Reading Colors Your World! - A recap of the 2021 Summer Reading Program

Maria Hartt, Youth Services Coordinator-Story City and Gilbert libraries
Special to the Herald
Bertha Bartlett grand prize drawing winners included (top row, left to right) Owen Hubert, Abbie Scarrow, Aiden Amenson, Kara Harding, Macy Henrichs, Kaylee Koppes, (middle row) Emily Hendrian, Rylie Rasmussen, Lucy Johnston, Mahala Hunter, Alivia Watson, Kaleb Sloan, (bottom row) Zeke Iddings, Madison Abels, Phoenix Pankratz, Caimin Edens and Christian Hanson.

While still not "typical," the Bertha Bartlett and Gilbert libraries’ 2021 Summer Reading Programs offered more in-person activities than we have been since before COVID-19 limited our programming abilities – and our patrons responded in great numbers. Thank you to all who participated in our Babies & Toddlers, KOOL (Ages 2-12), Tweens & Teens, and Adult Reading Programs. We had a combined 461 participants across all age ranges and our youth alone read for an amazing 4000 hours. All that time spent reading earned an incredible 2675 entries into the grand prize drawings. Congratulations to all our Grand Prize winners!

Bertha Bartlett Grand Prize drawing winners: Rylie Rasmussen, Lucy Johnston, Mahala Hunter, Alivia Watson, Henry Severson, Kaleb Sloan, Jared Zephier, Zeke Iddings, Madison Abels, Phoenix Pankratz, Caimin Edens, Christian Hanson, Owen Hubert, Abbie Scarrow, Aiden Amenson, Kara Harding, Macy Henrichs, Kaylee Koppes and Emily Hendrian.

Gilbert Grand Prize drawing winners: Damari Pearson, Jensen Bennett, Aubrey Christenson, Graham Weigel, Liam Toot, Olive Zepeda, Harper Courides, Danielle Drescher, Natalie Toot, Olivia Cox, Laney Dinsdale, Aliyah Gamblin, Tyler Noe, Ethan Dahm, Emma Deal, Gracia Avochinou, Natalie Hansen, Christy Deal, Phillip McCrea and Kelly Dahm.

Gilbert grand prize drawing winners included (top row, right to left) Gracia Avochinou, Kelly and Ethan Dahm, Emma Deal, Tyler Noe, Natalie Hansen, (middle row) Jensen Bennett, Aubrey Christenson, Graham Weigel, Liam Toot, Olive Zepeda, (bottom row) Harper Courides, Danielle Drescher, Natalie Toot, Olivia Cox and Laney Dinsdale.

The Bertha Bartlett and Gilbert libraries would also like to express our most sincere gratitude to all of our 2021 Summer Reading Program sponsors: 3M, the Bertha Bartlett Library Foundation, Blank Park Zoo, Casey’s, Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen - Story City, McDonald’s, Moffitt’s Ford Lincoln, North Grand Cinema, Perfect Games, Phillip McCrea - in memory of his wife, Van Wall Equipment - Colfax, and Wells Fargo. Without the support of these most gracious sponsors, our Summer Reading Program would not be as successful as it was! Thank you!

The Summer Reading Program may be over but we still have many activities happening at both libraries. The Bertha Bartlett Public Library is currently offering a KOOL (Kids of our Library) Lego Club, Tween & Teen programs on Roland-Story early-out Wednesdays, an adult Book Club and Preschool Story Time. The Gilbert Library is offering youth programs on Gilbert early-out Wednesdays, Preschool Story Time, and a new monthly series we are calling ‘Cookies and Conversations’ – question and answer sessions with notable people in our area. Our guest for October will be Dr. Christine Trujillo, the new GCSD Superintendent. Please contact either library or check our website for further information, www.storycity.lib.ia.us.