By Tiffani Stewart
St. Charles City-County Library
Even if you’re not a true believer, it can be fun to check your daily horoscope. And when the best activity for your sign is to simply stay in bed all day, it’s especially tempting to find similarities between your personality and the zodiac sign under which you were born.
If astrology can guide life choices for some people, why can’t it guide reading choices too? Enjoy these book suggestions that are written in the stars.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18): humanitarian
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom is not just a book, but an actual home where the author grew up. The family lived there from 1961 until it was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. An Aquarius will appreciate this moving intergenerational tale of a yellow house in New Orleans and what happened there before, during, and after the storm.
Pisces (February 19-March 20): compassionate, sociable
Theodore Roosevelt, weighing one last presidential run, defended his integrity and challenged the political system in Dan Abrams and David Fisher’s Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy. A Pisces will have compassion for Roosevelt as he battled for his honor during this epic 1915 libel case.
Aries (March 21-April 19): bold and ambitious, lots of energy
A society wife-in-training is recruited to spy for a Mexican resistance group fighting for equality. In We Set the Dark on Fire, Tehlor Kay Mejia and Kyla Garcia have created a character and a story that will appeal to the bold.
Taurus (April 20-May 20): serene, strives for security
Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff (the voices behind the #1 hit podcast “My Favorite Murder!”) focuses on the importance of advocating for yourself and staying safe. If you’re striving for security, this is a must-read.
Gemini (May 21-June 20): interested in many pursuits, communicative
Perfect for a sign represented by twins, the twisty adult thriller Lost You by Haylen Beck features two mothers, both claiming to have the same child.
Cancer (June 21-July 22): intuitive, stubborn and emotional
Will they or won’t they? Normal People by Sally Rooney is a modern take on the age-old question. The stubborn couple portrayed in the story are heartbreaking but hopeful, which makes any emotional reader root for them.
Leo (July 23-August 22): vivacious, theatrical, and passionate
If you are passionate about theatre, you may enjoy The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara. This nonfiction read explores the life of a horror film trailblazer, monster creator, and animator.
Virgo (August 23-September 22): logical, practical, and systematic
Organizers rejoice! The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals by Joanna Teplin is a New York Times bestseller and favorite of celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Libra (September 23-October 22): strives for balance and harmony
Anyone looking for harmony in life knows how greed and consumerism can easily pull people off balance. In cautionary tale The Warehouse by Blake Crouch, people live where they work and The Cloud, a giant tech company, controls…everything.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21): passionate, power-seeking
Tea Obreht’s latest story Inland features Nora, an unflinching frontierswoman living in the drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893. But this is no typical western! Ghosts, outlaws, and camels make this a perfect myth for a passionate reader.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): cheerful free spirit
Sometimes a Sagittarius just wants to kick back and enjoy the game. Celebrate game day with That’s My Team: The History, Science and Fun Behind Sports Teams’ Names by Paul Volponi. Read this book to amaze your friends with all you know about the team you love.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19): proud and ambitious
Like a Capricorn, Northern Ireland is proud, ambitious, and full of conflict. Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland brings it to life through personal stories and unflinching examination.
Find these recommended books at the Library. Today is the day to do it – as long as your horoscope agrees. While you’re there, you’re destined to check out one of these classes and events at the Boone’s Trail Branch or the Augusta Branch Libraries.
• Let’s Create: Pinwheels (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Sept. 3rd, drop in all day. Make your creativity spin! Stop by to create a pinwheel.
• Family Fun: Fishing 101* (Augusta), Mon., Sept. 9th, 4:00 p.m. (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Sept. 17th, 6:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of fishing in this class for school-age children and their parents. Discover tips and tricks for catching fish, master fishing equipment, and get hands-on practice. All supplies provided, including poles. Register early – space is limited.
• Write Your Life Story* (Augusta), Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
This weekly group will help you write your life story. At each session you’ll receive a topic to work on. Meetings may include special guest speakers or activities and opportunities to share your writing (if you wish). Stay motivated and accountable. Your loved ones will thank you.
• I Love Quilts (Augusta), Tues., Sept. 3rd, 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!
• Augusta Book Discussion* (Augusta), Mon., Sept. 16th, 2:00 p.m.
In Tara Road by Maeve Binchy, two women – one American, one Irish – trade houses for the summer. Join us to discuss how this small decision changed both of their lives.
• English Paper Piecing* (Augusta), Tues., Sept. 17th, 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), , Sept. 19th, 10:00 a.m.
Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another person for the next 27 years. Read The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel and join us for a discussion about this mysterious man.
• Make It Sew: Felt Flower Wreath* (Augusta), Thurs., Sept. 19th, 4:30 p.m.
Learn to sew a summer wreath. (Stop by the branch to see a sample.) Materials list provided at registration.
• Paisley Pumpkin* (Augusta), Tues., Sept. 24th, 11:00 a.m.
Sew and stuff an adorable fabric pumpkin to add to your fall decor. All supplies provided.
• 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.
• Let’s Create: Applesauce Ornaments* (Augusta), Thurs., Sept. 5th, 4:00 p.m.
Mix, roll, and cut out an ornament that will look and smell delicious.
• Tale Waggers: Read to a Dog* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Sept. 10th, 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.
• Story Time (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Sept. 12th, 10:30 a.m., Mon., Sept. 16th, 6:00 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 26th, 10:30 a.m. (Bring an item for Show & Tell!)
Stories, songs, and crafts to enhance early literacy. Story time is open to children ages 3-6.
• Stuffed Animal Sleepover Story Time (Boone’s Trail), Sat., Sept. 14th, 10:30 a.m.
Drop off your stuffed animal friend on Thurs., Sept. 12th between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for overnight adventures at the library. Pick up your buddy at a special story time on Saturday morning to discover what happened during the sleepover.
• Let’s Explore: Avid Adventurers* (Boone’s Trail) Thurs., Sept. 26th, 5:30 p.m.
Explore ancient and modern-day Morocco through reading and playing. (Grades 1-5)
• Tween STEM: Marshmallow Engineering (Augusta) Mon., Sept. 23rd, all day drop in
Build a structure using marshmallows and the power of engineering. All supplied provided.
*Register at myLibrary.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 will be closed on Sunday, Sept. 1st and Monday, Sept. 2nd for the Labor Day holiday.