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Solon Public Library

Book notes
(featured new arrivals)
“And Then You Dye” by Monica Ferris (Book 16 in the Needlecraft Mystery series).
“Cross Roads” by William Paul Young (Author of the popular novel, “The Shack”).
“Private London” by James Patterson.
“Threat Vector” by Tom Clancy (A Jack Ryan novel).

New Year’s resolutions? The library can help
Each week in January this column will focus on one of the most common New Year’s resolutions and show you resources at the library that can help you keep them. Last week we talked about “Getting Healthy.” This week’s resolution: “Getting Organized.” The editors of Real Simple magazine, which the library has, have compiled lots of tips into a book: “Real Simple: The Organized House.” There’s also “Organizing Plain and Simple” by Donna Smallin, or Peter Walsh, host of TLC’s “Clean Sweep” show has a book of over 500 organizing tips called, “How to Organize Just About Everything.” Maybe you just want to be a more organized gardener in 2013? Check out “Time Saving Gardener: Tips and Essential Tasks Season by Season” by Carolyn Hutchinson. And get the kids in on the act too with “The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room.”

Best of 2012
What were the best books of 2012? Here are a few choices from Amazon.com’s editors that we have at the Solon Public Library.
“The Round House” by Louise Erdich. One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband and son. (New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Winner).
“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy disappears. There are signs of struggle in the house and Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect. It doesn’t help that Nick hasn’t been completely honest with the police and, as Amy’s case drags out for weeks, more and more evidence appears against him. Nick, however, maintains his innocence. Told from alternating points of view between Nick and Amy, Gillian Flynn creates an untrustworthy world that changes chapter-to-chapter. (Currently No. 2 on New York Times Fiction Bestsellers list).
“The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe. Recounts how the author and his mother read and discussed books during her chemotherapy treatments, describing how the activity involved a wide range of literary genres, furthered their appreciation for literature, and strengthened their bond. (Also available in Audio CD format).

Is your library information up-to-date?
The library would like to encourage you to take a moment to be sure your contact information is up-to-date. With many people dropping their land-lines, we find that we often don’t have a current contact number if we need to call you regarding holds or overdue materials. We are encouraging people to clear up any outstanding fines this month as well to help us transition to a new catalog and checkout software system at the end of the month. The software will have some exciting new features, but patrons will need to be patient as we transition over and learn the new program.

January early-out activities
On school early-out days, the library offers free programming for school-aged children. On Thursday, Jan. 10, we will be showing a recently released popular movie based on the best-selling books by Jeff Kinney. Make sure not to wimp out on a chance to see this very funny movie. The movie is rated PG and the program will last from 1 until 2:45 p.m. Please note the new pick-up time for movie days is 2:45 p.m.

January Storytime
Storytime is every Tuesday for children ages two through five with a program of stories, songs and rhymes followed by a craft. Younger siblings are also welcome to attend. On Jan. 15 our theme will be “The Letter R.”

Babygarten
Babygarten is coming back in February and sign-ups will begin on Jan. 14. Babygarten brings caregivers and babies (ages newborn through 24 months) together for an hour of stimulating experiences intended to nurture the bond between caregiver and child and to increase the caregiver’s awareness of the child’s development with an emphasis on language enrichment and pre-literacy skills. Infants and their caregivers will share nursery rhymes, songs, and books followed by a free-play/activity period.

Adult reading winner
The monthly prize for the adult reading program is provided by Friends of the Library. One entry is allowed for every book read by adults, eighteen years and older. Be sure to enter your name in the drawing at the circulation desk. Keith Duster was the lucky winner drawn from December entries.

Science fair time
If your kids need help with ideas for a science fair project, have them come in and check out the display in the black cabinet to the left of the entryway. These books are also great for folks suffering from winter cabin fever looking for some fun science experiments to do at home.

Running out of romance?
If you’re a fan of romance novels and feel like you’ve read everything on the shelves, be sure to look at the beginning of the romance section where we are highlighting new titles that have just been added.

Friends of the Library used book sale
It’s almost time again for the semi-annual used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Member volunteers are busy sorting and boxing thousands of books for the sale on Feb. 2. Sale hours will be 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with Friends members allowed to enter at 9 a.m. If you’re not a Friends member, and want to start your shopping early, there will be a $5 early admission fee.