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Adventure Begins At Your Library

by Brittany Schaaf - St. Charles City-County Library

Summertime is here, and I don’t know about you, but I am ready to spend as much time as possible outdoors - hiking, swimming, camping, and (of course) participating in the Library’s annual Summer Challenge! This year’s theme, ADVENTURE BEGINS AT YOUR LIBRARY, celebrates adventures held in books, in the great outdoors, and inside the library.

What is the Summer Challenge? It originally started as a tool to encourage school children to read and learn during the summer months to help them combat the loss of learning known as the “summer slide.” Now, it is open to readers of all ages - babies to adults - to encourage a love of lifelong learning and reading for everyone in our community.

From June 1 to August 8, readers are invited to track their reading to earn fun prizes such as free books, vouchers to community businesses, and entries into our grand prize drawing.

To get started, pick up a paper game board from any Library branch or download Beanstack Tracker from your app store and track your progress online. Earn prizes for reading, drawing, and spending time outdoors. Reading books with your little ones, magazines, newspapers, eBooks, and listening to audiobooks all count toward your goal!

Pack your bags and trek to library branches all across our county during the “Adventure Quest.” At each location, you will discover unique destination decorations such as Under the Sea, Lost in the Jungle, and Gothic Castles. Participate in fun activities and have your Tour Card stamped at 6 out of 11 locations to earn more prizes and another entry into the grand prize drawing.

Register today at stchlibrary.org/summer-challenge or visit your nearest Library to sign up in person. We are excited for another wonderful summer of reading because ADVENTURE BEGINS AT YOUR LIBRARY!

Check out these events happening at our Boone’s Trail and Augusta branches in July:

Miniature Art Show* - Mon., July 1: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Augusta Branch - children, tweens, teens, adults, families. Drop in anytime during class time and paint a miniature work of art to display at the branch during July. Paintings can be picked up on August 1.

Crafting Connections: Sip & Stitch* - Mon., July 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.

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

Canasta - Hand & Foot* - Tues., July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thurs., July 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!

Crafting Connections - Make-It-Monday* - Mon., July 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.

Book Discussion - "The School for Good Mothers” by Jessamine Chan* - Mon., July 8: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Boone's Trail Branch - adults. Frida loses custody of her 18-month-old daughter after she leaves her home alone for two hours on one very bad day. To regain custody, Frida must spend a year at an institution where she practices parenting with bad mothers from all over the county. The mothers are under constant surveillance. If they don’t pass all the tests, their parental rights will be terminated.

Grow Your Reader: Story Time - Tues., July 9: 3 to 3:30 p.m. Augusta Branch - children. Grow Your Reader with stories, songs, and activities that enhance early literacy skills.

Make and Take Kinetic Sand* - Tues., July 9: 4 to 5 p.m. Augusta Branch - children. Children will measure and combine ingredients to make a soft sand that will crumble or hold its shape when squeezed.

Coffee and Conversation - Thurs., July 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 - Thurs., July 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.

"Read to a Dog" - Tail Waggers - Love on a Leash* - Thurs., July 11: 5 to 6 p.m. Boone's Trail Branch - children. Kids can practice reading aloud to an attentive, adorable dog.

Book Discussion - "Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte* Mon., July 15: 2 to 3 p.m. Augusta Branch - adults. This is the story of a romance between two young people, Catherine and an orphan boy, Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background, he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. Heathcliff creates a living hell for those who live at Wuthering Heights in his attempt to win her back and destroy those he blames for his loss.

Crafting Connections - English Paper Piecing* - Tues., July 16: 2 to 4 p.m. Augusta Branch - adults. Learn how to English Paper Piece, a fun method of sewing fabric pieces together.

Book Discussion - "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana” by Gayle T. Lemmon* - Thurs., July 18: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Boone's Trail Branch - adults. This is the true story of Kamila Sidiqi who, when her father and brother were forced to flee Kabul, became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread, created a thriving business of her own and held her family together.

*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 Mon., Tues., and Thurs. from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All St. Charles City-County Library branches will be closed on Thurs., July 4th.