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News from the children’s section

Storytime continues on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. with Miss Jen. Theme for the Sept. 25 program will be “Clean and Messy.” Babygarten is held on Fridays at 9:30 a.m., also with Miss Jen.
The staff was busy last week rearranging and moving some shelves in the children’s section to make room for the ever-growing DVD collection. The DVDs grew into the children’s magazine section, which moved to the other side beneath the juvenile audio books. All the kid’s magazines are still in the library. Circle the shelving a time or two and you’ll find it all. Help is always available from the staff, so if all else fails, ask at the circulation desk for anything you can’t locate.

Senior’s ‘Meal and a Movie’
“Meal and a Movie” will return on Friday, Sept. 28, after a summer hiatus. 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, shepherd’s pie and dessert with Sandy at 319-624-2710.
The movie, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, a recent release based on a book by the same title by Deborah Moggach, features some of England’s finest actors (Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy) starring as British retirees who travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel in a less expensive country. It turns out that the bloom is off this marigold– it’s shabby, antiquated, and as chaotic as the city in India, Jaipur, where it is set. Nevertheless the country and its citizens slowly begin to charm the residents in unexpected ways. And the retirees also find that this may not be the end of life’s journey, but actually a new beginning.
If there is a movie you’d like to see drop the senior advocates a line at P. O. Box 99 or call Sandy at 319-624-2710.

Early out craft tomorrow
The early out program for Thursday, Sept. 20, will be a craft making a decoupage light switch cover.
Early out school days are designated twice a month on the school calendar. The library will have programming for each of those days. The first early out day of the month is designated as “Movie Day” and will run from 1 until 3 p.m. The second early out day of the month will be a one hour craft time program from 1 until 2 p.m.
Each program is open to all school age groups. Parents or caregivers are responsible for getting students to the library and picking them up when the activity is over. Programming will begin after lunch at 1 p.m. School age children under the age of 10 may attend the early out programs without an adult but must be picked up at the conclusion of the program if they are not in the care of a babysitter, who must be at least 11 years old.

Watch for Halloween window
Early October will bring Mr. Bones and Mr. Scarecrow to the forefront in the display window with “The Pumpkin Patch” dedicated to the late Don Ochs, a tireless library supporter and Halloween’s number one fan. As Toni Russo, window designer, works her creative magic, there will be lots of mystical characters and autumn surprises at the Halloween party in the cornfield and the pumpkin patch.

Try out a downloaded book
Solon Library is one of over 160 libraries that subscribe to NEIBORS (North Eastern Iowa Bridge to Online Resource Sharing) for access to thousands of eBook titles and downloadable audio books. Just like regular library books, NEIBORS program loans digital titles for a specified period and the files can be easily downloaded from your home computer. The subscription fee for the library is only a small fraction of what it would cost to buy the same material in traditional formats and really helps stretch the library’s budget.
Every year digital media checkouts continue to grow. For Fiscal Year 2011-2012, there were 1,106 total NEIBORS checkouts by Solon patrons, with 785 being eBooks, and 321 being audio downloads. The audio book numbers remain fairly steady, 25-35 a month, but the eBooks are steadily increasing as more people acquire tablets, e-readers, etc. In July 2011 only 31 eBooks were downloaded by Solon patrons in that month, but by June 2012 the monthly number had increased to 116 check-outs. From June 2007 through August 2012 a total of 351 patrons used NEIBORS for the first time (new user).
MP3 players are available for check-out at the Solon library for anyone interested in giving the new age in books a try.

Ready for a new book to read?
If you thought you were up to date by reading all the books listed in the last few weeks, there are more new ones circulating from the new book shelf. If the shelf looks empty, take your list of titles to the circulation desk and ask the staff to put you on the holds list or do it on the library website solon.lib.ia.us under the catalog tab from your home computer.
Lee Child followers will be happy to see a new book titled, “Wanted Man.” This is a new Jack Reacher suspense thriller. Reacher wanted to hitchhike a ride to Virginia but got a whole lot more in the bargain. He soon discovers that he has tied himself to a massive conspiracy by picking up this ride. Nothing is what it seems and nobody is telling the truth.
The first of the dramatic two-part conclusion to Stephen White’s Alan Gregory saga is “Line of Fire.” Clinical psychologist, Gregory, refocuses his practice hoping to be settled after a long upheaval in his private life when a new patient may expose his most dangerous secret.
“Last To Die,” a Rizzoli and Isles novel is the newest release by Tess Gerritsen. Despite surviving the massacre of his family and then his foster family, Teddy Clock is still not safe inside the walls of an exclusive boarding school for young victims of violent crimes. When strange blood-spattered dolls are found dangling from a tree, it becomes clear that a circling predator has one more victim in mind.
Look for the new book list in the area of the new book shelf to assist with the rest of the new acquisitions. Among them you will find listed, “Frozen Heat” by Richard Castle, “Gone” by Randy Wayne White, “Founders” by James Wesley Rawles, a new Robert Ludlum written by Jamie Freveletti and several more.
For those who want a little more calm to their books, there is a new Christian fiction by Judith Miller titled, “A Hidden Truth.” Miller is debuting a new series set in the Amana Colonies. Kathryn Cushman’s fifth novel, “Almost Amish” presents a heartwarming story of two women whose summer adventure of simple living with the Amish proves to be anything but simple.
Mitch Albom, author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” pens his most imaginative novel yet, “The Time Keeper.” The first man on earth became Father Time and as inventor of the first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift.
Other fiction on the shelf includes; “Roots of the Olive Tree” by Courtney Miller, “The Constant Heart” by Craig Nova, “Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon and “The Midwife of Hope” by Patricia Harman.