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Solon Public Library

New puzzle table

Toward the west end of the library we now have a table set up with a jigsaw puzzle on a revolving puzzle frame. Stop in and work on it for a while and check on its progress. It takes a village to do a puzzle.

Note about fire engine display window

Display artist Toni Russo is still collecting items for the new window display, “Fire Engine,” a salute to fire-fighters and first-responders, so the window display is not yet complete. It is an interesting work-in-progress, however, so feel free to watch the display develop. We will announce in this column and on the LED sign when the window is complete. Thank you for your patience.

Early out craft tomorrow

The early out program for Thursday, Sept. 19, will be a craft featuring door knob hangers. The library has special programming for each of two school early out days each month. They are designed for ages Kindergarten through fourth grade, but other students may participate if space allows. 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 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.

Newspaper readers alert

Do you stop in to the library to read the Solon Economist, Cedar Rapids Gazette or Iowa City Press-Citizen? What other newspapers would you like to see? The Friends of the Library group is considering purchasing additional subscriptions for the newspaper area with bequest money. Would you like to see The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Des Moines Register, North Liberty Leader, or Mount Vernon/Lisbon Sun? Please let us know. You can give your opinion to Kris at the library or email SolonLibrFriends@aol.com.

Jelly jars needed

The friends group will once again be selling food jar mixes for Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. We are well stocked on quart and pint jars, but could use donations of the jelly-size (8 oz.) jars. Please drop off any you wish to donate to the library this month. Thanks.

Volunteer profile

Our continuing series of profiles of long-time volunteers continues this week with Shirley Anderson. Shirley was born in the small town of Elk Horn, in western Iowa. She came to school at the University of Iowa, and never left the area after graduation. Shirley and her husband, Wayne, moved to Solon in 1974 because it seemed to be the ideal location as Wayne worked in Iowa City and Shirley in Cedar Rapids. Before retiring in 2006, Shirley taught nursing at Kirkwood Community College for 34 years. They have one daughter who lives in Dubuque. As avid readers, Shirley and her family were weekly patrons of the library so, after retirement, the library was one of the first places Shirley thought of volunteering. Her main tasks are covering books with plastic and cutting out the craft projects for the children’s time, which she especially enjoys doing. She has also been a member of the Library Foundation since 2009. Shirley doesn’t really have a favorite author. She reads romance, suspense, mystery, and even westerns. Fun fact about Shirley? She and Wayne are super excited about the birth of their first grandchild due in November. Thank you Shirley, for all of your volunteer hours at the library.

New books of interest:

• “Jump-Starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life” by Pam Withers, Cynthia Gill and Dr. John Duffy (2013).
“The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr (2011).
• “Stop and Smell the Garbage” by Christine McMahon Sutton (2012). An account of the author’s experience dealing with her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease.
• “Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story” by Shanna Hogan (2013).
• “A House in the Sky” by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett (2013). The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity– an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace.
• “Just Tell Me I Can’t: How Jamie Moyer Defied the Radar Gun and Defeated Time” by Jamie Moyer and Larry Platt. Long-time baseball fans know Moyer as a big-league picture for 25 years. This memoir recalls how he fatefully encountered a gravel-voiced, highly confrontational sports psychologist named Harvey Dorfman. Listening to the in-your-face insights of Dorfman, Moyer began to re-invent himself and reconstruct his approach to his game. Moyer went on to become an All-Star and also a World Series champion after he had thought his career was done.