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Solon Public Library

Move over (or up) classic sci-fi

Books by classic science fiction authors like Isaac Asimov, Ben Bova and Frank Herbert are moving to the top shelf in our science fiction collection. We’re making room for urban fantasy, the newest direction in science fiction reading. Although the time period in urban fantasy may vary from historical to contemporary, the setting is always in a city and may also contain supernatural elements. The novels by Jim Butcher are a good example of urban fantasy. We carry those, plus a series by Tanya Huff called “Blood Ties.” Also try new authors Kate Griffin and Ilona Andrews. Andrews, a husband and wife team, set their series in the city of Atlanta that has been raged by uncontrollable waves of magic. Shapeshifters and vampires share power with humans. The authors feature strong female characters, plenty of weapons (many from different cultures and time periods), and a very different take on vampires.

Book donations always welcome

Now is the time for spring cleaning, before the weather is too nice to stay inside. The Friends of the Library collect donated books, puzzles, music CDs and DVDs all year. The proceeds from the sale of these items provide funds to sponsor the guests and entertainers at the library’s summer reading program and other projects throughout the year.
The Friends accept novels and general non-fiction (dusting is really appreciated, if they’ve been in the garage for a few years), and text books, not older than two years. Please do not bring encyclopedia sets, Reader’s Digest condensed books or VHS tapes. The Friends try to recycle responsibly. After each book sale, all items are cleared out; either donated to another non-profit or books are taken to City Carton for recycling.
A receipt can be written for your donation, upon request.

‘Blind Date’ books were a success.

The last day to turn in your name for the drawing, after completing your “Blind Date with a Book” is March 8. Our staff will plan more dates next year. Our goal was to send our patrons home with a book, or genre, that they would never have taken home before. We mixed non-fiction, sci-fi, even westerns into the options. It was fun all around. Our winner, who will receive a $25 gift certificate for E’s Florals, will be announced in this column, in a couple of weeks.

Dates to remember:

• Story time for children ages 2 through 5, every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs and a craft.
• Solon Book Club: meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Plan for Tuesday, March 18.
• Babygarten: started Friday, Feb. 28, at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required for this six-week program– you can still jump in. Sessions will be each Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.
• Display window “Hollywood & Vine” through March 15.
• LEGO® Club is the first Monday of each month from 6 until 7 p.m. Kindergarten and up.
• Scrabble Night is the last Wednesday of the month, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Next date is March 26. Bring your own snacks and Scrabble dictionary. Recommended for ages 8 through adult.
• Meal and a Movie: March 28 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The movie is free but registration is required for the catered meal and costs $7.50 for an entrée, vegetable and dessert. The movie follows the meal and usually begins around noon. Call Sandra Hanson at 319-624-2710 to register or sign up at Old Gold Dining.
• Community Read hosted by students at the Solon High School will be April 3, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the media center at Solon High School. The book to be discussed will be “Mountains beyond Mountains” by Tracey Kidder. Check with the library if you need a copy. Everyone welcome to participate.
• Save the date: Money Smart Week: programs on April 5 and 12. Topics to be announced in future columns.