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Opening hours change

The beginning of September means the library returns to regular hours. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 4, regular library hours resumed, which means the library will not open until noon on most week days. Regular library hours are: Mon.-Thu., noon-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday.

View the window – take a recipe
Toni Russo’s latest display window, “State Fair,” depicting the fair as an old-fashioned event, will be ending on Sept. 14. Russo’s latest window creation is dedicated to the 4-H organization. Full of sights, sounds and tastes of a traditional state fair, the window also features trophies, ribbons and the butter cow.
Stop by the table adjacent to the “State Fair” window display and pick-up a recipe for Corn Chowder to use some of the last of this season’s sweet corn. Reminisce a bit about our Iowa heritage, our gardens and our summers going to fairs as you stir up a batch of corn chowder. It’s blue ribbon good.

New audio books titles
Listeners of audio books may want to jot down a few of these new titles to check-out. “Line of Fire” by Stephen White, “Smart but Scattered” by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare, “The Hatfields and McCoys” by Otis K. Rice, “Treasuring Emma” by Kathleen Fuller, “The Inn at Rose Harbor” by Debbie Macomber and “Sweet Talk” by Julie Garwood.

Miss Jen’s Storytime
Storytime themes for the remainder of September are as follows: Tuesday, Sept. 11, Opposites; Tuesday, Sept. 18, Weather; and Tuesday, Sept. 25, Clean and Messy. Storytime activities are designed for children ages 2-5 years old and their caregivers. Younger siblings are invited, too. Plan to join Miss Jen on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Babygarten starts Friday
Babygarten will be resuming this fall on Friday, Sept. 7, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with a new format. Registration is now being taken at the circulation desk. There is no fee. Children from newborn through 24 months and their caregivers may come to any or all sessions which will meet through Oct. 12. The program includes approximately 20-25 minutes of rhymes and songs followed by 30 minutes of play time. This program is specifically designed for one-on-one involvement between parent and child.
New parents won’t want to miss picking up a “Books for Babies” bag at the library, compliments of the Solon Women’s Club. Each bag contains useful items for new parents, tips for reading to your baby and a board book. Request your gift to welcome baby at the circulation desk.

Early out programming Thursday
The first Early out program will be on Thursday, Sept. 6, with the newly-released animated movie “The Lorax” (PG). Movie time will be from 1-3 p.m.
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 1-3 p.m. The second early out day of the month will be a one-hour craft time program from 1-2 p.m.

Book Club resumes September 18
Solon Book Club will resume at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, after the summer break. The September selection for the Solon Area Book Club is “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal” by Christopher Moore. The group generally meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Solon Library. All interested adult readers are welcome to attend. For questions about the book club, please contact Joyce at jebarta@southslope.net. To borrow a copy of a selected book, please contact the library circulation desk by calling 624-2678 or email Jacque at jdeaton@solon.lib.ia.us.
The Solon Book Club October selection will be the 2012 One Community, One Book nominee, “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir,” by Kao Kalia Yang.

New thriller book titles
Some familiar, well-known authors have books on the new books shelf. Chances are, they are checked-out and being enjoyed by another patron. Watch for these or ask the staff to place your favorites on hold.
Brad Thor’s “Black List” is an explosive thriller full of terrorist action fought by counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath. Harvath, whose name has been added to the hit list, must evade the team dispatched to kill him as he tries to put the pieces together.
W.E.B. Griffin, along with William E. Butterworth IV, has released a Men at War novel titled, “The Spymasters.” Set in the summer of 1943, two Allies must fight not just the enemy in the field but also the enemy within who is feeding secrets to the Soviets.
John Connolly’s newest thriller, “The Burning Soul,” is a long ago secret now being uncovered. As a teen-ager Randall Haight and his friend killed a 14 year old girl but somebody has discovered the truth and is tormenting him with anonymous messages. As he hires a private detective, a 14 year old girl in a neighboring town goes missing.
“Police and Thieves” by James Patrick Hunt is the second book in the Dan Bridger series. Bridger is a professional thief who receives a phone call that his brother has been murdered in Seattle. Bridger learns that his brother was a probation and parole officer. Police dismiss his death as a gang killing but things don’t add up. Why was his wallet taken but not his gun?

Bullying books for all ages
Located just inside the double doors on the black shelving, the staff has prepared a working display of over 40 reference books for all ages. This hands-on display is meant for patrons to browse the books and select and check out those of interest. Subject matter covers a variety of issues that children and parents face including bullying, shyness, abuse and dealing with feelings.
For the youngest set, parents can read aloud “The Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd” by Stan and Jan Berenstain, covering how one’s self-worth is often undone the first time one feels left out of the fun. Joy Berry’s “A children’s book about Being Bossy” as well as “Dealing With Feeling Left Out “by Don Middleton can also be read aloud or read by the very young reader. A beginning chapter book which will delight as well as teach a lesson is “Never Swipe A Bully’s Bear” by Katherine Applegate.
Middle-schoolers have several selections to chose from including “Stand Up for Yourself And Your Friends” from American Girl by Patti Kelley Criswell. This book is full of tips, clever comebacks and ways to ignore someone who bullies. Learn your speak-up style and read advice from other girls. “Coping With Bullying” by Charlotte Guillain covers verbal, physical and cell phone bullying, plus she lists the top 10 tips for overcoming bullying.
The audio book, “Little Girls Can Be Mean” by Michelle Anthony and Reyna Lindert covers four steps to bully-proof girls in the early grades. This audio book may work well for parents in commute time.
There are many books for parents covering many topics. Two of interest are “Sugar & Spice & No Longer Nice: How We Can Stop Girls’ Violence” by Deborah Prothrow-Stith and Howard Spwak. “This provides answers” is a comment from Bill Cosby (BA from Temple University, MA in 1972 and Ed.D. in 1977 from University of Massachusetts) about this book. “The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander – from preschool to high school” by Barbara Coloroso explains how parents and teachers can help break the cycle of violence.