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Costume party Monday night

The library’s annual Halloween Costume Party will be Monday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Children should come in costume for an hour of food, games, crafts, and indoor trick-or-treating If you can’t get there right at 6:30 p.m. or need to leave early, that’s not a problem– the event is more of an open house structure, where kids can go to just some or all of the activity stations. There is no charge for this event.

Children ages two through five, their caregivers and younger siblings should plan to join Miss Jen every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for Storytime. The theme for Tuesday, Oct. 30, will be Halloween and Spooky Stories.

Early out movie, Thursday, Nov. 1
The next early out program will be on Thursday, Nov. 1, with the showing of the movie, “Pirates: Band of Misfits,” (PG) which is 88 minutes long. Movie time will be from 1 until 3 p.m.
Movies are shown in the meeting room and most attendees prefer to sit on the floor. The library does have a few bean bag chairs but not enough for everyone. Kids are more than welcome to bring in pillows or comfy seat-like things of their own for early out movies.

November book club selection
The Solon Book Club generally meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Solon Library from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. All interested adult readers are welcome to attend. For questions about the book club, please contact Joyce at jebarta@southslope.net. Copies of book club selections are available for those wishing to participate in the book club discussion. To borrow a copy of a selected book, please contact the library circulation desk by calling 319-624-2678 or e-mail Jacque at jdeaton@solon.lib.ia.us.
The selection for the Nov. 20 meeting is the memoir “Father’s Day” by Buzz Bissinger. Bissinger has twin sons. One is a graduate student studying to become a teacher. The other, Zach, is a savant, challenged by serious intellectual deficits but also blessed with rare talents. In order to better understand Zach, Buzz and Zach hit the road to revisit all the places they have lived together during Zach’s 24 years. Zach revels in his memories, and Buzz experiences his own journey, with revelations about his own parents, the price of ambition, and its effect on his twins.

Voter registration forms are available at the library.
The general election is less than two weeks away. If you are not yet registered to vote, stop by the library and pick up a voter registration form.

Read outside the new book shelf
Instead of heading for the new books shelf the next time you visit the library, try browsing through the stacks instead and pick up an author you haven’t read before or select a biography from the non-fiction section. Since the presidential election is bearing down upon us, pick up the Nicolle Wallace novel, “Eighteen Acres” for a different view of the oval office. The president, the White House chief of staff and the White House correspondent are three dynamic women at the height of their career. Having spent over five years in the White House, Wallace is uniquely qualified to pen “Eighteen Acres” as she presents not only the story of a presidency but of a family, of relationships and the corrupting influence of ultimate power. If you enjoy this novel, look for “It’s Classified” which begins with Madam President beginning her second term.
“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford is a book popular with book clubs and reading groups. Mesmerizing and thought provoking, this book is a tale of conflicted loyalties and timeless devotion. Set in Seattle during WWII, the story revolves around a Japanese family sent to an internment camp and their unlikely Chinese friend, Henry. Although housed in the adult section, this is a beautiful story that junior high students would learn from.
The Mariah Stewart mysteries appeal to those interested in a little romance mixed with suspense. Some of these are paperbacks and there are a couple audio books. “The Chesapeake Diaries,” “Dead Series,” “Truth Series,” “FBI Series” and “Last Series” are just some of the selections and not all are housed in the library. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is available to fill in the missing links and a quick Google search will list the number and order of books in each series. Additionally, if any Mariah Stewart fans wish to donate their collection, the library could use them for fill-ins of the series and to replace worn volumes.
Several Richard Russo novels are located in the stacks as well as “The Godfather” DVD. Russo’s “That Old Cape Magic” is a novel involving marriage, family and all the other ties that bind. The lives of Jack and Joy Griffin always seem to go back to Cape Cod, where they honeymooned and then experienced all the ups and downs of life from parent’s deaths, to children’s marriages and their own divorce. This book is hilarious, uplifting and was a national bestseller.

New sign completion date slated
For the past two years, the library marketing committee, Sue Ballantyne, Paula Sears, Alan Harrington, and library staff members Kris Brown, Jennifer Leveck, and Jacque Deaton has been spearheading the installation of an LED message sign near the driveway entrance to the library. With the prep work and electrical service completed earlier in the summer, the actual installation is slated for this week. The sign, made of brick and sporting the library name and logo, will make a substantial statement.
This sign, funded by the Solon Library Foundation, the Friends of the Solon Library, and bequest donations released by the Library Board of Trustees will be an exciting new addition for the library and the community. The LED message will be used to announce library activities and events including holiday parties, book sales, Summer Reading Program events, and pertinent city information, as well.

Downsizing program for seniors
Mark your calendar now for a special program on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. The Friends of the Library are sponsoring a Seniors Downsizing Program with lots of information packed into a one hour program on how to start the process of de-cluttering, downsizing, and organizing your life for that next smaller sized house or condo. It’s a free program, and no reservations are necessary. More information is available at the library or by emailing friends.

Friends fundraisers
The Halloween costume drive continues with friends collecting donated children’s Halloween costumes for resale next fall. Outgrown or unwanted costumes will be accepted at the circulation desk or by a friends member through Nov. 21. Costumes will be cleaned, mended, if necessary and stored until next fall’s costume sale.
Thanksgiving jar mixes may be preordered through Nov. 7. Order forms are available at the library website, www.solon.lib.ia.us, or by emailing SolonLibrFriends@aol.com. All jars are priced below $5 and will be available for pick-up starting Nov. 16.
Poinsettia sales have been permanently discontinued by friends. Christmas jar mixes will again be offered with a variety of drink mixes, soups, cookies, brownies, pancakes and rice. Order forms will be available next week at the library. These gift jars will be available for pick-up at the library beginning on Saturday, Dec. 8.

‘Meal & A Movie’
“Meal and a Movie” is on Friday, Nov. 2. Sponsored by Solon Senior Advocates, the group convenes in the meeting room of the library. Come for lunch at 11 a.m. and stay for the movie. Make reservations for lunch, ham and scalloped potatoes and pie for dessert with Sandy at 319-624-2710.
The film selected is “Hugo,” a historical adventure film of a 12-year-old boy who lives in the walls of the Paris railway station tending the station’s clocks (1930). Hugo is a wily and resourceful boy whose quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father will transform him and all those around him and reveal a safe and loving place he can call home.