Did you know that the Solon library has Solon History items? The Solon Historical Preservation Group was formed in October 2007 to fill a need in maintaining the Solon Public Library’s history collection. This collection consists of binders containing newspaper articles or other materials covering school and church activities, birthdays, weddings, organizations, obituaries, century farms, government, businesses, families and school yearbooks. The collection is used frequently by residents and a high school class (Revisit Iowa) makes use of the primary source material to create podcasts and have added digital mapping elements to enhance the collection. Lots of folks from out of town stop in and use the collection as well to complete their family histories.
The Solon Historical Preservation Group has worked hard to maintain the collection after several years of inactivity. In 2010, the group published Solon Snapshots– 1850-1950 which grew out of a discovery of many photos that had been collecting over the years at the library, outside of what was already cataloged in the binders. Previous to this book, the only documented history of Solon was written in 1922 by Jesse Newcomb. The group would like to do another book, going forward from 1950 but also to include earlier items not included in the first book. In order to do this, however, the group needs help. It needs some new volunteers to collect photos, stories and to look through already collected materials to categorize and compile items. They are also in need of volunteers to help with updating alumni lists, addresses, emails, etc. Having computer and digital photography (scanning) experience would be extremely helpful. If you’d like to volunteer to help preserve our town’s history for future generations, please contact Sandy Hanson at 319-624-2710 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org  .
As the school year begins, it is time to remind patrons of the policies so that all ages may enjoy the library during all the open hours. The Solon library has become a popular after school gathering spot for middle-schoolers to socialize, do their homework and in many instances, wait for parents to pick them up. Due to the length of time that some students remain in the library, boredom and disruptive behavior sometimes becomes a factor. The library has developed and enforces a conduct policy to maintain a safe and pleasant environment for all library patrons.
All patrons are asked to respect the atmosphere of the building.
Prohibited conduct includes: annoying or threatening another person; using profane or offensive language; behaving loudly– fighting, running, pushing, throwing things (including snowballs); consuming alcohol or controlled substances; consuming beverages or food at computer stations; visiting illegal or indecent websites.
Failure to comply with the conduct policy may result in loss of library privileges for the remainder of the day or longer, if necessary. All patrons will receive a warning advising them to comply by the rules. If the patron has to be addressed a second time, that person will be asked to leave for the day. If it is the case of a student patron residing outside the city limits, the offender will be asked to sit in the office until the parents can be called to retrieve their student.
The Solon Public Library is looking for seventh through twelfth grade students to serve on their Teen Advisory Board (TAB). TAB began two years ago with a group of teens who were dedicated to the Solon Public Library and wanted to encourage more teens to enjoy its services. TAB meetings are held once a month during the school year. Two events are being planned for this fall: Teen Movie Marathon on Friday, Aug. 23, from 5 until 11:30 p.m. and a Teen Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 26, (details still in the works). Applications, which are due by Aug. 30, are available at the circulation desk and on the library’s website.
• “The 1,000-Year Flood: Destruction, Loss, Rescue, and Redemption Along the Mississippi River” by Stephen J. Lyons (2010) When the Mississippi River crested 30 feet above its banks in June 2008, tens of thousands of Midwesterners lost their homes, their crops and all their possessions; eventually, the disaster would cost the region tens of billions in damages and trigger incalculable psychological trauma. The flood was especially hard on Cedar Rapids, where journalist Stephen Lyons describes the city caught between Midwestern resilience and growing frustration with the slowness of government recovery efforts.
• “Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good” by Andrew J. Mellen (2013) Living in chaos? Professional Organizer Mellen has written the book to help bring your “stuff” under control.
• “Coming Clean: A Memoir” by Kimberly Rae Miller (2013) Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room– the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home, her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends, the emotional burden that ultimately led to an attempt to take her own life, and her complicated yet loving relationship with her parents that has thrived in spite of the odds.
• “Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II” by Mitchell Zuckoff (2013) On Nov. 5, 1942, a US cargo plane slammed into the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, the B-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the U.S. military launched a daring rescue operation. But after picking up one man, the Grumman Duck amphibious plane flew into a severe storm and vanished. This book tells the story of these crashes and the fate of the survivors, bringing vividly to life their battle to endure 148 days of the brutal Arctic winter, until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen brought them to safety.