It’s May! We are thrilled for the sunshine and the happy faces we are seeing from the many patrons who come to the Bertha Bartlett Public Library in Story City. As the school year draws to its close this month, we are gearing up planning for summertime events here at the library. We have been collecting recyclables for many of the activities we have planned for the summer, and will soon announce our schedule and specific programs. Our reading program begins at the close of the school year, and continues until the fall schedule resumes, however we have six weeks of programs and special events in June and July.


Our first weeks of May are full of great things! The first is this coming Saturday, Cinco de Mayo, with the Free Comic Book Day (www.freecomicbookday.com). The library will be handing out free comics all day thanks to Mayhem Collectibles out of Ames. As in past years, we expect a wide variety of different comic books.


We are also excited about the last Early Dismissal event next week on May 9! We will have Magician Rick Eugene at our library at 2 p.m. , and he puts on a show that is fun for all ages. This will be a joint Early Dismissal, with K-4th and Tweens combining on this last spring event.


Special programs are being planned for teens and adults also this summer for adults. On June 16, we will have a half day writers’ workshop with Marj Charlier, author, publisher and owner of Sunacumen Press, will be with us from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist those working on book projects. She is a professional presenter and does workshops throughout the country, so the Bertha Bartlett Public Library Foundation is partially funding the workshop, keeping the cost at $10 if paid by June 14 with a limited registration. If there are spaces still available after the 14th, the cost will be $15.


Later in the summer, my family connections will allow us to bring in Jayson Kerr Dobney, Curator in Charge of the Musical Instruments department at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art in New York City. Jayson is my nephew and is due for a trip back to Iowa to visit family, and with the Summer Theme as “Libraries Rock,” he has agreed to give us a program about his work at the museum. He has put together exhibits and concerts at the Met that showcase the changes in the musical instruments that brought us Rock and Roll music. His exhibits have included works that begin with the early violins … progressing to the folk music acoustical guitars popular in the ’50s and ’60s to the electric guitars that are still used today. The date for this will be announced at a later time.


We want to remind everyone that we offer a Preschool storytime each week at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays. This was changed to Fridays just over a year ago, and we are discussing whether this is the best day of the week. If you are unable to make this day, but would love to join us for storytimes, please be sure to stop by and give us your personal feedback as we begin to put together the schedules for the upcoming year. And our Family Storytime will again be held on 2nd Thursday evening this month, on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. This is a fun evening for all of the family but this month we will be celebrating Mothers’ Day!