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Solon Public Library

Puppet Theater Dec. 15

The Solon Library will be hosting Eulenspiegel’s Puppet Theater on Monday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. The show will be “The Snow Queen.” Eulenspiegel’s adaptation of this beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale uses delightfully crafted miniature Bohemian marionettes that interact on the pages of two extra-large pop-up storybooks. The story follows Gerda as she travels to the ends of the earth to save her best friend, Kai, from the Snow Queen. Along her way she meets a host of eccentric characters from a naughty little robber girl to a magical flower lady to a talking crow. The cast also includes a flamboyant storyteller who relates to the audience as well as the puppets. A feast for the eyes and the heart.
This show was developed with the support of a grant from the Puppeteers of America Endowment Fund.

Meal and a Movie

Solon Senior Advocates will be hosting Meal and a Movie Friday, Dec. 5, 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 Sandy Hanson at 319-624-2710 to register, or sign up at Old Gold Dining. This month they will be showing “Chef.” When gifted chef Carl Casper suddenly quits his demanding job at a trendy L.A. restaurant, he’s on his own to pick up the pieces of his once-promising career. Finding himself in Miami, he decides to team up with his successful ex-wife, best friend, and son to launch a no-frills food truck business. Taking to the road, Carl reignites his passion for the kitchen and, along the way, discovers a renewed zest for life and love.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed on Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving.

Monthly drawing winner

Every month the Friends of the Libary 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. October’s winner was Denise Miller.

Holiday Tree Decorating Contest and silent auction

The Holiday Tree Decorating Contest is sponsored, this year, by the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club. To participate in this year’s contest you must obtain an artificial tree, the maximum height allowed is 4 1/2 feet. Then create a theme and decorate away. The tree can be lit or unlit. You can enter your tree in either the individual or group competition. The winner in each category will receive a $25 prize. There will also be a $10 popular vote prize awarded. To enter the contest complete an entry form, pay the $5 dollar entry fee, and bring the tree to the library between Nov. 10 and 15. After the judging, bidding sheets will be posted for a silent auction that will last until Dec. 13. There will be a “buy it now” feature that will allow bidders to purchase the trees at any time, but the trees must remain in the library until the silent auction is over.

Dates to remember

Storytime: Every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for children ages two through five. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft.
Early-out Nov. 13 movie: “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” rated PG 92 minutes. This program will run from 1:45 until 3:15 p.m.
Early-out Nov. 20: LEGOs. This program will run from 1:45 until 2:45 p.m.
Early-out Dec. 4 movie: “How to Train your Dragon” rated PG 98 minutes. This program will run from 1:45 until 3:15 p.m.
Early-out Dec. 11: BINGO. This program will run from 1:45 until 2:45 p.m.
Early-out Dec. 18 movie: “Polar Express” rated G 100 minutes. This program will run from 1:45 until 3:15 p.m.
Gingerbread House Workshop: Monday, Nov. 17, with have two different sessions. The first session will be at 5:30 p.m. and the second will start at 6:45 p.m. You must register for this event and there are limited spaces available. Stop in or call the library to register 319-624-2678.
International Games Day: Saturday, Nov. 15, from noon until 2 p.m. National Mario Kart Tournament, board games, and snacks. For all ages.
Scrabble Night: Nov. 19 in the library meeting room. Bring your own snacks and Scrabble board. Kids will meet after school 3:30 until 5 p.m. Adults will meet 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. We’re ready for a game… or two.