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Solon Public Library

Thank you, South Slope

We want to thank South Slope’s continued and generous support of the Solon Public Library. Through the years, they have offered the library free access to Internet, and recently, they bumped up the speed from five MBPS to 10 MBPS, allowing us to offer faster Internet capabilities to our patrons. Thanks again, South Slope. You help to make our library a success.

Teen summer reading kick-off party

Attention middle school and high school students. The Solon Public Library will be having its annual kick-off party for teens on Thursday, May 29, from 3:30 until 4 p.m. During this program, we will be chalking the walk, making root beer floats, and taking wacky pictures with our photo booth supplies.

Summer reading kick-off party

The 2014 Summer Reading Program is for readers of all ages. This summer’s theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and we will be offering programs, prizes, storytimes, and more. The Summer Reading Program officially begins during the kick-off party on Thursday, May 29, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. The kick-off party is an opportunity for families to pick up reading logs and hear about the various programs the library will offer over the summer.
This year, the staff of Hills Bank and Trust is offering fun and exciting activities for children and their families. Hills Bank and Trust staff is going to use the five senses as the basis for the evening’s activities, which fits nicely within the science-related summer theme of “Fizz, Boom, Read!”

June hours

Starting June 2, the library will begin summer hours. The hours will be Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Don Ochs/Solon Library Foundation Scholarship winners

Don Ochs was an avid supporter of the Solon Public Library. He served on the library board, helped to build the new library, and was one of the initial members of the Solon Library Foundation. Don was an ethics professor at the University of Iowa. Not only was reading a passion for Don, but he understood that it provides an essential foundation for a child’s future. Don was known for his neighborhood crew of kids that he took fishing. While fishing, he would describe his latest “good read” and challenge them all to read along with him. We hope that through our scholarships, we are encouraging a similar lifelong passion for reading and libraries.
Congratulations to Valarie Drake and Nathan Hawkins for being selected as this year’s Foundation scholarship winners. They each will receive a $500 scholarship to help them offset expenses in their post-high school education. Applicants are required to submit a 500-word essay on how libraries have influenced their lives and will continue to play an important role in their future. We appreciate the work submitted by all applicants, and we wish you all the very best of luck in your future endeavors.

Dates to remember

• Storytime: Every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 2 through 5. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.
• Solon Book Club: The third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
• Meal and a Movie: 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., usually the last Friday of the month. The movie is free, but registration is required for the catered meal and costs $7.50 for an entrée, vegetable, and dessert. The movie follows the meal and usually begins around noon. Call Sandra Hanson at 319-624-2710 to register, or sign up at Old Gold Dining.
• Scrabble Challenge: Last Wednesday of each month (May 28). Kids will meet after school 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. Adults will meet 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Bring your own snacks and Scrabble dictionary.
• Early Out May 15 activity: Make your own picture frames. This craft program will run from 1 until 2 p.m.
• Teen Summer Reading kick-off party: Thursday, May 29, from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m.
• Summer Reading kick-off party: Thursday, May 29, from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
• LEGO® Club: The first Monday of every month (June 2). This program is from 6 until 7 p.m.