Community Interest

How is Your Health?

By Tiffani Stewart

St. Charles City-County Library 

It affects every part of your life. When you’re young, it determines whether or not you get that toy you want. When you’re a teenager, it helps you buy and maintain a car, spend time out with friends, and determines what type of job you’ll find. When you’re an adult, it comes with you to the grocery store, it’s part of your house hunt, and it gives you the confidence to retire…or not. It’s your financial health, and now is a good time to give it a checkup, whatever your age. 

April is Money Smart Month. Money Smart Month is a public education campaign to help consumers better manage their personal finances through free, non-commercial education. Where better to find free, non-commercial education than at the St. Charles City-County Library? And we deliver during Money Smart Month! There are nearly 50 classes in April that deal with investing, retirement, taxes, and teaching your kids to be smart consumers. There are also classes that help you stretch your dollar at the grocery store, pay for your child’s education, and avoid scams aimed at seniors. Have teenagers? Send them to classes designed just for them that will help train them to find a first job or practice budgeting. 

If you’re a seasoned investor, you may prefer to take advantage of some of the Library’s online resources. Search our eResources for the Research and Learn tab. From there, you can select Personal Finance. Some of the resources you can access there include Morningstar Investment Research Center and Value Line Research Center. Both will help you get information on specific stocks, funds, and other investment types. There are also calculators that will help you predict how much college or retirement may cost.

 When you’re planning a major purchase, use the Library’s eResources – Research and Learn – Personal Finance to access Consumer Reports digitally. Using back issues of the popular magazine and Buying Guides, you can search for the most reliable air conditioners, best (and worst) used cars, or vacuums that work well on pet hair. Access all of our eResources (including Consumer Reports) free with your library card. 

If you want to figure out finances through reading, the Library can help with that too. Search the myLibrary Catalog for keywords like “retirement”, “personal budget” and/or “money smart” to find hundreds of books, eBooks, and audiobooks that will encourage you in your financial goals (or maybe help you make some financial goals). 

Whether you are 8 years old and you’re saving your allowance for a new bike, or you are 80 years old and you’re wondering if your estate plans are in order, Money Smart Month at the Library has something for you. Don’t wait! Let April be the month that you take the pulse of your financial health. 

Coming to the Library to get Money Smart? Take a look at some of the other classes and events happening at the Augusta and Boone’s Trail Branch Libraries. 


  • Cardinals Home Opener (all branches), Thurs., Apr. 4th, all day

Celebrate Cardinals baseball as another action-packed season arrives in St. Louis. Wear your Cardinals gear and stop in for some game-day popcorn.

  • Family Fun: Block Party (Augusta), Sat., Apr. 6th, drop in 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

What will you build? Challenge friends or family to have fun with architecture.

  • National Library Week (all branches), April 7-13

Libraries=Strong Communities. Stop by your nearest library branch to Celebrate National Library Week. Explore books, electronic resources, and our “Library of Things” with your family. Connect with your community through classes and events. Get recommendations for your next favorite read, find help with your job hunt, or get homework assistance.

  • “We Read” Book Discussion (Augusta), Mon., Apr. 8th, 4:30

It’s double-the-book-discussion fun when you read with a loved one! Kids and adults pick up Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo from the library, then read it together. We’ll discuss the novel during this NEW family book discussion group.

  • All Day Craft Day: Bookmarks (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Apr. 9th, drop in all day

Make and color a bookmark to celebrate National Library Week.

  • Family Fun: Spring Nature Hunt (Boone’s Trail), Sat. Apr. 13th, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a spring scavenger hunt! Hunt will relocate indoors in the event of inclement weather.

  • Earth Day Free Tree Seedlings Giveaway (all branches), Mon., Apr. 22nd, while supplies last

Stop by your nearest branch to pick up a tree seedling to plant in honor of Earth Day.



  • I Love Quilts (Augusta), Tues., Apr. 2nd, 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., Apr. 15th, 2:00 p.m.

Pick up Cooking for Picasso, the tale of an affair between the famous painter and a young cook’s assistant, then join us for a discussion of Camille Aubray’s historical fiction novel.

  • Spa Day* (Augusta), Tues., Apr. 16th, 1:00 p.m.

Make bath salts and a neck wrap in honor of National Stress Awareness Day today. Materials provided.

  • New Melle Nonfiction Book Discussion Group* (Boone’s Trail), , Apr. 18th, 10:00 a.m.

This month we’re traveling to Afghanistan through the true story, Dressmaker of Khair Khana by former ABC journalist, Gayle Lemmon. Pick up a copy at the library and join us!

  • Lighted Canvas Art* (Augusta), Thurs., Apr. 25th, 5:30 p.m.

We’re celebrating Augusta’s Plein Air Event with this painting workshop. Paint your own lighted work of art. Materials provided.

  • 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 this fun-loving table! Learn to play the rummy card game that uses two decks of cards – a hand and a foot.

  • 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:  Walking Rainbow* (Boone’s Trail), Mon., Apr. 1st, 6:00 p.m.

No April Fools here! Kids will truly learn to create a walking rainbow using capillary action.

  • Let’s Explore: Read a Map (Augusta) Tues., Apr. 2nd, 4:00 p.m.

Use a map to explore the library. Listen to a map-related story, then create your own.

  • Story Time (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Apr. 11th, 10:30 a.m.

                                                              Mon., Apr. 15th, 6:00 p.m.             (All about music!)

                                                              Thurs., Apr. 25th, 10:30 a.m.

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

  • Let’s Create: Go Fly a Kite Day* (Augusta) Mon., Apr. 15th, 4:00 p.m.

Make a high-flying kite to celebrate Go Fly a Kite Day.

  • Let’s Create: Plein Air Kid’s Paint* (Augusta) Mon., Apr. 29th, 3:30 p.m.

Join a Plein Air artist to learn painting techniques, then use them to create your masterpiece. Open to children ages 8 and up. Supplies provided.

  • Tale Waggers:  Read to a Dog* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Apr. 30th, 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”.


  • Discovery Kids:  Walking Rainbow* (Boone’s Trail), Mon., Apr. 1st, 6:00 p.m.

No April Fools here! Tweens will truly learn to create a walking rainbow using capillary action.

  • Club Read:  The Tail of Emily Windsnap* (Boone’s Trail), , Apr. 11th, and 25th, 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.

  • Lighted Canvas Art* (Augusta), Thurs., Apr. 25th, 5:30 p.m.

We’re celebrating Augusta’s Plein Air Event with this painting workshop. Paint your own lighted work of art. 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.

**All library branches are closed on Sunday, April 21st for Easter.**