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Technology snafu creates staff headache

Due to a problem not quickly remedied, the automated circulation system at the library was out of service for most of the past week. While materials could still be checked out, renewals and holds could not be processed. Processing all the transactions once the system was back online has been completed. If there are any questions or problems with overdues, fines or holds, please call the library at 319-624-2678 and talk to a staff person. Thank-you for your patience and understanding as the staff worked to circulate materials around the technology snafu.

Audio romance novels
New in the audio book section are inspirational romance novels by Karen Kingsbury including three in the Bailey Flanigan Series, “Leaving,” “Learning” and “Loving,” as well as “Coming Home: A Story of Undying Hope.” Two Wanda E. Brunstetter novels in the Kentucky Brothers series have also been added, “The Healing” and “The Struggle.”

State fair ticket winner
Laurie Stinocher is the winner of the drawing for two adult admission tickets to the 2012 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines sponsored by Friends of the Library. The drawing, held in conjunction with the unveiling of Toni Russo’s latest display window titled “State Fair,” garnered a lot of interest with over 85 entries submitted. Anyone checking out an item between Aug. 3 through 7 was entered into a drawing for the tickets.
Russo’s latest window creation is dedicated to the 4-H organization. Full of sights, sounds and tastes of a traditional state fair, the window also features trophies and ribbons. A small version of the butter cow is watching from a nearby shelf. This latest display will be around through mid-September.

Another new magazine subscription begins
Friends of the Solon Library have purchased a one year subscription for the new HGTV Magazine. Fans of the cable channel will enjoy this magazine that gives insider secrets from your favorite HGTV stars. Get decorating ideas for your home, design tips, and real estate advice every month. Check it out and give the library staff your feedback.

Summer Reading wrap-up
The books have been read, the reading logs turned in and the prizes awarded. And now, for some amazing statistics about the kids Summer Reading Program. This summer, kids through 12th grade turned in 4,010 completed reading logs for prizes. Each participant charted their time read on a reading log. Completed reading logs were signed by parents, verified by library staff and entered into drawings of the reader’s choice. Participants turned in a total of 9,247 hours or 385 days of reading for this year’s Summer Reading Program.
Two-hundred and six kids also completed the T-shirt challenge and were awarded Summer Reading T-shirts.

Storytime themes
Even though Summer Reading Program ended, the preschooler Storytime continues to meet on a regular basis. Storytime will always meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with the exception of a few weeks a year when there are breaks usually around the holidays. Storytime is a program designed for two through five year olds, their siblings and caregivers with a story, rhymes, songs and a craft project. Newcomers are always welcome. There is no registration. This is a drop-in activity. Aug. 21 Storytime theme will be “Colors” and Aug. 28 will be “Farm Stories.

Babygarten starts on Fridays in Septembern
Babygarten will be starting again on Friday, Sept. 7, and meet for six weeks until Friday, Oct. 12. The program will last from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. for children ages newborn to 24 months, and their caregivers. Each week there will be rhymes, songs, and time for free play. Registration for this program is now being taken at the circulation desk. There is no fee for participation.

Young patron’s guidelines
With school starting again, there will be lots of kids coming to the library after school, especially on the early out days. Just as a reminder to parents, the policy is being printed again at the beginning of this school year. If the students are attending a library program, the time restrictions do not count, but once the program is over, the policy is enforced.
The library has adopted the following guidelines for young patrons wishing to spend time in the library without the accompaniment of their parent or guardian.
Children between 10 and 13 years may be unattended in the library for no more than two hours.
Children under the age of 10 may not be left unattended at any time. If another child is acting as the baby sitter, that child must be at least 11 years old and will be responsible for the younger child(ren).
The library cannot assume responsibility for children left unattended on the library premises.
Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated of any age.

Friends of the Library news
The Friends of the Library will no longer be selling poinsettias as a part of their December fundraiser. New ideas are needed for raising funds at that event, so if you have an idea, Friends would love to hear it. Please email your suggestions to SolonLibrFriends@aol.com.
Friends have two large used book sales during the year– one in February and one in August beginning in 2013. There will no longer be the Memorial Day week-end event. Usually over 5,000 books are available at each event. Have you ever wondered about how they’re collected and sorted before you shop? Currently there is a very small group of volunteers who work one to two hours a week all year long sorting, boxing and counting these donations as they come in. Would you be interested in helping? As little as an hour once a month would be welcome. It helps to have a wide range of knowledge about books and authors, but if your interest is in only a few areas (children’s books, thrillers, etc.) your assistance would be useful. Email SolonLibrFriends@aol.com to volunteer or get more information.
Friends have recently updated the brochure and the dues for membership in the organization and are actively seeking new members. The friends board meets once a month. The general membership is welcome to attend those meetings as well. Membership can be designated as either active or supportive. Active members can indicate their amount of involvement, from some occasional hours every year to a routine schedule. Membership perks include a tote bag, a poster of the display window and early admission to book sales.
Brochures are available at the library. Pick up a brochure and consider joining friends. Any of the board members would be happy to answer questions if you give them a call.
Many visitors from out-of town who come to view the display windows created by window designer, Toni Russo, often ask where they can go for lunch. The Friends of the Solon Library have created a restaurant guide of all the local eateries for visitors to Solon. The guide is available at the library for those interested.