Learn to Budget at the St. Charles Public Library

Budgeting 101 with Emma Koolpe
Tuesday, October 18 at 6 PM
St. Charles Public Library

Emma Koolpe is the founder of Budget-Squirrel, a small business dedicated to financial literacy.  On Tuesday, October 18 at 6pm, Koolpe will hold a class on Budgeting 101 at the St. Charles Public Library.  The class is free, although pre-registration is required.  Click here to register: https://forms.gle/yakcDCaWRmRMPx4X9.

A personal budget is a financial plan that allocates future income toward expenses, savings, and debt repayment.  “Where does the money go?” is a common dilemma faced by many individuals and households when it comes to budgeting and money management.

Effective money management starts with a goal and a step-by-step plan for saving and spending.  Financial goals should be realistic, be specific, have a timeframe, and imply an action to be taken.  This lesson will encourage students to take the time and effort to develop their own personal financial goals and budget.

Emma Koolpe is a graduate of Vassar College with a degree in Mathematics, graduating with honors.  She is currently pursuing her Masters at the University of Minnesota.  In addition to her business, Koolpe teaches for the Rochester Public School District, plus provides tutoring for local dyslexic children.  Above all, Koolpe is extremely passionate about education and helping those in need.

To learn more about Koolpe, visit her website at https://budget-squirrel.com.

Friends of the Library to Hold Annual Bake & Book sale

Friends of the St. Charles Public Library
Annual Bake & Book Sale
Thursday, October 20 – Friday, October 28

Looking for an opportunity to purchase used books and tasty treats, while supporting a good cause?  The Friends of the St. Charles Public Library will be holding their annual bake and book sale from Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22.  The book sale will continue through Friday, October 28.

In addition to books and baked goods, the Friends’ sale will also include puzzles and board games.  New for this year, the final date of the sale, Friday, October 28, will have an “End of Sale Special.”  People will be able to buy a bag of items for the low, low cost of $1.

The annual sale is the primary fundraiser for the Friends of the St. Charles Public Library, generating close to $1,000 every year.  These funds allow the Friends to support library purchases and projects that would not have been otherwise possible.  In the past, Friends funds were used to purchase shelving, library card lanyards for the first graders, books for preschool screening, pizza for the St. Charles Elementary reading lock-in, a barcode scanner, a bike rack, DVDs for the library’s collection, and a tablecloth for the library’s booth at WOW, just to name a few.

The Friends welcome any new members that would like to join.  In fact, for the next year, the group will be waiving membership dues.  The time commitment for the Friends of the Library is low – Friends only need attend the fall annual meeting and assist in the book and bake sale.  If interested in becoming a Friend of the St. Charles Public Library, contact current Friends President Terra Lidbom at terralidbom@yahoo.com.

Community members can also help out the Friends and their local library by donating books, DVDs, audiobooks, puzzles, and board games for the bake and book sale.  Simply drop off your donations to the St. Charles Public Library anytime after October 1.  Local bakers can donate their tasty creations for the sale on October 19 and October 20.

Please support the Friends of the Public Library and either shop at or donate to the annual bake and book sale.

Family Game Night at the Library

Family Game Night
Every Week on Thursdays, 6 – 8 PM
St. Charles Public Library

Looking for something to do on a Thursday evening?  Drop by the St. Charles Public Library for board games, cards, or puzzles.  Game nights are held throughout the fall on Thursdays from 6 – 8 PM.  Challenge your family, challenge your friends, challenge your neighbors.

Can’t make it on Thursday evenings?  No problem.  The library has the board games, cards, and puzzles available for people to use at any time.

Enjoy FREE Cookies and a Story Time with a Local Author

Saturday, October 1
Cookies for Kids: 10:30am – 1pm
Story Time with Jenny Baertsch: 11am
St. Charles Public Library

The St. Charles Public Library is hosting its annual Cookies for Kids event on Saturday, October 1.   Visit the library between 10:30am to 1pm to claim a free cookie.  While there, check out everything your local library has to offer.

This year, the Cookies for Kids event will include a visit from local author Jenny Baertsch.  At 11am on Saturday, October 1, Baertsch will read the first two chapters of her children’s book, “Junkyard Tough: A ‘Tale of Bravery.’”

Following the reading, Baertsch will lead a discussion on the book’s main theme of bravery, as well as what it means to be an author and illustrator.  Kids will also be able to take home coloring sheets of the book’s illustrations.

Q & A with Amanda Lynn

Q & A with Amanda Lynn
Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 PM
St. Charles Public Library

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month.  To shine a spotlight on the issue, the St. Charles Public Library will host a Q & A session with local author Amanda Lynn on Wednesday, September 21, at 6:30 PM.  Lynn’s recently published memoir, “Shattered Reality,” details her sister’s suicide and its aftermath.  People will be able to meet Lynn, purchase the book, ask questions, and join the ongoing conversation on suicide and mental health.

