Ten Things You Can Do for Free @ BBPL

Tightening your budget? Here are 10 things you can do – entirely free – at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library.


1. Get a library card. All you need is proof of your residence.

2. Borrow books, not just from BBPL, but also from libraries all over Iowa, thanks to Interlibrary Loans. No matter what book you have a hankering for, chances are good that some library in Iowa has it. Request your title at the Circulation Desk and be notified when it arrives at BBPL. Large print books are available too.

3. Meet friends who love to read. We have two different book clubs: Bartlett Book Club meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 2:30 pm.  Book Vikings meets monthly on the last Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Call to see what titles the clubs are reading this month and reserve your spot.

4. Treat your kids. We have a number of kid-oriented and family-friendly programs!  Wee Read, a lap/sit program for babies and toddlers meets on Thursdays at 10:35 am.  Preschool Storytime meets on Thursdays at 10:30.  KOOL, for kids in K-2nd, meets on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 pm.  3*6 Book Club, for 3rd-6th grades, meets Thursdays at 4 pm.  In addition, we have a monthly "Family Night" on the third Monday at 6:30 pm and Early-Out programs from 1:30 to 3 on every school early dismissal.

5. Learn Story City history or explore your family geneaology. The library’s historical collection includes many books about Story City's Scandinavian heritage, school yearbooks and copies of area newspapers going back for decades.

6. Borrow an audio book or music CD.

7. Borrow a DVD or a VHS film. Have we made our point that the library houses a lot more than books, books, and more books? Okay, then...

8. Go online. Computers are available for free for public use.  We even have a special space for research, testing on-line and conducting job hunts.

9. Have a cup of coffee.  We offer hot coffee for your enjoyment while you peruse the daily newspapers, glance through a magazine or read the first few pages of a new book.

10. Give your teenager a place to hang out. Kids ages 11-17 have their own area in the library, with a table, comfy chairs, books and magazines.