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Solon Public Library

Babygarten starts new session Friday, Sept. 6

Babygarten will be starting up again on Friday, Sept. 6, and meet for six weeks through Friday, Oct. 11. The program will be from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Fridays and is designed for children ages newborn through 24 months and their caregivers. Each week there will be rhymes, songs, and time for free play. Registration is required, and is limited to 15. Call the library to register soon.

Summer Reading Program ends; prize winners listed

The seven-week Summer Reading Program that recently concluded featured a variety of free family, children, and teen programming each week. There were over 2,100 adults and children that attended these events. Participating children turned in 3,728 completed reading logs for prizes. Participants turned in a total of 505,440 minutes (or 8,424 hours or 351days) of reading for this year’s program. Way to go.
Last week we listed a partial list of the grand prize winners. The remaining winners are listed below. The full list of winners is posted at the library. The Summer Reading Program is made possible by the support of the many generous sponsors who donate prizes and money earmarked for the event and a full list of sponsors is also posted at the library.
Prize winners:
Passes to the Science Station: Autumn Griffith.
Bloomsbury Farm Fall Fest Passes: Abe Hautakker.
Cedar Rapids Ice Arena Passes: Carter Apfelbeck.
Lost Island Golf and Go Kart Passes: Owen Einwalter.
Coral Ridge Ice Arena Passes: Beau Mullen.
National Mississippi River Museum Passes: Mya Fordice.
Children’s Museum Passes: Clancy Trepanier, Charlie Bishop, Rose McAtee, Sydney Kunkel, Ian Johnson, Kira Burkum, Elliot Sutton, Summer Bowie-Smith, Ellen Cross, Valentina Hernandez, Meg Duster, Kayla Young, Sydney Pizzini-Mercer, Simon Einwalter, Addison Burden, Jacey Hancox, Heath Lane, Maddy Bell, Ella Havlicek, and Landen Vance.
Special prizes were also available to adult readers in June and July. The July winners were: Dee Swartzendruber ($25 Gift Certificate to Big Grove Brewery), Diane DeGroote ($25 Gift Certificate to Big Grove Brewery), Bridget Hess ($25 Gift Certificate to The Dock) , Denise Kayser Miller ($25 Gift Certificate to Nomi’s), Fran Neuzil ($20 Barnes & Noble e-Card) and Irene Jedlicka ($10 cash). Each month throughout the year adult readers can enter for a $10 cash prize provided by the Friends of the Solon Library.

Book sale a success

Readers flocked to the semi-annual used book sale on Saturday, Aug. 3, and picked up some great bargains. Approximately 1,400 items found new homes and the sale raised almost $600 for the library. Thanks to all our loyal patrons for coming out to the sale. The next sale will be on Feb. 1, 2014, but the used book cart is always available in the lobby.

Lego® club starts strong

The first meeting of the Lego® Club was held on Monday, Aug. 5, and about 40 kids and adults came out and had a great time. The theme was castles and participants worked individually or in teams and their creations are on display all around the library. The library is still accepting donations of Legos®, especially bases, for the club. The club will meeting on the first Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. Since the first Monday in September is Labor Day, and the library will be closed, the next meeting will be Oct. 7.

Teen movie marathon

Teens (grades seven through 12) are invited to a Teen Movie Marathon on Friday, Aug. 23, from 5 until 11:30 p.m. at the library. Three movies will be shown back-to-back: “The Hunger Games” (2012), “I Am Number Four” (2011), and “Mean Girls” (2004). All films are rated PG13. Snacks will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by TAB (Teen Advisory Board).

Volunteer profile

Our continuing series of profiles on part-time staff members and long-time volunteers continues this week with volunteer Donna Fisher. Donna is originally from Cedar Rapids, but also spent some of her growing up years in California. She and her husband loved to come down to the lake area to fish, and after 20 years in Cedar Rapids, they moved to Solon. Donna and Richard (Dick) have been married for 60 years and have two children, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Before volunteering at the library, Donna worked in Solon at the care center, the video store, and the city office. In 1992 she joined the “Thursday Morning Ladies” (a.k.a. Georgia Welch and Betty Croy), and they cover, stamp, and label new materials. Donna enjoys reading historical fiction, with some of her favorite authors being Phillipa Gregory, Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy. In addition to reading, Donna also does quilting and counted cross-stitch. Although back living in Cedar Rapids, Donna still tries to come down to Solon on Thursday mornings as often as she can. Fun fact about Donna? She has a reputation for having a wicked sense of humor and for being a most awesome “Pontoon Party Hostess.” Thanks, Donna, for all your years of volunteering at the Solon Library.