Summer Reading is June 1 - July 31, 2023
Who Can Participate?
The Summer Reading Program is for everyone! We have programs for every reader, from babies to kids to teens and adults. Slips can be turned in anytime during the summer, but the final deadline is Monday, July 31st, 2023.
Track your participation online with READsquared! Visit soloniowa.readsquared.com or download the READsquared app and select "Solon Public Library." Create accounts for each member of your household and enroll them int heir age appropriate programs.
Record your reading, enter secret codes and exchange your points for grand prize raffle tickets in the app! Show your badges at the Library to claim your small prizes. Each secret code can only be used once per participant.
Please let us know if you have any questions as you set up your accounts.
Whether you track online or via paper, all participants will be entered into READsquared and will receive the same small prizes and chances to win grand prizes.
Collecting secret codes is another way to participate in Summer Reading! Each summer activity will have a secret code provided. For every four codes you collect you earn another small prize and a chance to win a grand prize! Each secret code can only be used once per participant.
Just like with Reading Logs, you can participate via READsquared or on paper. Secret code slips can be turned in anytime during the summer, but the final deadline is Monday, July 31st, 2023.
Special Leveled Prize
All participants who complete Level 1 will receive a Summer Reading T-Shirt from Hills Bank of Mt. Vernon. (While supplies last)
Littles, Parents, & Caregivers
Little ones birth through incoming kindergarteners track books read this summer. Each level takes 8 books to complete.
Caregivers can track books they read to their littles. Each level takes 16 books to complete.
Each level earns you one small prize and a chance to win a grand prize
Family Storytime, Saturdays, June 10, July 8, August 12
@ 10:30 AM
Come enjoy songs, stories, and activities. All-ages are invited to attend this monthly storytime.
Storytime, Tuesdays @ 10:30 AM
Join us in reading books, singing songs, and playing games! (No program July 4th)
Kids (incoming 1st - 5th graders) track reading minutes. Reading independently, aloud, or listening to someone else read counts towards your reading minutes. When you read aloud to a friend or sibling, both of you may count that time! Each level takes 160 minutes to complete and earns you one small prize and a chance to win a grand prize!
Kids Connect, Thursdays at 2 PM (June 8-July 27)
Weekly kids activities that encourage kids (1st-5th grades) to find their artistic voice, their scientific voice, their playful voice.
Therapy Dog Read Aloud
Pick a book and read aloud to Sophie the therapy dog! Reading to pets helps reluctant readers focus on the animals instead of feeling self-conscious. Check the Library for dates! Registration required: call or stop by the Library to sign up.
Teens (incoming 6th-12th graders) track reading minutes. Reading independently, aloud, or listening to someone else read counts toward your reading minutes. When you read aloud to a friend or sibling, both of you may count that time! Each level takes 200 minutes to complete and earns you one small prize and a chance to win a grand prize!
Teen Tuesdays @ 2 PM (June 6-July 25, no program July 4)
Join us each Tuesday for special teen-only activities. Every week we'll have new activities and snacks for teens in 6th-12th graders.
Manga Club, Tuesdays, June 13 and July 11 @ 3:15 PM
If you enjoy watching anime or reading manga, join us for Manga Club! Teens will do crafts, discuss animes and mangas, eat Asian snacks, and meet new friends who have similar interests.
Adults & Young Adults
Adults and young adults (aged 16 and up) track books read. Each level takes 1 book to complete (must be junior fiction level or above) and earns you one small prize and a chance to win a grand prize!
Light Painting Photography, Thursday, Jun 22 @ 6:30 PM
Creating photos by setting long exposure times on a camera and using moving light sources to “paint." A light painting photographer opens a camera's shutter and keeps it open as they draw in the air with a light source.
Trivia Night, Friday, July 28 @ 6:30 PM
Get your team together (limit 6 players) and test your knowledge. Prizes awarded to the winners!
Community Spelling Bee, Tuesday, August 29 @ 6:30 PM
Participants of all ages are welcome to join for this program. Rules will be similar to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but will not be a qualifier for the regional or national Spelling Bee.
Fun For All Night
We’re teaming up with Solon Recreation to bring you a fun-filled evening of yard games, refreshments, and movies! Summer location: Solon Public Library, patio at the west end of the building.
Saturday, June 10: Yard Games @ 7:30 PM and outdoor movie @ 8:30 PM: Emperor’s New Groove [G]
Saturday, July 8: Yard Games @ 7:30 PM and outdoor movie @ 8:30 PM: Coco [PG]
Saturday, August 12: Yard Games @ 7 PM and outdoor movie @ 8:00 PM: Abominable [PG]
Music Cafe: Mon, June 5 @ 9:30 AM, Fri, July 14 @ 1 PM, Tues, August 22 @ 6:30 PM
Find your voice through music. What does music mean to you? Join us in the meeting room to listen to performers, talk about what music means to you, and how it affects your life.
Foam Party: Monday, June 5th from 2-4 PM
Imagine a geyser of pure foam fun... a volcano of enjoyment for all! Chill, dance, go crazy! It's the summer event of the year!
Kitten Day: Wednesday, June 14 @ 1:30 PM
Our friends from the Iowa City Animal Shelter visit us. You can visit and play with kittens and cats, and create kitty crafts. Animals will be available for adoption.
Solon Volunteer Fire Dept: Saturday, June 24 @ 10:30 AM
Come learn about summer fire safety with the Solon Volunteer Fire Department and see a fire truck up close!
Meet and Bleat: Wednesday, July 19 @ 1:30 PM
Goats at the Library! Interact with Good Earth Nature School's newest members of the herd and explore the daily adventures of a goat kid.
Karaoke Night: Friday, July 14 from 5-6:30 PM
Join us for an all-ages Karaoke Night! Sing your favorite songs, team up or rock your solo, or just enjoy the music of others.
Iowa Raptor Project: Monday, July 17 @ 2 PM
Visit with Iowa birds of prey and learn their stories.
Dinosaurs at Dusk: Thursday, August 3 @ 6 PM
Read a story to your favorite dinosaur! Come see the amazing collection of wooden dinosaurs, enjoy dino play, and more.
Cold Blooded Redhead: Saturday, August 12 @ 12 PM (Noon)
Reptiles are visiting the Library! From lizards to snakes, after a presentation there will be a chance to pet some of the reptiles.
Event details are subject to change. Please check our calendar for the most up-to-date information.
Thank you to our major donors
who help us find our voices!
Friends of the Solon Public Library
Hills Bank of Mt. Vernon
Solon Beef Days
Solon Women's Club
Blank Park Zoo
Casey's General Store
Dairy Queen of Solon
The Eat Shop
El Sol Mexican Cuisine
Good Vibes Cafe
Iowa Children's Museum
Ruzicka's Meat Processing
Sam's Main Street Market
Solon State Bank
Subway of Solon