Secret Life of Puppets with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz

Secret Life of Puppets with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz
Wednesday, July 13, 2 p.m.
St. Charles Public Library

Take a trip around the world and throughout the ages to learn the tricks of turning sticks, cloth, string and even your own hands into fun characters.  Z Puppets will present a dynamic demonstration of different styles of puppets that have popped up across our planet with dips into history, culture and hands-on exploration of what’s behind the magic!  This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.

Fish Printing with Whitewater State Park

Fish Printing with Whitewater State Park
Thursday, June 30, 2 p.m.
St. Charles Public Library

On Thursday, June 30 at 2 p.m. the St. Charles Public Library will host a special Fish Printing program.  Join a naturalist from Whitewater State Park to learn about the fish of Minnesota.  We’ll paint rubber fish to make fish prints you can keep.  This program is free of charge.  Ages 3 and older.  A parent or caregiver must be present.  Come try your hand at this ancient art form while learning more about the fish that live in Southeast Minnesota.

Author Natalie Warren to Speak at the St. Charles Public Library

Natalie Warren at the St. Charles Public Library
Monday, June 27, 6:30pm

A lifelong paddler and river lover, Natalie was one of the first two women to paddle over 2,000 miles from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. She captured this remarkable 85-day journey in her critically acclaimed book, Hudson Bay Bound.

This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.

Chione Quintet to Perform at the St. Charles Public Library

Story Time with Chione Quintet
Thursday, June 9, 3:30 pm
St. Charles Public Library

The musical group Chione Quintet will be at St. Charles Public Library on Thursday, June 9 at 3:30pm to perform their enchanting and educational story time program based on the book “Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon,” written by Minneapolis author Ka Vang. This event is free and open to the public, and audience members of all ages are invited to attend and be swept away on a musical, magical journey.

Vang’s book follows the story of quiet and shy Shoua, a young Hmong-American girl who embarks on the adventure of a lifetime when her grandfather takes her camping in the north woods of Minnesota. When Shoua chases a falling star and discovers an injured dragon, she is determined to save her newfound friend. But to do so, she will first need to find her voice and make a place for herself in her family.

Set to beautiful and moving music composed by Minnesotan Jocelyn Hagen, Chione will not only share the story of Shoua with the audience, but also the stories of each unique instrument that comes together to make up their wind quintet. More information on Chione can be found on their website,

Chione will be bringing their new storytime program to public libraries across the SELCO region in June. This tour was made possible through ACHF Legacy Grant funding provided by the state of Minnesota and coordinated by SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating). More information on Library Legacy funding, and a complete tour schedule can be found at

Scott R. Morcomb to Speak at St. Charles Public Library

Finding Freedom Through Literacy
Thursday, May 26, 6:30 pm

To celebrate Memorial Day, Brigadier General Scott R. Morcomb, USA, Retired, will speak at the St. Charles Public Library on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 pm.  Through his presentation, “Finding Freedom Through Literacy,” Morcomb will entwine the theme of Memorial Day with the importance of reading and life-long learning.

Morcomb is a 1981 graduate of St. Charles High School.  His official biography is as follows…

Brig. Gen. Scott R. Morcomb, USA, Ret, graduated as the distinguished military graduate from Winona State University and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Winona State University in 1986.

Immediately following his commissioning, he entered active duty at Fort Rucker, Alabama and graduated from flight school in February 1988 as the Distinguished Graduate. His first assignment was with the 224th Military Intelligence Battalion in Savannah, Georgia. While with the 224th Military Intelligence Battalion, from March 1988 to December 1991, he served as the Battalion S-2, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) Executive Officer, the Bravo Company Operations Officer and as the Maintenance Officer while deployed to Honduras.

In 1990, Brig. Gen. Morcomb (Ret) deployed to Iraq with the 15th Military Intelligence Battalion in Support of Operation Desert Storm. During his deployment, he served as the Executive Officer for Alpha Company 15th Military Intelligence Battalion. Following the Gulf War, Brig. Gen. Morcomb was released from active duty and joined the Army Reserve.

