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Summer Reading Program

After a refreshing break for the week of the 4th of July, Summer Reading Program activities will resume again on Tuesday, July 10, with Storytime at 10:30 a.m. with the theme, “Let’s Get Nocturnal.” Storytime welcomes all children ages two through five, their parents, caregivers and siblings for a story and a craft. Teens On Tuesdays at 2, for fifth grade and up, will be creating sticky rice critters just like they do in Japan, with the theme “Bento Box Food.” Come hungry, because everything created is edible and all critters will be eaten. On Wednesday, July 11, the Afternoon Adventurers meet for ages first through fourth grade. The craft theme of the day will be “Scratch Art Owls.”
Guests are always welcome to attend the programs or pick up reading logs and enter the drawings for prizes. There are three more weeks of Summer Reading Program. All T-shirt challenge sheets and reading logs must be turned in by Saturday, July 28.

See the birds at Tuesday family night
The Macbride Raptor Center will be the feature for the family night program on Tuesday, July 10. Due to the popularity of this program, it will be offered twice; at 5:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Come and meet two very different birds up close and personal. One is very active in the daytime and the other at night. Learn about what they eat and how they live.

Iowa Children’s Choice Award books available
Each year the Iowa Association of School Librarians announces several lists of the best books for kids. The Goldfinch Award nominees are the newest list which includes books for kindergarten through second graders. The Iowa Children’s Choice list is composed of books recommended for third through sixth graders. Finally, the Iowa Teen Award is a list of great books for middle schoolers.
The titles are chosen by a process that involves librarians, teachers, and students.
“Here at the library, we have acquired all the books on all three lists,” Jen Leveck, Children Services Librarian announced proudly. “They will have a special sticker on the spine with the name of the award. If your summer reading list includes the Iowa Children’s Choice Nominees for 2012-2013, then we have you covered here at the library.”
The Goldfinch Award nominees are located on the display shelves by the children’s audio books. The Iowa Children’s Choice nominees are on top of the Juvenile Fiction new shelf. The Iowa Teen Award books are filed with the regular collection, but there is a poster listing the titles in the teen section. The poster gives the call number of the books, so they are easily located. If assistance is needed in locating any of the books, just ask a library staff member.

Meal & a Movie
Meal & a Movie for seniors in the meeting room of the library will be taking a hiatus for the summer. This decision was made after the Senior Advocates newsletter was printed and distributed but announcements will continue to make participants aware of the change. Meal & a Movie will pick up again in the fall. In the meantime, join your friends at Old Gold Dining or on one of the van trips on the schedule. The vans and buses seem to gravitate toward good food as well as interesting tours.

What’s changed?
Have you changed your address? Dropped your land line for a cell phone number? Can we contact you through e-mail? If any of those records have changed for you lately, please update them with the circulation desk at the library. Library records are not shared with anyone or made available publicly. Staff does need to contact patrons from time to time– perhaps to give updates for a book on hold, remind patrons of past dues or movie availability. Take a few seconds and give the library a call at 319-624-2678 with your current information.

Solon Area Book Club
Solon Area Book Club is on summer break and will begin again in mid- September. Watch for the announcement of the book title in mid-August. If book club is an activity you might enjoy, plan to join the group this fall. Book club is open to all adult readers.

New library board member
Kris Brown, Library Director, introduced Jeff Kreinbring as the newest member to the library board at the regular meeting on Monday, June 25. Kreinbring, one of two applicants applying for the seat, was appointed by Mayor Rasmussen and confirmed by the city council. Kreinbring was seated for the balance of the term vacated by Kevin Wise, who moved from the community earlier in the month. His appointment expires December 2013.

Renew your meeting room reservations for 2012-13
Groups and organizations that use the meeting room on a regular, ongoing basis are required to update their meeting room application each year and file a new deposit check. Reservations can be made starting July 1, for the following year (July 2012–July 2013). Reservations will not be accepted further out than one year, or through July 31, 2013.
Reservations are handled on a first come, first served basis. Please get your application in as soon as you know your group’s scheduling needs for the upcoming year. Our goal is to accommodate as many groups as possible.
If you are unsure of your group’s reservation for next month, please call the library at 319-624-2678 to confirm your schedule. In case your group is canceling or changing a meeting anytime during the year, please notify the library so the space may be offered to another group.