Fall hours and holiday closing
The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 4, regular library hours will resume which means the library will not open until noon on most weekdays. Regular library hours are: Monday through Thursday, noon until 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Early out programsn
The library will resume the early-out programming this school year. There will be no registration required and each program will be open to all school age groups. Parents or caregivers are responsible for getting students to the library and picking them up when the activity is over. Programming will begin after lunch at 1 p.m.
Early out school days are designated twice a month on the school calendar. The library will have programming for each of those days. The first early out day of the month is designated as “Movie Day” and will run from 1 until 3 p.m. The second early out day of the month will be a one hour craft time program from 1 until 2 p.m.
The first early out program will be on Thursday, Sept. 6, with the newly released animated movie “The Lorax”(PG). Movie time will be from 1 until 3 p.m. Flyers with dates and times of all the early out programs will be sent home from school with students or they may be picked up at the library.
The library cannot assume responsibility for children left unattended on the library premises.
Children under age 10 may not be left unattended at any time. If another child is acting as the baby sitter, that child must be at least 11 years old and will be responsible for the younger child(ren).
Children between 10 and 13 years may be unattended in the library for no more than two hours.
Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated of any age.
Fall preschool programming
The fall session of Storytime resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 10:30 a.m. Storytime activities are designed for children ages two through five years and their caregivers. Younger siblings are invited, too. Each week has a central theme of stories, songs and crafts. The Storytime themes will be announced soon. Plan to join Miss Jen on Tuesday mornings.
Babygarten will be resuming this fall on Friday, Sept. 7, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. with a new format. Registration is now being taken at the circulation desk. There is no fee. Children from newborn through 24 months and their caregivers may come to any or all sessions which will meet through Oct. 12. The program includes approximately 20 to 25 minutes of rhymes and songs followed by 30 minutes of play time. This program is specifically designed for one-on-one involvement between parent and child.
Books for babies
New parents won’t want to miss picking up a “Books for Babies” bag at the library, compliments of the Solon Women’s Club. Each bag contains useful items for new parents, tips for reading to your baby and a board book. Request your gift to welcome baby at the circulation desk.
Adult activities resume
The Solon Area Book Club will resume meetings after the summer break on at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The September selection for the Solon Area Book Club is “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal” by Christopher Moore. The group generally meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Solon library. All interested adult readers are welcome to attend. For questions about the book club, please contact Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org. To borrow a copy of a selected book, please contact the library circulation desk by calling 319-624-2678 or email Jacque at email@example.com.
Meal and a Movie will return on Friday, Sept. 28. Join this group for a mouth-watering meal, menu to be announced soon, and the movie, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” Sponsored by Solon Senior Advocates, the group convenes in the meeting room of the library.
Come for lunch at 11 a.m. and stay for the movie. Make reservations for lunch with Sandy at 319-624-2710. If there is a movie you’d like to see drop the senior advocates a line at P. O. Box 99, Solon, IA 52333, or call Sandy at 319-624-2710.
Teen Advisory Board
A new Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will soon be in place for the 2012-2013 school year. Board members AJ Ressler, Brittany Kienholz, Rachel Haugland and Ally Harrelson-Crowell will be returning from last year. Additional board members will be named soon from a pool of applicants who submitted their names before the Aug. 27 deadline.
Last fall a group of teens who regularly use the Solon Public Library took steps to unite and organize a board aimed at the interests of middle and high school students. Under the direction of Deena Foss, teen advisor, the group of teens created a five-person Teen Advisory Board, whose main goal is to encourage teens to enjoy the library.
TAB meetings are held once a month during the school year with a goal of sharing ideas and working together to make the Solon Public Library a great place for teens, help create teen programs and recommend teen/young adult books and movies.
Last year’s activities included the Final Fridays Café, assistance with children’s events and the teen summer reading program. READ posters were placed in the teen/YA section of the library and teens started a blog, posting book reviews.
Adult computer classes
Adult computer classes have filled once again, much in advance of their beginning. The classes, slated to start Oct. 10, are filled to capacity but names are being taken on a waiting list for those interested in participating. Call the library at 319-624-2678 to sign up for the waiting list.
Adult computer classes are for those who need to practice using the Internet or acquiring basic computer knowledge. There is no fee; however those who reserve a space should only do so if they plan to attend regularly.
One Community, One Book
Begun in 2001 as All Johnson County Reads, the program was renamed in 2006 to One Community, One Book to better identify with all the participants. One Community, One Book is an annual event occurring between September and November. Five area libraries, including Solon Public Library, hold forums and book discussions.
The book selected this year is “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir” by Kao Kalia Yang. Written as a memoir, but reads like a novel, the author pays tribute to her grandmother. The story of a refugee family begins in the war-torn jungles of Laos, intermits in the refugee camps of Thailand and eventually concludes with immigration to America when the author, Yang was six years old. The book is a paperback available at local bookstore or can be obtained through the library.
Those interested may attend any of the forums. On Sunday, Sept. 23, the author will lecture at the 5 p.m. event at C20 Pomerantz Center on the University of Iowa campus and be available afterwards for book signings.
The Solon Area Book Club will feature the book as their selection at the Oct. 16 meeting.
For questions about the book club, please contact Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org. To borrow a copy of a selected book, please contact the library circulation desk by calling 319-624-2678 or email Jacque at email@example.com.