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Solon Public Library

Have you seen what LearningExpress Library has to offer?

Studies have shown that during the summer months when children are out of school, they tend to lose some ground in their learning progress. Summer Reading programs at the library provide a fun way to encourage children to keep reading through the summer and to learn about new things which helps them maintain their skill level. If parents and students are also looking for something a little more structured, you might find help with the tutorials and practice tests available for students in fourth grade through high school from LearningExpress Library.
There are sections on math skills and reading comprehension are available for all levels. Middle school and high school students can also work on writing, grammar and social studies skills, among others.
LearningExpress Library also has study aids for High School Equivalency tests and College Prep.
In the Career Center, you can learn more about a variety of careers (such as, culinary arts, firefighting, nursing, and law enforcement), prepare for occupation exams in those fields and others, as well as prepare for military flight aptitude tests and officer candidate tests. There’s also a section to help you improve your job search skills. If you’re looking for ways to improve your skills for your current job, check out the Computer Center and the Adult Learning Center.
It’s easy to get started with LearningExpress Library. Follow the link on the library home page (www.solon.lib.ia.us), and then click on the link to LearningExpress Library 3.0. Register as a new user and you’re ready to begin.


With the growing popularity of e-books and downloadable audio books libraries across the country are looking for ways to develop their digital collections. The Solon Public Library is part of a consortium of libraries, through NEIBORS, that jointly have access to a bank of e-books. As a group, the libraries have an opportunity to expand the amount of e-books available for checkout by increasing our usage. If our consortium can raise checkouts by 25 percent, we will receive $1,500 towards the purchasing of more e-books and downloadable audio books. One way to help us meet our goal is to checkout downloadable audio books for your summer road trips.


Storytime is held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. This program is filled with stories, songs, activities and rhymes. Every week, following the stories portion, there is a craft. Older and younger siblings are always welcome to attend. Every Storytime during the 2014 Summer Reading Program will be related to the theme “Fizz, Boom, Read!” June 17 we will be talking about items that “Sink or Float.”

Afternoon Adventures

Every Wednesday, from June 4 until July 16, the library will host a program called Afternoon Adventures, at 1:30 p.m. During this event the children will read stories, take part in activities, and create crafts all related to the theme “Fizz, Boom, Read!” On June 18, the theme will be chemistry and the participants will be playing science BINGO. This program is geared for children in first through fourth grade.

Teens on Tuesdays

Every Tuesday, from June 3 until July 15, the library will host a program called Teens on Tuesday at 2 p.m. This program is for fifth graders and up. Every week there will a different activity, some kind of snack, and prizes given away. All programs are free and will last around 45 minutes. On June 17, we will be playing a life sized version of Clue the board game. See if you have what it takes to solve a gruesome mystery.

Family night

On Tuesday evenings, from June 3 until July 15, the library will be hosting various programming for families. On June 17 the library will be showing a movie. This program will be at 6:30 p.m.

Monthly drawing winner
Every month the Friends of the Library sponsor a drawing for a $10 prize. All you have to do to participate in this drawing is to read a book checked out from the Solon Library (or listen to one) then enter your name to win the prize. The name is picked at the end of each month. May’s winner was Fran Neuzil.

Solon Area Book Club

This club meets at the library, on the third Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. They extend an open invitation to anyone who would like to read the title selected each month (please check at the circulation desk to reserve a copy) and to share in their book discussion. The title chosen for the month will be featured on the library website and on the library bulletin board in the front lobby. The title for this month is “Shell Games” by Jeffrey S. Copeland.

Dates to remember

Storytime: Every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 2 through 5. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.
Meal and a Movie: 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on, usually, the last Friday of the month (June 27). 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.
Scrabble Challenge: Last Wednesday of each month (June 25). Kids will meet after school 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. Adults will meet 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Bring your own snacks and Scrabble dictionary.
LEGO® Club: The first Monday of every month (July 7). This program is from 6 until 7 p.m.