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Solon public library

New movie arrivals

“The Butler” As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.
“Enough Said” A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband.
“Start! Walking At Home with Leslie Sansone” If you’re new to exercising, begin with the gentle-paced, 20-minute– one mile– beginner program. When you’re ready, move on to the intermediate 30-minute– two mile– brisk walk.
“The Biggest Loser Power Sculpt” A workout inspired by the hit TV series. Included is a six-week program for maximum weight loss, with Level 1, 2, and 3 workouts.

Best books of 2013

Every year the editors of Publishers Weekly pick their top adult nonfiction books of that year. Below is the list of titles for 2013, that are available at the Solon Public Library.
• “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief” by Lawrence Wright. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists– both famous and less well known– and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative skills to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology: its origins in the imagination of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard; its struggles to find acceptance as a legitimate (and legally acknowledged) religion; its vast, secret campaign to infiltrate the U.S. government; its vindictive treatment of critics; its phenomenal wealth; and its dramatic efforts to grow and prevail after the death of Hubbard.
• “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield” by Jeremy Scahill. In “Dirty Wars,” Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times best-seller “Blackwater,” takes us inside America’s new covert wars. As he reveals, the foot soldiers in these battles operate daily across the globe and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture, or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies of America.
• “A House in the Sky” by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. The memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia– a story of courage, resilience and extraordinary grace.

New book titles

Our monthly book order is in and among the new titles are the following fiction titles for adults: “Pagan Lord” by Bernard Cornwell, “Fear Nothing” by Lisa Garnder, “From the Dead” by Mark Billingham, “Innocent Blood” by James Rollins, “Standup Guy” by Stuart Woods,” Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd, and “Execution” by Dick Wolf. We also have a copy of the All Iowa Reads Book, “Little Wolves” by Thomas Maltman.

Money Smart Week

“Money Smart Week” is a library program coming in mid-April. We will feature several Saturday morning workshops on these possible topics: how to begin investing; safe investments after 50; saving for a child’s college education; tips for living frugally; and saving enough for retirement.
Are we choosing topics that you need information about? Give us your input by calling 319-624-2678 or comment on our Facebook page. We would appreciate your suggestions.

Foods for Fines continues

The Solon Public Library will forgive your outstanding fine with a donation of one nonperishable food item for every $1 in fines. Food for Fines will run from Jan. 15 through 31, and all donated food will go to the Solon food pantry. The pantry requests donations of canned meat, canned soup (not tomato), canned fruit, and canned vegetables (not corn or green beans) and peanut butter. Please, no expired items. The Food for Fines program does not apply to lost materials or fines above $20.

Senior meal and movie

Meal & a Movie program this month will be on Friday, Jan. 31. The catered meal will feature lasagna, veggies and a dessert, for $7.50 per diner. The movie will be “The Butler.” This 2013 release stars Forest Whitaker as a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Call 319-624-2710 for reservations or sign up at Old Gold Dining.

Oscar prediction contest

The Friends of the Solon Public Library are sponsoring their fourth annual Predict the Oscars contest for the 86th annual Academy Awards. Entry forms are available at the library and are due by 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. The winner will receive a prize package worth over $70.

Babygarten registration

Babygarten helps to nurture the bond between caregiver and child, increase eye-hand coordination, and develop body awareness. This rhythmic program will enrich your child’s life from the very beginning and provide an excellent foundation for the future. Each session will feature music, board books and toys and is intended for children aged birth through 24 months.
Our next Babygarten program will run on Fridays from Feb. 7 through March 14 at 9:30 a.m. Registration is free and can be done by calling the library at 319-624-2678.

January Storytime

Storytime is every Tuesday for children ages 2 through 5 with a program of stories, songs and rhymes followed by a craft. Younger siblings are also welcome to attend. The theme for Jan. 28 is “Birds.”

Friends of the Library book sale

It is 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. 1. 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.