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Solon Public Library

Need help with your Kindle/Nook/iPad?

The staff at the library is willing to help, but we’re not always available when you stop in. Help sessions can sometimes take 30 to 60 minutes. Please call 319-624-2678 to set up an appointment.

Money Smart programs in April

Money Smart Week is April 5 through 12. The Solon library has events planned that week plus Saturday, April 19. These programs are free and registration is not required. Choose any of the following topics or activities that work for you:
April 5 through April 12: Dash for the Stash
This is a contest that folks can enter and have a chance to win $1,000 toward an IRA. The goal is to learn investment tips as you work through the list of questions before entering. Details will be coming soon.
April 12: In the library meeting room:
9 a.m.: “Where is my money going?– budgeting and debt repayment,” with Shelly Prybil, a financial planner with Integrity Financial in Solon.
10 a.m.: “Saving for the Future: college, home or retirement,” with Shelly Prybil.
11a.m.: “Talking the Mystery Out of Medicare” with Jill deLaubenfels, MA, BSN, RN. RIS Agent (Retirement Insurance Specialist).
1 p.m.: “The Essentials of Life Insurance” with Jeff Kreinbring, an investment advisor representative with Integrity Financial.
2 p.m.: “Safe Investing” with Jeff Kreinbring.
April 19: In the library meeting room
9:30 a.m.: “Spend Smart, Eat Smart” with Mary M. Weinand, a family finance specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
11 a.m.: “Alternative Living: focus on finances” with Solon resident and writer Paul Deaton. Paul gave up his 9-5 job to focus on his writing. He will describe his creative methods of putting food on the table and how he covers his expenses.
Everyone is welcome. Bring your questions.

Save the date for visiting Iowa author

Award-winning Iowa author Larry Baker will be reading from his new novel “The Education of Nancy Adams” on April 23 at 7 p.m. at the library.
“The Education of Nancy Adams” is the story of a woman living in her dead parents’ house in 1996. She is about to go to work at the Florida high school from which she graduated 20 years earlier. Her new boss was her teacher back in 1976, a man she adored. She was 17 then. He was 27. He is married now, she is a childless widow. Her own education is about to begin again as she enters an adolescent world of hormones, rumors and teenage drama, where students are sometimes more mature than their teachers, and where she finally learns the truth about the man she thought she loved.
Baker’s appearance at the Solon library is the first of a special Iowa library tour that includes stops at libraries in Ely, Monticello, Anamosa and Mount Vernon. This is Mr. Baker’s second visit to the Solon Public Library. In 2001, Mr. Baker helped us celebrate our grand opening with a visit to talk about his first book, “The Flamingo Rising”.
“The Flamingo Rising” was a Barnes and Noble finalist for the Great New Voices Award for 1997. It was also a Los Angeles Times “Top 100” selection for 1997. In addition to being adapted by Hallmark for a television movie in 2001, “The Flamingo Rising” was selected by the Iowa Center for the Book to represent Iowa at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., in 2010. That year also brought another honor for this book, its inclusion on the American Library Association’s “Banned Books” list.
Larry’s second novel, “Athens/America,” was even more controversial, turning Iowa fact into fiction in a story that has provoked a wide range of responses. Love it or hate it, as some do, it has become, in the words of one bookstore publicist, a cult classic.
“A Good Man” was Larry’s third novel and it was recognized by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association as a nominee for book of the year in 2010.
Larry was honored by his addition to the Iowa Literary Walk of Fame in Iowa City in 2011. He thus joined other Iowa writers such as James McPherson, Marilynne Robinson, Frank Conroy and Jane Smiley.
“The Education of Nancy Adams” will not be sold online, so his appearance in Solon will be a rare opportunity to get a copy and meet the author. His publisher said, “if you want a real book from a real writer you have to go to a real library.”

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.
Scrabble challenge: Last Wednesday of each month. Kids will meet after school from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m.. Adults from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Bring your own snacks and Scrabble dictionary.
Meal and a Movie from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Usually last Friday of the month. 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.
April 3: Community Read. Discussion hosted by students at the Solon High School, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the media center at the Solon High School. The book to be discussed: “Mountains beyond Mountains” by Tracey Kidder. Call the library if you need a copy. Everyone is welcome to participate.
April 7: LEGO® Club from 6 until 7 p.m. for ages kindergarten and up. First Monday of the month.
April 5 through 19: Activities and programs for Money Smart Week (see article).
April 13 through 19: National Library Week. We invite you to sign the “Declaration of Support for Libraries.”
April 23: Author Larry Baker reads from his new book, “The Education of Nancy Adams” at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room.

Display window notes

“Blossom by blossom the spring begins.”
– Swinburne, 1865
The next window, the first to celebrate the spring season, traditionally has featured a garden theme. This year, we’re celebrating spring and art together with “Monet’s Garden– the water lilies.” We’ll visit his famous garden at Giverny, France, complete with the Japanese bridge and lots of flowers. This new window will be ready to view April 5 and will be up through May 17.