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.

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.

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.

Coffee & Conversation Event: Taxes Q & A

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: Taxes Q & A with Bernadine StevensMonday, February 5**

On Monday, February 5 at 10:30am, Bernadine Stevens will offer a FREE informational session on taxes at the St. Charles Public Library.

For the past seven years, Stevens has assisted local residents with their income taxes as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  Initially offered through the Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota, VITA is now part of Winona Volunteer Services.  The VITA program provides free income tax assistance for people that are income-eligible.

The Q & A session at the St. Charles Public Library is open to all, regardless of income.  More information on VITA will be available during the program.

Stevens’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.

Coffee & Conversation Event: Getting Started with Medicare

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: Getting Started with MedicareMonday, January 22**

On Monday, January 22 at 10:30AM, Jacob Thompson of Thrivent Financial will offer a free class on ‘Getting Started with Medicare’ at the St. Charles Public Library.

Enrolling in Medicare can feel like opening a puzzle that’s all sky.  It’s hard to know where to start.  But much like with puzzles, a little help goes a long way.  That is why Jacob Thompson will be hosting ‘Getting Started with Medicare,’ an informational event to help explain your options.  You’ll learn:

  • Your current Medicare coverage options.
  • The benefits and costs of each plan.
  • Key points to consider with each plan.

No products will be sold at this event.  Thrivent is not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. government or the federal Medicare program.

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.

Author Lorna Landvik to Visit the Library on January 11

Lorna Landvik Author Visit
Thursday, January 11, 6:30PM
St. Charles Public Library

Lorna Landvik is the best-selling author of thirteen novels, including Patty Jane’s House of Curl, Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, and her most recent, Last Circle of Love.  In a recent Star Tribune poll that asked, ‘Who’s Your Favorite Minnesota Writer,’ readers ranked her number three.

In addition to her literary accomplishments, Landvik has performed stand-up and improvisational comedy around the country.  Her engaging presentations draw on her experience as a playwright and actor.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the St. Charles Public Library.

A RavensFire Christmas at the Library

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: A RavensFire ChristmasMonday, December 18**

Visit the St. Charles Public Library on Monday, December 18 at 10:30am to hear the RavensFire Band perform a selection of holiday music.  Featured tunes will include new compositions and old classics to celebrate the season.

The RavensFire Band is well-known around the area for their energetic performances, beautiful vocal harmonies, and skilled instrumentals while playing and singing their unique collection of traditional world folk, bluegrass, vintage American favorites, and original music.  Creating music on the mandolin, guitar, penny whistle, and bodhran, the talented group of musicians love to perform.

RavensFire has played dozens of venues and festivals through the years, including the main stages at festivals in Milwaukee, St. Paul, Emmetsburg, La Crosse, and Rochester.  Their busy calendar includes performances at concerts, fairs and festivals, theater productions, churches, and public and private events.

Band members Larry and Melissa Schmidt live in St. Charles.  They have been professional musicians ever since they met in the early 1970s.  Their love of music has kept them happily singing and playing together, winning many music contests, and recording in Nashville, Las Vegas, and Dublin, Ireland.  They have toured three times in Ireland, sharing their music with delighted audiences all along the way.  They are joined by Judy Havelick of Rochester, who shines with a sturdy beat on the bodhran.

Come to the library and hear this talented group of musicians perform a delightful holiday concert.

Minnesota in the Civil War

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: Minnesota in the Civil War with Arn KindMonday, December 11**

On Monday, December 11 at 10:30am, Arn Kind will visit for “Coffee and Conversation” at the St. Charles Public Library for a presentation on “Minnesota in the Civil War.”

Kind, a teacher of 40 years, will slip into the role of a soldier in the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry to share the story of the part Minnesota played in the Civil War. Kind will make history come alive with music, drama, and role-playing for a realistic and colorful portrayal of the people that participated in past events. On display will be maps, posters, clothing, and other artifacts of the Civil War. Don’t miss this unique presentation on an interesting period in the history of our state and our nation.

This program is sponsored by the St. Charles Lions Club.

Learn about Minnesota’s Winged Women of WWII

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: Minnesota’s Winged Women of WWIIMonday, November 13**

Grab your flying jacket, helmet, and goggles for a flight with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II!

On Monday, November 13 at 10:30am, Frederick Beseler will visit for “Coffee and Conversation” at the St. Charles Public Library to share the high-flying story of Minnesota’s female “Top Guns” of World War II.

The WASP were America’s very first female military aviators.  They flew everything in the U.S. Army Air Force’s WWII inventory – from fabric-covered biplane trainers to four-engine bombers and transports, and 400 mile-per-hour fighters.  Some became instructor pilots and taught the male cadets how to fly.  Others showed the men how to tame so-called “widow-makers” like the B-26 and B-29 bombers!

Rosie the Riveter built the airplanes — the WASP delivered them to airfields all across the United States and to Alaska.  Here’s the soaring, inspiring, often humorous, and sometimes tragic story of the heroic women who flew into history in service to America!

Frederick Beseler retired after a 40-year career in the commercial air conditioning industry.  A 1976 graduate of Winona State University, Beseler has been a private pilot since 1978, and has flown some of the WWII aircraft that the WASP flew. He has given numerous presentations and written many aviation-related articles. Earlier this year, he spoke about the WASP at the Richard I. Bong WWII Museum in Superior, Wisconsin, and at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis. He is a past president of Chapter 307 of the Experimental Aircraft Association in La Crosse, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame.

Always busy, Beseler recently obtained his Minnesota substitute teaching license and can often be found in Southeast Minnesota elementary and secondary school classrooms.  Fred and Jane Beseler live in Houston, Minnesota.  Jane is retired as the Executive Director of the La Crosse County Historical Society.