Community Interest

Are You Ready for Summer?

By Tiffani Stewart

St. Charles City-County Library 

“‘Cause a little bit of summer’s what the whole year’s all about.” -John Mayer (“Wildfire”) 

The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming, and school is winding down for the year. Summer is coming, and the Library has some ideas to help you make it special. 

Planning a travel destination for your summer vacation? Need some help entertaining the kids during the long summer months off of school? Hoping for some excitement? The Library has everything you need for a spectacular summer! 

First…your trip. If you’re planning to travel out of the country this summer, it’s time to think about passports. Hold onto your beret! Did you know that you can apply for a U.S. passport at the Library? Four library branches in St. Charles County – Corporate Parkway, Kisker Road, Middendorf-Kredell, and Spencer Road – are passport acceptance facilities. Staff can take your picture, help you with applications, and offer you plenty of reading material if you have to wait. You will need specific documents and your checkbook (or money orders). Get all the information you need at The Library has travel guides to many destinations too. From Disney World to Denver, Branson to Bulgaria, Chicago to China - use your library card to prepare for an amazing summer vacation. 

Your travel time on Earth is accounted for, but what about your trip across the galaxy? Keep the kids (and yourself!) busy and happy this summer by participating in “A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading at the Library. Starting May 20, you can register to read, play, and win prizes that are out of this world! Pick up age-specific gameboards that will challenge participants to write, cook, play outside, spend time at the Library, and READ. Catch special Summer Reading performances, classes, and contests for all ages including a bookmark design competition, coloring contest, and a special Galactic Tour challenge. Summer Reading will be out of this world! Don’t miss it. 

Looking for more summer excitement? Make a date to meet the stars…in the night sky. Bring the whole family to a Star Party at the Library. Experts from the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri will help you view our amazing universe through telescopes that you can later check out and use at home. Star Parties are happening at various library branches all summer long. Check our online classes and events calendar for times and locations. 

If your whole year’s about summer, make the most of it! Whether you’re traveling, exploring “A Universe of Stories”, or meeting the stars, include the Library in your summer plans. And don’t forget these classes and events at the Augusta and Boone’s Trail branches: 


  •  National Free Comic Book Day (all branches), Sat., May 4th, all day

Pick up your free comic at any library branch today. First come, first served while supplies last, so stop by early for the best selection. Limit one comic per customer.

  •  Let’s Create: May the 4th Be With You (Augusta), Sat., May 4th, drop in all day

Let your inner Jedi create. Star Wars lovers can craft keepsakes from a galaxy far, far away.

  •  All Day Craft Day: Mother’s Day Cards (Boone’s Trail), Tues., May 7th, drop in all day

Honor Mom by making and coloring a card for her special day. All materials provided.

  •  Summer Reading Bubble Party (Boone’s Trail), May 28th, 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the start of Summer Reading with music, bubbles, and fun!

  •  Perler Bead Wind Spinner (Augusta), Tues., May 28th, drop in all day

Create a wind spinner using plastic fusible colorful beads.



  •  Make It Sew: Fabric Reusable Grocery Bag* (Augusta), , May 2nd or May 16th, 4:30 p.m.

Make a beautiful, reusable bag for groceries or library books. Supply list available at time of registration. Choose one of two sessions.

  •  I Love Quilts (Augusta), Tues., May 7th, 10:00 a.m.

If you’re a quilter, come for a demonstration of this month’s technique. Bring your project for Show and Tell, and don’t forget Block of the Month! We love quilts. Do you?

  •  Pinochle* (Augusta), Tues., May 14th, 4:00 p.m.

Learn to play Pinochle, the classic card game that encourages “trick-taking”. Register for fun and friendly competition.

  •  New Melle Nonfiction Book Discussion Group* (Boone’s Trail), , May 16th, 10:00 a.m.

Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu follows the relationship of Queen Victoria (in her twilight years) and her friend and servant, Abdul Karim. Pick up a copy at the library and join us!

  •  Augusta Book Discussion* (Augusta), Mon., May 20th, 2:00 p.m.

Stop by the library to pick up your copy of Follow the River by James Thom, then join us for a discussion on pioneer Mary Ingles, who was kidnapped by the Shawnee at age twenty-three.

  •  English Paper Piecing* (Augusta), Tues., May 21st, 4:00 p.m.

Bring a sewing needle, thread, and small scissors to learn the art of English Paper Piecing, a quilting technique that allows for beautiful and intricate designs.

  •  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: The Five Senses * (Boone’s Trail), Mon., May 6th, 6:00 p.m.

How does your body use its five senses? Explore them at the library.

  •  Let’s Create: Mother’s Day Marble Magnets (Augusta) Mon., May 6th, all day drop in

Make a set of four marble magnets to give to Mom on her special day.

  •  Story Time (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., May 9th, 10:30 a.m.

                                                              Mon., May 20th, 6:00 p.m.             (Pirate stories!)

                                                              Thurs., May 23rd, 10:30 a.m.

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

  •  Let’s Explore: Avid Adventurers* (Augusta) Thurs., May 23rd, 5:30 p.m.

Explore ancient and modern-day Egypt through reading and playing.

  •  Tale Waggers:  Read to a Dog* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., May 28th, 6:00 p.m.

If your child dreads reading aloud, help him/her gain confidence by reading to a dog! A friendly attentive dog from “Love on a Leash” will listen with patience and reward readers with love.

TWEENS (grades 4-8):

  •  Discovery Kids: The Five Senses * (Boone’s Trail), Mon., May 6th, 6:00 p.m.

How does your body use its five senses? Explore them at the library.

  •  Let’s Explore: Avid Adventurers* (Augusta) Thurs., May 23rd, 5:30 p.m.

Explore ancient and modern-day Egypt through reading and playing. 


*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, May 12th for Mother’s Day, and Sun., May 26th and Mon., May 27th for Memorial Day weekend.**