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Solon Public Library

Area-wide garage sale registration open now

Registration is now for the annual Solon Area Garage Sale Days, May 31 and June 1. You can register for Friday only, Saturday only, or both days, all for a low fee of $8 (in-town, $4 out of town). The registration fee covers advertising and map copying costs. Hundreds of people come to Solon for this event, so this is the best time to have a garage sale if you’ve been thinking about having one. Registration information is available at the library or on the website (www.solon.lib.ia.us) Non-profit groups holding sales do not need to pay the registration fee to be on the map. The deadline to register is May 28 or when 80 in-town registrations are received, so don’t delay. If you have questions, contact the garage sale coordinator at solonlibrfriends@aol.com or call 319-624-2632.

Area-wide garage sale registration open now

Registration is now for the annual Solon Area Garage Sale Days, May 31 and June 1. You can register for Friday only, Saturday only, or both days, all for a low fee of $8 (in-town, $4 out of town). The registration fee covers advertising and map copying costs. Hundreds of people come to Solon for this event, so this is the best time to have a garage sale if you’ve been thinking about having one. Registration information is available at the library or on the website (www.solon.lib.ia.us) Non-profit groups holding sales do not need to pay the registration fee to be on the map. The deadline to register is May 28 or when 80 in-town registrations are received, so don’t delay. If you have questions, contact the garage sale coordinator at solonlibrfriends@aol.com or call 319-624-2632.

Summer Reading Program preview

Information about this year’s SRP with a “Dig Into Reading” theme will be ready by the middle of May. The kick-off party is Thursday, May 30, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Hills Bank staff will be leading games and activities for the kids. Pick up your reading logs and hear about the great prizes and fun programs the staff is preparing. Every Tuesday evening during Summer Reading Program will be “Family Night” with movies or special guests. A special kick-off party for grade five and up will also be held on May 30 from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. featuring a “Chalk the Walk” event. Students participating in the Summer Reading Program will need a library card (or the use of your family card). Avoid the rush and sign up for a card before the May 30 kick-off party.

Audio CD arrivals

Make the most of your work commute by listening to a book on CD. Recently added non-fiction titles:
• “Baseball Forever!:50 Years of Classic Radio Play-by-Play” (narrated by Bob Costas).
• “8 Keys To Stress Management” by Elizabeth A. Scott.
• “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” by Michael Moss.
• “Making Marriage Simple: 10 Truths For Changing the Relationship You Have Into the One You Want” by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt.

All Iowa Reads

Now in its eleventh year, this program encourages Iowans statewide to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year. Libraries, book clubs, schools and other local organizations sponsor discussions. The 2013 selection is Jean Thompson’s 2011 novel, “The Year We Left Home” about a family from Iowa, 1973 to the present. The book is available at the library or in audio-book or e-book formats downloadable from the NEIBORS tab on the library’s website. It will also be the featured book for the Solon Book Club’s May 21 discussion at the library where new members or visitors are always welcome.

NEIBORS update

NEIBORS, our service for downloadable audio-books and e-books, will have a slightly different sign in page beginning May 13. Users will need their patron number and the password they have set up for their library account. If you have not yet set up a password, please visit the online catalog (go to the library website– www.solon.lib.ia.us– and click the search the catalog tab). In the left column of the catalog page, sign in with your patron number and userpass for the password for your initial visit. A small window will pop up in which you enter your chosen password. If you have any difficulties with this process, please call the library 319-624-2678 for assistance.

Upcoming early-out day

On school early-out days, the library offers free programming for school-aged children. The final early out activity will be a Marshmallow Creations craft project on May 16 from 1 until 2 p.m.

Storytime

Storytime is a program every Tuesday for children ages two through five featuring stories, songs, and rhymes followed by a craft. Younger siblings are also welcome to attend. The theme for May 14 is “Going on a Trip.”

April prize winner

The monthly prize for the adult reading program is provided by Friends of the Library. One entry is allowed for every book read by adults, eighteen years and older. Be sure to enter your name in the drawing at the circulation desk. Terri Jedlicka was the lucky winner drawn from April’s entries.

Window display mentioned in Press-Citizen article
In case you missed it, check out the column by Judy Terry which mentions our Emily Dickinson’s Garden Display at http://www.press-citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013304280009. If you haven’t stopped by to see it yet, better hurry– the display ends Mid-May.

Staff profile: Kris Brown

A new periodic feature to this column will be profiles of our staff and long-time volunteers. This week we’re featuring library director Kris Brown, who is originally from Sioux City. She did live in New Jersey for one year when she was in ninth grade while her dad wrote science textbooks– and she and her sister got to type the manuscripts for him. She got her B.A. from UNI in art education, and moved to the Solon area with husband Jim Schmidt 26 years ago. She’s been our library director for almost 21 years, starting out as a part-time position at the old library next to the middle school building. She and Jim have three grown children and one and a half grandchildren. She has a cat, but it’s not hers– it’s her daughter’s, although it’s maintained residence at Kris’s house for quite some time. Kris’s favorite genre is science fiction, and she’s also interested in gardening. Her favorite movie of all time is “Blade Runner,” and she hopes to someday get back to her original art interests of watercolor and puppetry. In addition to the library, Kris has been very active in the community with the Solon Economic Development Group (5 years) and Beef Days (10 years). Fun fact about Kris? She spent childhood summers attending powwows from South Sioux City to the Pine Ridge Reservations.
Area-wide garage sale registration open now
Registration is now for the annual Solon Area Garage Sale Days, May 31 and June 1. You can register for Friday only, Saturday only, or both days, all for a low fee of $8 (in-town, $4 out of town). The registration fee covers advertising and map copying costs. Hundreds of people come to Solon for this event, so this is the best time to have a garage sale if you’ve been thinking about having one. Registration information is available at the library or on the website (www.solon.lib.ia.us) Non-profit groups holding sales do not need to pay the registration fee to be on the map. The deadline to register is May 28 or when 80 in-town registrations are received, so don’t delay. If you have questions, contact the garage sale coordinator at solonlibrfriends@aol.com or call 319-624-2632.