On November 14th, 2007, Amanda Lynn received a call from her mother that she refers to as the 9/11 of her world.  Her 19-year-old sister, Josie, took her life by suicide. From that moment forward, everything about her life drastically changed.  When a tragedy such as this happens, there is often this internal split—the “before you” and the “after you.”

“Shattered Reality” is about the last decision Josie made on this earth and the impact that decision had on Lynn’s life moving forward.  It encapsulates entries from Josie’s journal to better understand what she was struggling with—which, oftentimes, was a completely normal part of adolescence.  Her words describe thoughts and feelings that a majority of society can relate to, and yet the voice in her head told her something different.

This powerful memoir is about the transformative process of grief and loss. It is about the ‘chapters’ of Amanda’s life and how they’ve unfolded through the years. It is about healing and picking up the pieces of a shattered reality that no longer exists.

Laura MacKenzie to Perform “The Irish Piper”

Laura MacKenzie Performs “The Irish Piper”
Wednesday, August 10, 2 PM
St. Charles Public Library

Known as the “Celtic Music Wizard,” Laura MacKenzie will visit the St. Charles Public Library on Wednesday, August 10 at 2pm for a music-filled retelling of the story of the Pied Piper.  Based on author Jim Latimer’s book, “The Irish Piper,” MacKenzie’s interpretation will feature many different instruments, a good story, and wonderful illustrations.

Laura MacKenzie is an extremely versatile musician, skilled in wooden flutes, many different whistles, concertinas, Scottish smallpipes, Border pipes, French Cornemuse, Spanish Gaita, Medieval English Greatpipes, Leicester smallpipes, gemshorn, as well as voice.  Her talents have earned her many honors, awards, and fellowships over the years, such as being selected for the original Cherish the Ladies series, featuring noted women in Irish music in America.  In recent years, MacKenzie was awarded a coveted Bush Foundation Artists Fellowship in Traditional and Ethnic Performing Arts as well as a McKnight Foundation Performing Artists Fellowship.

In her career, MacKenzie has worked with such ensembles as Boiled in Lead (world beat rock ‘n reel), Walking On Air (British Isles folk), Macha Trí (Celtic trio), and Lorie Line’s Pop Chamber Orchestra, with whom she toured nationally from 1997-2005.  MacKenzie has been privileged to perform with some of the great names in Irish music, including Dáithí Sproule (of Altan), Paddy O’Brien, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, and Katie McMahon (of Riverdance). She has also been honored to share the stage with heroes of Scottish and English piping Hamish Moore, Jon Swayne, and Julian Goodacre.

In her visit to the St. Charles Public Library, MacKenzie will share the classic story of the Pied Piper, adding Irish music to the traditional German tale.  Following the story, MacKenzie will also share a couple of traditional song games for children to enjoy.

MacKenzie’s visit to St. Charles is made possible due to a Library Legacy Grant.

See a Live Eagle at the Library

Live Eagle Program with the National Eagle Center
Friday, August 5, 2 pm
St. Charles Public Library

On Friday, August 5 at 2pm, the National Eagle Center will bring a live eagle to the St. Charles Public Library.  Located in Wabasha, Minnesota, the National Eagle Center aims to be the world’s premier resource for impactful eagle education and experiences.

In an engaging and entertaining presentation by one of their naturalist interpreters, the National Eagle Center will provide an opportunity for kids to learn all about eagle biology, ecology, natural history and cultural connections.  A live eagle ambassador will be featured in the program.  Cameras are welcome.

This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.

Celebrate National Night Out at the Library

National Night Out Celebration
Featuring Salsa del Soul
Tuesday, August 2, 5:30 – 8 PM

Tuesday, August 2 is National Night Out and the St. Charles Public Library will be throwing a party to celebrate, from 5:30 – 8 PM.  Salsa del Soul, a Twin Cities-based band, will perform live Latin American music.  The St. Charles Police Department and Fire Department will drop by for a visit.  Also, the St. Charles Lions Club will provide hot dog meals for a free will donation.  In case of rain, the program will move from the library to the St. Charles Moose Lodge.

Founded in 1984, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.  National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.  Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Across the country, approximately sixteen thousand communities participate in National Night Out.  In Minnesota, parties are registered in 176 different cities and towns, of which St. Charles is one.  Communities and neighborhoods celebrate the evening through block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.

The St. Charles Public Library is excited to host Salsa del Soul as the special performers for National Night Out.  The musicians of Salsa del Soul represent some of the finest talents in the Twin Cities Latin music scene.  The group performs various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean.  Salsa del Soul was formed with the purpose of providing great dance music for Minnesota Salsa fans.  The styles of music they perform include Son, Son Montuno, Plena, Cha-chacha, Bachata, and, of course, Salsa!

Salsa del Soul’s visit to the St. Charles Public Library is possible due to a Library Legacy Grant.