Special Events

This summer, the St. Charles Public Library is hosting many family-friendly special events.  See below for more details on what we have scheduled.

Summer Reading Program Kickoff with the Jolly Pops – Wednesday, June 1, 5 pm

The summer fun at the St. Charles Public Library begins on Wednesday, June 1 with a special kick-off event.  Registration for summer reading will be held from 5 – 8 pm.  The Jolly Pops will perform at 6 pm.

The Jolly Pops are a trio of dads from Chanhassen, MN, that combine upbeat, original music with a host of children’s standards for a concert that is sure to please kids and adults alike.  The family music group and their puppet friends will take their audience on a fun ride as they sing about alligator dancing, popsicles, trains, pet dinosaurs, and everything in-between.  This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.

Chione Quintet – Thursday, June 9, 3:30 pm

Come to the St. Charles Public Library for Story Time with Chione, featuring a brand new musical story based on Twin Cities author Ka Vang’s “Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon.”  Vang’s short chapter book tells the story of Shoua, a Hmong-American girl who discovers her voice as she saves an injured dragon while camping in the north woods of Minnesota.  Hear this story set to beautiful and evocative music composed by fellow Minnesotan Jocelyn Hagen!  Chione will also share the stories of each of their instruments and the ensemble they create–the wind quintet!  This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.

Snakes of the Blufflands with Whitewater State Park – Wednesday, June 22, 2 pm

Fifteen of Minnesota’s 17 species of snakes, including the timber rattlesnake, live in the blufflands of southeast Minnesota.  Come learn about these fascinating creatures and how we can live, work and play alongside them.  Bring your camera for photos of live snakes.  This program is brought to the St. Charles Public Library courtesy of Whitewater State Park.

Natalie Warren Author Visit – Monday, June 27, 6:30 pm

A lifelong paddler and river lover, Natalie Warren was one of the first two women to paddle over 2,000 miles from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay.  She captured this remarkable 85-day journey in her critically acclaimed book, “Hudson Bay Bound.”  Warren’s presentation at the St. Charles Public Library will be enjoyable for both teens and adults.  This program is made possible due to a Library Legacy Grant and is part of SELCO’s Minnesota Author Tour.

Fish Printing with Whitewater State Park – Thursday, June 30, 2 pm

Join a naturalist from Whitewater State Park to learn about the fish of Minnesota.  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.

Secret Life of Puppets with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz – Wednesday, July 13, 2 pm

Take a trip around the world and throughout the ages to learn the tricks of turning sticks, cloth, string and even your own hands into fun characters.  Z Puppets will present a dynamic demonstration of different styles of puppets that have popped up across our planet with dips into history, culture and hands-on exploration of what’s behind the magic!  This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.

Build an Owl with the International Owl Center – Wednesday, July 27, 2 pm

Learn first-hand about owl adaptations by picking out the pieces and parts that belong to an owl and putting them into a “magic” box.  If correct, a live owl comes out from under the magic box for a visit.  This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.

National Night Out with Salsa del Soul – Tuesday, August 2, 5:30 pm

For National Night Out at the St. Charles Public Library, we have invited Salsa del Soul to perform.  Salsa del Soul’s Quartet is a Twin Cities-based band comprised of members from their nine piece orchestra.  They perform various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean. Salsa del Soul was formed with the purpose of providing great dance music for Minnesota Salsa fans.  The musicians of Salsa del Soul represent some of the finest talents in the Twin Cities Latin music scene. The styles of music they perform include Son, Son Montuno, Plena, Cha-chacha, Bachata, and, of course, Salsa!  This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.

Live Eagle Program with the National Eagle Center – Friday, August 5, 2 pm

The National Eagle Center provides the opportunity to learn all about eagle biology, ecology, natural history and cultural connections in an engaging and entertaining presentation by one of the naturalist interpreters.  This program features a live eagle ambassador.  Cameras are welcome.  This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.

“The Irish Piper” with Laura MacKenzie – Wednesday, August 10, 2 pm

A music-filled retelling of the Pied Piper story, based on Minnesota author Jim Latimer’s delightful children’s book “The Irish Piper.”  This program features many different instruments, a good story and wonderful illustrations.  Following the story with music, the program will include a couple of traditional song games for children’s participation.  This program is made possible by a Library Legacy Grant.