The Summer Reading Program has concluded for the year and all of the winner’s names have been drawn. Watch this column next week for the listing of all the lucky winners. The Summer Reading Program is made possible by the support of the many generous sponsors who donate prizes and money earmarked for the event. Please visit the library and see the full list of our generous sponsors.
Even though the Summer Reading Program has ended, the preschooler Storytime continues to meet on a regular basis. Storytime meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., with the exception of a few weeks a year when there are breaks usually around a holiday. Storytime is a program designed for two through five year olds, their siblings and caregivers with a story, rhymes, songs and a craft project. Newcomers are always welcome, and there is no registration. August Storytime themes are “Going on a Picnic” (8/6), “Dogs and Puppies” (8/13), “Counting” (8/20) and “Colors” (8/27).
We have now gathered enough Legos® to start our club, but we will still gladly accept more donations. We are also looking for donations of plastic ice cream buckets with handle and lid for Lego® storage. 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 week will feature a new theme challenge. Come and be a part of the fun.
Babygarten will be starting up again on Friday, Sept. 6, and meet for six weeks through Friday, Oct. 11. The program will be from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Fridays and is designed for children ages newborn through 24 months and their caregivers. Each week there will be rhymes, songs and time for free play. Registration is required and will begin on Monday, Aug. 5. Call the library with any questions.
Groups and organizations that use the meeting room on a regular basis are required to update their meeting room application each year and file a new deposit check. Reservations are handled on a first come, first serve basis and are being accepted now through July 31, 2014. If you have questions, please call the library at 319-624-2678.
If you’re looking for an item and we don’t have it, ask us to check for availability through inter-library loan. We can request the item from other Iowa libraries, and we have dropped the postage fee, so that these items are now free for you to borrow. To help offset the postage costs of these items, the library would like to begin sending overdue requests via email. Please log into your library account via the catalog tab on the website and be sure we have an email address on file for you. If we don’t, please let us know and we’ll add it to your account. It’s easy to also set up a weekly email reminder that gets sent to you on the day of your choosing and lets you see what you have checked out, when it’s due, what’s overdue, and what you have on reserve.
Funding for our Solon library is provided by both the City of Solon and Johnson County. The funding split is based on an average of the past three years of circulation data and is now close to a 50-50 split. Our great library service is due to their continued budgetary support. Be sure to thank the Johnson County Board of Supervisors (Janelle Rettig, Pat Harney, John Etheredge, Rod Sullivan and Terrance Neuzil) and the Solon city council (Jessie Ehlinger, Ron Herdliska, Mark Krall, Brad Kunkel, and Steve Stange) and Solon mayor Cami Rasmussen for their continued support. A strong library is the mark of a strong community.
Patrons under the age of 18 must have parental approval on file at the library before they can sign in to use a public computer. The parent or guardian must sign the permission card in person at the circulation desk prior to the underage patron using a public access computer. The signed permission slips will be kept on file indefinitely. Young patrons who do not have a signed permission slip on file will be denied used of the computers. Public access computers are not Internet filtered. The library staff does not monitor usage by the patrons.
The library currently has 10 public access computers connected to the Internet. The time limit for using the public computers is restricted if all computers are in use and other patrons are waiting to use a computer. The rule is relaxed if no one is waiting. No food or beverages are allowed at the computer stations. Misuse of the public computers by patrons will result in suspension of computer privileges.