Library receives life-saving equipment

Kolleen Taylor Library Director

We were thrilled to have a great gift for the heart at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library this month. Yes, we received flowers and chocolates for Valentine’s Day, and we were grateful for those truly thoughtful expressions to our staff. But we had a more important delivery, as Jenny Nelson from the Story City Recreation Department and chair of the city’s safety committee, delivered an AED Heart Defibrillator device.

For years we have considered purchasing one of these for the library. I had watched a demonstration when they first came out, and was thrilled at the extra chance it gave people having a heart attack. I was assured it wouldn’t hurt anyone who wasn’t really having a heart attack, but what a relief that a non-medical person could grab one of these and quickly aid someone in distress.

So to see one come to us was like a gift from above. Someone was thinking like me and acted on it, and I’m truly grateful that we have such forward thinking people, who are considering where an AED might be most helpful.

We currently have it in a handy place, just inside the main library, and will be having training on it in the future. I know it doesn’t take much, but even a little training is important to instill confidence when a persons life is on the line. We hope it is never needed, but it’s kind of like bandaids … it’s good to have on hand.

If you haven’t started on taxes and wondering if they ever arrived at the library … well they did. We now have a good number of instruction booklets and the 1040 form and schedules from the Federal Government. If you were one of the many looking for this information, and had not checked with us recently, they are available for all to take. You will still need to download all your Iowa forms, and any special forms beyond the schedules within the packet.

Also new at the library is the ability to purchase individual earbuds. We’ve had headphones for many years, but the number of times they are mishandled and become broken has increased lately. After purchasing all new headphones last year, we started looking for another solution. So the Bertha Bartlett Public Library Foundation approved purchasing a quantity of earbuds in a nice red and black case with our logo on it, so people can carry a personal set with them and keep them safe and sanitary.

These are available for sale at a cost of $2 each, and are being kept behind the counter, so please just ask to purchase a set and see if that doesn’t work better than using the headsets that have been traditionally available at the library.

And don’t forget our regular programs this week! We have the K-4 After School Makers Club Tuesdays at 3:45, and our Preschool Storytime is Friday at 10:30 a.m. Also this Wednesday is an early dismissal and we have programs both for our K-4th and Tweens starting at 2 p.m.

Our Adults also have avenues of involvement at the library. Our busy needle artists gather as Knit Pickers on Fridays at 10 a.m. and we coordinate two book clubs for adults. The Bartlett Book Club, which meets on the fourth Tuesdays just finished reading “The Hate You Give” by Angie Thomas, and is starting to read “Secrets She Kept” by Cathy Gohlke. The Timberland Book Club meets on the first Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Timberland Village Conference Room, and they are reading “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend,” by Katarina Bivald. And mark your calendars for the Moon Rocks which will be at the library on Saturday, March 8!