Upon joining the Army Reserve, Brig. Gen. Morcomb (Ret) served in a variety of assignments. They include HHC Commander 6-52nd Aviation Regiment, Battalion S-4 6-52nd Aviation Regiment, Commander Bravo Company 6-52nd Aviation Regiment, Battalion S-3 6-52nd Aviation Regiment, Commander Charlie Company 6-52nd Aviation Regiment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, S-3 Task Force Hawk in support of Iraqi Freedom, S-3 244th Aviation Brigade, Team Chief 75th Training Command, Commander 3rd Brigade Great Lakes Division, 75th Training Command, Chief of Staff for the 11th Theater Aviation Command and Aviation Director, U.S. Army Reserve Command G-3/5/7 Aviation. Commanding General, Army Reserve Aviation Command, and Director, USARCENT, Army Reserve Engagement Cell.

Brig. Gen. Morcomb (Ret) is a Master Army Aviator. He is qualified in the UH-1, RU-21, OV-1, and the C-12. He has flown over 3,500 hours in U.S. Army Aircrafts. His military education includes Combined Arms and Staff College (CAS3), Command General Staff College (CGSC) and the US Army War College.

In his civilian career, Brig. Gen. Morcomb (Ret) works as a pilot for American Airlines. He is currently a Captain on the Boeing 737. With American Airlines, he has flown the Boeing 787, 777, 767, 757, 737 and 727, Fokker 100, McDonnell Douglas S80. He has amassed over 15,000 hours as a Pilot with American Airlines.

Brig. Gen. Morcomb (Ret) received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Science from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal.

Brig. Gen. Morcomb (Ret) has been married to his wife, Janna, for 34 years and currently lives in Winona, Minnesota. He and Janna have two children; Ciara and Bryant, Daughter in Law Shelby, Son In Law Colton and two grandsons, Cameron James and Lucas Ryan.

Ready, Set, Go…Writing and Publishing Your First Novel

Thursday, April 7
6:30 pm
St. Charles Public Library

So you have an idea for your first novel. Maybe it’s still a tiny seed of a concept, ping-ponging around inside your brain; or perhaps you’ve already jumped in with both feet, written and polished it off, and you’re wondering if it’s ready for a publisher. Now what? How do you know when it’s really done? And how do you get it into the hands of a publisher?

Author and Literary Agent, C.H. Armstrong will walk you through the process of how to get started, when to know your manuscript is ready for the next step, and the various paths available for publishing—explaining in detail the three primary paths to publishing, and the red flags authors should beware of along the way.

Hot Reads for Cold NIghts

The St. Charles Public Library’s winter reading program returns for another year. Designed for adults and teens, the program encourages people to read and visit the library in the cold winter months.

Book Bingo

Drop by the library to pick up a Book Bingo sheet. Each square has a different reading challenge to complete. Get a Bingo and earn a treat (for up to four Bingos). Get a Blackout and earn a $10 gift card to Cabin Coffee.

Reading Rewards

Every three books or audiobooks read earns an entry into the monthly drawing. Every month, the library will be giving away two coffee mugs filled with chocolate.

Find the Goat

Every week, the library goat will pose for a photo somewhere in the local area. Treats will be given to those that correctly guess the location of the photo.

Water Stories Workshop

Thursday, March 17 – 6:30pm
St. Charles Public Library

Open to all ages, this one-hour workshop will explore ways of knowing and experiencing water through shared storytelling.  Participants will reflect on We Are Water themes by listening to local audio stories, exchanging stories with each other, and reflecting as a group.  The workshop will encourage participants to articulate ways that water is meaningful to themselves and explore the different types of relationships we can have with water – survival, practical, scientific, and beyond!

This program is only one of many to be hosted in Winona County in March and April, with the Winona County Historical Society hosting the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit as the centerpiece.  For a complete listing of programs, go to

Blind Date with a Book

You won’t be able to judge these books by their covers.  Throughout the month of February, the St. Charles Public Library is encouraging readers to go on a blind date with a book.

All books are wrapped in paper, obscuring their titles.  The only clue as to their contents are a unique personals advertisement.  Take one of these books for a spin, sight unseen.  Who knows?  You might find a new life-long love.