Bob Bartling and several like-minded people founded the Prairie Striders Running Club in 1969 to promote running, fellowship, and health. Bob began collecting books and magazines related to running and track and field, and by 1978, the Prairie Striders Running Club Library was established. It includes 636 volumes of books, about 5,000 periodicals and newsletters, and has the results of 16 annual races. The collection is so complete that even the editors of Runner’s World contact Bob for articles.
In order to make the collection useful, Bob began indexing articles in the magazines. He keeps track of subjects, events, and people on 4x6 index cards. There are now 6,000 to 7,000 cards detailing the materials.
Please contact us if you have questions about the collection.
The Prairie Striders Library was housed in the basement of Bartling’s store for many years. The library moved to another store in downtown Brookings before finding a permanent home in the H.M. Briggs Library in June 2015. It is currently housed in the compact shelving on the lower level of the Briggs Library