A new periodic feature to this column will be profiles of our staff and long-time volunteers. This week we’re featuring Georgia Welch. Georgia is originally from Minnesota, and has lived in many places in her life, such as Illinois, New Jersey and New York. She worked as a graphic designer for 25 years, and she and her husband retired to the area to be closer to her parents. Georgia has loved books all her life, especially historical fiction, and after her husband died, Georgia, was interested at volunteering at a library. After inquiring at another library, she drove to Solon to check out our library, then in the old building, and found the relaxed atmosphere to her liking. She has driven up once a week from Iowa City for over twenty years to volunteer in the “Thursday Morning Ladies” group who cover, stamp and prepare new materials for circulation. Georgia also enjoys doing needlework and spending time with her extended family and step-family in the Des Moines and Chicago areas. Fun fact about Georgia is that she has four parrots, all of whom talk, and the parrots especially enjoy swaying to gospel music on the radio. Thanks Georgia, for all your time over the years.
On school early-out days, the library offers free programming for school-aged children. On Thursday, May 2, we will be showing an animated film (rated PG) about a video game villain who wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. The program will last from 1 until 2:45 p.m. This is the final early out movie for the school year. The final early out activity will be Marshmallow Creations on May 16.
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 7 is “The Letter L.”
The Library Landscaping Committee has organized its annual flower bed clean-up at the library. Help them get ready for spring planting by showing up at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, for one to two hours. Bring your own gloves, and help us make quick work of the clean-up.
Information will be ready by the middle of May about this year’s SRP with a “Dig Into Reading” theme. The kick-off party will be Thursday, May 30, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. The team from Hills Bank will be leading numerous games and activities for kids. Pick up your reading logs and hear about the great prizes and fun program that the staff is preparing. Reading logs will not be available until the night of the kick-off party. A special kick-off party for grade five and about will also be May 30, 3:30 until 4:30 p.m., featuring a “Chalk the Walk” event.
If your family members do not have library cards, stop at the circulation desk and sign up. There is no charge for a library card. A library card at the Solon library provides access to books, audio books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, puzzles, puppets and cake pans for check out and free access to public computers. Students participating in the Summer Reading Program will need a library card. Avoid the rush and sign up before the May 30 kick-off party.
Registration is open 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 our advertising costs and map copying costs. We have hundreds of people that come in to Solon for this event, so this is the 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 ). The library also provides outdoor spots in the parking lot for apartment or out-of-town dwellers to set up a small sale in the center of the action. 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 email@example.com  or call 319-624-2632.
Need a good laugh? Laugh Out Loud (LOL) is a new display inside the library. Staff members have collected funny books and DVDs in a special display and there is also a list of some of the all-time best comedy films that are in our collection listed for you as well. Check it out soon.