Saturday, July 27, is the last day for kids to turn in reading logs for the Summer Reading Program. It’s been a great summer of reading and programs, and we’ll share final stats in coming weeks in this column. Grand prize drawings will be on Monday, July 29. A complete list of sponsors is available at the library, but we would especially like to thank the Solon Women’s Club for the beanies and candy prizes, Solon State Bank for the bicycle prize, Beef Days Committee for the carnival rides passes, and the Friends of the Library for the 52” plush bear.
Adult patrons have through July 31 to enter to win special summer reading prizes as well. In addition to the normal monthly $10 cash prize, sponsored by the friends, this month’s prizes also include $25 gift cards to the Dock, Nomi’s, and the new Big Grove Brewery (opening in August) provided by Bridge Bank, and a $20 e-gift card for Barnes &and Noble from the Friends of the Library.
Only a week and a half until the next Friends of the Library semi-annual book sale. Volunteers have been busy sorting and boxing over 3,700 items for the Aug. 3 sale. Sale hours with free admission are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. Early admission at 9 a.m. is $5 or free, if you have a current friends membership. Bring bags with you to fill up for great reading at the lowest prices of any area book sale. Most items are priced at $0.50 or less. We have larger than usual selections this sale in the areas of art, history, biography, religion, science and cookbooks, so if those are your areas of interest, this is a sale you won’t want to miss.
We have now gathered enough Legos® to start our club, but we will still gladly accept more donations. The club will be meeting on the first Monday of the month. Ages Kindergarten and up are welcome, and no registration is required. The club will meet from 6 until 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, and each month will feature a new theme challenge. Come and be a part of the fun.
You may have noticed that we have some blooming milkweed in our daylily garden, on the west end of the parking lot. We don’t consider them to be weeds, but instead a way to attract butterflies, particularly Monarch butterflies. Please do not pull them. Many thanks to our Landscaping committee members Betty Croy and Chris Schlotfelt for the planning of our landscaping, and the work of Robin Croy-Keep for maintaining the flower beds. If you have an interest in gardening and would like to join the landscaping committee, please contact Betty Croy at 319-624-2294.
As you enter the library, to the left, the library has update material about rain gardens and how they help prevent pollution in our local watershed. This information is provided by the Johnson County Soil and Conservation District and is very informative– check it out.
The Iowa State Fair is also coming up Aug. 8 through 18. The Friends of the Solon Library group is once again offering a drawing to win two free adult admission tickets. Stop in, check out an item and get a ticket to enter, one ticket per person per day, and the drawing will be held on Aug. 1.
Our continuing series of profiles on long-time volunteers continues this week with Chris Schlotfelt. Chris is originally from Woodward, and grew up on a farm there. She received a bachelor of arts degree in speech/theatre from UNI and a master of arts degree in library science from the U of I. She’s worked in the U of I Library, and at LaSalle High School in Cedar Rapids, but since 1987 she’s worked at ACT in Iowa City. Her current job is as a project manager/business analyst. She moved to Solon because her (now former) husband had a job teaching at Solon High School, and they had three children who all graduated from Solon. Chris’s involvement with the library started in about 1991 when the library board president, Ellen Stout, asked her and a few others to start a library friends group. The organization formed in 1992 and Chris has been president of the friends ever since. She has also served on the library foundation board for two terms, formed the Solon Book club in 1995, and was an integral member of the building committee that organized and oversaw the construction of our current building. She continues to serve on the library’s landscaping committee to help beautify the grounds around the building. Chris loves to read when she can find the time, and has been reading mostly non-fiction, and also really enjoys the fiction of Alexander McCall Smith. Chris now lives in Iowa City where she enjoys walking her Shih-Tzu Ender, and still enjoys helping the Solon library through friends activities. Fun fact about Chris? Her brother is a licensed pyro-technician and she helps with his fireworks shows over the week of the 4th of July every year. Thanks, Chris, for all your years of dedication– we wouldn’t be here without all of your efforts.