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June 14th, 2011

Ready for a picnic ?

Look around outside the library and notice the two new picnic tables.  What a great place to take a break on a summer day.   The bike rack was moved to a new location closer to the front entry and one new table placed in the bike rack’s previous location.   This table is handicap accessible with three benches and an opening so a wheelchair can slide into the fourth spot.  The second table is located on the lower level near the entrance.  Thanks to the Landscaping Committee for purchasing these tables and thanks to city employees, Mark and Tim for assembling and installing them.

The quilt is here

Stop by the library for a look at the quilt to be raffled off by the Solon Beef Days Committee.  The quilt, made by Marianne Klouda, is made from past Beef Days T-shirts.  It’s fun to look at and will take you down memory lane with a bit of Beef Days history. 

Summer Reading Program Week 2

“The Summer Reading Program is off to a great start,”’ reported Jen Leveck, Youth Services Librarian.  “We have already had a lot of kids coming in to pick up prizes and handed out a lot of T-shirts.” 

Movie Clips

Recently added to the library’s DVD collection:

“Blue Valentine” (2010, R) stars Ryan Gossling and Michelle Williams (in an Oscar-nominated performance) as a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.
“Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” (2011, G) follows teen sensation Justin Bieber on his 2010 concert tour.
“Gnomeo and Juliet” (2011, G) an animated feature in which the neighboring gardens of Montague and Capulet are at war, but the gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, are in love.

Library is popular spot

Patrons of all ages are making the Solon Public Library a popular place to be this summer.  The Summer Reading Program is pulling in lots of patrons for the programming and reading for prizes, as well as checking out books.  On Tuesday, June 7, one daycare visit, two children’s programs and family night brought 710 visitors into the library.  An unprecedented attendance of 43 patrons attended Teens On Tuesdays @ 2.

Lady Spartans continue to challenge ranked opponents

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Lady Spartans picked up their first two losses of the season last week, but both came against ranked opponents.
Solon’s varsity softball team split a doubleheader with No. 12 (in 3A) Mt Vernon before a narrow loss to No. 3 (4A) Des Moines East at the Bill Hennessey Classic Softball Tournament held at Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
But Solon, now 12-2 on the season, stayed close to No. 2 West Delaware at the top of the WaMaC East standings, and continued to rack up wins against quality opponents.

Heartbreak

ELDRIDGE– Solon girls soccer closed the book on a terrific season a little earlier than they wanted to, one game short of making the state tournament. The field at North Scott once again hosted the final soccer game of the season for the Spartans. Center Point-Urbana (CPU), which Solon had beat earlier in the season, came out on top this time with an overtime win of 2-1 in the regional final June 6.  

Packing a wallop

SOLON– Solon’s varsity baseball team outscored its opponents 72-17 last week.
The Spartans moved to 13-0 with lopsided wins against Mt. Vernon, Marion and Independence and lead Iowa’s Class 3A in home runs, runs scored and batting average, according to statistics compiled by quikstatsiowa.com.
Solon took a pair from Mt. Vernon on the road Monday, 12-8 and 21-3, behind its potent offense.
Several Spartans had multiple hits in the first game.  Marshall Koehn, Derrick Loveless, Tyler Smith, Shawn Olson and Ryan Butler collected two hits each, while Nick Day went 3-5.

Forevergreen to host June 18 gardening workshop

CORALVILLE– Lawn-care questions will be answered at a June 18 gardening workshop in Coralville. This seminar will cover important information on proper care and maintenance to keep your lawn and landscape healthy and looking their best through the summer. Geared for homeowners this will offer tips and information for everyone from first time homeowners to avid gardeners. This is a great way for people who want to save money by doing it themselves to learn the right way to care for their yards.
Some of the topics that will be covered:

A little time yields big impacts

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– She is a big sister. He is a little brother. Together, they make one dynamic duo.
Kinsey and Keon have been matched through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County program since February 2010. The two have taken in baseball games, gone to the museum, played games, baked cupcakes and even attended an Iowa Hawkeye football game at Kinnick Stadium. They picnic together, play catch and sometimes, do nothing more than chat about how their days went, joke around and hang out.