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Solon Public Library

Early out movie, Thursday, Nov. 1

The next early out program will be on Thursday, Nov. 7, with the showing of the movie, “The Croods” (PG). Movie time will be from 1 until 3 p.m.

LEGO® Club

First Monday of every month is Lego® Club, which will be Nov. 4 this month and Dec. 2 next month. Thanks to additional Lego® donations and a memorial bequest that was used to purchase additional new Lego® accessories (bases, doors, windows, and people), there will be a lot of new building materials to choose from at the next session. Come and check it out. No registration is required.

International game day Nov. 16

Did you know that Nov. 16 is international game day? More than one thousand libraries around the world will celebrate the American Library Association’s sixth annual international game day. The Solon Library will have a program with board games and video games– check at the library for details.

Gingerbread workshop is Nov. 21

The library’s annual gingerbread house workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, with two sessions– one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Registration is required for this event. Sign up your family by calling the library at 319-624-2678.

Thanksgiving mix orders due Nov. 9

Thanksgiving jar mixes may be preordered through Nov. 9. Order forms are available at the library, on the website, or by emailing SolonLibrFriends@aol.com. All jars are priced below $5 and payment must accompany the order. Choose from cranberry cornbread mix, turkey noodle soup mix, pumpkin chocolate chip muffin mix or apple cider spice mix. Take one along as a hostess gift or reward yourself. Gift jars may be picked up at the library during regular business hours beginning Nov. 21.

Time to order Christmas jar mixes

Christmas jar mix order forms are now available at the library circulation desk or by e-mailing Friends of the Library at SolonLibrFriends@aol.com. A nice variety of hot drink mixes, soups, sweet treats and pancakes are being offered for $5.25 or less. Mixes are packed in canning jars with decorative fabric tops and complete preparation instructions. Deadline for preorders to be turned in at the library is Wednesday, Nov. 27. Payment must accompany all preorders. Your gift jars will be available for pick-up at the library beginning on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Mini-tree decorating contest

After eight years, Habitat for Humanity has decided to end their annual mini-tree decorating contest, but the Friends of the Solon Library will be sponsoring it this year and proceeds will benefit the library. Contest rules and entry forms are now available at the library. Let your imagination run wild and decorate an artificial tree (under four feet) and submit it with a $5 entry fee between Nov. 11 and 16. Trees will be displayed at the library and you can bid on them in a silent auction that ends on Dec. 14, or purchase at a set price beginning Dec. 3. Prizes in several categories will also be awarded to the tree designers.

New daily newspaper

Thanks to a bequest donation, we now will be getting The Des Moines Register daily. Stop in and check it out.

New book arrivals

• “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King (2013) King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, “The Shining,” in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. (We have both the regular book and audio book formats)
• “The October List” by Jeffery Deaver (2013) Bestselling author Deaver is back with the most riveting and original novel of the year– a race-against-the-clock mystery, told in reverse.
• “Practice to Deceive” by Ann Rule (2013) A riveting true-crime mystery set on a sleepy island in the Pacific Northwest: a man is murdered and the long list of suspects includes an aging beauty queen, her guitar-teacher lover, and the widow.
• “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly (2013) Nearly 2,000 years after this young revolutionary was killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. This book takes readers inside Jesus’ life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable– and changed the world forever.