Community Interest

Are You Hip to Tech?

By Tiffani Stewart
St. Charles City-County Library 

Last week I was at a local retail establishment to purchase crafting supplies. While waiting in line to check out, I couldn’t help but listen to a conversation between two women behind me. It went something like this: 

Woman #1: “Do you have the store’s app? You can’t get the best deals in here without using the app.” 

Woman #2: “Oh yeah, I have the app. Everything is digital these days, even my taxes. Even my paycheck!” 

It made me think. The world has truly undergone a renaissance of technology over the last several decades. Some have coined this period of time the “Third Industrial Revolution” or the “Digital Revolution”. And it’s happened so quickly! Amazon was formed in 1994. (Let that sink in for a minute. Has it really been just 25 years? What did we do before Amazon?) 

I was fortunate enough to have exposure to daily computer use in the last several years of my education. My children had daily computer use at school starting in preschool. My parents never used a computer at school. Yet people of all ages are expected to do their banking, make travel arrangements, pay their taxes, shop, use coupons, and many, many other tasks all online. 

How comfortable are you with technology? Do you think that the world will go back to face-to-face transactions, or will we use even more computer-based services in the coming decades? No one knows the future, but my crystal ball says that computers are here to stay. It’s time to get hip to tech – no matter what your age. 

How? At the Library, of course! We offer a variety of ways to learn to use the digital tools that can enhance your life. There are books that can walk you through different online programs, social media platforms, and computer basics. There are numerous classes available – online and in library branches - that help you figure out your phone, your laptop, your computer, or your tablet. Don’t have technology at home? The Library also offers public computers with secure internet connections for practice. Or try an open technology lab that gives you one-on-one time with a real person to learn whatever type of tech that you need help with. Want to make an airline reservation? Find tax forms? Communicate with your family on Facebook? We can help. 

Stop by a branch and talk to library staff for help in finding the best way to learn. It seems overwhelming, but it’s not impossible. My 94-year-old grandmother recently purchased a computer and had internet installed in her home. If she can tackle technology, so can you. 

While you’re in talking to staff about tech, ask about one of these upcoming (face-to-face) classes at the Augusta or Boone’s Trail Branch Libraries: 


  •  I Love Quilts (Augusta), Tues., Mar. 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!

  •  Macrame* (Augusta), Thurs., Mar. 14th, 6:00 p.m.

Create a Hygge-inspired cozy plant hanger or drink coaster. Materials provided.

  •  Augusta Book Discussion* (Augusta), Mon., Mar. 18th, 2:00 p.m.

In Eternal Life, author Dara Horn tells the story of Rachel, a woman who trades her mortality to spare her first son’s life. What would it really mean to live forever? Join us to discuss!

  •  New Melle Nonfiction Book Discussion Group* (Boone’s Trail), , Mar. 21st, 10:00 a.m.

Stop by the Library to pick up a copy of Heartland by Sarah Smarsh, then join us for a discussion about the working poor in middle America.

  •  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, a sweet treat, and some great conversation.

  •  Hand and Foot Canasta* (Boone’s Trail), Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.

Register for a seat at the fun-loving table! Learn to play this rummy card game.

  •  Yarn Arts (Augusta), Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

Knit, crochet, embroider, cross stitch, talk, and share with other yarn artists like you.



  •  Discovery Kids:  Oobleck* (Boone’s Trail), Mon., Mar. 4th, 6:00 p.m.

Come learn about the ooey, gooey, slimy stuff that Dr. Seuss calls “oobleck”.

  •  Let’s Create: World Wildlife Day (Augusta) Mon., Mar. 4th, drop in all day

Use Perler beads to create your own wild animal to take home.

  •  Let’s Create: Leprechaun Traps (Augusta) Tues., Mar. 12th, drop in all day

Can you catch a leprechaun? We’ll provide the supplies, you build a trap!

  •  Story Time (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Mar. 14th, 10:30 a.m.,  Mon., Mar. 18th, 6:00 p.m. (Harry Potter story time!), Thurs., Mar. 28th, 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, and crafts to enhance early literacy. Story time is open to children ages 3-6.

  •  Let’s Explore: Poultry Day (Augusta) Tues., Mar. 19th, 4:00 p.m.

Learn about chickens in honor of National Poultry Day.

  •  Tale Waggers:  Read to a Dog* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Mar. 26th, 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), , Mar. 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.

  •  Macrame (Augusta), Mon., Mar. 14th, 6:00 p.m.

Create a Hygge-inspired cozy plant hanger or drink coaster. Materials provided.

*Register at 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.