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September Book Club selection

The September selection for the Solon Area Book Club is “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal,” by Christopher Moore. This divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work is reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams. No one knows about the early life of the Son of God except Biff, the Messiah’s best bud, who proceeds to tell the story.
Solon Book Club will resume at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, after the summer break. 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 319-624-2678 or email Jacque at jdeaton@solon.lib.ia.us.

Babygarten starts in September
Babygarten will be starting on Friday, Sept. 7, and meet for six weeks through Friday, Oct. 12. The program will last from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. for children ages newborn through 24 months and their caregivers. Each week there will be rhymes, songs, and time for free play. Registration for this program is now being taken at the circulation desk. There is no fee for participation.

Behavior policy reminder
As the school year begins, it is time to remind patrons of the policies set forth so that all ages may enjoy the library during all the open hours. Heavy usage during after school hours creates congestion with backpacks in the entryway and extra patrons using the library for extended periods of time. The computer permission policy for young patrons was reviewed in the Aug. 1 edition. Age restriction usage by young patrons was reprinted in the Aug. 15 edition. The behavior policy, printed today, will explain when staff has to enforce the rules to benefit all patrons equally.

Library conduct policy
The Solon library has become a popular after school gathering spot for middle schoolers to socialize, do their homework and in many instances, wait for parents to pick them up. Due to the length of time that some students remain in the library, boredom and disruptive behavior sometimes becomes a factor. The library has developed and enforces a conduct policy to maintain a safe and pleasant environment for all library patrons.
All patrons are asked to respect the atmosphere of the building.
Prohibited conduct includes:
annoying or threatening another person;
using profane or offensive language;
behaving loudly– fighting, running, pushing, throwing things (including snowballs);
consuming alcohol or controlled substances;
consuming beverages or food at computer stations;
visiting illegal or indecent websites.
Failure to comply with the conduct policy may result in loss of library privileges for the remainder of the day or longer, if necessary. All patrons will receive a warning advising them to comply by the rules. If the patron has to be addressed a second time, that person will be asked to leave for the day. If it is the case of a student patron residing outside the city limits, the offender will be asked to sit in the office until the parents can be called to retrieve their student.

The phone rule
Can you imagine two, three or more people having a cell phone conversation at the same time in the same room? That sounds like a library staff nightmare, so the rule is please be courteous and silence your phone upon entering the library. If you hear the thing ringing then you’d better be heading out the door to carry on your conversation outside the building. All the patrons using the library, as well as the staff, will appreciate the silence.

Teen advisory board
Applications are available at the circulation desk for seventh through twelfth grade students wishing to serve on the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) for the upcoming school year. Last fall a group of teens who regularly use the Solon Public Library took steps to unite and organize a board aimed at the interests of middle and high school students. Under the direction of Deena Foss, Youth Services Coordinator, the group of teens created a five-person Teen Advisory Board, whose main goal is to encourage teens to enjoy the library.
TAB meetings are held once a month during the school year with a goal of sharing ideas and working together to make the SPL a great place for teens, help create teen programs and recommend teen/young adult books and movies.
Applications are due by Aug. 27.

Books new to the shelf
The August book shipment has arrived and is ready for patrons to check out. New York Times #1 bestselling author, Debbie Macomber takes readers back to Cedar Cove in the Pacific Northwest to introduce her new series with “The Inn at Rose Harbor.” Cedar Cove welcomes Jo Marie Rose, a newcomer to the area as she opens the Rose Harbor Inn. Lisa Jackson, also a New York Times bestselling author, released this stand-alone suspense thriller that will hook you from page one. Centered around Ava’s two-year-old son Noah, who went missing but no body was ever found, Ava has been shattered by grief so severe that she has been institutionalized. Is Noah still alive? Has her family kept news from her?
Marilyn Monroe’s diary is the basis for the exciting debut of this remarkable new thriller writer, J. I. Baker. “The Empty Glass” is a combination of riveting facts and legendary theories surrounding Marilyn Monroe and her doomed love affair. As character, Ben Fitzgerald begins to unravel the cover-up he becomes trapped in a conspiracy.
“The Light between Oceans” is the debut of another stunning new author, M. L. Stedman. A moving novel that is heartbreaking and exquisite, this story is set on an island off Australia where lighthouse keeper, Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel reside. After several failed pregnancies, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cry only to find that a boat has washed onshore carrying a dead man and a live baby. Does Tom report the incident as his wife immediately claims the baby as her own? Will returning to the mainland on their shore visit turn up news of the infant?
It’s not too early to start some holiday planning with the new “Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 14” on the non-fiction shelf. It’s full of festive holiday recipes, gifts and projects. This edition has over 65 recipes and 100 new ideas for handcrafted decorations, gifts, keepsakes and activities. Check this one out and read through it now to be ready with new ideas for your holiday festivities.