The Solon kids were ready and the kick-off party last week was a huge success. With over 350 patrons passing through the doors, Youth Services Librarian Jen Leveck said “It was so amazing to see so many kids and parents excited about summer reading.” A big thank-you shout-out to Hills Bank, Mt Vernon for providing refreshments in the meeting room.
With the start of Week 2, the Summer Reading Program is well underway with all ages participating in the reading activity logs and T-shirt challenge. On Tuesday, June 14, Around The World Storytime will meet at 10:30 a.m. with the theme, Bedtime Around the World. Teens On Tuesdays @ 2 will be playing Twister Trivia Game and making travel bags out of old T-shirts. That same evening, Tuesday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m., a new program– never before seen at the Solon Library– will be presented. The Grout Museum of Waterloo brings a variety of science experiments with their presentation, Mad Science Mix. A snake may even make an appearance at this fun, family event. On Wednesday, June 15, the 1st through 4th grade Afternoon Adventurers will meet at 1:30 p.m. to make bean bag globes.
Don’t have time to get to the library for a fresh supply of books for the kids? Go to the Solon Public Library website, ww.solon.lib.ia.us and click on the TumbleBooks icon. There you will find a wonderful online collection of children’s book that you can access on your computer. Over 200 books are available to select. The book will appear on the screen, pages turn automatically and the book read to you (or your child). Or the sound may be turned down and the child can read it themselves. The site also includes chapter books for young readers. Puzzles and games are available, too. There are several sizes of print as an option. The sentence being read is highlighted so the reader can follow along. In another area, books are available in French and Spanish, as well as English.
Our monthly statistics show that popularity is growing for this option to supplement your trips to the library. Statistics for March 2011 indicate over 1,600 books were utilized through this web-based service. If you didn’t know it was available, check it out today. And, be sure to give our librarians feedback at the circulation desk.