FREE Cookies for Kids, Saturday, September 30

Cookies for Kids
Saturday, September 30, 10:30am – 1pm
St. Charles Public Library

Hey kids!  Welcome back to school!  The staff and board of the St. Charles Public Library would like to invite you for a FREE cookie on Saturday, September 30, from 10:30am – 1pm.  Stop on by, check out everything your local library has to offer, and enjoy a free cookie at the St. Charles Public Library.

Fall Gardening Tips During Coffee & Conversation at the Library

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: Fall Gardening Tips and Q & AMonday, September 25 **

On Monday, September 25 at 10:30AM, Winona County Master Gardener Volunteer Laura Armstrong will visit the library to offer fall 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, hot chocolate, and apple cider every Monday, 10:30am – 11:30am.  Drop by the library for a hot beverage and a chat with your fellow community members.

RavensFire Band to Perform at the Library

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: Music from the RavensFire BandMonday, August 7 **

On Monday, August 7 at 10:30am, the RavensFire Band will play music at the weekly Coffee & Conversation program at the St. Charles Public Library.  Drop by the library to enjoy some good music and a selection of free coffee, hot chocolate, or apple cider.

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!

Celebrate National Night Out at the Library

National Night Out 2023
Tuesday, August 1, 5:30-8PM
Lions Club Hot Dog Meal – Free Will Donation
Special Performance: TaikoArts Midwest at 6PM
St. Charles Public Library (Rain Location: St. Charles Community Center)

Tuesday, August 1 is National Night Out and the St. Charles Public Library will be throwing a party to celebrate from 5:30-8PM.  The evening will feature a 6PM performance from TaikoArts Midwest, a Twin Cities-based drumming group.  The St. Charles Police Department, the St. Charles Fire Department, and the Winona County Sheriff’s Office will drop by for a visit.  Also, the St. Charles Lions Club will provide hot dog meals for a free will donation.  In case of rain, the program will move from the library to the St. Charles Community Center.

Founded in 1984, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.  National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.  Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Across the country, approximately seventeen thousand communities participate in National Night Out.  In Minnesota, parties are registered in 242 different cities and towns, of which St. Charles is one.  Communities and neighborhoods celebrate the evening through block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.

The St. Charles Public Library is excited to host TaikoArts Midwest as the special performers for National Night Out 2023.  Join us for a movement infused, heart-pounding, dynamic group drumming performance by the Enso Daiko ensemble from TaikoArts Midwest.  Taiko is the Japanese word for drum and refers to the modern style of playing these drums by combining music, dance, culture, and pure athleticism.

TaikoArts Midwest’s visit to the St. Charles Public Library is possible due to a Library Legacy Grant, and is free and open to the public.

Nature Journaling with Whitewater State Park

Nature Journaling with Whitewater State Park
Wednesday, July 26 at 2pm
St. Charles Public Library

Hey kids! Want a chance to be like a real scientist? Come learn how scientists use field journals to study nature.  Make your own journal to take home!  This program is brought to the St. Charles Public Library courtesy of Whitewater State Park.

Meet the RAD Zoo at the Library

Reptile and Discover (RAD) Zoo
Wednesday, July 19 at 2pm
St. Charles Public Library

On Wednesday, July 19 at 2pm, the Reptile and Amphibian Discover (RAD) Zoo will visit the St. Charles Public Library for a live reptile program.

Marvel at the amazing creatures of the reptile and amphibian world during this fun, safe and educational program.  RAD Zoo is dedicated to connecting people to nature through engaging, interactive experiences.  The program will include turtles, lizards, snakes, and a small alligator.

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

Art Donahue & a Message from Minnesota

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: Art Donahue & a Message from MinnesotaMonday, July 17**

Join us at the St. Charles Public Library on Monday, July 17 at 10:30am for the thrilling story of our own St. Charles native Arthur Gerald Donahue who went to war in the defense of democracy nearly a year and a half before Pearl Harbor.  Frederick Beseler of Houston, Minnesota will share Donahue’s story and will read selections from Donahue’s books: “Tally Ho! Yankee in a Spitfire” and “Last Flight from Singapore.”

Aviator Art Donahue joined Britain’s Royal Air Force to fly the legendary Supermarine Spitfire fighter in combat against the overwhelming German Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain.  He later flew Hurricane fighters in defense of Singapore against invading Japanese forces, for which he earned the RAF’s Distinguished Flying Cross.  Donahue’s first book, “Tally Ho!” was based on an article that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post magazine.  “Last Flight” was published posthumously.

Donahue and his Spitfire, “Message from Minnesota,” were lost in combat over the English Channel on September 11, 1942.  His squadron mates found the manuscript of “Last Flight” among Art’s belongings when he failed to return.

Art Donahue’s military service is commemorated on the Battle of Britain Monument in London and on the Memorial to the Missing at Runnymede in England – and on the St. Charles Veterans Memorial.

Frederick Beseler is retired after 40 years as a technical, advertising and marketing writer and editor in the commercial air conditioning industry.  He has also written numerous articles and speaks often on aviation, civil war, and steam boating history.  In 2001, his article about Art Donahue was published in the Battle of Britain Historical Society’s annual magazine. He spoke about Art Donahue in 2021 at the annual Twin Cities Antiquarian Book Fair at St. Thomas University.  Earlier this year he presented on the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II at the Richard I. Bong World War II Museum in Superior, Wisconsin, and later at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis.

Beseler is also a private pilot and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame.  Frederick and Jane Beseler moved to Houston in 2019.  Jane Beseler retired as the Executive Director of the La Crosse County Historical Society.

There Will Be Nonsense with Leah Ode Kiser

There Will Be Nonsense with Leah Ode Kiser
Wednesday, July 12 at 2PM
St. Charles Public Library

Let your imagination run wild with magical realist painter, Leah Ode Kiser. Leah will share a book of her whimsical paintings and lead a drawing activity that will be entertaining for all ages.  In her book, There Will Be Nonsense, Leah’s fanciful and carefully composed paintings are paired with short thought-provoking questions. The proceeding drawing activity will encourage participants to come up with their own imaginative drawings and questions.  Leah grew up in St. Charles, MN, and currently lives near Phoenix, Arizona.

Go Fish Printing at the Library with Whitewater State Park

Fish Printing with Whitewater State Park
Wednesday, July 5 at 2 PM
St. Charles Public Library

Come try your hand at an ancient art form while learning more about the fish that live in southeast Minnesota.  On Wednesday, July 5 at 2 p.m. the St. Charles Public Library will host a special Fish Printing program.  A naturalist from Whitewater State Park will share information on Minnesota’s fish, after which 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.

Fairy Tale Storytelling with Tom Muschler at the Library

Fairy Tale Storytelling with Tom Muschler
Wednesday, June 28 at 2 PM
St. Charles Public Library

In a special storytelling program on Wednesday, June 28 at 2PM, Tom Muschler will visit the St. Charles Public Library to tell both classic and “brand new” fairy tales.  Preschoolers through young elementary kids are especially welcome.