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Women’s History Month



by Brittany Schaaf and Campbell Vansell
St. Charles City-County Library

Who are the women in your life who inspire you? I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by so many fierce and funny ladies who inspire me daily, including my incredible great-grandmother. At 56, Mary lost her husband; with no high school diploma and three kids to care for, she learned how to drive, took a 6-week food service course at the community college, and got a job running the kitchen at a nearby VFW, feeding thousands of folks for many years. She was whip-smart, baked zucchini bread like no other, and loved to sing.

March marks the annual celebration of Women’s History Month across the globe, a perfect time to celebrate and learn more about those who inspire you. Whether you want to discover the stories of famous females like Bessie Coleman and Bessie Smith, or you want to be inspired by your own ancestry, the Library has resources for you.

Explore Your Family History
Your library card is your ticket to the past. Discover a variety of genealogy and local history databases to help you explore your family history on our website, stchlibrary.org. Discover billions of historical documents and photographs with digital library resources like Ancestry.org and HeritageQuest (for free!) Who knows, you might discover a lineage line connecting you to someone famous…

Be Inspired with Biographies
The Library is full of stories - including books by inspiring women throughout history. Here are some recommendations from our intern, Campbell:
Women in Construction - Inspired by creative minds? Maybe you’re related to Elsie Eaves, a pioneering American female engineer and the first female American Society of Civil Engineers member. Test your own construction skills and read BuildHer: Empowering Women to Build & Renovate Their Dream Home by Rebeka Morgan.
Women in Aviation - Inspired by superheroes? Maybe you’re related to Harriet Quimby, the first licensed female pilot in the United States. Learn about other women who had the same dream as you, including; Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien and Wings of Gold: The Story of the First Women Naval Aviators by Beverly Weintraub.
Women in Law - Inspired by those who speak their mind? You could be related to Jane Bolin, the first Black woman to become a judge in 1939. Uncover the lives of other famous women in law like the autobiography of Judge Cordell, Her Honor, or Conversations With RBG, the biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Join The Women’s History Month Challenge

This month’s reading challenge highlights female authors and illustrators. Discover Library staff book recommendations and track 10 hours of reading between March 1 and March 31 with the Women’s History Month Challenge. Register today at stchlibrary.org or with the Beanstack app. Of course, our favorite way to celebrate the inspiring girlfriends, sisters, mothers, aunts, and nieces in our lives is to bring them to the Library!
Attend a class or event together, like those happening at our Augusta and Boone’s Trail Branches this April:

Crafting Connections: Sip & Stitch* - Mon., April 1: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Boone’s Trail Branch - adults and teens. Bring your current work-in-progress and join other yarn artists as we sip, stitch, and talk about our projects.

Discover Crafting: Spring Wood Blocks*
- Mon., April 1: 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tues. , April 2: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Boone’s Trail Branch - adults. Turn plain 2×4 blocks into a lovely shelf sitter to celebrate spring. This is a repeated class; please sign up for only one session.

Crafting Connections - I Love Quilts!*
- Tues. , April 2: 10a.m. to 12 p.m. Augusta Branch - adults. What will you create? Meet other quilt lovers at this monthly event.

Canasta - Game On!*
- Tues. s, April 2, 16, 23, 30: 1 to 3:30 p.m., Thurs., April 4, 11, 18, 25: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Boone’s Trail Branch - adults. Need to get out of the house? Learn to play Hand & Foot Canasta!

Coffee and Conversation
- Thurs., April 4, 11, 18, 25: 9 to 10 a.m. Augusta Branch - adults. Enjoy a cup of coffee, a sweet treat, and conversation with others in the community.

Crafting Connections - Yarn Arts
- Thur., April 4, 11, 18, 25: 2 to 4 p.m. Augusta Branch - adults and teens. Other yarn enthusiasts will keep you company while you work on your knit, crochet, or embroidery project.

Crafting Connections - Make-It-Monday*
- Mon., April 8: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Augusta Branch - adults. Grab a friend, come to the Augusta Branch, and work on your unfinished projects! Spend all day or just a little while.

Eclipse View and Craft
- Mon., April 8: 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Boone’s Trail Branch - children & families. Join us to view the near-total eclipse; free viewing glasses will be provided. As the eclipse completes, come inside where children can make a craft model of the eclipse.

Book Discussion - The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise by Colleen Oakley*
- Mon., April 8: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Boone's Trail Branch - adults. Mon., April 15: 2 to 3 p.m. Augusta Branch - adults. This is the (mostly) true story of a not-to-be-underestimated elderly woman who may have perpetuated one of the biggest jewelry heists in American history and an aimless young woman who, if they can outrun the mistakes of their past, might just have the greatest adventure of their lives.
Crafting Connections - English Paper Piecing* - Tues., April 16: 2 to 4 p.m. Augusta Branch - adults. Learn how to English Paper Piece, a fun method of sewing fabric pieces together.

Grow Your Reader: Storytime
- Tues., April 23: 3 to 3:30 p.m. Augusta Branch - children. Grow Your Reader with stories, songs, and activities that enhance early literacy skills.

*Register at stchlibrary.org/join-class-or-event or call Boone’s Trail at 636-398-6200 or Augusta at 636-228-4855 for more information about classes. The Boone’s Trail and Augusta branches are open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon. All St. Charles City-County Library branches will be closed on Tuesday, April 9 for National Library Workers’ Day.