Peregrine Falcons with Jackie Fallon, Monday, April 17

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: Peregrine Falcons with Jackie Fallon, Monday, April 17**

Jackie Fallon, with the Midwest Peregrine Society and the Mayo Clinic Peregrine Falcon Program, will help visitors understand the past, present, and future of peregrine falcons in Minnesota and the Region.

Come and discover the wonder of rapotrs, why they are important, and what you can do to help them survive.

Make sure to bring a camera to get a special photo of your experience and take home some special items to celebrate peregrine falcons!

Jackie Fallon’s visit is part of the St. Charles Public Library’s weekly Coffee & Conversation program.  Looking for something to do on a cold winter day?  The library is offering free coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider every Monday morning, 10:30am – 11:30am.  Drop by the library for a hot beverage and a chat with your fellow community members.

Reminisce on Local History at the Library on April 3

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: Reminisce at the Library on Monday, April 3**

Calling all local history buffs!  The St. Charles Public Library would like your help.  During Coffee and Conversation at 10:30am on Monday, April 3, the library will be collecting stories on the history of St. Charles.  The information will be used to create a downtown history walk that will be held during Gladiolus Days.

Drop by the library, enjoy a free cup a coffee, and reminisce on businesses, events, and people of the past.  We want your history!

Hot Reads for Cold Nights at the Library, January 3 to March 31

January 3 – March 31
St. Charles Public Library

On January 3, 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 31.

Learn about Bizarre Minnesota History at Coffee & Conversation, March 20

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: Bizarre Minnesota History on Monday, March 20**

In a special presentation at the St. Charles Public Library, researcher and author Chad Lewis will showcase over 100 bizarre newspaper stories from Minnesota that have not been seen in over 100 years. These unbelievable stories were not lost, they were simply hidden.

Lewis will take you back in time to the early days of the state when it was filled with strange deaths, ghosts, sea serpents, peculiar people, medical anomalies, oddities, psychic phenomena, and UFOs.

This will change the way you view the good ol’ days of Minnesota!

This project has been funded by the people of Minnesota through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Library Legacy fund, in cooperation with SELCO – our regional library system.

Explore Golden Eagles During Coffee & Conversation, Feb. 27

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: Golden Eagles with the National Eagle Center on Monday, February 27**

Have you ever wondered “How do researchers track Golden Eagles?” or “How can you tell the difference between a Bald Eagle and a Golden Eagle?” The answers await you in an engaging and entertaining Golden Eagle program held at the St Charles Public Library on Monday, February 27, 2023, at 10:30 am!

Come learn all about Golden Eagle identification and research from the National Eagle Center, the world’s premier resource for impactful eagle education and experiences. Photographs are welcome!

The National Eagle Center is an interpretive center located on the Mississippi River in Wabasha MN and is home to 5 permanently injured raptors. These resident raptors, four Bald Eagles and one Red-tailed Hawk now serve as ambassadors in educational programs in Wabasha and beyond.

This project has been funded by the people of Minnesota through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Library Legacy fund, in cooperation with SELCO – our regional library system.

Go on a blind date with a book at the St. Charles Public 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.

The library also continues to offer the opportunity to socialize in our weekly coffee hour, held every Monday morning from 10:30-11:30am.  Drop by the library to enjoy some free coffee, hot chocolate, or apple cider while interacting with fellow members of the community.

For more information on upcoming library events, check out our website at: www.stcharles.lib.mn.us.

Enjoy Coffee, Conversation & a Virtual Tour on January 9

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Program: SPAM® Museum Virtual Tour on Monday, January 9**

Looking for something to do on a cold winter day?  The St. Charles Public Library is offering free coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider every Monday morning, 10:30am – 11:30am as part of the ongoing Coffee & Conversation program.  Drop by the library for a hot beverage and a chat with your fellow community members.

While Coffee & Conversation is held every Monday morning, occasionally the library will host a special program.  On Monday, January 9, a SPAM™bassador will lead a virtual tour of Austin’s SPAM® Museum in real time.  They will also share the history of SPAM®, Hormel, and the city of Austin, and how SPAM® is used around the world.

Coffee & Conversation to Feature Special Guest Hanna Elshoff on Dec. 12

Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday, 10:30-11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library
**Special Guest: Hanna Elshoff on Monday, December 12**

Looking for something to do on a cold winter day?  The St. Charles Public Library is offering free coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider every Monday morning, 10:30am – 11:30am as part of the ongoing Coffee & Conversation program.  Drop by the library for a hot beverage and a chat with your fellow community members.

While Coffee & Conversation is held every Monday morning, occasionally the program will feature a special guest.  On Monday, December 12, Hanna Elshoff will visit the St. Charles Public Library to speak on her experience touring the United States on her electric assist bicycle at the age of 72.  Elshoff documented her trip in her book, “Hanna’s Dream Ride.”

Doug Ohman to Visit for Coffee & Conversation on November 21

Coffee & Conversation Kickoff with Doug Ohman
Monday, November 21
10:30 – 11:30 AM
St. Charles Public Library

Starting on Monday, November 21, the St. Charles Public Library is launching our Coffee & Conversation program.  Join us at the library every Monday morning at 10:30am for some free coffee. To kick the program off, we have invited special guest speaker Doug Ohman to present “Hidden in Plain View: Cemeteries of Minnesota.”

Doug Ohman is a popular speaker, historian, author and entertaining storyteller.  He is also an expert photographer with deep Minnesota roots.  Living in Minnesota with his wife Krin, Ohman has spent the last 30 years uncovering and bringing Minnesota’s history to life in a fun and casual style.

In his visit to the St. Charles Public Library, Ohman will go into depth on cemeteries of Minnesota.  Walk along with Ohman as he shows photographs of cemeteries and uncovers stories of the long forgotten.  Learn where the only Revolutionary War soldier to die in Minnesota is buried.  Learn the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard, and much more.

This program is possible due to support from the St. Charles Area Community Foundation, Friends of the St. Charles Public Library, and a donation made in memory of Ginny Buck.

Learn more about the forgotten sports dynasty of SCHS

Hubert’s Men: The Forgotten Dynasty of St. Charles High Schoo, 1926-1931
Presented by Thomas E. Wright, MD
Wednesday, November 16
6:30 PM
St. Charles Public Library

Dr. Thomas Wright, 1973 graduate of St. Charles High School, recently returned to his hometown roots by researching an era of local history that many have forgotten.  In his mini-monograph, “Hubert’s Men: the Forgotten Dynasty of St. Charles High School, 1926-1931,” Wright delves into the history of Coach Walter Hubert and his student athletes.

On Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30pm, Wright will be at the St. Charles Public Library to present on his research.  He will delve into the story of an amazing coach, his winning program, and its impact upon the student athletes of a small town.  Wright will also provide details on records accomplished, the lives of the athletes, and his search for the truth behind the (now missing) 1928 basketball.

Join us at the St. Charles Public Library for a fun evening of local sports history; an evening that will shine a spotlight on an era in which St. Charles athletes dominated the region in sports.