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Last early out activity tomorrow

The final early out activity for this school year will be a balloon rocket craft on Thursday, May 17, from 1 until 2 p.m. for all Solon students. No registration is required. Elementary age students participating need to be picked up by their parent or caregiver at 2 p.m.

Senior meal and a movie Friday
The monthly senior meal and a movie at the Solon Public Library has rescheduled back to Fridays. The May event will be on Friday, May 18. Lunch will be ham and veggie bake, coffee and pie catered by Savvy at 11:30 a.m. Cost will be approximately $7. Call 319-624-2710 for reservations. The movie, “War Horse,” starts at noon.

Garage sale registration
Registration is now open for Solon area garage sales, to be held on Saturday, June 2. Deadline to register is May 28 or when 80 in-town registrations have been received, whichever comes first. Available spots at the library are filling up quickly. Register early if you are requesting a library spot.
Registration information is available at the library, on the website (www.solon.lib.ia.us) or by contacting the garage sale coordinator at SolonLibrFriends@aol.com. Registration is done via e-mail. If you do not have e-mail, call the garage sale coordinator at 319-624-2632. Please direct all questions to the garage sale coordinator and not the library staff.
Maps will be available on the website or at the library on Friday, June 1, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Saturday beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Memorial Day weekend book sale
The 22nd annual Memorial Day weekend book sale will be May 26 through 28. The sale opens on Saturday, May 26 at 8 a.m. with a $5 early admission fee from 8 until 9 a.m. The balance of the sale is admission free. On Saturday, the sale will be open until 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27, the hours are 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 28, the sale will be open from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with clearance sale prices, 10 items for $1.
Approximately 6,000 books, DVDs, CDs and puzzles will be offered for sale with proceeds going to non-budgeted items for the library. For the eighth year, a portion of the proceeds is also donated to the Solon school libraries. Mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Visit the new teen section
The transition is complete and now, the library has a new teen section, separate from but next to, the young adult section. The newly labeled teen books are age appropriate by content for middle school (fifth grade) on up while the young adult section is designated for age appropriate for high school students and older. There is no censoring of materials checked out by patrons. The labeling is intended as a guideline to assist parents and students in making material selections.
Jen Leveck, youth services librarian, who undertook this ambitious project commented, “this change will help students and parents select book content that is more age appropriate for their middle schoolers.”
Anyone needing assistance in getting acquainted with the section should ask at the circulation desk. As well as creating the section, Ms. Leveck has read a lot of the books in the section and can be a great resource for users.

“Dream Big…Read” SRP getting closer
All summer reading programs and activities are free and it all begins at the Kick-off Party on Thursday, May 31, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. A special “Kick-Off Party” for grade five and above will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 6 until 8 p.m. featuring the movie, “Hole” (117 min/PG) and snacks.
Informational brochures will be ready on Friday, May 18, about this year’s summer reading program featuring a night theme. “Dream Big. . . READ.”
Ages newborn through high school (grade entering into next fall) may participate in the reading activity and/or the T-shirt challenge.
For the reading activity, children can be read to or read on their own. Pick up a reading log for your age group at the kick-off party. Time requirements vary for different age groups and are designated on the reading log. Complete the reading log requirement, have it signed by a parent or guardian and return it to the library for a small prize. Completed reading logs are verified by the circulation desk staff and then it can be entered into the drawings for larger grand prizes. There is no limit on the number of signed reading logs that can be turned in.
For the T-shirt challenge, each participant will receive an activity sheet with a list of challenges. A participant can earn a summer reading program T-shirt by completing the appropriate number of challenges as listed on the activity sheet. A parent or guardian must sign the sheet. Completed activity sheets are verified by the circulation desk staff. T-shirts are awarded when completed sheets are turned in. There will be a limited number of all sizes of T-shirts.
All reading logs and all T-shirt challenge sheets must be turned in by July 28. Grand prize winners will be notified on Monday, July 30.
In addition to the reading logs and T-shirt challenge, many other activities are planned for the program. Check last week’s paper for Tuesday family night activities and watch next week for more details on week day events.

Stories about baseball
John Grisham’s latest novel, “Calico Joe,” is available as a hard cover book, large print book and an audio book. This novel, set in the world of Major League Baseball is surprising and a moving story of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption in true Grisham fashion. Another baseball novel to capture your interest is “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach. Critically praised as one of the best books of 2011, many felt the Pulitzer should have gone to it. The Pulitzer committee shockingly gave no fiction award for 2011 for the first time in 35 years. In the non-fiction section, “Imperfect: an Improbable Life,” by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown, tells the story of a rare, one-handed baseball pitcher who became one of the select few to pitch a no-hitter in major league baseball.

Books for Babies
New parents won’t want to miss picking up a “Books for Babies” bag at the library, compliments of the Solon Women’s Club. Each bag contains useful items for new parents, tips for reading to your baby and a board book. Request your gift to welcome baby at the circulation desk.

Recipe books too good to miss
“The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You can stop buying & Start Making” by Alana Chernila is the debut cookbook by Chernila. As the result of a tight budget, she is on a mission to kick the packaged food habit with the cookbook being the outcome. With accompanying stories, tips for storing your homemade versions and color photographs, this book will become the go-to source for how to make delicious staples. “Vegan Cooking For Carnivores: over 150 recipes so tasty you won’t miss the meat” is written by Roberto Martin, Ellen DeGeneres’ personal chef. Martin shares recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert along with mouthwatering photographs. This cookbook will appeal to die-hard carnivores and vegetarians alike.

The library will be closed on Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day and reopen at noon on Tuesday, May 29. There will be no Storytime on Tuesday, May 29. Summer library hours begin on Friday, June 1. Reminder to students, that even though school will be out for the summer on May 29, the library will not be on summer hours until June 1.

New book selections
Check the “What’s New” list posted near the new book shelf to get an overview of all the new books. Just released on May 8 and a popular request is “The Sins of the Father” by Jeffrey Archer. This is the second book in the Clifton Chronicles by Archer and picks up the story after “Only Time Will Tell.” The setting is only days before Britain declares war on Germany as Harry Clifton joins the Merchant Navy, only to have his ship sunk by a German U-boat. Clifton is one of a handful of sailors rescued. Clifton, hoping to escape his past assumes the identity of one of the sailors that died, only to find himself in more of a predicament than what his original past entailed.

“Mixing Bowl” display ending soon
The current display window, “The Mixing Bowl” designed by Toni Russo and dedicated to the Solon Women’s Club will be ending soon. Be sure to take a look at the scene recreating a local kitchen in the spring of 1938. Some of the items that Russo discovers, and so expertly displayed in her window, will conjure up memories of long ago. Take a look at the telephone, for instance. Imagine the lady listening on the party line to get the daily news, with her hand over the mouthpiece so not to be heard? Can you envision the look on her face if you would have told her that in 70 years people would be carrying their phones around in their pocket? Drop in soon to take a trip down memory lane and see this remarkable window.
Coming soon will be a night woodland scene– to correspond with the summer reading program theme, “Night.” A vision under the full moon will feature owls on special loan from the Army Corp of Engineers. Watch for the owls to appear in early June.

State Fair items needed
Plans for the “State Fair” display window are in the works to coincide with the annual Iowa State Fair held in Des Moines. The window will be dedicated to the 4-H organization and will depict a colorful barn scene containing artifacts, ribbons, posters, photographs, trophies and memorabilia from bygone fairs. Anyone willing to loan items from past fairs may contact Toni Russo or drop items off for her at the circulation desk of the library. Please clearly mark the items being loaned with your name and phone number.