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Solon public library

The library is open during Spring Break!

School is out but the library is still in session. Stop in to load up on road trip essentials: books, DVDs, puzzles and activity sheets. If a “stay-cation” is more your style, spend time hanging out at the library. Play our in-house board games, work on a puzzle, and explore the library looking for the St. Patrick’s Day themed “hidden pictures.” Also, take the fun home by checking out books, DVDs, puzzles and more to keep the crew entertained even after the library is closed for the day. Wherever Spring Break takes you, be sure to take advantage of all the library has to offer.

Still time to sign up for Babygarten

Registration is still open for Babygarten that starts Friday, March 9, at 9:30 a.m. The a six-week program for infants, aged 0-24 months old, and their caregivers, is an hour of stimulating experiences to nurture and build bonds between caregiver and child. Infants and caregivers share nursery rhymes, songs and books, followed by a free-play activity period. Call 319-624-2678 or email celton@solon.lib.ia.us to register.

New dementia series starts March 14

An informational series, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, is being offered to help to families recognize the early stages of Alzheimer’s, various stages and treatments, and how to relate to friends and family members who may be going through the experience.
These sessions are held in the Solon Public Library meeting room on the following dates. Times to be announced next week.
March 14: Know the 10 Signs: the difference between normal aging and Alzheimer’s.
April 11: The basics: detection, causes, risk factors, stages and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
May 9: Effective Communication Strategies: learn how to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia.
June 13: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors.

Did you miss the February Potluck and Pinterest Party?

It’s not too late to join in March. The sign-up sheet is out and the activity is making miniature fairy gardens. Please plan to bring a teacup or teacup-sized container. Food will be provided so participants can stop in right after work and not worry about supper. Feel free to bring food to share or enjoy what others bring. To ensure enough supplies for everyone, email the library at admin@solon.lib.ia.us or call to reserve a spot, 319-624-2678.

Need help with computer basics?

A high school volunteer is available to work with adults in need of help with basic computer skills. Computer tutoring slots are open from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays for the next five weeks, skipping spring break week. Call the library to schedule a time, 319-624-2678.

Dates to remember:

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Storytime. Join us each week as we sing songs, read books, play games and make crafts, for children ages 2-5 years and their caregivers. Held weekly during the month of March, the theme is Light and Dark.

Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m.: Your Space (fifth-12th grade). Snacks and space for board games, Wii, and hanging out. Held on school days only.

Wednesdays from 8:45–9:45 a.m.: Strength Training Exercises with Carol Tobias. The class includes various exercises using free weights, stretch bands and a small ball. Equipment is provided but supplies are limited. If you have your own weights or stretch bands please bring them along. Designed for adults of all ages.

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.: Early Out (kindergarten-4th grade). Join us on early-out days for a variety of activities from movies to games to crafts. You can pick up a full schedule at the library, or on the website, or through Lakeview Elementary School’s Virtual Backpack. Held on school days only. March 8 is the movie “The Stray” and March 15 is Spring Break, so no program will be held. On March 22, we’ll be building cardboard towers.

Thursdays from 3:45-6 p.m.: Teen Activities (sponsored by TAB, fifth-12th grade). Activities include movies, games and DIY days. For fifth grade and up. Held on school days only.
-March 9 at 9:30 a.m.: Babygarten begins. See information on registration above.
-March 21 at 6:30 p.m.: Potluck and Pinterest Party. Must register by March 17. The project for March is Miniature Fairy Gardens. See information above.
-March 26 at 3:30 p.m.: Manga Club (Grades fifth and up). Enjoy discussions on favorite manga titles, watch popular anime, and draw for fun!
-March 28 at 7 p.m.: Scrabble and Cribbage Night (adults). It’s game night at the library. Join us for Scrabble or cribbage or bring a board game. New players are welcome. Roll the dice and take a chance, join us on the last Wednesday of each month!.
-March 30 at 11 a.m.: Meal and a Movie. Featured this month is “Darkest Hour.” Call 319-624-2710 to reserve a meal by March 28. The meal is $7.50, the movie is free.