“Friends with Benefits” (2011, R, Romantic Comedy). While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications.
“Mr. Popper’s Penguins” (2011, PG, Family Comedy). The life of a businessman (Jim Carrey) begins to change after he inherits six penguins. As he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.
“The Help” (2011, PG13, Drama). An aspiring author (Emma Stone) during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid’s point of view on the white families for which they work and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. Based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett. (Note: We have two copies of this DVD in anticipation of high demand).
“The Smurfs” (2011, PG, Animated Comedy). When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world into New York City.
“Super 8” (2011, PG13, SciFi/Thriller). Six friends witness a train wreck while making a super eight movie, only to learn that something unimaginable escaped during the crash. They soon discover that the only thing more mysterious than what it is, is what it wants.
“Zookeeper” (2011, PG, Family Comedy). A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zoo keeper (Kevin James) find love– without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious.
Don’t forget to pick up your free 2012 calendar at the circulation desk. It’s 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches. Removable backing makes it perfect to stick on your laptop or home computer. Pick up one for everyone’s stocking.
Ways to contribute to the Solon Public Library
The Solon Public Library greatly appreciates all of the donations it receives. Our current building, now 10 years old, was built entirely through donated funds. Donations from memorial funds or estates are very special donations, and help assure a vibrant, vital library for future generations. Several options are available to donors to direct funds to the library. If you have a donation to the Solon Library in your will or if you may have memorial donations to direct in the future, you should be aware of these options.
If the donation/bequest/memorial is designated to “the Solon Library,” state law requires that it must be deposited in the library accounts with the city of Solon, and tracked through that accounting system. This money can be spent on anything that the Library board of trustees approves, but it does have to go through the list of bills approved by the City Council. Because most library bills are paid through this account, it can be difficult to direct the funds for a specific project or purchase. Donations should go to either the Solon Library Foundation or the Friends of the Solon Public Library.
Donations to the Friends or Foundation groups are deposited directly into those non-profit group accounts, which are not affiliated with the City of Solon. Both groups have 501 (c) (3) status, which means contributions are tax-deductible. These funds are flexible and can be banked for a future purpose, or spent immediately on a library need that was not anticipated in that year’s library budget from the city and county.
The mission of the Friends is to support the programs and services of the library and purchase whatever the library requests. These are often new programs or new equipment that weren’t budgeted for. Examples of such purchases are the new mailbox, new phone system, additional meeting room tables, and new book carts. The Friends also raises money throughout the year for the library through the sale of donated books, the city-wide garage sale and the December holiday sale.
The Solon Library Foundation was established in 2004, for the purpose of soliciting donations, accepting gifts and bequests, and managing the funds for larger library projects, such as computer and technology purchases, outdoor signage and lighting, and for future building expansion. The Foundation sponsored the “Calf Classic” at the 2011 Beef Days and will return for Beef Days 2012. The Foundation is also funding a second year of four six-week computer classes for seniors and other who seek these skills. In addition to cash donations, the Foundation can also accept gifts of stock.
Whether it’s now, as you make year-end charitable donations, or in the future in a bequest, all contributions are appreciated and welcomed by the library. Which way you make the designation depends upon the donor’s preference. Any questions may be directed to the Librarian, or any Friends, Foundation, or Library Board member.