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Solon Public Library

New books

“Paris Match” by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington has returned to Paris to attend to some business concerns, and finds himself embroiled in high-stakes trouble on both sides of the pond. An old enemy is still in hot pursuit, and this time he might have a powerful local resource on his side: a gentleman with his own ax to grind against Stone. And back in the United States, the swirling rumor mill threatens to derail a project of vital importance not just to Stone but to the nation. Though Stone is no stranger to peril, never before has he faced threats from so many directions at once.
“Some Luck” by Jane Smiley. Each chapter in “Some Luck” covers a single year, beginning in 1920, as American soldiers return home from World War I, and going up through the early 1950s, with the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change. As the Langdons branch out from Iowa to both coasts of America, the personal and the historical merge seamlessly: one moment electricity is just beginning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis; later still, a girl you’d seen growing up now has a little girl of her own, and you discover that your laughter and your admiration for all these lives are mixing with tears.
“Lila” by Marilynne Robinson. Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church– the only available shelter from the rain– and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.
“Mountains of the Misbegotten” by Joseph Haywood. In the sequel to “Red Jacket,” former Rough Rider turned Michigan game warden Lute Bapcat sets out to find a deputy warden who has disappeared from Ontonagon County, one of the Michigan Upper Peninsula’s most lawless places. Merely hours into his search, Bapcat is shot by assailants unknown.

International Games Day

International Games Day at your library is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. The library will be celebrating International Games Day on Saturday, Nov. 15, from noon until 2 p.m. We will be playing videogames and board games.

Holiday Tree Decorating Contest and silent auction

The Holiday Tree Decorating Contest is sponsored this year by the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club. To participate in this year’s contest you must obtain an artificial tree, the maximum height allowed is 4 1/2 feet. Then create a theme and decorate away. The tree can be lit or unlit. You can enter your tree in either the individual or group competition. The winner in each category will receive a $25 prize. There will also be a $10 popular vote prize awarded. To enter the contest complete an entry form, pay the $5 dollar entry fee, and bring the tree to the library between Nov. 10 and 15. After the judging, bidding sheets will be posted for a silent auction that will last until Dec. 13. There will be a “buy it now” feature that will allow bidders to purchase the trees at any time, but the trees must remain in the library until the silent auction is over.

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.
Early out Nov. 6: BINGO. This program will run from 1:45 until 2:45 p.m.
Early out Nov. 13 movie: “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” rated PG 92 minutes. This program will run from 1:45 until 3:15 p.m.
Early out Nov. 20: LEGOs. This program will run from 1:45 until 2:45 p.m.
Early out Nov. 13 movie: “How to Train your Dragon” rated PG 98 minutes. This program will run from 1:45 until 3:15 p.m.
Gingerbread House Workshop: Monday, Nov. 17, with two different sessions. The first session will be at 5:30 p.m. and the second will start at 6:45 p.m. You must register for this event and there are limited spaces available. Stop in or call the library to register 319-624-2678.
International Games Day: Saturday, Nov. 15, from noon until 2 p.m. National Mario Kart Tournament, board games, and snacks. For all ages.
Scrabble Night: Nov. 26 in the library meeting room. Bring your own snacks and Scrabble board. Kids will meet after school 3:30 until 5 p.m. Adults will meet 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. We’re ready for a game… or two.