During the week of July 1, there will be no Tuesday Family Night, Teens on Tuesdays, or Wednesday Afternoon Adventures. Storytime will also not be meeting on July 2. All programs will resume the week of July 9. The library will be closed on July 4.
Completed reading logs are being turned in daily for prizes as the Summer Reading Program progresses. Many SRP participants have already finished the activity sheet for the T-shirt challenge. Anyone wishing to complete the activity sheet to receive a T-shirt should be aware that sizes are going fast so complete and turn in the sheets as soon as possible.
If you are an aunt, uncle, or grandparent with visiting youngsters, bring them by the library for a visit. Visitors can check out the dinosaur-theme display window and are welcome to participate in summer reading activities and pick up a prize. The library also has puzzles, puppets, and DVD movies to help entertain your young guests.
As you look at our new “Lost World” display window featuring the hunt for dinosaurs, you may wonder who some of the first dinosaur fossil finders were. Ever heard of Roy Chapman Andrews? Probably not, but you’ve probably heard of “Indiana Jones.” Many people believe that Roy Chapman Andrews was the inspiration for the fictional Indiana Jones. Andrews led several expeditions to Asia from 1922 to 1928 setting out to try to find the earliest human remains in Asia. However, they found many other finds, such as dinosaurs bones and fossil mammals and most notably the first known dinosaur nests full of eggs. His 1953 book, “All About Dinosaurs,” written for young readers, is on display in the window, as it was an inspiration for many of the next generation of dinosaur fossil hunters after Andrews. You can read about this fascinating man in “Dragon Hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions” by Charles Gallenkamp. Just ask for it at the library.
The Friends of the Library group is planning their next used book sale for Saturday, Aug. 3. We will accept donations of gently used books, DVDs, and music CDs for the sale. We can not accept encyclopedias, Harlequin-romance type novels, Reader’s Digest condensed books, discards from other libraries, textbooks over five years old, cassettes, VHS tapes, or books over five years old in subject areas that are quickly outdated such as business, computers, science, etc. Donations can be accepted during open library hours and a receipt can be provided upon request for tax purposes.
Rather than a book here and a book there, you may want to devour an entire series for your summer reading list. How about Dean Koontz’s “Odd Thomas” series? Odd Thomas is a 20-year-old man who lives in the fictional desert town of Pico Mundo, Calif., and is able to see the spirits of the dead. He is able to make himself heard to them but they cannot speak to him, although they may make signs or mouth words. The library has the complete series, including the very latest release. The series consists of “Odd Thomas” (2003), “Forever Odd” (2005), “Brother Odd” (2006), “Odd Hours” (2008), “Odd Apocalypse” (2012), and “Deeply Odd” (2013). If you want something a little lighter, how about digging into Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series? Plum is a bounty hunter who is a spunky combination of Nancy Drew and Dirty Harry, and the books have many colorful recurring side-characters. The series starts with “One for the Money” (1994) and goes through “Notorious Nineteen” (2012), with each book having the number in the title. If you start now, you’ll be ready for “Takedown Twenty” which is due out this November. The library staff can suggest many other series novels for you as well.
Our continuing series of profiles on part-time staff members and long-time volunteers continues this week with Jacque Deaton. Jacque has been working part-time at the library since 2002. Jacque works the circulation desk on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, and also serves as the library’s webmaster. Jacque is originally from northwestern Iowa and moved to the Solon area with her husband and daughter in 1993. In-between she lived in a variety of places. When she was four to seven years old, her family lived in a very small trailer, moving about every six months, while her father installed dial switchboards for small telephone companies. Jacque graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in early childhood and elementary education, and has had a lot of jobs along the way to this one at the library, including daycare director, dental school clinic clerk, and bank teller. During her stay-at home mom years, she volunteered at her daughter’s schools and occasionally at the Solon library in the old building. Jacque’s work with the library’s website required training through the State Library of Iowa. She has also attended other classes and webinars to better understand the library’s digital services like NEIBORS, EBSCOHost, and LearningExpress. Jacque enjoys learning about these programs and helping patrons when they encounter difficulties. She also works on interlibrary loan requests and library signage, including posters advertising the window displays and the county fair poster. Jacque enjoys reading books from various genres; among the titles she would recommend are “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle and “The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted” by Bridget Asher. Fun fact about Jacque? She is a Reiki Master/Teacher and a reflexology student. Thanks, Jacque, for 10 great years at the library.