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Minnesota in the Great War: October 18th, 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for an evening full of adventure, education, and remembrance.  Learn about the role Minnesotans played in World War I as Arn Kind brings to life the history of the battlefields and more.

This multimedia presentation will use power-point, video, music, drama, role-playing, and living history experiences to give us an understanding of this turbulent time and make history come alive for us.

This performance is most appropriate for upper elementary students through adults.



with Arn Kind

Thursday, October 18, 2018

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library



International Owl Center: August 16th, 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library


Join us for a free program presented by the International Owl Center of Houston, MN.

Are owl eyes more like binoculars or a magnifying glass? Are owls brightly colored, or do they have duller colors? What shape is an owl’s beak? Choosing from a variety of animal and other objects, children (of all ages) will get to select the pieces that illustrate these and other owl adaptations. When all the correct adaptations have been picked, a live owl will come out for a visit.


Author Visit: Thursday, March 15th, 6:45 p.m.


Allen Eskens

Thursday, March 15, 2018

6:45 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library


Join us for a talk by the Minnesota Book Award-winning author of The Heavens May Fall, The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, and The Deep Dark Descending.

Copies of his books will be available for sale.


Raku Ceramics: Thurs., Sept. 14th, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Stop by the library parking lot and chat with ceramic artist Laremy Ellsworth!

Laremy will set up his kiln, and glaze and fire several pots during the evening.  Audience members will be encouraged to participate in selecting materials, and then can view the results.

Come when you want and stay as long as you like.

Author Visit: Thursday, March 16th, 6:45 p.m.

Farm Equipment of Yesteryear

Doug Ohman

Thursday, March 16

6:45 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Step back in time to when the family farm was one of the most important pieces of American agriculture. Doug will take you on a visual tour of the older equipment that has become obsolete in the modern age of farming.  His pictures and stories will be enjoyed by all who remember their youth growing up in rural America.

Shakespeare Program: June 28th, 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Calling all Shakespeare fans!

Join Great River Shakespeare Festival education staff for a discussion of the 2016 season.   You’ll get to go behind the scenes to explore the process of creating a play from rehearsal to design to performance.  This year’s plays include Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It, his tragedy Julius Caesar, and Georama, a new musical about the Mississippi River by West Hyler and Matt Schatz.  Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions about the plays, the season, and the company during the hour-long program.

Copies of the two Shakespeare plays will be available for checkout.  A limited number of free theater passes will be available.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights

Hot-Reads-2014-poster-croppedWINTER READING PROGRAM


December 21 – March 19

Curl up with a book during the cold winter evenings.  Choose a treat from our basket when you’ve finished three.

There are weekly and monthly drawings for mugs, book bags, blankets, and gift certificates.

For an extra challenge, play Book BINGO.

Author Visit: November 19th, 7:00 p.m.

Shawn-Buckners-Front-WebFinal-e1335466286801Cory Pedersen

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

7:00 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Come along with 14-year-old Shawn Buckner on a quest for his first wild turkey with a bow.  Set in the bluffs and valleys of southeastern Minnesota’s Whitewater Wildlife Management Area, Spring Turkey Chronicles combines hunting ethics with an engaging story.

Cory Pedersen is a St. Charles native.  He lives in Rochester with his family.

Author Visit: July 31st, 1:30 p.m.


Amanda Huneke

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

1:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Join author Amanda Huneke for a special story time as she reads from her new “Monster on the Loose” book series.

Amanda grew up the oldest of four children in the rural farming community of Goodhue, Minnesota, and graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with degrees in Anthropology and Psychology. She began writing children’s stories during her husband’s first deployment, when her young son at times turned into a “monster on the loose.”


Shakespeare Program: June 3rd, 6:30 p.m.




Monday, June 3, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library


Calling all Shakespeare fans!

Interested in learning more about the Great River Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 productions Henry V and Twelfth Night? Join GRSF staff for a discussion of the stories, the historical contexts, the process of producing a play by the Bard, and the company’s unique approach to these two pieces. The workshop will spend about half of the hour-long session on each play. Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions about the plays, the season, and the company.

Copies of the two plays will be available for checkout. A limited number of free theater passes will be available after June 15th.

This program is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.