By Tiffani Stewart,
St. Charles City-County Library District
Sometimes, it’s great to keep something old. I love my mom’s old kitchen canisters and I’ll never get rid of them. They’re functional, beautiful, and they have vintage (and sentimental) value. But sometimes, it’s even better to get something new. When your old car has almost 300,000 miles on it and you’ve broken down more times than you’ve made it to your destination, a new vehicle is likely a welcome addition to your life.
The Library has recently upgraded to something new, and we’re confident that you’re going to appreciate it almost as much as that new car. (Yes, we’re very confident!) After searching for materials in the same way for over 20 years, you will be amazed at the Library’s new online experience that has provided exciting changes and easy-to-use upgrades.
Introducing…myLibrary Catalog. Go to youranswerplace.org and click on LIBRARY CATALOG to explore some of these new features:
• If you’re not sure of the exact title you’re searching for, just start typing and myLibrary Catalog will offer suggestions.
• Log into your library account one time, then search and reserve on the same screen. No more logging in and out. No more toggling between Overdrive and the library catalog. Ebooks, printed materials, and more - all in one place - ready to reserve with one click.
• Never miss a new release by your favorite author. Set up notifications for authors or subjects and we’ll contact you when a new item is available to reserve.
• Don’t like to remember a library card pin number? Choose a password instead.
• Returning your library materials just got a whole lot easier. myLibrary Catalog offers TEXT notifications for due dates, hold pickups, and more.
• Don’t worry anymore! If your items can be renewed, myLibrary Catalog will renew them for you, then let you know by telephone, email, or text.
If you haven’t tried the new myLibrary Catalog, you’re in for a treat. It’s a lot like getting a big new T.V. – just in time for the Superbowl. (Yes, we’re very, very confident!) And if you and technology have a strained relationship, stop in at any library branch; our staff will be happy to help you get to know the new catalog and teach you to use it.
If you’ve never tried a class or event at the Library, let February be your month to try something new x2. Search, discover, and celebrate with the new myLibrary Catalog, then take a look at this month’s schedule and pick out something new to do at the Boone’s Trail Branch or Augusta Branch Libraries.
• Take Your Child to the Library Day (all branches), Sat., Feb. 2nd during regular hours. Celebrate this special day by visiting a library near you. The Augusta Branch will provide popcorn, games, and book give-aways from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
• Cookie Decorating (Augusta), Tues., Feb. 12th, drop in. Decorate a cookie for your valentine. Open to all ages, all day.
• Valentine Card-Making* (Augusta), Mon., Feb. 4th, drop in. Use thread and beads to “sew” a special card for someone you love.
• I Love Quilts (Augusta), Tues., Feb. 5th, 10:00 a.m. The name says it all. If you love quilting, come for a demonstration of a quilting technique. Bring your project for Show and Tell, and don’t forget Block of the Month!
• Augusta Book Discussion* (Augusta), Mon., Feb. 18th, 2:00 p.m. In Gentleman in Moscow, author Amor Towles tells the story of a Russian under house arrest at a grand hotel, and the characters he meets inside of its walls.
• New Melle Nonfiction Book Discussion Group* (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Feb. 21st, 10:00 a.m. Stop by the Library to pick up a copy of It’s All Relative by A.J. Jacobs, then join us for a discussion about how one man built “the biggest family tree in history”.
• Let’s Play Rummy* (Boone’s Trail), Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Register to play a variety of rummy games. Relax and make new friends. Beginners welcome!
• Coffee at the Library (Augusta), Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. Come in for a hot cup of coffee and great conversation.
• Hand and Foot Canasta* (Boone’s Trail), Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. Join us to play this fast-paced rummy game. Beginners welcome! Please register.
• Yarn Arts (Augusta), Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. The Augusta Yarn Arts group meets every Thursday to create, share, and chat.
• Discovery Kids: Pop Rocks* (Boone’s Trail), Mon., Feb. 4th, 6:00 p.m. How can pop rocks inflate a balloon? Hear stories and experiment with fun science concepts.
• Story Time (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Feb. 14th, 10:30 a.m.; Mon., Feb. 18th, 6:00 p.m. –Dress like a superhero for this one!; & Thurs., Feb. 28th, 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, and crafts to enhance early literacy. Story time is open to children ages 3-6.
• Tale Waggers: Read to a Dog* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Feb. 19th, 6:00 p.m. Bring a book or choose one from our shelves to read to an adorable attentive dog from “Love on a Leash”.
• Club Read: The Tail of Emily Windsnap* (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Feb. 14th, and 28th, 6:00 p.m. Join us for a read-aloud hour of coloring, snacks, and discussion. During these sessions, open to grades 4-8, we’ll enjoy enthusiastic readings from The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler.
• D.I.Y. Stamped Necklaces (Augusta), Mon., Feb 25th, drop in. Use washers and a stamp kit to create a one-of-a-kind piece of signature jewelry.
*Register at www.youranswerplace.org or call Boone’s Trail at 636-398-6200 or Augusta at 636-228-4855.
The Boone’s Trail and Augusta branches are open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.
**All library branches are OPEN regular hours on February 18, 2019 during President’s Day.