We are off and running hard to try to keep up with the activities and readers here at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library. With the first two weeks embracing our Universe through books and activities that range from caricatures from Tim Read that embody the space race, to creating rockets out of re-cycled and repurposed materials, the library has been a hub of activity!


This week the Teens and Tweens will be off-site as they go to the Rec Center to experience the portable Star Lab, an inflatable structure that will allow those inside to view the night sky in a safe …and cloudless environment. This will begin at 10:30 a.m. for those participating in our summer programs in those age groups. At noon this will be opened up for a program for adults and families who are interested in experiencing this novel approach to viewing the universe. The second event needs to have a signup, as only 20 adults will be able to fit inside this portable classroom.


With nearly 180 kids from K-4th registered to participate in this year’s program and over 50 teens and tweens, and another 20 infants, and over 20 adults involved in the reading portion of the program, we have been busy all day long every day! We are hopeful that all these youth are learning about the library, finding new authors and stories and enjoying new knowledge that will help their brains grow over the summer. The programs for infants are designed to help parents identify activities that will prepare them children for upcoming years of socialization, reading and activities. The adult program is self-guided as a bingo game, and is self-guided, identifying words in the title that match a bingo card.


The Gilbert library is just as busy, with nearly 150 children registered in Gilbert, and a program for Tweens and Teens kicking off for the first time in Gilbert. At both Story City and Gilbert, attendance at the Thursday afternoon kids programs averages about 60 children and a dozen adults.


We continually want to remind folks that it is never too late to participate in the reading programs at the library. Our program is designed to not only encourage more reading during the summer, but also building library skills so they become second nature. We need to teach each generation how to explore our library, to find new ideas, new authors, and explore topics and subjects that are unique.


It’s a big world, and we have a Universe of Stories to share! Come see us this summer and join with the masses in the continual search for that next great read!