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Early-out movies Nov. 19-20

Early-out movies will be shown at the library on Monday, Nov. 19, and Tuesday, Nov. 20, beginning at 1 p.m. The Monday movie is 95 minutes, PG-rated “Madagascar 3,” and showing on Tuesday, Nov. 20, is “Tangled” also rated PG and lasting 100 minutes.
Movies are shown in the meeting room and most attendees prefer to sit on the floor. The library does have a few bean bag chairs but not enough for everyone. Kids are more than welcome to bring in pillows or comfy seat-like things of their own for early out movies.
Parents or caregivers are responsible for getting students to the library and picking them up when the movie is over. School age children under the age of 10 may attend the early-out programs without an adult but must be picked up at the conclusion of the program if they are not in the care of a babysitter, who must be at least 11 years old.

Marine Corps toy collection

Marine Corps toy collection
Miss Jen’s Storytime Tuesday, Nov. 20
Children ages 2-5, 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. 20, will be food.

Christmas Jar Mix orders due Nov. 21
Christmas jar mix order forms are now available at the library circulation desk or by emailing 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.

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

Last call for Halloween costume donations
Done with the Halloween costumes and want to get them out of the house? If you have costumes that the kids won’t be using again, donate them to the Friends of the Library. Friends are starting a Costume Recycling Program, and these costumes will be cleaned, mended and stored for sale next October at low prices as a fundraiser. We will accept adult costumes as well, as long as they are in good taste and appropriate for older children to wear.

New non-fiction books
The non-fiction shelf has taken on a fashionable air with the addition of several new releases. For the fashion-conscious, how about checking out “The Truth about Style” by Stacey London or “How to Look Hot in a Minivan” by Janice Min? If duct tape is your passion, perhaps “Tape It and Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities” by Richela Morgan will inspire your next outfit.
Library director Kris Brown, is excited about the new “The Geek Dad Book for Inspiring Mad Scientists” by Ken Denmead. “It’s not too early to start planning what your young student will do for the science fair in February,” announced Brown. “We have this new title that features some cool experiments for science fair or family fun.”

Adult Fiction
Browsing through a national bestseller book list is always enlightening. Just for comparison with what’s available locally, the next search was the Solon Public Library catalog, wherein eight of the top 10 books were found.
Patricia Cornwell’s “The Bone Bed,” a part of the Scarpetta series, is a must read for Cornwell fans or an ideal starting point for new readers to the series. When a paleontologist in the remote wilderness of Canada disappears, evidence surfaces over 2,000 miles away in Boston. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner in Boston, begins to connect the clues to a series of crimes closer to home, penetrating even her closest circles.
Nelson DeMille’s “The Panther,” released in mid-October, has wasted no time in gaining a spot on the bestseller list. This book, in the John Corey Anti-Terrorist Task Force series, takes place in the Middle East. Filled with a breathtaking plot, this book will raise disturbing questions about whether we can ever know who our enemies, or our allies, really are.
Suspense writer Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced and ingeniously plotted thriller, “Gone Girl.” As Nick and Amy Dunne are preparing to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi river. Nick is oddly evasive and he’s definitely bitter but is he the killer?
Five other books that appear on the list and previously mentioned are worth listing again as they continue to be popular among patrons. “The Casual Vacancy” by JK Rowling is available in print and audio book as is “NYPD Red” by James Patterson. “Winter of the World” is Book 2 in the Century trilogy by Ken Follett. This book continues where Book 1, “Fall of Giants,” left off.
“Mad River” by John Sandford in the Virgil Flowers series is available for check out both in print or audio book. Finishing off the list is Mitch Albom’s, “The Time Keeper.”

Quart jars needed
Friends of the Solon Library are in need of clean, clear, quart canning jars. Either wide mouth or regular jars can be used with preference going to the wide mouth. Donations are needed no later than Nov. 21 and may be dropped off at the circulation desk of the library. Thanks from the Friends to anyone that can help out.