Catch the Circus on Strings at the Library

Circus on Strings with Jim Jayes
Wednesday, July 3, 2 pm
St. Charles Public Library

On Wednesday, July 3 at 2pm, a Circus on Strings will visit the St. Charles Public Library.  Puppeteer Jim Jayes and his hand-carved marionette performers will offer a fun and entertaining show, geared towards audiences of all ages.  There will be jugglers, wire walkers, trapeze artists, trained wooden animals, and much more!

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

Nature Bracelets: Weaving with Natural Fibers

Nature Bracelets: Weaving with Natural Fibers
Wednesday, June 26, 2 pm
St. Charles Public Library

The early Indigenous people of the region crafted tools from resources of the forest.  Explore some of these early technologies, including how to transform plant fibers into twine. Participants will make a bracelet to take home.  This program is brought to the St. Charles Public Library courtesy of Whitewater State Park.

Story Time with Munchkin the Miniature Horse

Story Time with Munchkin the Miniature Horse
Thursday, June 20, 2 pm
St. Charles Public Library

On Thursday, June 20 at 2pm, Munchkin the Miniature Horse will visit the St. Charles Public Library for a special story time.

Munchkin is a certified therapy animal, and Amanda is his licensed handler.  Munchkin isn’t just a miniature horse – he has dwarfism, too!  This makes him extra small and he and Amanda love to share and spread the joy of celebrating differences.  Come listen to Munchkin and Amanda read the book “Munchkin Celebrates Differences,” and learn how our differences make us special.  Kids will also get a chance to pet Munchkin and make some horse-themed art.

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

Story Time with Local Author Jamie Becker

Story Time with Jamie Becker
Friday, June 14, 2 PM
St. Charles Public Library

On Friday, June 14 at 2pm, local author Jamie Becker will visit the St. Charles Public Library for a special story time.

Becker is the author of many children’s books, including Wise Grandma B, Creative Grandma J, and Calm Grandma M.  During her visit at the library, Becker will read from her two new children’s book releases: Fluffy the Crooked Cat, a book is about self love and acceptance, and Billy the Builder, a fun rhyming book – big or small, short or tall, Billy the Builder can fix it all!

Afterwards, kids will have the opportunity to put together a fun craft of “building” and decorating bird houses.  Finally, Becker will send everyone home with some great swag.

Siama’s Congo Roots: Music from the Heart of Africa

Siama’s Congo Roots: Feel-good music from the heart of Africa
Monday, June 10, 10:30 am
St. Charles Public Library

Musicians Siama Matuzungidi and Dallas Johnson will perform music from Matuzungidi’s home county of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In this interactive workshop, the duo will share information on a wide variety of traditional African instruments, including the guitar, drum, balafon, and mbira. They will also teach everyone to sing songs in Lingala and Kikongo, as well as in popular Congolese singing styles, such as repeating, call and response, layering, and yodeling.

This special event at 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 has been funded through a Community Collaboration grant from SELCO, made possible through the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.  The Community Collaboration Project is held in partnership with the St. Charles Police Department, the St. Charles Lions Club, and St. Charles Elementary School.  This program is free and open to the public.

Rescheduled: Meet Author Kao Kalia Yang at the Library

Kao Kalia Yang Author Visit
Thursday, June 6, 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.

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.

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.