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Adult computer classes begin

Class is about to be in session, computer class that is. Names are being taken on a waiting list for the session that begins Aug. 8 and runs for six weeks or through the week of Sept. 15. Classes are held Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m. for an hour. Adult computer classes are for those who need to practice using the Internet or basic computer use. Sign-up is also being accepted for the next session starting on Oct. 10.
Call the library at 319-624-2678 to register. There is no fee; however, those who reserve a space should only do so if they plan on attending regularly.

September Babygarten
Babygarten will be starting again on Friday, Sept. 7, and meet for six weeks until Friday, Oct. 12. The program will last from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. for children ages newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Each week there will be rhymes, songs, and time for free play. Registration for this program will begin on Monday, Aug. 6.

Summer Reading Program ends
The Summer Reading Program has concluded for the year and all of the winner’s names have been drawn. Watch the newspaper next week for the listing of all the lucky winners. The Summer Reading Program is made possible by the support of the many generous sponsors who donate prizes and money earmarked for the event. The majority of the grand prizes are donations from local businesses, groups, and individuals. Many of the smaller prizes, such as the candy and beanie babies, were also donated. Please visit the library to see a full list of the generous sponsors.

Thanks to the dogs and their humans
A big, big thank you to the Johnson County therapy dogs, specifically Sandy Lanier and Michelle Hand who brought their dogs, Austin and Auggie to the library. The R.E.A.D. to dogs program went very well and everyone (library staff included) fell in love with the dogs. “The kids did a fantastic job reading and the dogs got to hear stories about dragons, amphibians, and of course, dogs,” commented Jennifer Leveck, children’s services librarian. “This is a program we will probably repeat sometime in the future, so be on the lookout for more information.”

Storytime continues
Even though the Summer Reading Program ended, the preschooler Storytime continues to meet on a regular basis. Storytime will always meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with the exception of a few weeks a year when there are breaks usually around the holidays. Storytime is a program designed for two through five year olds, their siblings and caregivers with a story, rhymes, songs and a craft project. Newcomers are always welcome. There is no registration. This is a drop-in activity.
August Storytime themes are “Pet Stories with Miss Erika” on Aug. 7. Aug. 14 will be “Going on a Trip.” Aug. 21 will be “Colors.” Aug. 28 will be “Farm Stories.

Still on summer break
Meal & A Movie for seniors in the meeting room of the library is taking a hiatus for the summer. Meal & A Movie will pick up again in the fall.
Solon Area Book Club is on summer break and will begin again in mid-September. Watch for the announcement of the book title in mid-August. If book club is an activity you might enjoy, plan to join the group this fall. Book club is open to all adult readers.

Where are you now?
Have you changed your address? Dropped your land line for a cell phone number? Can we contact you through e-mail? If any of those records have changed for you lately, please update them with the circulation desk at the library. Library records are not shared with anyone or made available publicly. Staff does need to contact patrons from time to time– perhaps to give updates for a book on hold, remind patrons of past dues or movie availability. Take a few seconds and give the library a call at 319-624-2678 if your information has changed.

Young patron computer usage policy
Patrons under the age of 18 must have parental approval on file at the library before they can sign in to use a public computer. The parent or guardian must sign the permission card in person at the circulation desk prior to their underage patron using a public access computer. The signed permission slips will be kept on file indefinitely. Young patrons who do not have a signed permission slip on file will be denied use of the computers. Public access computers are not Internet filtered. The library staff does not monitor usage by the patrons.
The library currently has 10 public access computers connected to the Internet. The time limit for using the public computers is restricted if all computers are in use and other patrons are waiting to use a computer. The rule is relaxed if no one is waiting. No food or beverage is allowed at computer stations.
Misuse of the public computers by patrons will result in suspension of computer privileges.

Space for audio books
Now that the summer reading prizes have been cleared away for another year, and the DVDs have moved permanently, the adult audio books finally have some room to breathe. The audio books will expand into the old DVD shelving area.

Check out a thriller
Check the new book list on the shelf for new books cataloged in July. If these thrillers are checked out, a hold may be requested at the circulation desk or by accessing the catalog on the library website www.solon.lib.ia.us.
Linda Fairstein’s latest breathtaking suspense novel is receiving a four star rating in the reviews. Due to her extensive experience as a New York City prosecutor she creates situations that are very authentic. “Night Watch” takes Alexander Cooper into the dark underside of New York City’s most storied restaurants and a murder case spanning continents.
“Broken Harbor” by Tana French is the fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad and readers are giving it four and a half stars. Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy, the brash cop from “Faithful Place” returns in “Broken Harbor” as the murder squad’s top detective and has been assigned the biggest case of the year, a particularly brutal case. A shadowy intruder has slipped past all the locks and monitors in a “uxury development. Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead and his wife, Jenny, is in intensive care.
Alex Kava’s “Fireproof” in the Maggie O’Dell series has earned him a five star rating. Special agent Maggie O’Dell is leading the search for a serial arsonist in Washington DC, as the crimes threaten Maggie dangerously close to home. Arson turns to murder as one fire contains a human casualty. Maggie’s assessment of the arsonist differs with that of the local investigating team. Throw in a reporter looking for his big break and makes Maggie a part of the news piece. As Maggie’s professional and personal worlds begin to collide, the killer may be closer than she imagines.
Leave time to take in Daniel Silva’s “The Fallen Angel” set inside the Vatican. “The Fallen Angel” moves quickly from the death of a beautiful woman under the magnificent Michelangelo dome to the ski slopes of Berlin and Vienna. Each setting in this novel is rendered with care as are the spies, lovers, priests and thieves who inhabit its pages.