The library will be closed on Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day and will reopen at noon on Tuesday, May 29. There will be no Storytime on Tuesday, May 29. Summer library hours begin on Friday, June 1. A reminder to students, that even though school will be out for the summer on May 29, the library will not be on summer hours until June 1.
City-wide garage sale registration continues
Deadline to register a sale for the city-wide garage sale day is 8 p.m., Monday, May 28, or when 80 in-town sales are registered. Registration is done via email to SolonLibrFriends@aol.com  but the registration fee is paid at the library. The library will be closed on May 28; however registration fees can be put into an envelope and deposited in the book return. Any questions regarding whether registration is full or not should be directed to the garage sale coordinator (Sue) at 319-624-2632.
Maps will be available on the website or at the library on Friday, June 1, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturday beginning at 7:30 AM.
Memorial Day weekend book sale May 26-28
Memorial Day weekend book sale May 26-28
Over 6,000 books and more than 110 puzzles as well as DVDs and CDs will be offered for sale at the 22nd annual Memorial Day weekend book sale on May 26, 27 and 28. Proceeds will be used on non-budgeted items for the library and for the eighth year, a portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Solon schools libraries.
The sale opens on Saturday, May 26, at 8 a.m. with a $5 early admission fee from 8 until 9 a.m. The balance of the sale is admission free. On Saturday, the sale will be open until 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27, the hours are 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 28, the sale will be open from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., with clearance sale prices– 10 items for $1.
Mark your calendars and plan to attend.
Summer Reading Program begins May 31
Pick up an informational brochure at the circulation desk about this year’s Summer Reading Program featuring a night theme. “Dream Big. . . READ!” The Summer Reading Program kick-off party on Thursday, May 31, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. is co-sponsored by Hills Bank & Trust of Mt. Vernon. A special kick-off party for grades five and above will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 6 until 8 p.m., featuring a movie and snacks.
Pick up your reading logs at the party and hear about the great fun prizes and programs that the staff is preparing. Reading logs will not be available until the night of the kick-off party.
Daytime activities will include Pajama Storytime for preschool and kindergarteners while Afternoon Adventures will be offered to first through fourth graders.
Every Tuesday evening will be family night with movies or special guests including the MacBride Raptor Center which will be bringing several birds, the Grout Museum with a “Bubble Bonanza” and musician/storyteller Mike Anderson playing a variety of musical instruments including the nose harp.
All Summer Reading Programs are free. Mark Tuesday evenings on your summer calendar for family entertainment and pick up a brochure or visit the library website for specific times and programs.
June book club
The next meeting of the Solon Area Book Club will be Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Members will be reading mysteries of their choice and sharing their impressions with the group. Check out a book by your favorite mystery writer and come and share it with fellow readers.
All interested adult readers are welcome to attend. For questions about the book club, please contact Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org .
‘Books for Babies’
New parents won’t want to miss picking up a “Books for Babies” bag at the library, compliments of the Solon Women’s Club. Each bag contains useful items for new parents, tips for reading to your baby and a board book. Request your gift to welcome baby at the circulation desk.
State fair items needed
Plans for the State Fair display window are in the works to coincide with the annual Iowa State Fair held in Des Moines. The window will be dedicated to the 4-H organization and will depict a colorful barn scene containing artifacts, ribbons, posters, photographs, trophies and memorabilia from bygone fairs. Anyone willing to loan items from past fairs may contact Toni Russo at 319-644-2777, or drop items off for her at the circulation desk of the library. Please clearly mark the items being loaned with your name and phone number.
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Due to popular demand, another order of the “Solon Snapshots” pictorial history of the area has arrived at the library. “Solon Snapshots” can also be ordered on-line at eaglebooks.com or purchased at the circulation desk at the library. Cost is $30 per book.
‘My Coke Reward’ points = magazines for the library
Do you drink Coke, Fresca, Fanta, Pibb, and Sprite, PowerAde or other beverages made by Coca-Cola? You can help the library by donating the “My Coke Rewards” points found on these products. Magazine subscriptions can be ordered with these points which help stretch the budget. Codes are found inside the plastic bottle caps, or inside the tear-off on 12-pks, or on the inside of the carton for 24-pks. There is a collection can at the circulation desk. In the past year “Wired,” “Ladies Home Journal,” “Smart Money,” “Everyday Food,” “Martha Stewart Weddings” and “Traditional Home” have been added to the collection using the points. The points are also paying for our current subscriptions to “People” and “Entertainment Weekly.”