Bertha Bartlett Public Library news

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Bertha Bartlett Public Library news

—by Kolleen Taylor

There was an interesting article in one of my BookList magazines this week, about how to “browse” a public library. It reminded me about the value of setting up displays throughout our library. Periodically we move things around, shift our books, and create displays with our materials, and hadn’t thought much about how much it helps our patrons. We realize this more today.

Like many libraries, we have our new materials displayed prominently, fairly close to the front of the library. We have the new fiction on the west side of our new shelves, and new non-fiction on the east side. Closer to the circulation desk, another shelf houses the new CD audio books on the east side, and the new juvenile fiction,non-fiction and Children’s Choice award books are on the west side.

This is fairly standard, and most libraries are doing this in some way. But we also have many other displays: Favorite Staff picks, Goldfinch Award books, Endangered books, parenting books, and seasonal books. We have books on display within the shelves, above the shelves, sometimes even inside the shelves! We have special places for recent returns. We have additional areas for reference materials, for genealogy research, and the Sons of Norway collection all highlighting various aspects of our library.

We just shifted our Iowa Biographies display to Iowa Authors at the front entrance of the library, and also have moved the summer book display to house the Historical Fiction display. We do all this to assist our patrons as they browse our library in hopes they can find their next favorite book or author!

We also want to congratulate the many, many youth who have been reading steadily all summer long! As we still have another week before school starts, we are hoping that many of those who started the library program in June are still working on those last few challenges to complete their logs for the summer. Our Tween readers, who completed reading “Ungifted”, along with the Gilbert library Tweens and five other Story County libraries, had a chance to tour ISU last week, including the Robotics Center and the Virtual Reality Lab. They all earned a fun day at the college, exploring the technology used so near to their homes.

So next time you come into the Bertha Bartlett Public Library, look at the books we have out and about the library. If you don’t have a book in mind, it’s a very good place to start!