Adult Programs

Coffee & Conversation – Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Looking for something to do on a Monday morning?  The library is offering free coffee and hot chocolate every Monday, 10:30am – 11:30am.  Drop by the library for a hot beverage and a chat with your fellow community members.

Minnesota Author Kao Kalia Yang – Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 pm

Kao Kalia Yang’s work crosses audiences and genres to center the Hmong experience in America. Her books have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN USA awards, Kirkus Best Books, as Notable Books by ALA, and garnered four MN Book Awards. Yang is a McKnight, Soros, and Guggenheim fellow.  This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.  The event is free and open to the public.

Siama’s Congo Roots: Music from Africa – Monday, June 10, 10:30 am

On this engaging musical journey, renowned Congolese musician Siama Matuzungidi will sing, as well as play guitar and traditional African instruments like Mbira (thumb piano) and Balafon (marimba), while Dallas Johnson will encourage everyone to sing along to Siama’s happy songs in Kikongo, Lingala & English.  Their stories really bring Siama’s charming rural hometown to life and the last song is a fun dance party.  This memorable, heart-warming program is enjoyed by all so don’t miss it!  This program has been funded through a Community Collaboration grant from SELCO, made possible through the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.  It is free and open to the public.

The Pearl Button and Clamming Industry with Storyteller Terry Visger – Monday, July 8, 10:30 am

‘Clamming’ was a major industry along the Mississippi River from 1890 through the 1920s and beyond. Fortunes were made by taking ‘clams,’ actually fresh water mussels, out of the river and making buttons out of the shells. Taking on the role of a clammer’s wife, Terry Visger will share the story of how the mussels were harvested, of the pearls that were sometimes found, and a bit about the button making process. Following the story, Terry’s presentation will include a talk about freshwater mussels, one of the most endangered species in the US.  This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.  The event is free and open to the public.

Siama’s Congo Roots: Music from Africa – Thursday, August 1, 6:30 pm

Musicians Siama Matuzungidi and Dallas Johnson will perform music from Matuzungidi’s home county of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  In this interactive workshop, the duo will share information on a wide variety of traditional African instruments, including the guitar, drum, balafon, and mbira.  They will also teach everyone to sing songs in Lingala and Kikongo, as well as in popular Congolese singing styles, such as repeating, call and response, layering, and yodeling.  This program has been funded through a Community Collaboration grant from SELCO, made possible through the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.  It is free and open to the public.

National Night Out with Siama’s Congo Roots Band – Tuesday, August 6, 5:30 pm

National Night Out at the St. Charles Public Library will include a concert performance of Congolese music, featuring Siama Matuzungidi and a full band.  Back home in Africa, Siama Matuzungidi recorded hundreds of songs and toured the world with popular artists. Now based in Minneapolis, Siama is known for his spirited singing and catchy, feel-good songs.

An annual community event, National Night Out at the St. Charles Public Library is held in partnership with the St. Charles Lions Club and the St. Charles Police Department.  The Lions Club will offer a hot dog meal for a free will donation.  The Police Department will be on hand to show off their equipment and vehicles.  The St. Charles Fire Department will also make an appearance with their equipment.

This program has been funded through a Community Collaboration grant from SELCO, made possible through the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.  It is free and open to the public.

Music with Tom Muschler – Monday, August 12, 10:30 am

Tom Muschler will visit the St. Charles Public Library for a special musical program.  Performing on the guitar and harmonica, Muschler will share the songs that he loves.  Come and enjoy some traditional and newer folk music, old time country music (mostly), and maybe a few original songs.

Owls Through the Ages with the International Owl Center – Tuesday, August 20, 6:30 pm

Owls are found all around the world and people have varying opinions about them.  In this program, learn how owls are seen in different cultures, travel back in time to the very first owl cave carving, and find out how people are combating negative stereotypes about owls around the world.  The International Owl Center will bring a live owl for the presentation.  This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.  The event is free and open to the public.

Minnesota Lumberjack Legends and Lore with Chad Lewis – Monday, September 16, 10:30 am

From Paul Bunyan to the Hodag, Chad Lewis, an historian of the bizarre and weird, will delve into Lumberjack traditions, superstitions, and legends.  With tall tales of mysterious creatures lurking in the woods, boasts of supernatural feats, and every yarn told in-between, this program celebrates our lumberjack history.  This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.  The event is free and open to the public.