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 Brodini’s Comedy Magic Show – Tuesday, June 4, 5 – 8 pm

The summer fun at the St. Charles Public Library begins on Tuesday, June 4 with a special kick-off event.  Registration for summer reading will be held from 5 – 8 pm.  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.

Story Time with Author Jamie Becker – Friday, June 14, 2 pm

Come to the St. Charles Public Library for a Story Time with local author Jamie Becker.  Becker is the author of many children’s books, including Wise Grandma BCreative 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.  Becker will also give the kids a treat to take home.

Story Time with Munchkin the Miniature Horse – Thursday, June 20, 2 pm

Certified therapy animal Munchkin and his licensed handler Amanda will visit the library for story time.  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.  Kids will listen to Munchkin and Amanda read the book “Munchkin Celebrates Differences,” and learn how our differences make us special.  They’ll 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.

Nature Bracelets: Weaving with Natural Fibers with Whitewater State Park – Wednesday, June 26, 2 pm

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.

Circus on Strings with Jim Jayes – Wednesday, July 3, 2 pm

This show will feature some of the greatest hand-carved marionette performers on earth.  Jim Jayes’s Circus on Strings will include 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.

Tales by Terry: Have I Got a Story for You! – Monday, July 8, 2 pm

Storyteller Terry Visger tickles the imaginations of pre-school and early elementary age children with her delightful telling of folktales, fairytales, and environmental stories.  Terry’s energetic performances include fun stories, songs, and movement to delight the audience.  Terry’s storytelling is an activity that will engage the brain, delight the soul, and put a smile on everyone’s faces.  This program was made possible due to a Library Legacy Grant.  It is free and open to the public.

Peregrine Falcons with Jackie Fallon – Wednesday, July 10, 10:30 am

Jackie Fallon, with the Midwest Peregrine Society and the Mayo Clinic Peregrine Falcon Program, will help kids understand the past, present, and future of peregrine falcons in Minnesota and the region.  Come and discover the wonder of raptors, 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!

Note: This program might be canceled if the temperatures are too hot for the falcons to travel.

All About Bravery: Story Time & Craft Night with Jenny Baertsch – Tuesday, July 16, 6 pm

Join local chapter book author, Jenny Baertsch, for a children’s story and craft about bravery!  At 6:00 p.m., Baertsch will read from her book Junkyard Tough: A “Tail” of Bravery, share what inspired her to become an author, and discuss what it means to me brave.  Participants will then decorate and take home their own wooden signs about bravery.

Bats in the Blufflands with Whitewater State Park – Wednesday, July 17, 2 pm

During this program you will get a chance to learn a about Minnesota’s bat population and the dreaded White Nose Syndrome that threatens their world.  We will separate fact from fiction about these fascinating little animals.  This program is brought to the St. Charles Public Library courtesy of Whitewater State Park.

Will Sings Songs! Family Fun Music with Will Bjorndal – Wednesday, July 24, 2 pm

Will Bjorndal will perform original songs for young people of all ages!  His songs are guaranteed to get kids moving, grooving, laughing, and singing.  A naturalist by trade, many of his tunes are environmentally themed, but many are just plain fun!  His high energy performance will focus on positivity, joy, and learning through curiosity.  This program was made possible due to a Library Legacy Grant.  It is free and open to the public.

Building a State Park with Whitewater State Park – Wednesday, July 31, 2 pm

Whitewater State Park owes its existence to the hard work of many people.  Come and learn how the town of St. Charles and the State of Minnesota and several hundred young men helped to create the park we see today.   This program is brought to the St. Charles Public Library courtesy of Whitewater State Park.

Siama’s Congo Roots: Music from Africa – Thursday, August 1, 6:30 pm

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 program has been funded through a Community Collaboration grant from SELCO, made possible through the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.  It is free and open to the public.

National Night Out with Siama’s Congo Roots Band – Tuesday, August 6, 5:30 pm

National Night Out at the St. Charles Public Library will include a concert performance of Congolese music, featuring Siama Matuzungidi and a full band.  Back home in Africa, Siama Matuzungidi recorded hundreds of songs and toured the world with popular artists. Now based in Minneapolis, Siama is known for his spirited singing and catchy, feel-good songs.

An annual community event, National Night Out at the St. Charles Public Library is held in partnership with the St. Charles Lions Club and the St. Charles Police Department.  The Lions Club will offer a hot dog meal for a free will donation.  The Police Department will be on hand to show off their equipment and vehicles.  The St. Charles Fire Department will also make an appearance with their equipment.

This program has been funded through a Community Collaboration grant from SELCO, made possible through the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.  It is free and open to the public.

International Owl Center: So You Want to Be an Owl – Tuesday, August 20, 4 pm

Learn first-hand about owls and their amazing behavior.  Become an honorary owl by learning how to hunt, play, hoot, fly, survive dangers and raise owlets of your own.  As a reward for becoming owls, you’ll get to meet a real live owl!  This program was made possible due to a Library Legacy Grant.  It is free and open to the public.