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Solon Public Library

Halloween Events

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 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 (seventh grade and up) on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 until 10 p.m.

Gingerbread workshops

The very popular Gingerbread House Workshops will be held this year on Thursday, Nov. 21. There will be two sessions, one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Registration is required and is limited. The first opportunity to register will be at the Oct. 28 Halloween Party.

Friends of the library jar mixes

Thanksgiving jar mixes may be ordered through Nov. 9. They will be available for pick-up beginning Nov. 21.
Christmas jar mixes may be ordered through Nov. 27. They will be available for pick-up beginning Dec. 14.
Order forms are available at the library, on the library’s website, or by emailing SolonLibrFriends@aol.com.

Annual joint meeting of the three library support boards

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 tonight, Oct. 23, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. in the library meeting room.

What is “the Library Foundation”?

Solon Public Library Foundation was established in 2004, and provides support for library programs and long-range building plans by soliciting donations, accepting gifts, and managing those funds carefully. The board appoints its own representatives for three-year terms and members can serve no more than two consecutive terms. Current board members are:
Tina Gossman (President): originally from Loyal, Wis., Tina and husband Brian have lived in Solon for four years and have two children. Tina has a B.A. from UW-Eau Claire and is the volunteer coordinator for the Catherine McAuley Center. Tina is in her second term on the board.
Sandy Hanson (VP): originally from West Branch, Sandy is an active community volunteer and has lived in Solon for many years with husband Jerry. She has three sons, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Sandy is in her second term on the board.
Rochelle Claude-Lux (Sec.): originally from Davenport, Rochelle has lived in the Iowa City area for 26 years, and Solon for three. She and husband Brad Kotar have two children. Rochelle graduated from the U I with a major in computer science, and works at ACT as the director of technology project management. She is in her first term on the board.
Shirley Anderson (Treasurer): originally from western Iowa, came to the UI and never left. She is a retired nursing instructor and she and husband Wayne have one daughter. She is in her second term on the board.
Angie Longou: originally from Omaha, Neb., Angie came to the area to go to school at the UI and moved to Solon in 1991 and she works as a realtor. She and husband Aziz have two sons. Angie is in her second term on the board.
Marci Olson: originally from Rapid City, S.D., Marci and husband Larry have lived in Solon for 38 years, and have one son and two grandchildren. She retired from the UI computer operations department and is in her first term on the board.
Anne Kent-Miller: originally from Massachusetts, Anne moved to the area 32 years ago. She and husband Jeff have two sons. Anne has a BA in graphic design from ISU and is currently working as a graphic designer at the UI. Anne is in her first term on the board.
Alan Harrington: Alan is in his second term on the board.
Kris Brown: Library director Kris Brown attends the foundation meetings, and is a non-voting member of the board.
The foundation board currently has vacancies. If you would like more information or are interested in joining, please contact one of the board members.

Date change for trustees meeting

The Library Board of Trustees usually meets on the fourth Monday of the month, but due to the Halloween Costume Party at the library that night, they will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.


From the Oct. 16 profile of the Library Board of Trustees: Mike McLaughlin is currently the dean of health occupations and director of healthcare simulation center at Kirkwood, not the University of Iowa.

New books

• “Orange is the New Black” by Piper Kerman. With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years earlier. But that past caught up with her and she was sentenced to 15 months in a federal correctional facility. The Smith College graduate is now one of the millions who disappear down the rabbit hole of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison. (Note: this has been adapted into a TV series on Netflix.)
• “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly. Nearly two thousand years after this young revolutionary was killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. This book takes readers inside Jesus’ life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable– and changed the world forever.