The library has the latest best sellers in fiction for you. These are the top nine best-sellers according to the Neilsen survey of best-selling hardcovers for the week ending March 31.
No. 1: “Lover At Last” by J.R. Ward (11th installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series).
No. 2: “Six Years” by Harlan Coben.
No. 3: “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult.
No. 4: “Alex Cross, Run” by James Patterson.
No. 5: “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn.
No. 6: “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout.
No. 7: “Leaving Everything Most Loved” by Jacqueline Winspear.
No. 8: “A Week in Winter” by Maeve Binchy.
No. 9: “The Striker” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott.
Email is a great communication option for Solon library updates. If you provide us with your email address, you can receive weekly reminders of what you have checked out and when those items are due, and receive an email when an item you have reserved is ready for pick-up.
We will soon be using email for sending overdue notices, saving us on postage.
Celebrate our volunteers
National Volunteer Week is April 21 through 27. The Solon library is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers. Volunteers fill positions on the Library Board of Trustees, the Friends of the Library Board and the Library Foundation Board. These groups provide guidance in policy making or provide support through fund raising activities. Volunteers help with the daily activities within the building by checking overdue notices, preparing crafts, helping with summer programs, and landscaping. Our in-house volunteers (not board-related) last year worked over 1,500 hours for the betterment of the library.
A new periodic feature to this column will be profiles of our staff and long-time volunteers. This week we’re featuring Betty Croy. Betty is originally from Cedar Rapids, but has lived here in Solon for 40 years with husband Wayne. They have four children and seven grandchildren and Betty has been a volunteer at the library for over 20 years. She’s part of the “Thursday Morning Ladies,” a group of long-time volunteers who cover, label and stamp all the new materials to get them ready for circulation. (And solve the world’s problems over a cup of coffee while they’re at it.) Betty has always loved books, and also has a passion for gardening. She’s been active in the Solon Garden Club and part of her volunteer work also involves planning and maintaining our outdoor landscaping. She also processes the overdue notices. Some fun facts about Betty are that her youngest son lives in Scotland, and because of that she learned how to Skype last year, and that she’s always loved fishing and has actually caught a barracuda. Thanks to Betty and all our volunteers for everything they contribute to our library and community.
So many patrons have asked how our former youth services librarian, Jennifer Leveck, is doing, so here’s a little update. Jen is doing well, she is enjoying her new job and has just purchased her first house. She and her four cats will be moving in mid-May and she’s very excited about that. She’s planning on coming back to Solon for Garage Sales on May 31, so you may see her out shopping to fill up her new house.
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is sponsoring Final Fridays Cafe from 3:45 until 5 p.m. in the meeting room on the last Friday of every month during the school year. There will be lemonade, hot cocoa and assorted baked goodies for sale. Prices are 25¢ to 50¢. Come and eat some yummy food and support the teens on April 26.
On school early out days, the library offers free programming for school-aged children. On Thursday, May 2, we will be showing an animated film (rated PG) about a video game villain who wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. The program will last from 1 until 2:45 p.m.
Storytime is a program every Tuesday for children ages two through five, featuring stories, songs and rhymes followed by a craft. Younger siblings are also welcome to attend. Our new youth services librarian, Carey Major is excited to meet all the Storytime children and families. The theme for April 30 will be “Butterflies and Bugs.”
The NEIBORS link on the library’s webpage allows patrons free access to downloadable e-books and audio-books. NEIBORS has recently updated its site and some patrons have experienced issues where they had not previously. This is most likely due to your web-browser not being compatible with the new NEIBORS software. If you have any difficulties using this service with your Nook, Kindle or MP3 player and cannot find an answer for your problem in the help sections on NEIBORS, please send an email to email@example.com  or call the library to set up an appointment for one-on-one assistance. There will be additional updates to the system coming in May.
The Solon Garden Club is sponsoring a program on Monday, April 29, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. called “Raised Bed Gardening.” It features Linn County master gardener Deb Walser. We also have a large collection of books on gardening, many provided by the Solon Garden Club– stop in and browse in the 635 area of our non-fiction shelves for inspiration for your next project.