We have wrapped up the Storytelling Festival for 2017, with record numbers at the Thursday evening concert, and accolades abounding on the individuals who told their stories from the stage at the Story Theater. On behalf of all three of the sponsoring organizations, the Story City Historical Society, the Greater Chamber Connection and the Bertha Bartlett Public Library, we want to thank actor Tom Milligan, storyteller Darrin Crow and KCCI News anchor Eric Hanson for sharing their talent, their knowledge and their stories.

The two workshops held at the library on Saturday morning, introduced storytelling to some old pros and new fans, as Darrin Crow presented his views on “Making A Story….YOUR Story.” This was followed by a Writer’s Forum, with authors, Jane Curtiss, S.D. Duke and Eve Iverson telling their experiences with publishing, and skyping in with Marj Charlier, of Palm Springs, to help all those present with the perspectives of the changes in the publishing world. This turned into a very informative forum, and we intend to follow this up next summer with a more intensive offering with Charlier.

So it’s time to catch up with the library life, as we officially engage fall on Friday, Sept. 22. We officially began our first Preschool storytime events last week, and will continue this week with Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Our KOOL Robotics program enters its second week with a full class, and the second session signups already nearly full. If still interested, be sure to get on a waiting list, as last minute changes happen, and adding another session may yet happen.

Storytime Express, our outreach program to daycares who cannot attend our library Storytime events, will start this week. We’ve needed a little extra time this fall to get our new staff oriented to the library and to get organized to continue these great programs.

For those who have not already met her, we want to introduce our new Youth Services Coordinator, Rachael White. Rachel is a native of Bondurant, but is married to R.J. White, who grew up here in Story City. Rachael graduated with honors from ISU, with a B.S. in History, certified in Education 5th-12th. She has worked as a Nanny, in a Day Care for 3-1/2 years, worked with youth at the Ankeny YMCA and served as a preschool teacher for her church, in addition to camp counselor, Vacation Bible School Teacher and leader for AWANA.

We have kept Rachael very busy, focusing first on the Early Dismissal events that began her first official week, but also developing the programs for this very challenging role. And we’ve thrown a lot at her, but with her very supportive husband, and a wealth of enthusiasm, we are excited to see all the places we will go with Rachael. Be sure to introduce yourselves as you come to the library. We think she’ll be easy to pick out with her quick smile, high energy and “Can Do” attitude!

So come see us! If you find the dates of our programs are not working for you this fall, please let us know, as we have shifted this again to try to avoid other activities. We hope to see you soon!