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Solon Public Library

Summer Reading Program

Every Tuesday during Summer Reading Program there is a Free Family Night event. On Tuesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m., they will have musician Dino O’Dell.
Storytime is held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for children ages two through five. It is a program of stories, songs, and rhymes followed by a craft. Younger siblings are also welcome to attend. Themes for the month are related to the Summer Reading Program theme, and June 25 will be “Animals That Burrow.”
Afternoon Adventures
For first through fourth graders (grade you’re entering this fall) there are Afternoon Adventures at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons during Summer Reading Program to read stories create interesting crafts and participate in fun activities related to the program theme. The June 19 program is “Egyptian Symbols” and the June 26 program is “Gnomes and Other Trouble Makers.”
Teens on Tuesdays
For fifth grade and up (grade you’re entering this fall), we have a program each Tuesday at 2 p.m. during Summer Reading Program. All programs are free, and last about 45 minutes. Several books will be given out each week, and there will always be food. Program for June 25 is “Black Out Poetry.”
Summer Reading Program prizes
Completed reading logs are being turned in daily for prizes as the Summer Reading Program progresses. Each participant receives a small prize after their log has been signed by a library staff member and then the reading log may be entered into one of the drawings for a grand prize to be awarded at the conclusion of the program at the end of July. The small prize shelf consists of Beanie Babies stuffed animals, candies and a variety of trinkets. Solon Women’s Club is the generous sponsor of many of these items. The grand prizes to be awarded are provided by a variety of sponsors. One of the most popular prizes is a bike sponsored by Solon State Bank. There will also be two iPod Touches (8GB) and a giant 52” stuffed Teddy Bear courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Those with a sweet tooth can try for the $15 Dairy Queen gift certificate or maybe the world’s largest (26”) Gummy worm. If your family is planning a vacation for later in the summer, the family reader could be providing the tickets by winning one of the drawings. There are passes or gift cards to the Iowa Children’s Museum, the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Blank Park Zoo, Niabi Zoo, Lost Island Water Park, Coral Ridge Ice Area, Cedar Rapids Ice Area, the Science Station and Bloomsbury Farm Fall Festival. There are also carnival ride passes for the Friday of Beef Days. Many SRP participants have already finished the activity sheet for the T-shirt challenge. Anyone wishing to complete the activity sheet to receive a T-shirt should be aware that sizes are going fast so complete and turn in the sheets as soon as possible.

Lego™ donations wanted

The library is trying to gather enough donations of Legos™ of all shapes and sizes (Big Duplo Blocks are fine, too) to have an after-school Lego™ club. We have lots of kids interested, but not a lot of Legos™ donated so far. Can you help out? Dig through those closets and see if you have any unused Legos™ sitting around.

Book sale donations

The Friends of the Library group is planning their next used book sale for Saturday, Aug. 3. We will accept donations of gently used books, DVDs, and music CDs for the sale. We cannot accept encyclopedias, Harlequin-romance type novels, Reader’s Digest condensed books, discards from other libraries, textbooks over five years old, cassettes, VHS tapes, or books over five years old in subject areas that are quickly outdated such as business, computers, science, etc. Donations can be accepted during open library hours and a receipt can be provided upon request for tax purposes.

Child care lists

Did you know that the library has a list of area child care providers that we hand out upon request? We have many new families dropping in and requesting suggestions for child care. If you are a child care provider and want to be added to the list, please contact the library at 319-624-2678. It would be helpful if you would describe the range of ages that you care for and the time that you invite children to be dropped off and/or picked up. Any other details are helpful, like first aid certification or past teaching experience.

Window display

Our window display artist, Toni Russo, has put the finishing touches on the new “Lost World: The Search for Dinosaurs” window display. This display ties into the Summer Reading Program theme of “Dig Into Reading.” It lets you journey back in time to the ancient world of the dinosaurs. Next to the display, on the table, are a variety of interesting articles about early archeologists and fossil hunters. The display is dedicated to Solon’s own “Mr. Dinosaur,” Jack Neuzil. The bulletin board next to the window displays the history of Jack and his crafted dinosaurs that have found a home at the Solon library. Jack has been a long-time library supporter and this tribute is only a small token of the immense debt of gratitude that is owed to him. The window will be on display through July.