From 1 until 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, the library will have an early out craft activity (door knob hangers) for students grades K-4. Other grade students will be admitted if space allows.
After a summer hiatus, the Solon Area Book Club starts back up on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month. Monthly selections are posted on the library’s website, and more information and a complete listing is available by emailing Joyce Barta at firstname.lastname@example.org .
After a month’s absence, September brings a new Toni Russo designed window to the library. “Engine House” is a very special display saluting fire fighters, first responders and their families. The window will have a collection of antique fire memorabilia collected from area fire fighters and their departments. Several iconic items will be featured in the window– a Dalmatian, an authentic brass pole, and even a plate of pancakes served by the Boy Scouts. This is one you won’t want to miss.
This year the Friends of the Library is starting a new fall fundraiser, which will be a Halloween costume and décor sale on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. until noon. The primary focus will be gently used children’s Halloween costumes, but there will also be costumes for older kids and adults, along with masks, and other Halloween décor. Many of these items were donated by the family of the late Don Ochs, a great library supporter and Halloween fan. During September, the library will still accept donations for this sale.
• “How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” by Louise Penny. The ninth book in this series follows an investigation of a missing woman who was once one of the most famous people in the world, and now goes unrecognized by everyone except a mad, brilliant poet. If you’ve missed out on this series of mysteries set in Quebec, Canada, we have the previous eight books as well, starting with “Still Life.” A movie version of “Still Life” has been made and should air on CBS sometime this year.
• “Lookaway, Lookaway” by Wilton Barnhardt. Presiding over her family and its legacy of Civil War art, a North Carolina society maven takes increasingly haphazard steps to protect her grown children from their own heedlessness.
• “The Affairs of Others” by Amy Grace Loyd. A mesmerizing debut novel about a young woman, haunted by loss, who rediscovers passion and possibility when she’s drawn into the tangled lives of her neighbors.
• “Tell No Lies” by Gregg Hurwitz. A series of anonymous threats intended for others puts a man– and everyone he loves– in the path of a relentless killer.
Our continuing series of profiles on part-time staff members and long-time volunteers continues this week with volunteer Erin Green. Erin is originally from the suburbs of Detroit, and moved to Iowa City in 2006 after a friend who was starting her PhD at the University of Iowa convinced Erin it would be easier to find a job in Iowa than in Michigan. Erin found that she loved Iowa City and has decided to stay, as has her 12-yr old cat, Oliver. Her parents, brother and sister-in-law and their two kids still live in Michigan. She started volunteering at the Solon library three years ago while in library school at the U of I, and she graduated with a masters in library and information science in 2011. She still volunteers, mostly on Thursday evenings, and enjoys it because she gets to do a little bit of everything– work at the circulation desk, shelve books, help cut out crafts for children’s programs, write the I Spy for the display windows, and help develop and catalog the DVD collection. Erin likes to read a lot of different things, including nonfiction, British authors such as Nick Hornby, and dystopian young adult novels. Currently she’s reading “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Cant’ Stop Talking,” and “Life as We Knew It” by Susan Cain. Fun fact about Erin? She loves to play board games, and goes to board game conventions each year. Thanks, Erin, for volunteering your time at the Solon library.