I’ve already lost a week of our new fiscal year! With all the activity at the library, I managed to find time to pick up a summer cold, and adding the fogginess of this to a crazy library was more than I could handle. After spending most of the holiday weekend sleeping, I am hoping to find some recovery time and play catch-up this week!

Still in full swing with summer programming, the adults have many opportunities to attend special events in July. The first event is next Tuesday, at 7 p.m., when we help Miss Susie Duke introduce her new book, "Seasons of the Heart". Susie is a resident from Story City, who has developed this romantic novel, following the years after "Pride and Prejudice", one of her favorite novels. As one who loves a great book, and hates to see it end, I can understand the need to answer the unanswered questions ….. "So…..now what happened next?" Susie has been a member of the Story City community for a number of years, and we have seen her on stage with Judge Story’s Theatrical Troupe, in addition to volunteering around the community. We hope her debut is strong with this new venture!

The children’s programs continue all this month also. Story County Conservation has been in the library this week, with activities on Tuesday in both Story City and in Gilbert in addition to Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. for our pre-schoolers. There will be two more full weeks of programs with the final "special" to be the last full week, on July 23 and 25th when the Blank Park Zoo comes to the library in both Story City and Gilbert to wrap up our summer programs. There will be ample time to read after the programming concludes, as reading log submissions can be made up until August 10… just before school starts again!!!

It’s always a hectic place at the library, but with nearly 200 school-age children participating in the summer reading program activities in Story City and over 150 in Gilbert, we bounce more in the summer. This is in addition to the 20 toddlers, 30 teens and tweens, and the many adults who have been challenged this summer! It’s a busy, busy place, but there is always room for one more.

So if you have been vacationing in the early part of the summer, don’t think it is too late to participate. The programming for kids is designed to allow for vacations, and it is never too late to sign up and start reading! If you don’t know how to start, find a librarian who can help you find a book that will stimulate, teach or inspire! All we do is offer a little direction, a little motivation and a huge selection of books that we hope will allow everyone to follow their own interests. So….start digging….jump right into a good book at the Bertha Bartlett Library.