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Thanksgiving jar mix orders due

Take along as a hostess gift to your Thanksgiving dinner or indulge yourself with a delightful and inexpensive seasonal treat. Thanksgiving jar mixes may be preordered through Nov. 7. Order forms are available at the library or by emailing SolonLibrFriends@aol.com. All jars are priced below $5 and payment must accompany the order. Choose from cranberry cornbread mix, turkey noodle soup mix, pumpkin chocolate chip muffin mix or apple cider spice mix. Gift jars may be picked up at the library during regular business hours on Friday, Nov. 16, through Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Downsizing program Nov. 10
The Friends of the Library are sponsoring a Seniors Downsizing Program on Sat. Nov. 10, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. A lot of information is packed into this one hour program on how to start the process of de-cluttering, downsizing and organizing your life for that next smaller sized house or condo. It’s a free program, and no reservations are necessary. The program will be followed by a question and answer session.
Gretchen Robinson, author of a comprehensive workbook for seniors downsizing into retirement living will speak, covering these topics: 1). importance of a pre-emptive strike at downsizing (not waiting until it’s a crisis), 2). how to start, where to start, 3). strategies for deciding what to keep and what to leave behind, 4). what to do with what you leave behind.
Also speaking will be Christine Cross, manager of Solon’s Assisted Living Apartments to explain what is offered, how long a wait can be to get in, what people bring to assisted living that later they say, “I don’t know why I bothered moving that.”
These new books, purchased and donated by Friends of the Solon Library will be available for checkout at the library after the Saturday program: “Rightsizing Your Life: Simplifying Your Surroundings while Keeping what Matters Most” by Ciji Ware, “Scaling Down: Living Large in a Smaller Space” by Judi Culberstson and Marj Decker, “The Boomer Burden: Dealing with Your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff” by Julie Hall, and “A Step by Step Guide for Seniors Downsizing into Retirement Living Space” by Gretchen Robinson.

Habitat trees arrive Nov. 12-19
Once again, the Solon Public Library will be hosting the Habitat for Humanity Tree Decoration Contest. Trees will be displayed in the adult reading area. Trees may be delivered to the library from Monday, Nov. 12, through Monday, Nov. 19. Entry forms and rules are now available at the circulation desk.

Miss Jen’s Storytime, Tue., Nov. 13
Children ages two through five, their caregivers and younger siblings should plan to join Miss Jen every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for Storytime. The theme for Tuesday, Nov. 13, will be jungle.

Gingerbread Workshop Nov. 13
The library’s annual Gingerbread House Workshop will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with two sessions– one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. This popular family activity fills quickly with registration required for the event. Sign up your family by stopping by or calling the library at 319-624-2678.

Solon book club to meet Nov. 20
The selection for the Nov. 20 meeting of the Solon Book Club is the memoir “Father’s Day” by Buzz Bissinger. All interested readers are welcome to attend in the meeting room at the Solon Library from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m.
For questions about the book club, please contact Joyce at jebarta@southslope.net. To borrow a copy of a selected book, please contact the library circulation desk by calling 319-624-2678 or e-mail Jacque at jdeaton@solon.lib.ia.us.

Christmas jar mix orders due Nov 21
Christmas jar mix order forms are now available at the library circulation desk or by e-mailing Friends of the Library at SolonLibrFriends@aol.com. A nice variety of hot drink mixes, soups, sweet treats and side dishes are being offered for $5.25 or less. Mixes are packed in canning jars with decorative fabric tops and complete preparation instructions. Deadline for preorders to be turned in at the library is Wednesday, Nov. 21. Payment must accompany all preorders. Your gift jars will be available for pick-up at the library beginning on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Holiday hours
The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and have their regular weekly hours during the balance of the week.

Costume party afterglow
The Halloween party is one of the most popular programs at the library and this year was no exception with a record-setting 375 people in attendance. There were games, trick or treating, crafts and refreshments. Ely Kleinsmith had the guess closest to the 864 animal crackers in the mystery jar with his guess of 827. Congratulations, Ely. Many thanks go to all the friends and library volunteers, TAB (Teen Advisory Board) and the MacBride’s Pride 4-H Group for staffing the games, crafts and refreshments. Thanks to Nancy Wehrheim for making dozens of deliciously decorated sugar cookies and to friends board members, Sue Ballantyne, Paul Saupe and Liza Haugland for adding homemade goodies to the refreshment table as well, to Kevin and Sherri Shima for donating all the pumpkins used for decorating and the Solon High School Library for loaning the Mad Scientist orb. Thanks to all that attended and your patience in dealing with the wait and taking turns at the games. Miss Jen, children’s services librarian, costumed as Mary Poppins did a fantastic job of organizing the event. And, the garden gnome that you saw sprouting up in various locations was none other than our library director, Kris Brown, beneath that disguise.

Adult reading prize winners
The monthly prize for the adult reading program is provided by Friends of the Library. One entry is allowed for every book read by adults, eighteen years and older. Be sure to enter your name in the drawing at the circulation desk.
Paula Werner is the winner for the cash prize in the adult reading program drawing for September. Mary Ann Schneider’s name was drawn for October. Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Check these out
The Iris Johansen fans will find her latest thriller, “Sleep No More” on the new book shelf. One woman was held captive for decades; another one freed by the truth. Eve Duncan will be questioning everything she thought she knew about her family and her past.
Just released Oct. 23, John Grisham fans will be clamoring for his latest legal thriller, “The Racketeer.” Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new Grisham novel. Judge Fawcett and his young secretary were found dead in his remote lakeside cabin. And, who knows who is responsible? Malcolm Bannister, former attorney who is now housed in the Federal Prison Camp.