By Tiffani Stewart
St. Charles City-County Library
I can hear the group before I see them. There is a low hum of conversation punctuated with occasional bursts of laughter coming from the room where they are meeting down the hall. As I round the corner and enter, about 20 faces turn toward me and smile. Many of them greet me warmly, but they don’t wave or shake hands. Their hands are busy. This is “Let’s Crochet”, a group that meets regularly at the Library.
“Let’s Crochet” started in 2013 with the idea that its members could create together at the Library, working both on personal projects and beautiful handmade items that they give back to the community. The group meets weekly and is a mix of seasoned needlecrafters, beginners, and everything in between.
As I circle the room, I see crocheted quilts in various stages of completion. There are cuddly toys – bunnies, balls, even a hippo! – and tiny crocheted stocking caps in every color of the rainbow. Women and men are conversing with those around them while still making steady progress on scarves, tablecloths, and in one case, a tiny blue octopus with curling tentacles made of soft blue yarn.
Two friends working together explain what they are doing. “Have you heard of Random Acts of Crafting?” one asks. The other says, “We make little items to leave around town.” She holds up a pink rabbit with button eyes. “Wouldn’t it be fun to find this on a park bench?” They smile broadly when I agree. It WOULD be fun to find that beautiful little bunny on a park bench. It’s hard to believe that they are working so carefully on a project used simply to brighten the day of a complete stranger. But that sums up the philosophy of “Let’s Crochet”
“It's a way to give back that comes from the heart,” explains the group’s founder, Yvonne Solt. “It's an outlet for what we love doing, and helps us remember our loved ones…and those in need.” As she tells me this, she is sifting through a large stack of recently completed activity mats designed to engage those dealing with memory loss. She continues, “The group has grown and grown. The members are energetic, engaging, and the creativity flows!”
Children, adults, and teens regularly discover hobbies and make friends through groups that meet at the Library. Hook up with “Let’s Crochet” at the Spencer Road Branch (or a group like it meeting at one of many other branches), or find a different type of group that interests you. The Library offers book discussion groups, groups that play cards or chess, groups for gardeners, even a group of folks that meet at the Library every week just to drink a cup of coffee together and catch up.
Whether you’re crafting or chatting, sharing your work or keeping it, wanting to learn or hoping to teach, consider the Library and one of the many groups that are meeting there together. Check our online classes and events calendar for more information. Or take a look at this month’s calendar for classes, events (and group meetings!) at the Boone’s Trail Branch and Augusta Branch Libraries:
• Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories (all branches), May 20-Aug. 1
Ready to blast off into reading this summer? Complete your mission, finish a game board, and earn prizes that are out of this world! Open to all ages.
• Star Party (Augusta), Sat., June 6th, 7:00 p.m.
Bring the whole family for a party with the stars! Experts from the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri will be on hand to introduce you to the night sky. If you love this Star Party, you can arrange to check out a telescope and enjoy the stars from home too.
• All Day Craft Day: Father’s Day Cards (Boone’s Trail), Tues., June 11th, drop in all day
Honor Dad by making and coloring a card for his special day. All materials provided.
• I Love Quilts (Augusta), Tues., June 4th, 10:00 a.m.
If you love to quilt, don’t miss this month’s demonstration. Bring your Show and Tell project, and don’t forget Block of the Month!
• Pinochle* (Augusta), Tues., June 11th, 4:00 p.m.
Learn to play Pinochle, the classic card game that encourages “trick-taking”. Register for fun and friendly competition.
• Augusta Book Discussion* (Augusta), Mon., June 17th, 2:00 p.m.
Beware! The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler contains traveling circus performers, evil curses, and a young librarian who finds a mysterious book. Intrigued? Pick up your copy at the library, then join a great discussion.
• English Paper Piecing* (Augusta), Tues., June 18th, 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.
• New Melle Nonfiction Book Discussion Group* (Boone’s Trail), , June 20th, 10:00 a.m.
On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas with ten principles that he had learned from his time as a Navy Seal. His speech was later seen and shared over 10 million times online. Let’s talk about the wisdom and advice in the speech that became the book Make Your Bed. Pick it up from the library.
• Make It Sew: Rustic American Wreath* (Augusta), , June 20th, 4:30 p.m.
You will need a wire wreath base (any size) and a pair of old jeans to create this beautiful wreath. Be sure to register. This one is expected to fill up fast.
• Tea Cup Fairy Garden* (Augusta), Mon., June 24th, 4:30 p.m.
Create a tiny fairy garden…inside of a tea cup! All materials provided.
• Let’s Play Rummy* (Boone’s Trail), Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
Register to play rummy with friends (or soon-to-be 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 to play the rummy card game that uses two decks of cards – a hand and a foot. This friendly group loves to relax and spend time together at the library. Join them!
• 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: Dancing Worms * (Boone’s Trail), Mon., June 3rd, 6:00 p.m.
Join us to eat gooey snacks while learning about what happens during chemical reactions.
• Let’s Create: “Dad, You Rock!” Picture Frames (Augusta) Mon., June 10th, all day drop in
Let Dad know that he’s a rock star by creating a frame just for him…just in time for Father’s Day.
• Story Time (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., June 13th, 10:30 a.m.
Mon., June 17th, 6:00 p.m. (Celebrate your Unbirthday!)
Thurs., June 27th, 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* (Boone’s Trail) Thurs., June 20th, 5:30 p.m.
Explore ancient and modern-day Norway through reading and playing.
• Tale Waggers: Read to a Dog* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., June 25th, 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.
• Teens Create: Galaxy in a Jar* (Augusta) Sat., June 29th, 9:30 a.m.
How can you put a galaxy in a jar? It takes some special ingredients and some awesome library magic. Come explore!
*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 closed on Sunday, June 16th for Father’s Day**