Readers of all ages will explore all things space this summer as the Bertha Bartlett Public Library presents “A Universe of Stories” during our summer reading pro¬gram. The 2019 Summer Reading Program is open to all ages, baby through adult, with programs, prize drawings, storytimes and more.


Our programming schedule runs from June 12 to July 26 with the following times:


• Tween Team, for 5th through 7th grades, meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 am from June 12 to July 17. Ms. Shelly has a variety of programs planned from the Star Lab to an escape room and more. Snacks provided.


• Bertha B’s Teens, for 8th grades and up, meets on Wednesdays at 1 pm from June 12 to July 17. Join Ms. Ema in exploring the universe through origami, painting, an escape room and more. Snacks provided.


• Kids Of Our Library (KOOL), for Kindergarten through 4th grades, meets on Thursdays at 1 pm from June 13 to July 25. We have a variety of special presenters lined up including Tim Read, a cartoonist and storyteller, the Science Center of Iowa, a space geologist and an astrophysicist.


• Preschool Storytime, for ages 0 to 6 years, meets on Fridays at 10:30 am. We’ll blast off to outer space with this fun line-up of programs geared specifically for preschoolers. Enjoy a variety of early-literacy activities from books to finger plays to crafts and more. Parents, grandparents and caregivers welcome to attend.


Choose from one of four reading challenges at the library this summer: Wee Readers for babies and toddlers, KOOL for ages 2 to 12 years, Tween/Teens for 5th grade to age 18 and Adults. We have a great collection of prizes for each challenge, which are on display at the library.


The Bertha Bartlett Public Library would like to thank our many summer reading sponsors: the Bertha Bartlett Public Library Foundation, Blank Park Zoo, Cabin Coffee Co., Casey’s General Store, Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen, Dinners by Dawn, Kaffe Geita, Iowa Cubs, Iowa State Athletics, McDonald’s, Perfect Games, Story City Theater, VanWall Equipment and Woodruff Construction, LLC.


Registration for “A Universe of Stories” is open now. For more information, call the library at 515-733-2685 or visit our website www.storycity.lib.ia.us. You can also find Bertha Bartlett Public Library on Facebook and Instagram.


All programs are free of charge.