Summer Reading Kicks Off June 4

The St. Charles Public Library’s Summer Reading Program will kick off on Tuesday, June 4. Registration will be held from 5 – 8pm.  At that time, families can pick up copies of the summer schedule, reading logs, and book bingo sheets.  Click for here more information on the 2024 Summer Reading Program.

At 6 pm will be a special performance of Brodini’s Comedy Magic Show.  Comedic magician Brodini will perform amazing magic tricks, with help from kids!  Scarves, coins, cards, balls, ropes, and ordinary items will become animate objects of wonder in Brodini’s hands.  The evening will be full of transformations, relocations, thin-air illusions, and surprising predictions that will keep everyone laughing, looking, scratching their heads, and wanting more!

This program was made possible due to a Library Legacy Grant.  It is free and open to the public.

Meet Minnesota Author Kao Kalia Yang at the Library

Kao Kalia Yang Author Visit
Tuesday, May 21, 6:30PM
St. Charles Public Library

Meet Minnesota author Kao Kalia Yang at the St. Charles Public Library!

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong American teacher, speaker, and writer.  Her work crosses audiences and genres.  She is the award-winning author of the memoirs, The Latehomecomer, The Song Poet, Somewhere in the Unknown World, and Where Rivers Part.

Yang is also the author of multiple children’s books: A Map Into the World, The Most Beautiful Thing, The Shared Room, Yang Warriors, From the Tops of the Trees, and The Rock in My Throat.  These books focus on the experiences of Hmong children.

Yang’s work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the PEN USA literary awards, the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize, as Notable Books by the American Library Association, Kirkus Best Books of the Year, the Heartland Bookseller’s Award, and garnered four Minnesota 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.

Birdwatching 101 at the Library

Birdwatching 101: Tips, ID Tricks, and More!
Monday, May 13, 10:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library

On Monday, May 13 at 10:30AM Amy Simso Dean, founder of the Kestrels Birding Group, will visit the St. Charles Public Library to provide an introduction on birding.

Discover how easy it is to get started or to get better at birdwatching.  Learn how to identify local birds, set up a bird feeding station, select birdwatching gear, and connect with the birding community.  You will also learn about easy community science projects you can do that help support bird conservation – some as easy as drinking coffee or watching birds out of your window.

Dean’s visit to the St. Charles Public Library is part of the weekly Coffee & Conversation program.  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.

This program was made possible due to a Library Legacy Grant.  It is free and open to the public.

Get Some Spring Gardening Tips at the St. Charles Public Library

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: Spring Gardening Tips and Q & AMonday, April 22 **

On Monday, April 22 at 10:30AM, Winona County Master Gardener Volunteer Laura Armstrong will visit the St. Charles Public Library to offer spring gardening tips.  She will also be able to answer questions on gardening in southeastern Minnesota.

This program is part of the St. Charles Public Library’s weekly Coffee & Conversation program.  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.

Name that Town and Support the Library

St. Charles Public Library Board Fundraiser: Name That Town with Doug Ohman
Saturday, April 13
6pm – Appetizers; 7pm – Program
Tickets on Sale at the Library or City Hall for $40

Travel throughout Minnesota with historian and storyteller, Doug Ohman as he explores the origin of town names.  Doug will share stories, history and humor to explain how towns received their names.  This interactive program will encourage everyone to take a Minnesota road trip of their own.  Come and enjoy a fun evening out, complete with appetizers, door prizes, a beer and wine bar, and lots of fun!

Proceeds from the event will support the purchase of bookcases for the St. Charles Public Library.  The event’s main sponsors are Bremer Bank & Hoff Funeral Home.

Meet Minnesota Author Jess Lourey at the Library

Jess Lourey Author Visit
Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30PM

Meet Minnesota author Jess Lourey at the St. Charles Public Library!  Lourey has won the International Thriller Award, the Anthony Award, and the Minnesota Book Award.  She has also been nominated for the Edgar Award and is a best seller on Amazon.  Lourey is talented in a range of genres, including crime fiction, nonfiction, children’s fiction, young adult adventure, and magical realism. A retired professor of creative writing and sociology, she is also a Psychology Today blogger and a TEDx presenter.

This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.  The event is free and open to the public.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights at the Library, January 2 to March 30

Hot Reads for Cold Nights
January 2 – March 30
St. Charles Public Library

On January 2, the St. Charles Public Library will kick off its annual Hot Reads for Cold Nights winter reading program.  Geared to both adults and teens, the winter reading program challenges people to both read and visit the library in the cold winter season.

Over the next three months, readers will have two different opportunities to win prizes.  First, for every three books read, people will be able to enter a monthly prize drawing.

Readers can also earn prizes by playing Book Bingo.  The St. Charles Public Library has special Bingo sheets that encourage people to read outside of their comfort zone.  Each Bingo square has a different challenge to complete.  For every Bingo accomplished, readers will again be able to put their name into the monthly drawing.  A Blackout Bingo will automatically earn the reader a special prize.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights will continue through March 30.

Spoonful by Spoonful with Mike Arturi

Spoonful by Spoonful with Mike Arturi:
The Ingredients of Greatness and Why the Music of the Lovin’ Spoonful is so Important
Monday, March 11, 10:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library

On Monday, March 11, at 10:30 AM, Mike Arturi will visit the St. Charles Public Library during Coffee & Conversation.

From his unique perspective as long-time drummer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Arturi will present an audio visual presentation illustrating the importance of the band and the role they played in bringing American born music styles to the forefront of awareness in the mid-1960s. Discover the diverse musical influences of each member, the bands prominence in the mid-60s and their high ranking influence on international record charts and why the Lovin’ Spoonful’s first seven releases were top ten hits consecutively!  Arturi will chronicle the origins of the band from its inception and how the diverse musical influences of each band member came together to create a completely new sound which came to be commonly known as Folk Rock.  Personal perspectives and narratives from his three decades with the band will also be shared.

Arturi’s visit to the St. Charles Public Library is part of the weekly Coffee & Conversation program.  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.

This program was made possible due to a Library Legacy Grant.

 

Go on a Blind Date with a Book at the Library

Looking for love?  Go on a blind date with a book at the St. Charles Public Library!

The St. Charles Public Library has a collection of books that are single and ready to mingle.  Covered in wrapping paper, a personals ad is the only clue as to their contents.  Throughout the month of February, the library is encouraging readers to try something new and check out a lonely book, cover unseen.  You never know, you might find a new love in the process.

Coffee & Conversation Event: Social Security – Timing is Everything

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: Social Security – Timing is EverythingMonday, February 12**

On Monday, February 12 at 10:30AM, Jacob Thompson of Thrivent Financial will offer a free class on ‘Social Security – Timing is Everything’ at the St. Charles Public Library.

Social Security is a vital income source for many retirees.  But it can also be a confusing topic, and making the most of it can have a lot to do with timing it right.  This workshop can help attendees get answers to their questions and learn what Social Security can mean for them.

No products will be sold at this event.  If requested, a licensed insurance agent/producer may contact you and financial solutions, including insurance, may be solicited.

Thompson’s visit to the St. Charles Public Library is part of the weekly Coffee & Conversation program.  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.