OPINION

Bertha Bartlett Public Library news

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

-by Kolleen Taylor

What will the new school year bring to the library this year? We are hoping we hear from our teachers that the children who participated in the summer reading program are more ready for school, more ready to learn than ever before! We had such a great time over the summer, watching the youth as they experimented with kitchen science, creating small robots, working with magnets, creating batteries, and energy using everyday items. We all learned a lot, and had fun doing it.

As school starts up this fall, we hope we don’t lose the momentum with using our non-fiction materials. Science and math played a big part in our summer programs, and we saw more use of our materials in these areas than any other summer that I have worked in the library field. It sent a huge message…it’s important to read, even if your interests are not primarily in a book. As activities proved, using books to learn about things you care about doing is entertaining in a different way. And this shows the value of reading.

The grand prize winners of our summer reading program will be announced at the very first Kool session, which will be held on August 26. Those participating with the summer reading program have until the end of today to complete their logs and turn them in for prizes. And for those who like to plan ahead, the very first early dismissal at the schools will be on September 17, and the library will continue offering programs for K-4th, our Tweens and Teens here at the library.

With August, we are watching our neighboring library in Ames prepare for their big move. They will be closing the Ames Library for approximately 6 weeks starting on August 17. We are waiting to hear how they will be handling items checked out prior to that date. We will let you know how to handle them when we know. We want to remind all our area users that we expand our hours to Sunday after the Labor Day weekend, and that we have a branch operation in Gilbert where items can be returned or requested. Gilbert is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. But the library website is open 24 hours, and items can be placed on hold or requested through our page at www.storycity.lib.ia.us.

We are also on Facebook, so find our page see announcements and program changes on that site daily.

With the school year starting, we everyone to check out our library locations, our hours continue to be:

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

And after Labor Day we will be open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Computers and wireless is available free. Copies are 10 cents per page for regular sized paper, incrementally more for larger pages and double-sided copies. We send faxes at a cost of $1 per page. So with school age to college campuses preparing for the influx of students, when you need some help getting something done, don’t forget your local library can always help!