With spring and spring cleaning just around the corner (we sure hope), it’s time to start thinking about the annual Solon area garage sale. This annual event happens on the first Saturday in June, but since almost half of last year’s registered sales were also open on Friday, we are now calling it the Solon area garage sale days, and it will be June 6 and 7 this year. Participants can register for only Friday, only Saturday, or both days. Registration information will be available at the library by April. If you don’t have enough items for a sale of your own, you may donate your items to the library for our sale. Please remember, though, that the library will not accept clothing, encyclopedias, LPs, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, old VCRs, old TV sets, or old computers. Please appropriately recycle those items. We will accept items for the garage sale anytime– no need to wait until May.
In February, the library is featuring a “Blind Date with a Book” program. You will find wrapped books on shelves throughout the library. Take a chance… take your blind date home and when you finish and return, drop your name in our monthly drawing at the circulation desk for extra prizes. The featured prize is a $25 gift certificate to E’s Florals (with chocolate included).
Take a chance and buy a raffle ticket to win a vacation weekend or one of several afternoon or evening entertainment packages. Tickets are available at the library and the winners will be chosen on March 1. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20.
Funds from the foundation raffle will be used to sponsor adult computer classes, that are scheduled several times through the year.
The foundation awards two $500 scholarships each year to graduating high school seniors. This scholarship honors Don Ochs, long time library supporter, who felt that love of reading and the use of libraries, was and will always be a life-long necessity. To apply for these scholarships, an essay is required describing the influence that libraries have had and will have in the future, on each student’s life. If you have a graduating senior who is interested in applying, please contact Kelly Foster at the Solon High School. Kelly is scheduling an informational meeting on Feb. 20, and will have requirements for each scholarship that students might be interested in applying for.
There are still spots available for this program. Please note that Babygarten will start on Feb. 28 and run through April 4. Call the library at 319-624-2678 to register.
“Hollywood and Vine” is the title of the new window display. This window celebrates the glamour and excitement generated through the art and creativity of movies. Oscar winners over the last 75 years are featured with a special tribute to Marilyn Monroe. (Check out the vintage movie projectors).
And in conjunction with the window display, don’t miss the Friends of the Library’s annual “Predict the Oscars” contest. Forms are available now. You must be a Solon library patron, and at least 16 or older to qualify for the prizes available. The deadline for your entry is 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.
Perhaps it’s too early to start seeds for your garden but we can start planning. The library has lots of materials for inspiration on gardens, flowers and/or vegetables, trees and shrubs. We also have books on orchards, landscaping with grasses and designing planters for accents on your porch or deck. In our landscaping section, we have books on building play equipment, decks, and fencing options.
LEGO® club met on Feb. 3 and the theme for the night was to build a zoo animal or two. It was a hard challenge but the 47 kids and parents who attended created some wonderful animals and other characters for the zoo. Stop in and see our LEGO® zoo on display through Feb. 24. LEGO® club meets on the first Monday of each month. Registration is not required.