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Summer hours

Beginning Wednesday, June 1, the library will change to summer hours. Summer hours for the library are 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The library is closed on Sundays and holidays.

New adult books arrived
The Solon Garden Club provided funding for several new garden books. Just on the shelves are:
• Tovah Martin’s “The New Terrarium: Creating Beautiful Displays for Plants and Nature;”
• Stephanie Cohen and Jennifer Benner’s “The Nonstop Garden: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Plant Choices and Four-Season Designs;”
• Nancy J. Ondra’s “The Perennial Care Manual,” and;
Tracy Disabato-Aust’s “50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants.”
Thanks to the Garden Club for providing these new materials for all our gardening patrons. And remember, you can sit back in your easy chair and enjoy a gardening book without obligation to planting a thing.
• Number 11 of the Sookie Stackhouse series, “Dead Reckoning,” by Charlaine Harris finds Sookie witnessing the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. For those who follow Sookie, that’s enough to bring you to the library to check out this book.
• For those who read Debbie Macomber, “A Turn In The Road,” is the story of three women all at different places in their lives, all facing some important decisions. One of the characters, Bethanne, first appeared in “A Good Yarn” in the Blossom Street series.
• John Sandford has authored 21 Prey novels about detective Lucas Davenport. His latest is titled, “Buried Prey.” The plot is gripping and the characters and dialogue entertaining. A house demolition uncovers the bodies of two girls. It looks as if they’ve been there a long time and Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long. For all you Lucas Davenport followers, this is a real page-turner.
• We all thought that Robert B. Parker’s last novel was “Painted Ladies” but now he is being published posthumously and his latest is an extraordinary Spenser novel, “Sixkill.” Spenser is called to investigate the rape and murder of a young woman by accused bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson. Parker died in January, 2010.
• In his latest thriller, Richard North Patterson tackles the possibility of a nuclear threat from al-Qaeda in “The Devil’s Light.” A young CIA agent, Brooke Chandler is stationed in Lebanon, his cover is blown and he begins to suspect an attack is imminent. The author’s knowledge of the history of the Middle East and the complexities of its politics makes the novel informative as well as a page-turning thriller.

Books for Troops
Another postcard arrived in Solon this past week from the troops in Afghanistan. 1SG Mark Eganhouse writes, in part, “The troops and I really appreciate the books, DVDs and CDs. All were distributed and received well by the soldiers. Thanks again. Your thoughtfulness and demonstration of support will not be forgotten.”
Friends of the Library and Legion Auxiliary Post 460 continue to support the deployed Iowa National Guard troops by sending a box containing books, newspapers, magazines, movies and candy. Through May, 9 boxes have been shipped.
Anyone wishing to donate items, money toward the purchase of items or sponsor the postage for a box should contact Margo Redlinger at 624-3780. Sponsorship for one box to the troops is $12.95.