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Solon Public Library

Date changed to Nov. 21 for Gingerbread Workshop

We previously published a date of Nov. 14 for the popular Gingerbread Workshop. Due to a scheduling conflict, this has been changed to Nov. 21. Registration information will be available at the library later this month.

Early out activity Oct. 17

The early out program for Thursday, Oct. 17, will be a mask craft. This will be a one hour program from 1 until 2 p.m. Parents or caregivers are responsible for getting students to the library and picking them up when the activity is over.

Annual joint meeting of the three library support boards Oct. 23

The public is invited and welcome to attend the fifth annual joint meeting of the three library-related boards: Library Board of Trustees, the Friends of the Library Board, and the Library Foundation Board. Representatives of each group will discuss highlights of the past year’s activities and what is on the agenda for the upcoming year. This meeting will be held on Oct. 23 from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. in the library meeting room.

What is “The Board of Trustees”?

The Library’s board of trustees is the group that determines, adopts, and reviews the policies used to govern the operations of the library; hires and reviews the performance of the librarians, develops an annual budget, and reviews expenditures throughout the year. Since the library’s funding comes from both the city and county, there are four city (C) representatives, and three rural (R) representatives on the board. These people are appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council and/or county board of supervisors and serve four-year terms (unless filling the unexpired term of someone who resigned). Members can serve multiple terms. This board is subject to the Iowa Code’s new Gender Balance Law. Current Trustees are:
Paula Sears (C) (president): Originally from Lisbon, has lived in Solon for five years with husband Jeff and two sons. Paula has a B.S. in Rec. Management from the U of I and is currently vice president at Bridge Community Bank. This is her first term on the board, which expires in December 2013.
Jackie Nemecek (R) (secretary): Originally from Cedar Rapids, has lived in rural Solon with her husband for 37 years. Jackie is retired from a career in Early Childhood Special Education with the Cedar Rapids School District. Jackie started her first term on the board in 2011 and it expires in 2014.
Deanna Kleinsmith (R) (vice-president): As a child Deanna moved five times in three states with her family, ending up in Wayne, Neb. She has lived in rural Solon for 12 years with her husband and five children. She has an M.A. in education with a reading endorsement and currently teaches at Hills Elementary. Deanna started on the board in 2009 filling a term, and is now in her second term which expires in 2015.
Jeff Kreinbring (C): Originally from Bennett, has lived in Solon for seven years and has a wife and daughter. Jeff has a degree in economics from the U of I and is a financial advisor with Integrity Financial in Solon. Jeff started his first term on the board in 2012 and it expires in 2013.
Jeff Schadler (C): Originally from Dubuque, has lived in Solon for six years with wife Angie and two children. Jeff has an Engineering degree from ISU and is account manager for Nalco/Ecolab. This is Jeff’s first term on the board, which expires in 2016.
Mike McLaughlin (R): Originally from Cedar Rapids/Marion. Has a wife and two sons. Mike has a BA and MA from the U of I in English and education, and a PhD from ISU in higher education. Mike is currently the dean of health occupations and director of Heathcare Simulation Center at the U of I. Mike started his first term in January 2013 and it will expire in 2016.
There is currently a vacant spot for a city representative on the board, for a term expiring in 2015.

Halloween events

The first annual Halloween sale was a great success bringing in over $300 for the library. The Friends of the Library plan on having it again next year, so if you have costumes you no longer want, please consider donating them for next year’s sale.
The library’s annual Halloween costume party will be Monday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Children should come in costume for an hour of food, games, crafts and indoor trick-or-treating. If you can’t get there right at 6:30 p.m., or need to leave early, that’s not a problem– the event is more of an open house structure, where kids can go to just some or all of the activity stations. There is no charge for this event. The Teen Advisory Board will also be sponsoring a Teen Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 until 10 p.m.

Thanksgiving jar mixes

Back by popular demand are Thanksgiving jar mixes. Need a hostess gift to take with you to a relative’s house for Thanksgiving? Friends will have four jar mix gifts available to pre-order until Nov. 9. Order forms are available at the library, on the library’s website www.solon.lib.ia.us, or by e-mailing SolonLibrFriends@aol.com. All jars are priced below $5 and will be available for pick-up starting Nov. 21. Order forms for the Christmas jar mixes will be available by the end of the month.

Decorate a tree to help the friends help the library

After sponsoring a tree contest for eight years, Habitat for Humanity has passed the torch for this tradition on to the Friends of the Solon Library. Contest rules and entry forms are now available at the library or by emailing SolonLibrFriends@aol.com. Let your imagination run wild and decorate an artificial tree (under 4’) and submit it with a $5 entry fee Nov. 11 through 16. Prizes will be awarded in four categories, and a silent auction will run through Dec. 14. Each tree will also have a “Buy It Now” price posted on it beginning Dec. 3, so you don’t have to wait until the end of the auction if you see a tree you want to take home and enjoy right away. Profits go to the Friends of the Solon Library, who sponsor a variety of library programming and materials purchasing.