Summer is just around the corner … a little delayed this year due to the many days the schools were closed, but while we are enjoying gradual shift from cold to milder temperatures, the library is prepping for the final Early Dismissal events of the year and gearing up for the Summer Reading program — “A Universe of Stories!”

May 15 is the last of the Early School dismissal days where the Bertha Bartlett Public Library lines up a variety of projects and activities for the students in the K-4th grades and our Tweens. These programs have consistently had good attendance all year round and we are grateful that families have used these programs to ensure their children have well-thought out programs to encourage, excite and stimulate the students when they are not in the classroom.

Ema DuBois as the Youth Services coordinator and Shelly Gruwell, our Tween Program coordinator, have worked hard to create interesting programs for the children of our library all year, and are also gearing up to offer an exciting program for summer. They have a universe of ideas to go along with the reading logs and programs that are scheduled to start on June 12, with the Roland-Story schools final bell to ring on June 7. We will be signing up students to get their reading logs so they can begin reading as early as June 1. And the library staff will again participate in the Scandinavian Days parade to help promote this summers activities here in Story City.

We still have a lot of work to do before summer is officially here, but we want to thank everyone who helped us throughout the year: by sending children to participate, by providing snacks for the kids when they arrive from school, to assisting during the programs and helping children complete craft projects or redirecting children to participate. Our intent is to partner well with the schools efforts to help grow successful young adults who will go out into the world as well educated, and well-rounded leaders who are excited about all that life has to offer.

Kolleen Taylor is the director of the Bertha Bartlett Public Library, which is located at 503 Broad St., Story City.