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Solon Public Library

Early out activity Oct. 17

The early out program for Thursday, Oct. 17, will be a craft involving making masks. This will be a one hour program from 1 until 2 p.m. 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.

Annual joint meeting of the three library support boards
The public is invited and welcome to attend the fifth 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. This meeting will be held on Oct. 23 from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. in the library meeting room.

Who are “The Friends of the Solon Library?”

The mission statement of the Friends is to support the programs and services of the library through fundraising, volunteerism and raising the community profile of the library. Membership dues, donations, and yearly fund-raising events provide funds for the services and programs that Friends sponsor annually that are outside of the library’s general operating budget.
The Friends board meets the first Thursday of the month at the library at 6:30 p.m. Members are welcome, but not required, to attend. Volunteer opportunities are available for those interested in becoming involved. Each new or renewal membership will receive a friends of the library foldable tote bag. Brochures with membership form are available at the library or on the library website.
Friends board members serve one year terms and are nominated at the annual meeting, which will be on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Our current board members are:
Chris Schlotfelt, president: Originally from Woodward, Chris lived in Solon from 1982 until 2012 and now lives in Iowa City. Chris has two sons who live in Chicago, and a daughter in college. She has a B.A. from UNI in Speech/Theater and an M.A. in Library Science from the U of I. She has worked at ACT since 1987 as a unit manager, technical writer, project manager, and business analyst. She has been the president of the friends for 22 years, since it began in 1992.
Margo Redlinger, vice president: Originally from North English, lived in Riverside and Iowa City before moving to Solon in 2009. Margo has six children and 13 grandchildren. She is a retired business owner, having co-founded and owned Knebel Windows in Iowa City for 25 years. She has been on the friends board for four years.
Sue Ballantyne, secretary/treasurer: Originally from Cedar Rapids, has lived in Solon for 27 years. Sue has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Secondary Education from the U of I. She has worked as a teacher and at the U of I Admissions Department, and served on Solon city council from 2000 until 2012. She has been on the friends board for ten years.
Lisa Haugland: Originally from Cedar Rapids, has lived in Solon for 12 years. Lisa and husband Brett have three children. Lisa has an A.S. from Kirkwood, and works part-time at Solon Assisted Living in addition to home-schooling their children. Lisa has been on the board for two years.
Paul Saupe: Originally from Archer, Paul has lived in Solon for 22 years. Paul has three children and two step-children with wife, Betsy. He also has 11 grandchildren. Paul has a B.S. degree in Math and Physics, and he is retired from a varied career of computer-related work. Paul has been on the board for nine years.
Susan Lee: Originally from Iowa City, Susan has lived in Solon for 38 years. She and husband Steve have three children and three grandchildren. Susan got her degree at Kirkwood and has been a nurse at Solon Family Practice for 32 years. Susan has been on the friends board for six years and prior to that served for 27 years on the library board of trustees.
Liz Cecil: Originally from Galesburg, Ill., Liz and husband Andrew have lived in Solon for seven years and have two young sons. Liz has B.A. in Art History from Knox College and a Master’s in Museum Studies from Seton Hall. She currently works as a supervisor at Mercer Administration (health and benefits consulting) and has been on the board for two years.

Double copies available

The library has two copies each of recently released fiction by popular authors: “Never Go Back” by Lee Child, “The Longest Ride” by Nicolas Sparks, and “Deadline” by Sandra Brown.

Thanksgiving gift jar mixes

For the second year, the friends will be offering four jar mix gifts with fall flavors, perfect to take as a hostess gift for the Thanksgiving holiday. All jars are priced at $5 or less, and order forms are available at the library or by emailing SolonLibrFriends@aol.com. Jars must be preordered by Nov. 9 and will be available for pick-up starting Nov. 21.