“Prom” (2011, PG) teenage comedy/drama– At prom, every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Share the laughter and the drama as secrets are brought to light, seemingly steady relationships unravel, and new romance catches fire.
“Downton Abbey” (2010) T.V. miniseries– Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them. In the drawing rooms, library, and beautiful bedrooms, with their tall windows looking across the park, lives the family, but below stairs are other residents, the servants, as fiercely possessive of their ranks as anyone above.
“Jumping the Broom” (2011, PG13) comedy– On a weekend wedding in Martha’s Vineyard, two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds clash during their first meeting before the big event.
“The Third Wave” (2007) documentary– More than a movie about the devastation that a tsunami caused in a country that sustained over 118,000 casualties. It is a movie about volunteering. Four people with little money and no experience race off to help out in tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka. They stumble into a tribal village that has been totally destroyed and begin the process with no idea where it will lead them. What was originally a two-week journey spirals into a year-long odyssey of hope, heartbreak, and setbacks.
“Dark Days” (2000) documentary – Marc Singer goes underground to live with the homeless in the Amtrak tunnels near Penn Station. A dozen or so men and one woman talk about their lives. During the filming, Amtrak gives a 30-day eviction notice. The Coalition for the Homeless helps negotiate a solution.
Early out program enjoyed
The first early-out program of the season just happened to be on another very hot day where the temperature was hovering around the 100 degree mark. The meeting room quickly filled with students taking refuge from the heat as they enjoyed the movie, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.”
Solon students are high volume users of the library, whether it is during Summer Reading Program, the school year early outs, Tuesday and Thursdays “My Space,” or the public access computers and the expanded offerings in the Young Adult section. A pat on the back goes out to the library staff for filling the needs of this age group– and occasionally putting up with their nonsense.
The YA (Young Adult) section
The Young Adult section is a collection of books selected for middle school age and older. Young Adults have their own new book shelf. Books are shelved on the new book shelf for six months before moving them to the general shelves.
In the past couple years the YA section has been greatly expanded. There have been several series– the Twilight series, Hunger Games and Alex Rider– that have grasped the interest of the teenage group. With the expansion of this section, circulation with the high schoolers has grown. Additionally, Young Adult books are a favorite of our Youth Services Librarian, Jen Leveck. Her interest and expertise in this area is a reflection of the expansion.
The Manga books, located just around the corner from the YA section, appeal to some adult readers, as well. The Manga section was initially started with a grant written by the Solon Women’s Club. The collection has been built with monetary donations from the Coralville/North Corridor Rotary Club. Manga books are written and illustrated in Japanese style and most are read from back to front. Our library has a group of young patron who belong to the Manga Club that meets after school with our library director, Kris Brown.