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Solon Public Library

Beef Days hours

During Beef Days, the library’s hours will be reduced. The library will be closing early at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 19, and closed all day on Saturday, July 20.

LEGO® club starting soon

We have now gathered enough Legos® to start our club, but we will still gladly accept more donations. The club will be meeting on the first Monday of the month. Ages Kindergarten and up are welcome, and no registration is required. The club will meet from 6 until 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, and each month will feature a new theme challenge. Come and be a part of the fun.

Fair time

July 22 through 25 is the Johnson County Fair (we apologize for having the wrong dates last week and in the July NoJoCo). When you’re there, be sure to stop at the libraries booth. The six libraries in Johnson County share a booth to promote awareness of libraries in their communities. Each library makes a poster and there is a friendly competition for best poster, with all displayed in the booth. Each library supplies volunteers to staff the booth and talk with fair-goes. Hand-outs and a cold drink of water are provided at the booth as well.
The Iowa State Fair is also coming up Aug. 8 through 18. The Friends of the Solon Library group is once again offering a drawing to win two free adult admission tickets. Stop in, check out an item and get a ticket to enter, one ticket per person per day, and the drawing will be held on Aug. 1.
If you aren’t going to one of the fairs, you can still enjoy a fair vicariously. Why not check out the DVD of Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical, “State Fair?” It’s a two-disc set, with both the 1945 version and the 1962 version. There’s also “Butter”– a 2012 comedy film set at the Iowa State Fair and the famous butter carving contest. In the Biography section of the library you can read about “The Butter Cow Lady: the Story of Norma ‘Duffy’ Lyon.” Mystery fans can check out Earlene Fowler’s 2010 novel “State Fair” for a murder mystery set at a fair.

August book sale approaching

Only two and a half weeks until the next Friends of the Library semi-annual book sale. Volunteers have been busy sorting and boxing over 3,700 items for the Aug. 3 sale. Sale hours with free admission are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. Early admission at 9 a.m. is $5 or free, if you have a current friends membership. Bring bags with you to fill up for great reading at the lowest prices of any area book sale. Most items are priced at $0.50 or less. We have larger than usual selections this sale in the areas of art, history, biography, religion, science, and cookbooks, so if those are your areas of interest, this is a sale you won’t want to miss.

Recently arrived fiction thrillers:

“Code White” by Scott Britz-Cunningham. A dedicated neurosurgeon is about to implant a revolutionary mini-computer into the brain of a blind boy. If it works, he will see again. But someone wants to stop her triumph. No sooner has she begun to operate than the hospital pagers crackle with the chilling announcement, “CODE WHITE.” A bomb has been found in the medical center.
“Damascus Countdown” by Joel C. Rosenberg, (David Shirazi Series, Bk 3). After Israel launches a first strike against Iran, CIA operative David Shirazi has infiltrated the Iranian regime and intercepted information indicating that two Iranian nuclear warheads survived the attack and have been moved to a secure and undisclosed location. David and his team are in a race against time to find the remaining nuclear warheads before disaster strikes.
“No Way Back” by Andrew Gross. A chance meeting with a stranger in a hotel ends in a shocking murder. Wendy Gould is an average mom– and the only witness. Nanny Lauritzia Velez knows a shocking secret that could prove to be deadly. Both of their lives in danger, this unlikely pair must work together against a network of dangerous men who want nothing more than to see them dead.

Staff profile

Our continuing series of profiles on part-time staff members continues this week with Deena Foss. Deena (pronounced Dayna) was born in Mt. Pleasant and spent much of her youth in Swedesburg. She and her husband of 42 years moved to Solon about four years ago from Burlington, following her daughter and grandkids. They have two daughters and their husbands, two grandsons, and a cat. Deena has worked part-time at the library for about three and a half years, starting with the Teen and After School programs. She fit right in with the kids because she knew a lot of them from a previous part-time job in the school lunchroom. Deena also works the circulation desk and whatever other odd jobs need doing around the library. She enjoys reading “realistic fiction with a twist”, and mentioned “Bruiser” by Neal Shusterman as an example. She also loves veggie gardening and golf, although she says she’s not great at the golf. Fun fact about Deena? Back in their 20s, she and her husband did a one-week rubber-raft ride from Iowa City to Burlington with their dog. Thanks, Deena, for all your hard-work at the library.