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Solon Public Library

New nonfiction books

“The Sport Gene” by David Epstein. The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success and the so-called 10,000-hour rule, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving it.
“Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. In “Top Dog,” Bronson and Merryman use their astonishing blend of science and storytelling to reveal what’s truly in the heart of a champion. The joy of victory and the character-building agony of defeat. Testosterone and the neuroscience of mistakes. Why rivals motivate. How home field advantage gets you a raise. What teamwork really requires. It is baseball, the SAT, sales contests, and Linux. How before da Vinci and FedEx were innovators, first, they were great competitors.

New fiction

“The Heist” by Daniel Silva
“Cut and Thrust” by Stuart Woods
“Never Coming Back” by Tim Weaver
“Act of War” by Brad Thor
“Care and Management of Lies” by Jaqueline Winspear
“Flight of the Sparrow” by Amy Belding Brown
“Mockingbird Next Door Life” by Marja Mills
“Power Play” by Catherine Coulter
“Red Room” by Ridley Pearson
“Wayfaring Stranger” by James Burke

Summer Reading prize winners

The Summer Reading Program is officially over for 2014, and as always the library is amazed by how hard the children of Solon work to accomplish their reading goals. This year’s total reading time, by the kids, was 523,540 minutes. Below is a partial list of the grand prize winners. The library has a full list of the winners on display.
Puppy stuffed animal: Olivia Anson.
Beef Days tickets: Max Duetenberger and Kellie Felddkamp.
Bike from Solon State Bank: Mya Fordice.
Bloomsbury farms: Owen Einwalter and Conner Apfelbeck.
Passes to the Science Station: Abe Houtakker and Oliver Feltes.
Science experiment basket: Lily Worrell.
Art supplies basket: Kayla Young.
North Liberty Rec Center $25 gift card: Alan Spinks and Molly Smith.
Molly’s Cupcakes gift cards: Rachel Henkle and Brynn Haugland.
Air FX Trampoline Park gift card: Tage Zimmermann.
Coral Ridge Ice Arena passes: Cora Sutton and Mattie Fearnow.
Gummy Worm: Madisyn Zachar.
Passes to a Kernels game: Eddie Johnson.
iPod Touch: Makayla Hanson and Kaleb Burkum.
Summer Reading activity sheets
The reading portion of the Summer Reading Program is officially over, but if you have family activity sheets and/or the math chart completed you can still turn them in for your prize.

Monthly drawing winner

Every month the Friends of the Library sponsor a drawing for a $10 prize. All you have to do to participate in this drawing is to read a book checked out from the Solon library (or listen to one) then enter your name to win the prize. The name is picked at the end of each month. June’s winner was Mary Yeomans.

Dates to remember

Storytime: Every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for children ages two through five. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.
Meal and a Movie: 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on, usually, the 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.
LEGO® Club: This club normally meets the first Monday of every month, but due to Labor Day they will meet the second Wednesday, Sept. 3. This program is from 6 until 7 p.m.
Early out Aug. 21 activity: Make your own fingerprint and collage notes. This craft program will run from 1:45 until 2:45 p.m.
Early out Aug. 28 movie: “The LEGO® Movie” rated PG 100 minutes. This program will run from 1:45 until 3:15 p.m.