Get ready to shop ‘til you drop! The 22nd annual Solon Area Garage Sale is this coming weekend! Plan your shopping with a detailed listing, available on the library’s website (www.solon.lib.ia.us ) at noon on Thursday, May 30, or stop in to pick up the listing and map Thursday from noon-8 p.m. or Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Many sales will be open on Friday, May 31, so you can spread the shopping out over two days. Based on past year’s registrations, we estimate that there will be at least 60 registered sales in and around town.
The Kick-Off Party for this year’s Summer Reading Program is Thursday, May 30, from 5-6:30 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 that the staff is preparing. A special kick-off party for grade five and up will also be held on May 30 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. featuring a “Chalk the Walk” event. The first free family night event will be a movie night on Tuesday, June 4, featuring the newly released on DVD animated film “Rise of the Guardians” (PG) at 6:30 p.m.
Storytime is held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 2-5. It is a program of stories, songs, and rhymes followed by a craft. Younger siblings are also welcome to attend. Themes for the month are related to the Summer Reading Program theme, and June 4 will be “Life in the Dirt.”
For 1st through 4th graders (grade you’re entering this fall) there will be Afternoon Adventures at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons to read stories, create interesting crafts and participate in fun activities related to the program theme. The June 5 program is “The Life of a Worm.”
For 5th grade and up (grade you’re entering this fall), we have a program each Tuesday at 2 p.m. All programs are free, and last about 45 minutes. Several books will be given out each week, and there will always be food. Program for June 4 is “Life-Sized Team Scrabble.”
Just because you’re not a kid anymore doesn’t mean you don’t get a Summer Reading Program! In addition to the regular $10 monthly drawing sponsored by the Friends of the Solon Library that adult readers can enter each month, there are special prizes like gift certificates to Barnes & Noble, Old Creamery Theatre and local restaurants for summer reading prizes in June and July. Pick up a new bestseller, or maybe work on your personal “bucket list” of books you’ve always meant to read. Ask for the list of “100 Most Influential Books of the Century” at the library for inspiration. Just put your name in the entry container at the circulation desk after you’ve read a book.
We invite our patrons to take part in the Big Library Read, a pilot program in which libraries worldwide offer a single eBook to their cardholders. The program is designed to unite library patrons from all around the world. From May 15 to June 1, anyone with a valid Solon Public Library card can borrow the eBook “The Four Corners of the Sky” by New York Times bestselling author Michael Malone for free from the Library’s website (www.solon.lib.ia.us ) and read on all major devices, including Kindle® (in the U.S.) and iPad®. Over 7,500 libraries in 10 countries from five continents are participating. Readers are invited to join the book discussion on Twitter using #BigLibraryRead. For more information about the Big Library Read, please visit http://www.overdrive.com/big-library-read/ .
“Maya’s Notebook” by Isabel Allende: This story by New York Times Bestselling novelist Allende, centers upon Maya, a remarkable teenager abandoned by her parents. Maya grew up in Berkeley with her grandmother whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973, and her grandfather, a gentle African-American astronomer. When her grandfather dies, Maya turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime– a downward spiral that eventually leads to a dangerous underworld, with Maya caught between a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol.
“Beautiful Creatures” (2013, PG13, Drama/Fantasy/Romance) Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Based on the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
“Cloud Atlas” (2012, R, Drama/Sci Fi) An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Based on the novel by David Mitchell.
“A Common Man” (2012, PG13, Action/Thriller) A terrorist plants several bombs throughout the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka and threatens to detonate them unless prisoners are released. Stars Ben Kingsley.
“The Last Stand” (2013, R, Action/Crime/Thriller) The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his inexperienced staff.
“Picture Day” (2013, R, Comedy/Drama) A rebellious teenager forced to repeat her last year of high school is caught between adolescence and adulthood - and between two very different male admirers.
“Stand Up Guys” (2012, R, Crime/Comedy) A pair of aging stickup men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment- to kill his comrade. Stars Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin.
“Struck By Lightning” (2012, Comedy/Drama) A young man recounts the way he blackmailed his fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine.