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Foundation scholarship announced

Rebecca Haugland, daughter of Brett and Lisa Haugland, is the recipient of the Solon Library Foundation’s Don Ochs Scholarship. The scholarship, now in its third year was renamed the Don Ochs Scholarship this year in his honor. Don, who passed away in January 2012, was a member of the building committee, long-serving member of the Library Board of Trustees and served on the foundation board for several years, and he was instrumental in starting the foundation scholarship.
This year’s honoree, Rebecca Haugland, has been home schooled and is also very active in 4-H. She has been a faithful junior volunteer at the library for the past seven years. In addition to her high school studies, Rebecca has been enrolled at Kirkwood Community College this past year and will continue in the Ag Business and Agriculture Transfer Program at Kirkwood this fall with plans to transfer to Iowa State University.
Rebecca was among over 20 applicants competing for this year’s award.

Summer Reading Program prizes
Completed reading logs are being turned in daily for prizes as the Summer Reading Program progresses. Each participant receives a small prize after their log has been signed by a library staff member and then the reading log may be entered into one of the drawings for a grand prize to be awarded at the conclusion of the program. The small prize shelf consists of Beanie Babies, stuffed animals, candies and a variety of trinkets. Solon Women’s Club is the generous sponsor of many of those items.
The grand prizes to be awarded are provided by a variety of sponsors. One of the most popular prizes is a bike sponsored by Solon State Bank. There is an iPod touch compliments of Friends of the Library, a foldable tricycle for the younger set and a lovely doll house handcrafted and donated by Larry & Virginia Pugh. A horseback riding lesson donated by Sherin Novak will also be awarded to one lucky winner.
If you family is planning a vacation for later in the summer, the family reader could be providing the tickets by winning one of the drawings. There are passes or gift cards to Grand Harbor Resort and Water Park, the Science Station, National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Niabi Zoo, Iowa Children’s Museum, Coral Ridge Ice Arena, Blank Park Zoo and carnival ride passes for Beef Days.
The list goes on and there are additional drawings available for consideration before the completed reading log is dropped into the box. Stop by the library to see all the prizes available.

Summer reading activities continue
The upcoming week of SRP activities will mark the halfway point in the program. Starting on Tuesday, June 26, the 10:30 a.m. Storytime for two to five year olds will be “Things That Go Bump in the Night.” The Teens On Tuesdays at Two will be the “Bat World with Vera Blevins” with the teens getting up close and personal with real bats and learning all about them. There will be voting on which bat they want to sponsor.
Bring the family and come on down to a movie on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. “How to Train Your Dragon” will be showing with light refreshments provided.
The Wednesday Afternoon Adventurers will also get in on the bat theme this week with “Flapping Bats” craft and story at 1:30 p.m. This activity is for first through fourth graders.
Jen Leveck, children services librarian, heads up the Summer Reading Program. She contacts all the programming for family night as well as planning all the weekly activities, preparing the crafts and snacks. In addition to the activities listed on the calendar, several local preschools visit the library weekly and are treated to a story by Miss Jen. Summer Reading Program is made possible by a lot of hard work with a very small staff. Funding for prizes and programming is supplemented by sponsors. Be sure and thank Jen for her fantastic job and thank the sponsors for providing the prizes and the kick-off parties.

Oops, where’d they go?
Did you walk into the library, right past the movies and end up staring down a bunch of Summer Reading Program prizes? Don’t feel bad, everybody’s doing it. Staff played a trick and moved the collection. The DVD collection is growing every day, so it’s been moved it to a new location so it has some more room to spread out. Now the adult DVDs are located in front of the circulation desk right next to the catalog computers. This will be the new location and long after Summer Reading Program is over and the prizes have disappeared, the movies will stay in front of the circ desk.

Hope you didn’t miss it
Over 60 people gathered in the meeting room at the library for family night to be entertained by Mike Anderson. Mike is an extremely talented guy who is working the Summer Reading Program circuit this year. Besides being a retired lower elementary teacher, a musician and an artist, he works at the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Ill. His song, “I Dropped It,” has received several prestigious awards including Parents’ Choice Award and Winner on Children’s Music Web.
The crowd was entertained with stories and music. Mike plays the dulcimer, guitar, banjo, jaw harp, nose flute and bones and that may not be everything. More information is listed on his website, www.dulcimerguy.com.
Family night at the library welcomes any and all ages, so grandpas and grandmas, please stop down and enjoy the fun as well. Watch the column for more Tuesdays of live entertainment as well as some great movies.

Thanks, all you Coke drinkers
The Coke Rewards caps and box ends are coming in at a steady pace, thanks to the Coke drinkers who are saving them and dropping them off at the library. Friends of the Library are doing a great job with them by adding magazine subscriptions to the library collection. Thanks for sharing.

Seniors ‘Meal & a Movie’
Seniors “Meal & a Movie” will be Friday, June 29, at 11 a.m. in the meeting room at the library. Lunch, a festive chicken pretzel sandwich, pasta salad and berry pie will be catered by Savvy with the price around $7. “We Bought a Zoo” will be the movie. It is an adaptation of a memoir about buying and saving a run-down zoo in southern California directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Matt Damon. Come for lunch and stay to enjoy the wacky zoo crew and the escaped tigers. If there is a movie you’d like to see drop the senior advocates a line at P. O. Box 99 or call Sandy at 319-624-2710.