Much to celebrate at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library

Kolleen Taylor, Director, Bertha Bartlett Public Library
Special to the Herald
In a photo from June 2018, Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne talks with Silver Amenson and Dr. Elliott Richelson.

We are full of great news this week, with Summer Reading kicking off, with the theme Reading Colors Your World, and the celebration of an influx of money to help with our future building project!

Elsewhere in this paper, I’m sure you have read of the distribution of the Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne estate which occurred last week. Three institutions in Story City received substantial checks that will help with ongoing projects that are above and beyond our normal operating expenses. Fran was a dear friend to us, and she made it clear in her will that we remained important to her, even after her death. The Story City Historical Society and the City of Story City shared in her final bequests.

In June of 2018, Youth Services coordinator Ema Dubois, BBPL Director Kolleen Taylor and Assistant Director Denise Froehlich pose with Dr. Fran Kinne (seated).

One of her last visits to Story City included observing our Preschool Storytime in action during the Summer Reading program in 2019.  The room was hopping and so was Fran as her enthusiasm for the programs we offered carried her all the way back to Jacksonville. We honestly expect that Fran is checking in our activities from above this summer, as her love for Story City held no boundaries.

Summer Reading is in full throttle as we kicked off our first full week with greyhounds visiting the library! Now these are not buses, nor are they a paint by number cut-out ... but true greyhound dogs which were raised for racing. This is among the many special activities and events that are being offered this summer! We are thrilled to offer something more than last years’ pandemic limitations required, so we hope you will mark your calendars with the upcoming activities.

Each Tuesday at 1 p.m. our Tweens (5th, 6th and 7th grade) will meet at the library, with two Wednesdays when the Tweens and Teens meet together. The Teens will meet each Wednesday at 1 p.m., with the June 23 and July 14 activities held as a combined activity. 

Thursdays will allow the KOOL kids (ages 2 through 12) to have programs begin at 1 p.m. starting this week at the North Park Shelter with the Story County Conservation.  The special programs that we expect large crowds for, will be off-site, otherwise programs will be at the library. 

Fran Kinne, seated, and Kolleen Taylor, second from right, pose with Kinne's entourage from Florida during her visit to Story City in 2018.

The special events will be:

  • June 10 – Story County Conservation at North Park Shelter
  • June 24 – Entertainer Brent Allen at Story City Recreation Center
  • July 15 – Jason Kollum, juggler and stilt walker at the Story City Recreation center
  • July 25 – Blank Park Zoo at the Story City Recreation Center 

We expect to see our young people at the library in between our special events, and before and after so they can find new reads for the coming week!

Preschool storytimes will again be at 10:30 a.m. each Friday until July 30, featuring many of our local heroes/celebrities.

So be sure to get your reading logs, find new great books and start reading! It’s one step back into our fun-filled summer and we look forward to seeing everyone again soon!