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Solon Public Library

Change in Scrabble night
Scrabble is still scheduled for the last Wednesday of each month but we are splitting kids and adults. Scrabble afternoon challenge for kids will be after school, from 3:30 until 5 p.m. (ages 8 and up).
Scrabble Night for adults will be 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. The next Scrabble Challenge will be Wednesday, March 26. Bring your own snacks.

And the winners are…

Congratulations to Mary Holubar, who is the winner of the Friends of the Library Oscar Contest.
Listed below are the winners of the Solon Library Foundation Raffle. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets.
The $200 gift certificate to the Kalahari Water Park: Mary Bran.
Date Night (Olive Garden, Jesus Christ Superstar tickets): Phyllis White.
Hometown Desert Basket (courtesy of Solon DQ , E’s Florals and Savvy): Elaine Claude.
Family Fun Day Basket (Children’s Museum passes plus): Steve Breese.
Science Bucket (Science Center tickets plus): Jackie Stahle.
Afternoon Escape (Old Creamery Theatre tickets and Big Grove Brewery): Karen Sherman.
Read and Getaway Basket (Riverside Casino and Angie Longou): Paula Sears.

Did you know?

The Solon Library carries 60 different magazines for circulation? Checking out popular magazines from the library can help save a bit in your monthly budget. If we don’t carry your favorite magazine, please let us know. Suggestions are appreciated.
At least a dozen of the magazines that we currently subscribe to are provided thanks to your Coke Rewards points. Keep bringing in those bottle caps. Taking advantage of Coke Rewards points has really helped to trim the library magazine budget.

Why LEGO® Club?

Many libraries, small and large, are adding LEGO® Club programs. The Solon library began monthly LEGO® nights in August and it has become a very popular and well-attended event. We average 40 participants, between the ages of kindergarten and fourth grade each night. The kids are assigned a theme, for example to “build a bridge” or build “something that moves,” and they spend an intense hour creating whatever they would like to that fits that theme. Their creations are put on display so they can be admired and shared with other family members and friends for a couple of weeks after each session.
LEGO® Club encourages creativity and storytelling skills, develops fine-motor skills, promotes team-building and helps to build an interest or foundation for future study in architecture or engineering.
In a recent meeting with the Johnson County libraries and our local legislators, our state representatives were very vocal about their support of any STEM activities, in schools and libraries. STEM is an acronym referring to the fields of study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these activities are a focus of the current Iowa state legislature.
Stop at the library, one of these next first Monday nights of the month, and share the excitement of LEGO® Club.

Display Window Notes

“Blossom by blossom the spring begins.” Swinburne– 1865.
The current window display, “Hollywood & Vine” will run through March 15. The next window, the first to celebrate the spring season, traditionally has featured a garden theme. This year, we’re celebrating spring and art together with “Monet’s Garden– the water lilies.” We’ll visit his famous garden at Giverny, France, complete with the Japanese bridge and lots of flowers.
The library is asking for your help. To complete this new display, we need a small wooden easel, prints of Monet’s paintings and any items (maps, postcards, or booklets) obtained from a visit to the garden. As always, when items are on loan to the library for displays, they are recorded as to their owners and will always be in a locked case.
Our new window will be ready in early April.

Dates to remember:

• Story time for children ages 2 through 5, every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs and a craft.
• Solon Book Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Plan for March 18.
• Display window “Hollywood & Vine” through March 15.
• LEGO® Club is the first Monday night of each month from 6 until 7 p.m. Kindergarten and up.
• Scrabble Challenge is the last Wednesday in the month: kids will meet after school from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. Adults meet 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Next date is March 26. Bring your own snacks and Scrabble dictionary.
• March 28: Meal and a Movie from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The movie is free but registration is required for the catered meal and costs $7.50 for an entrée, vegetable and dessert. The movie follows the meal and usually begins around noon. Call Sandra Hanson at 319-624-2710 to register or sign up at Old Gold Dining.
• Community Read hosted by students at the Solon High School will be April 3, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the media center at the Solon High School. The book to be discussed: “Mountains beyond Mountains” by Tracey Kidder. Check with the library if you need a copy. Everyone welcome to participate.