Sept. 22 through 28 is “Banned Books Week,” an annual event held during the last week of September which highlights the benefits of free and open access to information. Its purpose is to draw attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States. The Solon Public Library has a display of classics, young adult and children’s books that have either been banned or challenged. Librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country use “Banned Books Week” each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights, the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society. For more information and a list of frequently challenged books, go to http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks .
The next early-out day is Oct. 3. The library will be showing the 2013 animated film, “Epic.” The film is rated PG and will start at 1 p.m. Students should be picked up at 2:45 p.m. Grades K-4 students get in first, then fifth grade and up as space allows, so that we stay within the fire code occupancy of the meeting room.
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is beginning its third year with eight members: Rachel Haugland, Ely Kleinsmith, Natalie Sherman, Kassadi Hilton, Caroline Sherman, Cole Miller, Jesse Miller and Ryan Sears. TAB is planning the library’s first ever Teen Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct 26, from 8 until 10 p.m. Look for posters to show up at your school with all the spooky details.
Solon Library is one of over 160 libraries in Iowa that subscribe to NEIBORS (North Eastern Iowa Bridge to Online Resource Sharing) for access to thousands of e-book titles and downloadable audio books. Just like regular library books, NEIBORS program loans digital titles for a specified period and the files can be easily downloaded from your home computer. The subscription fee for the library is only a small fraction of what it would cost to buy the same material in traditional formats and really helps stretch the library’s budget.
Every year digital media checkouts continue to grow. For Fiscal Year 2012-2013, there were 1,958 total NEIBORS checkouts by Solon patrons, with 1,564 being e-books, and 394 being audio downloads. This is a 77 percent increase over the previous year.
MP3 players are available for check-out at the Solon library for anyone interested in trying a downloaded audio title.
• “W is for Wasted” by Sue Grafton. Fans of Grafton’s “Kinsey Millhone” series can rejoice. The 23rd installment of this popular series is just out. This series started back in 1982 with A is for Alibi.
• Robert B. Parker’s “Damned if You Do” by Michael Brandman. Police chief Jesse Stone returns in another outstanding entry in the New York Times bestselling series. Parker wrote nine books in the series before his death in 2010 and this is the third novel written by Michael Brandman continuing the character.
• “The Maid’s Version” by Daniel Woodrell. Woodrell’s first novel since “Winter’s Bone” (2006) tells of a deadly dance hall fire and its impact over several generations. (“Winter’s Bone” was adapted for film in 2010 and won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for four Academy Awards).
• “The Hive” by Gill Hornby. An impressive satirical debut novel shows there’s only room for one Queen Bee in the social world of school moms.
• “Midnight in Austenland” by Shannon Hale. A woman in need of a true escape heads to Pembrook Park, a Jane Austen-themed retreat in the British countryside, but doesn’t find the relaxation she seeks. Instead she finds a tangle of intrigues, real and pretend, sinister and romantic, increasingly tough to sort out, and she has to prove herself a heroine worthy of Austen herself.
Oct. 5, 9 a.m. until noon: Friends of the Library Halloween costume and décor sale.
Oct. 23, 6:30 until 7:30 p.m.: Joint meeting of the Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library Board, and Solon Library Foundation Board. Public is welcome to attend.
Oct. 26, 8 until 10 p.m.: Teen Halloween party, sponsored by TAB.
Oct. 28, 6:30 until 7:30 p.m.: Halloween costume party.
Nov. 14, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.: Gingerbread house workshop (registration will start near the end of October).
Dec. 3, 6:30 until 7:30 p.m.: Santa visits the Solon library.