Community Interest

Soothe School Stress

By Tiffani Stewart
St. Charles City-County Library 

Even as the summer sun still sits high in the sky, school is just around the corner…and you’re already thinking about the inevitable. Even as you take that last family trip, it’s starting to cross your mind. Even as you lick the last of a summer ice cream cone, you know it’s coming. It won’t be tomorrow, but once the kids are back in the classroom, it will happen. It’s THE REPORT. 

One day your sweet son or daughter will say, “I have a report to do.” If you have a particular type of child, he or she may say, “I have a report due tomorrow!” Your first thought will be to visit the Library, and that is an excellent idea. The Library has a large selection of materials, a knowledgeable staff to help find what you need, and technology tools to get it done. But what if the Library will be closed by the time you get there? Or what if the book he or she really needs NOW is not on the Library shelf? It’s time to get to know the eLibrary

You may already be familiar with electronic resources like Consumer Reports (with up-to-date buying guides) and Mango Languages (to learn 70+ languages). But did you know about the vast collection in our eLibrary for students? Go to and take a look. You can stream educational movies, check out eBooks and audiobooks 24 hours a day, and find research for reports for kids of all ages. 

These are just a few of the eResources for students that you can access free with a library card. (Feel free to keep this page under a magnet on the fridge for future report reference.)

Biography in Context – Get information on thousands of notable people, current and historical.

CultureGrams– Access concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world.

Explora Kids/Teens– Find articles (and more than one million images) about hundreds of topics written specifically for students.

Kanopy Kids– Watch movies and T.V. shows free with a library card. Kanopy Kids offers age ratings for every selection and parental controls.

Kids Infobits– Explore topics like animals, outer space, famous athletes, and more through newspaper articles, magazine articles, and videos designed for elementary school students. 

LearningExpress Library- Get instant access to the most comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources available.

NoveList K-8 Plus– Is it tough to find books your child enjoys? Browse hundreds of theme-oriented book lists for readers at all grade levels.

OverDrive for Kids– Access popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks and audiobooks for kids.

PowerKnowledge– Find science articles, experiments, videos, and games designed to teach concepts in Earth & Space, Life Science, and Physical Science to kids in grades 3-6.

Science Reference Center- Search magazine and reference articles, experiments, biographies, images, and videos on various science topics.

• – Get free homework help in over 40 subjects from certified tutors online.

World Book Online– Divided into age levels (Early World of Learning, Kids, Student, and Advanced), find engaging content from your favorite encyclopedia for students from preschool to high school. 

Once you use the eLibrary to help your children with their school reports, you will be hooked! Read today’s newspaper…from Seattle: PressReader. Learn to knit: Creativebug. Get the latest People magazine: Flipster. Access the Library anytime for almost anything, right from your computer, tablet, or phone. 

As much as we love our eLibrary, we also love to see you in the Library. Staff can help you learn to access eResources. Or you can attend one of these classes or events at the Augusta Branch or the Boone’s Trail Branch: 


  •  School Prep: eResources at the Library (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Aug. 1st, 5:00 p.m.

If you’re a homeschooling parent planning for a new school year, come and learn how the Library’s eResources can help your kids succeed.

  •  I Love Quilts (Augusta), Tues., Aug. 6th, 10:00 a.m.

If you love to quilt, join us for this month’s demonstration. Bring your Show and Tell project, and don’t forget Block of the Month!

  •  Scrabble Tile Necklace (Augusta), Tues., Aug. 13th, drop in all day

Create an adorable pendant using wooden gaming tiles.

  •  Pinochle* (Augusta), Tues., Aug. 13th, 4:00 p.m.

Ready for fun and friendly competition? Try Pinochle, the classic card game that encourages “trick-taking”. Beginners welcome.

  •  New Melle Nonfiction Book Discussion Group* (Boone’s Trail), , Aug. 15th, 10:00 a.m.

Discuss stories of a trucker’s encounters with people all over America after reading The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy.

  •  Make It Sew: Gadget Cushion* (Augusta), Thurs., Aug. 15th, 4:30 p.m.

Learn to sew a nifty cushion that is designed to hold a cell phone, tablet, or other device where you can easily see it. Watch YouTube or browse Pinterest in comfort! Materials list and pattern provided at registration.

  •  Augusta Book Discussion* (Augusta), Mon., August 19th, 2:00 p.m.

In The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen, author Lindsay Ashford recounts an investigation into the death of Jane, complete with family intrigue and shocking secrets. Care to discuss murder and mayhem? Pick up your copy at the library and join the discussion.

  •  English Paper Piecing* (Augusta), Tues., Aug. 20th, 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.

  •  Painted Wine Glass* (Augusta), , Aug. 26th, 11:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m.

Don’t drink from an ordinary anonymous wine glass. Share a bit of your personality when you sip! Join us to create your own painted wine glass. Register for one of two sessions.

  •  Let’s Play Crazy Rummy* (Boone’s Trail), Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

It’s time for rummy. Play cards and socialize with fun-loving folks in the community!

  •  Coffee at the Library (Augusta), Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.

Come in for coffee and conversation every Thursday morning.

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

Want to make friends? Challenge your brain? Come play the rummy card game that uses two decks of cards – a hand and a foot. Beginners welcome.

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

Are you a yarn artist? If you knit, crochet, embroider, or cross stitch, join us to finish your next project.



  •  Discovery Kids: Heat * (Boone’s Trail), Mon., Aug. 5th, 6:00 p.m.

Explore the amazing power of heat and harness it to create art.

  •  Story Time (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Aug. 8th, 10:30 a.m.

                                                              Mon., Aug. 19th, 6:00 p.m.  (Wear a silly hat!)

                                                              Thurs., Aug. 22nd, 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., Aug. 15th, 5:30 p.m.

Explore ancient and modern-day Japan through reading and playing. (Grades 1-5)

  •  Tale Waggers:  Read to a Dog* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Aug. 27th, 6:00 p.m.

Reluctant readers can 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 Create: No-Sew Duct Tape Pouch (Augusta) Mon., Aug. 5th, all day drop in

Make a water-tight pouch using a resealable bag. All supplied 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.