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Cake pans

Check out the cake pan collection for that something special for your Halloween party. There are pumpkin pans, ghost pans, a tombstone and a scarecrow among others in the collection of over 50 pans available for check-out.

Sign the Halloween window book
Window designer Toni Russo has worked her magic again!  A wonderful tribute to the fall season and Halloween now fills the display window at the library.  This window is dedicated to the late Don Ochs; a fan of Halloween and the Solon Library.  Information about Don and his famous Halloween lawn displays is on the table next to the window. Your Halloween memories of Don and his displays can be written in the comment book. The book of memories will be presented to his family when the display ends.

Early out activity Oct. 18
The early out program for Thursday, Oct. 18, will be mosaic crafts. This will be a one hour program from 1 until 2 p.m. Early out programs are open to all school age children. Parents or caregivers are responsible for getting students to the library and picking them up when the activity is over. 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.

Children ages two through five, 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, Oct. 23, will be “Fish and Oceans.”

Annual joint meeting of the three library support boards Oct. 18
The public is invited and welcome to attend the fourth annual joint meeting of the three library-related boards: Library Board of Trustees, The Friends of the Library Board, and The Library Foundation Board. Representatives of each group will discuss highlights of the past year’s activities and what is on the agenda for the upcoming year. Refreshments will be served. This meeting will be held on Oct. 18 from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. Plan to attend.

Library landscapers
A reminder that the Library Landscaping Committee is looking for help to plant a special tulip bed. The tulip bed is a tribute to the late Don Ochs, with him in mind when the colors for the bed were chosen by the landscapers. Tentative dates for the project are as follows: Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m., gardeners will meet to clean and prepare the middle circle. The preferred planting date will be either Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. or Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. If you’d like to join the library landscapers, give Betty a call at 319-624-2294 and she’ll be glad to put you to work.

Public computers in use for classes on Monday and Wednesday
Users of the public computers should be aware that from 1 until 2 p.m. during the Monday and Wednesday adult computer classes (through Nov. 19), the computer class will be using most, if not all, of the public use computers.

Upcoming children’s events
The library’s annual Halloween Costume Party will be Monday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Children should come in costume for an hour of food, games, crafts, and indoor trick-or-treating. If you can’t get there right at 6:30 p.m. or need to leave early, that’s not a problem– the event is more of an open house structure, where kids can go to just some or all of the activity stations. There is no charge for this event.
The library’s annual Gingerbread House Workshop will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with two sessions– one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Registration is required for this event and sign up will start near the end of October.
Santa will be making his annual visit to the Solon Library in the morning of Saturday, Dec. 8. Mark it on the calendar now and start your wish list.

Decorate a tree to benefit Habitat
Once again, the library will be the host for the 8th Annual Mini-Tree Decorating Contest to benefit the Solon Habitat for Humanity project. Contest rules and entry forms are now available at the library. Let your imagination run wild and decorate an artificial tree (under six feet) and submit it with a $10 entry fee between Nov. 12 and 19. Trees will be displayed at the library during the silent auction from Nov. 12 through Dec. 8. Prizes in several categories will be awarded.

“Solon Snapshots” available again
The Solon History Group has additional copies of the pictorial history book of Solon, “Solon Snapshots” for sale at the library. Over 140 pictures depict people, places and events that occurred within the 100 year time span, 1850-1950 complete with names, facts and interesting tidbits. It is a hard cover book published in black and white. You will surely find a relative or friend in this book which indexes over 700 names and places. Price of the book is $30 available at the circulation desk. This makes a unique Christmas gift.

Friends of the Library news
When you’re digging out Halloween costumes for this year’s trick-or-treating, if you run across costumes that the kids have outgrown, donate them to the Friends of the Library. Friends are starting a costume recycling program, and these costumes will be for sale next October at low prices as a fund-raiser for friends. They will accept adult costumes as well, as long as they are in good taste and appropriate for older children to wear.
Another new friends fund-raiser will be Thanksgiving jar mixes. Need a hostess gift to take with you to a relative’s house for Thanksgiving? Or something special to treat yourself after it’s all over? Friends will have four jar mix gifts available to pre-order until Nov. 7. Order forms are available at the library, on the library’s website, www.solon.lib.ia.us, or by e-mailing SolonLibrFriends@aol.com . All jars are priced below $5 and will be available for pick-up starting Nov. 16. Don’t worry, we’ll still also be doing Christmas jar mixes– those order forms will be available soon. However, friends will no longer be selling poinsettias for the holiday season.
Mark your calendar now for a special program on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. The friends are sponsoring a “Seniors Downsizing Program” with lots of information packed into a one hour program on how to start the process of de-cluttering, downsizing, and organizing your life for that next smaller sized house or condo. It’s a free program, and no reservations are necessary. More information is available at the library or by emailing friends.
Fall is a good time to clean off the book shelf and donate all of your unwanted books for the Friends of the Library book sales. Sales are held twice annually in February and August. Several newly trained volunteers are anxious to practice their book sorting skills. However, donations are being received at a slower than normal pace. Donations may be dropped off at the circulation desk during regular business hours. Receipts are given upon request. If you’re going to bring an exceptionally large donation, please give the circulation desk a head’s up call. No old textbooks, encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest condensed books, please.