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Solon public library

Sue Ballantyne

Thanksgiving jar mix orders due Saturday, Nov. 7

Take along as a hostess gift to your Thanksgiving dinner or indulge yourself with a delightful and inexpensive seasonal treat. Thanksgiving jar mixes may be preordered through this Saturday, Nov. 9. Order forms are available at the library 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. Gift jars may be picked up at the library during regular business hours beginning Nov. 21.

Mini-tree contest deadline approaching

The friends of the library have taken over the mini-tree decorating contest, formerly sponsored by Habitat for Humanity. Trees will be displayed in the adult reading area and available for purchase. Decorated trees (4’ or under only) may be delivered to the library from Monday, Nov. 11, through Saturday, Nov. 16. Entry forms and rules are now available at the circulation desk, on the website, or by emailing the friends group.

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. This popular family activity fills quickly with registration required for the event. Sign up your family by stopping by or calling the library at 319-624-2678.

Christmas jar orders due Nov. 27

Christmas jar mix order forms are now available at the library circulation desk or by e-mailing Friends of the Library @ solonlibrfriends@aol.com. A nice variety of hot drink mixes, soups, sweet treats and side dishes 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.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and have its regular weekly hours during the balance of the week.

New books:

• “One Summer: America, 1927” by Bill Bryson. The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the 20th century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet. Iowa native Bill Bryson captures the spirit of this and many other events of this momentous year– its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness– with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor.
• “Cronkite” by Douglas Brinkley. Douglas Brinkley presents the definitive, revealing biography of an American legend: renowned news anchor Walter Cronkite. An acclaimed author and historian, Brinkley has drawn upon recently disclosed letters, diaries, and other artifacts at the recently opened Cronkite Archive to bring detail and depth to this deeply personal portrait. He also interviewed nearly 200 of Cronkite’s closest friends and colleagues, including Andy Rooney, Leslie Stahl, Barbara Walters, Dan Rather, Brian Williams, Les Moonves, Christiane Amanpour, Katie Couric, Bob Schieffer, Ted Turner, Jimmy Buffett and Morley Safer, using their voices to instill dignity and humanity in this study of one of America’s most beloved and trusted public figures.
• “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham. In his 26th novel, Grisham takes you back to where it all began– with Jake Brigance, from his first novel, “A Time to Kill,” in the same courthouse, now embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial-a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.
• “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt. A novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
• “We Are Water” by Wally Lamb. After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh– wife, mother, outsider artist– has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s box of toxic secrets– dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs’ lives.
• “Mrs. Poe” by Lynn Cullen. Inspired by literature’s most haunting love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress’s tantalizing confession, and his wife’s frightening obsession... in this “intelligent, sexy, and utterly addictive” (M. J. Rose) new masterpiece of historical fiction.