The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3, regular library hours resume which means the library will open at noon on Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday hours remain 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The library does not assume responsibility for children left unattended on the library premises. Children under age 10 may not be left unattended at any time. If another child is acting as the baby sitter, that child must be at least 11 years old and will be responsible for the younger child(ren). Children between 10 and 13 years of age may be unattended in the library for no more than two hours. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated in any age patron.
Once again, the library will resume its early out programs on the early out days designated on the school calendar. There is no registration required. The programs are designed for grades K-4, but other ages will be admitted as space allows. Parents or caregivers are responsible for getting students to the library and picking them up when the activity is over. Programs begin after lunch at 1 p.m. The first early out program will be on Thursday, Sept. 5, and it will be a viewing of the newly released animated movie, “Zambezia” (G). The program will end at 2:45 p.m. Flyers with dates and times of all the early out programs will be sent home from school with students or they may be picked up at the library.
• “The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers” by Josh Kilmer-Purcell (2010): Raised in rural Wisconsin, the author moved to Manhattan to work in advertising in the 1990s. This memoir recalls how he and his partner, a Martha Stewart Omni Media VP, became weekend farmers after purchasing a 19th-century mansion on 60 acres in New York State. He plows through their daily experiences, meeting neighbors, signing on caretaker Farmer John, herding goats, canning tomatoes, and digging a garden, as they fix up the 205-year-old house.
• “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” by Reza Aslan (2013): This No. 1 New York Times bestseller is a fascinating, provocative and meticulously researched biography with the pulse of a fast-paced novel, that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. The book has spurred some controversy since the author is a convert to Islam, and he has made the rounds of all the talk shows in recent weeks.
• “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth L. Cline (2013): Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way Americans dress, with stores now offering the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. We have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we own when styles change so fast and it’s cheaper to just buy more. What is the true cost of cheap fashion? What are we doing with all these cheap clothes? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being?
• “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith (2013): A crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, author of the wildly successful “Harry Potter” series of junior fiction, published under a pseudonym. It is a mystery in a classic vein featuring a detective investigating a supermodel’s suicide.
Our continuing series of profiles of long-time volunteers continues this week with Sandy Eads. Sandy is originally from Cedar Rapids, but moved here with her family when she was in fifth grade. She went to the University of Iowa and graduated with a B.A. in psychology. Her working career has been primarily focused on early childhood education and she currently works at Head Start in Coralville. Sandy is married and has three children and three grandchildren. Sandy has been volunteering at the library for seven to eight years. She started volunteering because she was always at the library checking out books to use for school, and wanted to give back to the library. She generally volunteers on Tuesday evenings doing whatever needs doing– the circulation desk, reshelving or processing inter-library loans, and at special events like the Halloween party. Some of Sandy’s favorite authors are Janet Evanovich and Barbara Kingsolver, but she reads a variety of fiction and non-fiction in the pursuit of being a life-long learner. Fun fact about Sandy? She and her husband lived in New Zealand for a year and travelled extensively in the area on a sailboat, visiting Australia, Indonesia, and Bali. Thanks for all your years of volunteer work at the Solon Library, Sandy.