The library’s Halloween party for children is always one of its most popular programs and this year, we experienced record-breaking attendance. We had 438 people participating in crafts, games, refreshments, and, of course, trick-or-treating. Morgan Meiers got even more of those treats as the winner of the jar of Tootsie Rolls, with her guess of 230 coming closest to the mystery jar’s 232 pieces.
The library staff would like to thank the volunteers– Friends of the Library, TAB (Teen Advisory Board), and Macbride’s Pride 4-H group– for staffing the games and crafts, and providing refreshments. Thank you, also, to the Friends of the Library board members, Sue Ballantyne, Paul Saupe, Sharon Crosheck and Liza Haugland, for adding homemade treats to the refreshment table. Additionally, we’d like to express our gratitude to Cherri Pollock for all of her hard work baking cookies to make sure we had enough for everyone.
Finally, we want to thank everyone in the community who attended this year’s program. We couldn’t have done it without your participation, and we look forward to many more years of Halloween fun.
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) sponsored its first Teen Halloween party on Oct. 26. Activities included the “Eyeball” Bounce, Zombie Make-Up, a Blindfolded Taste Test, Candy Corn Guess, a team Mummy Making Contest, and the Amazing Madame AJ who dazzled everyone with her fortune telling. Food included creepy things like R.I.P. Tombstones, Shrunken Head Punch, and Bread and Cheese Brain. The evening’s grand finale was the costume contest. Scary, cute, elaborate and funny characters walked the runway to show off their costumes. Thank you to the dedicated, talented TAB members who made this happen and to all the party-goers for making the night a blast.
Done with the Halloween costumes and want to get them out of the house? If you have costumes that the kids won’t be using again, donate them to the Friends of the Library. Friends held their first ever Halloween costume sale this year, and plan on repeating it next year if they have enough donations. They will accept adult costumes as well, as long as they are in good taste and appropriate for older children to wear.
The Solon Public Library will be joining hundreds of libraries throughout the world on Saturday, Nov. 16, from noon until 2 p.m. in celebrating International Games Day. The library will offer gaming for people of all ages including Nintendo® Wii™ games, board games, puzzles, card games and more.
You still have a few days left to submit your entry for the Friends of the Library’s mini-tree decorating contest. Entries are due by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. The trees will be judged and prizes awarded during the week of Nov. 18. After judging is over, bid sheets will go up and you can place your bid via silent auction for a tree you’d like to take home. Bidding ends at noon on Dec. 14. A new feature this year, will be a “Buy It Now” price. Each tree will have a “Buy It Now” price on the bid sheet and anytime starting at noon on Dec. 3, if you don’t want to wait for bidding to end on the 14th, you can purchase the tree for the listed price and take it home right then
As of the press deadline for this column, there were still a few spots available for 7 p.m. program of the gingerbread workshop on Thursday, Nov. 21, (5:30 p.m. session is full). Registration is required, so call right away if you are interested in attending.
Early-out movies will be shown at the library on Monday, Nov. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 26, beginning at 1 p.m. The Monday movie is 104 minutes, G rated “Monsters University” and showing on Tuesday, Nov. 26, is “Turbo,” rated PG and lasting 96 minutes.
Parents or caregivers are responsible for getting students to the library and picking them up when the movie is over. School age children under the age of 10 may attend the early-out programs without an adult but must be picked up at the conclusion of the program if they are not in the care of a babysitter, who must be at least 11 years old.
Christmas jar mix order forms are now available at the library circulation desk, on the website or by emailing Friends of the Library at SolonLibrFriends@aol.com . A variety of hot drink mixes, soups and sweet treats are being offered for $5.25 or less. Mixes are packed in canning jars with decorative fabric tops and complete preparation instructions. Deadline for preorders to be turned in at the library is Wednesday, Nov. 27. Payment must accompany all preorders. Your gift jars will be available for pick-up at the library beginning on Saturday, Dec. 14.
The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) and have its regular weekly hours during the balance of the week.
Make your list and check it twice and come to the library on Tuesday, Dec. 3, between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. to share it with the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself.