Spring Cleaning Book Sale

Throughout the months of April and May, the St. Charles Public Library is holding a spring cleaning book sale.  Drop on by to purchase hardcover books for a $1.00 or paperback books for 50-cents, or give us your best offer.  Don’t see what you want in your first visit?  Return at a later date, as books are being continually added to the sale.

Open Mic Night for Teens

This summer, Thursday nights are for the teens at the St. Charles Public Library.  From 6-8pm, the library will be offering different activities for teens to enjoy, such as board games, bingo, crafts, and more.

The teen activity nights will kickoff with an Open Mic Night on Thursday, June 3.  Come on down to the St. Charles Library to share your talent and enjoy the talents of others.

The St. Charles Public Library is also offering reading rewards for teens this summer in the form of Book Bingo.  Each square on the Bingo sheet will have a different reading challenge.  A Bingo will earn readers a small prize.  A blackout will earn readers a larger prize.

Virtual Author Talk with Margi Preus

Throughout the month of May, SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) is hosting a series of author talks over Zoom as part of the 2021 Minnesota Author Tour.  The program is possible due to support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Minnesota Library Legacy Program.

The author tour concludes on Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30pm with a talk with Margi Preus.

Margi Preus is a New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Honor Book, “Heart of a Samurai” and other notable novels and picture books for young readers. Her newest titles are “Village of Scoundrels,” “The Littlest Voyageur,” and “The Silver Box.”

Preus’s books have won multiple awards, been honored as ALA/ALSC Notables, selected as an NPR Backseat Book Club pick, chosen for community reads, and landed on many best-of lists.

Margi Preus’s book, “The Littlest Voyageur” was a finalist in the 2021 Minnesota Book Awards.

Margi Preus’s author talk is on Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30pm via Zoom and Facebook live.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88279369154
Meeting ID: 882 7936 9154

Summer Reading Program Kickoff

The kickoff for the 2021 Summer Reading Program will be from 4-8pm on Wednesday, May 26 (rain date May 27).  Kids can register for the reading program at the library (or from their car), make (or take & make) a craft, and play a few fun games.

Unable to make the kick-off?  Click here to register.

Virtual Author Talk with Alison McGhee

Throughout the month of May, SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) is hosting a series of author talks over Zoom as part of the 2021 Minnesota Author Tour.  The program is possible due to support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Minnesota Library Legacy Program.

The author tour continues on Thursday, May 20 at 6:30pm with a talk with Alison McGhee.

Alison McGhee writes for all ages and in all forms.  Her most popular books include the bestselling novel “Shadow Baby,” which was a Today Show Book Club pick, and “Someday,” the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book for adults.

2020 saw the publication of “The Opposite of Fate,” a new novel for adults, and “World So Wide,” a picture book for all ages.  McGhee’s novel “Where We Are” was a finalist in Young adult literature for the Minnesota Book Awards in 2021.

McGhee lives in Minneapolis and southern California.

Alison McGhee will have her author talk on Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 via Zoom and streamed on Facebook live.

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88493066054
Meeting ID: 884 9306 6054

Virtual Author Talk with David Housewright

Throughout the month of May, SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) will be hosting a series of author talks over Zoom as part of the 2021 Minnesota Author Tour.  The program is possible due to support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Minnesota Library Legacy Program.

The author tour continues on Tuesday, May 11 at 6:30pm with a talk with David Housewright.  David Housewright is an award winning Minnesotan author of crime fiction and mystery fiction.

A past president of the Private Eye Writers of America, Housewright is best known for his Rushmore McKenzie and Holland Taylor detective novels as well as other tales of murder and mayhem in the Midwest.  He earned the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for “Penance” (1996) as well as three Minnesota Book Awards for “Practice to Deceive” (1998), “Jelly’s Gold” (2010) and “Curse of the Jade Lily” (2013).

David Housewright’s “From the Grave: A McKenzie Novel” is a finalist for the 2021 Minnesota Book Awards.

David Housewright’s author talk will be on Tuesday, May 11 at 6:30pm via Zoom and Facebook live.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81849592790
Meeting ID: 818 4959 2790

Virtual Author Talk with Brian Freeman

Every Tuesday evening in May, SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) will be hosting a series of author talks over Zoom as part of the 2021 Minnesota Author Tour.  The program is possible due to support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Minnesota Library Legacy Program.

The author tour will begin on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:30pm with a talk with Brian Freeman.  Brian Freeman is a New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride and Frost Easton series.

Freeman has also been selected by the Robert Ludlum estate to take over Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series in a new book published in 2020.  Since 2005, Freeman has sold books in 46 countries and 22 languages. His stand-alone novel “Spilled Blood” won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the International Thriller Writers Awards, and his novel “The Burying Place” was a finalist for the same award.  His thriller “The Night Bird” was one of the top 20 Kindle bestsellers of 2017, and his audiobook mystery “The Deep, Deep Snow” was a #1 Audible and Amazon Audio bestseller.

Freeman’s debut novel, “Immoral,” won the Macavity Award and was a finalist for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for Best First Novel.  “Immoral” was also chosen as International Book of the Month by book clubs around the world.  His novels “The Bone House” and “Season of Fear” were both named finalists for the Audie Award for Best Audiobook in Thriller/Suspense.  He won the Minnesota Book Award for his novel “The Voice Inside” and has been a finalist for the award four other times.

Freeman’s writing has been praised by critics and bestselling authors alike, including Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, Jeffery Deaver, and Lisa Gardner. “A master of psychological suspense,” Gardner said of Freeman. London’s Daily Mail called Freeman “up there with Harlan Coben in the psychological crime stratosphere.” Freeman has lived in Minnesota with his wife, Marcia, for more than 30 years.

Brian Freeman will have his author talk on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:30pm.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83795089919
Meeting ID: 837 9508 9919