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Solon Public Library

Beef Days hours

During Beef Days, the library’s hours will be reduced. The library will be closing early at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 19, and closed all day on Saturday, July 20.

Summer Reading Program

Tuesday Family Nights finish up next week with a movie night. Tuesday, July 16, we will be screening “James and the Giant Peach” at 6:30 p.m. Storytime (ages 2 through 5) on July 16 at 10:30 a.m. will feature “Buried Treasure” as a theme. Teens (grade five and up) on Tuesdays program for July 16 at 2 p.m. will be “Water Games.” Afternoon Adventures (first through fourth grades) on Wednesday, July 17, at 1:30 p.m. the program will be “Fossils.”
June adult prize winners
Adult readers, as well as the kids, are getting involved with Summer Reading. There were 91 entries for the June prizes. Winners were: Jan Pettus (Casey’s $25 certificate), Natalie Klimes ($15 Dairy Queen certificate), Jen Stookey ($25 El Sol certificate), Susan Whetstine ($20 certificate to Old Creamery Theatre plus $10 gas card), and Janet Dickey-Burris ($10 cash). Keep reading– many more great prizes will be given away at the end of July.

August book sale quickly approaching

Only three-and-a-half weeks until the next Friends of the Library Semi-Annual Book Sale. Volunteers have been busy sorting and boxing over 3,000 items for the Aug. 3 sale. Sale hours with free admission are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. Early admission at 9 a.m. is $5 or free, if you have a current friends membership. Bring bags with you to fill up for great reading at the lowest prices of any area book sale. Most items are priced at $0.50 or less.

Fair time

July 14 through 20 is the Johnson County fair. When you’re there, be sure to stop at the libraries booth. The six libraries in Johnson County share a booth to promote awareness of libraries in their communities. Each library makes a poster and there is a friendly competition for best poster, with all displayed in the booth. Each library supplies volunteers to staff the booth and talk with fair-goers. Hand-outs and a cold drink of water are provided at the booth as well.
The Iowa State Fair is also coming up Aug. 8 through 18. The Friends of the Solon Library group is once again offering a drawing to win two free adult tickets. The drawing box will be available at the library in mid-July, enter once per library visit, and the drawing will be held on Aug. 1.

Inter-library loan

If you’re looking for an item and we don’t have it, ask us to check for availability through inter-library loan. We can request the item from other Iowa libraries, and we have dropped the postage fee, so that these items are now free for you to borrow.

Update your library information

Have you changed your address? Dropped your land line and use a cell phone exclusively? Want to get reserve notices via email? If you answered yes to any of these, please update this information with library staff at the circulation desk during your next visit. Library records are not shared with anyone or made available publicly.

Renew meeting room reservations for 2013-14

Groups and organizations that use the meeting room on a regular, ongoing basis are required to update their meeting room application each year and file a new deposit check. Reservations can now be made through July 2014. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Our goal is to accommodate as many groups as possible, so please make your reservations as early as possible.

Recent fiction arrivals:

• “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman. Forty years ago, the narrator, who was then a seven-year-old boy, unwittingly discovered a neighboring family’s supernatural secret. What happens next is an imaginative romp through other-worldly adventure. Childhood innocence is tested and transcended as we see what getting between ancient, mystic forces can cost, as well as what can be gained from the power of true friendship.
• “The Last Original Wife” by Dorothea Benton Frank. Leslie is the “Last Original Wife” among her husband’s successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children for young Barbie brides. If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn’t painful enough, a series of setbacks shake her world and push her to the edge.
• “Anonymous Sources” by Mary Louise Kelly. An intriguing thriller from a former NPR correspondent about a young reporter who must match wits with spies, assassins and a terrorist sleeper cell targeting the very heart of American power.