at or below 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 from 9 until 10 a.m. Bring your boxes and bags and get bargains galore to help pass the winter months.
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 in the DVD section, and entries are due on Feb. 23.
Our transition to a new checkout software system will cause us to be closed a day for training. As of press deadline for this column, the date will be Friday, Feb. 8. It will also be posted on the LED sign. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our patrons.
Book bites (featured new non-fiction arrivals)
• “Big Screen: The Story of the Movies” by David Thomson.
• “Eat to Lose, Eat to Win” by Rachel Beller (Nutritionist for TV’s “The Biggest Loser”).
• “The Guerilla Factory: The Making of Special Forces Officers, the Green Berets” by Tony Schwalm.
• “Jane Doe No More: My 15-year Fight to Reclaim My Identity: A True Story of Survival, Hope and Redemption” by M. William Phelps and Donna Palomba.
• “Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy and Focus” by Sandra Bond Chapman.
• “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes” by Maria Konnikova.
• “Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy but Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy but Does” by Sonja Lyubomirsky.
• “Silent No More: Victim 1’s Fight For Justice Against Jerry Sandusky” by Aaron Fisher.
• “Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love” by Sherry and John Petersik.
• “Why Worry? Stop Coping and Start Living” by Kathryn Tristan.
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 Feb. 5 is “The Letter M.”
On school early-out days, the library offers free programming for school-aged children. On Thursday, Feb. 7, we will be showing a recently released popular animated comedy about a vacation spot for all kinds of scary monsters. The movie is rated PG and the program will last from 1 until 2:45 p.m.
Babygarten is back. It will run for six weeks on Fridays from Feb. 1 through March 8 at 9:30 a.m. 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. Registration can still occur in the first weeks if you missed the first program on Feb. 1.
• “Private London” by James Patterson.
• “Threat Vector” by Tom Clancy.
• “By Stone, By Blade, By Fire” by Kate Wilhelm.
• “Solve Your Children’s Sleep Problems” by Richard Ferber.
Last year’s pilot program of community members and school science students reading the same book and gathering for a discussion was a great success and this spring there will be a similar program. This year’s selection for the Thinking Critically About Issues in Science: Solon HS and the Community Reading Together program is “The Panic Virus” by Seth Mnookin, and copies are available at the library. This 2011 book draws on interviews with parents, public-health advocates, scientists, and anti-vaccine activists to tackle a fundamental question: How do we decide what the truth is? The Solon High School Media Center will host the community book discussion on Thursday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bring your own lunch for a social time at 11 a.m. A discussion will be led by anatomy and physiology students.