By Tiffani Stewart
St. Charles City-County Library
This year can be different. This can be the year that you actually get in shape, and the Library is here to help! Picture yourself feeling healthy and well, with great information to help you make health decisions, with opportunities to exercise, and with equipment and materials that will motivate you to cook nutritious meals. The Library can support you during your journey to good health. (Be sure to consult a doctor before you embark on any drastic changes in diet or activity level.)
Attend classes about diabetes, Alzheimer’s, managing pain, and many other topics at no cost. The Library partners with experts to provide a wide variety of opportunities that will educate and empower you to take control of your health. Want to learn? Some examples of consumer health classes offered in January include “Wellness on the Web” (an intro to health-related apps) on 1/6 at the Kathryn Linnemann Branch, “Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certification” on 1/11 at the Spencer Road Branch, and “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body” on 1/23 at the Corporate Parkway Branch. Search our online classes and events calendar for educational opportunties that can give you the information you need to make healthy decisions.
Did you know that you can take line dancing classes at the Library? Join a walking group? Learn yoga? The Library provides exercise courses at a variety of branches. If on-site exercise events do not work with your schedule, try a fitness kit. Experiment with a new type of activity in your own home at your own pace: yoga, kettlebell, pilates, barre fitness, hula hoops, resistance bands, and more. All of the tools and instructions are included to help you explore and enjoy. (To browse fitness kits, access myLibrary.org/library-things.) We also offer hundreds of exercise DVDs ranging from “Gentle Tai Chi” to “Powerstrike Kickboxing. Browse DVDs using the myLibrary Catalog, or check the shelves at your favorite branch.
Once you’ve exercised, you will probably feel hungry. So much of our health (or lack thereof) comes from what we choose to eat. The Library offers cooking equipment that can help you prepare healthy meals. Check out items like an Instant Pot, a kitchen scale, or a Spiralizer (for creating fun shapes out of vegetables). In addition, we have a HUGE variety of cookbooks, both in print and electronic, that can guide you toward sound nutrition. Use the myLibrary Catalog to search keywords like “cookbooks health” to find books that instruct on preparing food that will help you eat clean, lose weight, or…repair a leaky gut? (Yep. The Complete Leaky Gut Health and Diet Guide by Makoto Trotter).
As you journey the road to good health and wellness, we are here to offer support. Take advantage of health education, find opportunities to exercise, and check out equipment and materials that will give you the tools to prepare nutritious meals. While you’re tackling your health goals, know that the Library can also help you get comfortable with technology, make some new friends, or learn a hobby with some of these classes and events offered at the Boone’s Trail Branch and the Augusta Branch Libraries:
• LEGO Builders (Boone’s Trail) Thur., Jan. 9th, 5:00 p.m. Come create with the Library's extensive collection of LEGOs. Your finished masterpiece could be displayed at the Library.
• Game On! (Augusta), Tues., Jan. 14th, 5:30 p.m. Isn’t it about time for a family game night? Drop in and play.
• Tech Time: Snap Circuits Extreme (Augusta), Sat., Jan. 18th. Explore electronics using switches, amplifiers, solar cells, and more! Stop by to experiment and build anytime during regular library hours.
• Make It Sew: Folded Fabric Coasters* (Augusta), Thurs., Jan. 2nd, 4:30 p.m. Create fun and functional folded fabric coasters. (A supply list will be provided upon registration.)
• I Love Quilts (Augusta), Tues., Jan. 7th, 10:00 a.m. You love quilts. We love quilts. Let’s get together! See demonstrations, bring your Show and Tell project, and get motivated with Block of the Month.
• New Melle Nonfiction Book Discussion Group* (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Jan 16th, 10:00 a.m. Prisoner of war Winston Churchill pulled off a daring escape, traversing hundreds of miles through enemy territory alone. Meet Churchill before he became his country’s leader. Join us for the discussion of Hero of the Empire: The Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard.
• Crafting Connections: Project Wrap-Up* (Augusta), Thurs., Jan. 16th, 4:00 p.m. Finish your projects and keep your kitchen table clean. Come to the Library to finish your unfinished crafting projects (or leave them on the "Let It Go" table to pass on to another crafter).
• Augusta Book Discussion* (Augusta), Mon., Jan. 20th, 2:00 p.m. In The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, blue-skinned Cussy Carter joins Roosevelt's Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a traveling librarian. Enjoy fiction with a side of history, then discuss with us.
• English Paper Piecing* (Augusta), Tues., Jan. 21st, 4:00 p.m. Learn to quilt in a way that you can carry in your purse and work on anywhere!
• Discover Technology: Android Essentials* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Jan. 21st & 28th, 2:00 p.m.Get to know your phone or tablet! (If you don’t have an iPhone/iPad, you probably have an Android). Learn about useful apps and functions including maps, email, and calendar. Please plan to attend BOTH sessions.
• Discover Crafting: Jar of Hearts* (Augusta), Thurs., Jan. 30th, 5:30 p.m. Paint a glass jar to create a glowing, love-filled decoration. Use it as a tea light holder or fill it with flowers. Supplies will be provided.
• Let’s Play Crazy Rummy* (Boone’s Trail), Mondays at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a “wildcard” or a “joker”, you’ll find a group of “suite” people to play with at this weekly rummy card game. Beginners welcome.
• Write Your Life Story* (Augusta), Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. Get your stories down on paper before it’s too late. Come weekly and get motivated with guest speakers, a variety of topics, and helpful instruction.
• Coffee at the Library (Augusta), Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. Find coffee, treats, and conversation every Thursday morning at the Library. We’re expecting you!
• Hand and Foot Canasta* (Boone’s Trail), Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
Have you ever tried to laugh and play cards at the same time? This group can do it! Join them for critical thinking, strategy, and lots of fun. 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: Shrinky Dinks (Augusta), Mon., Jan. 6th, drop in all day. Create a unique keychain or charm using your own artwork.
• Tale Waggers: Read to a Dog* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Jan. 21st, 6:00 p.m. Dogs love to wag their tails and listen to tales! Build confidence in reading by sharing a book (yours or ours) with a friendly attentive dog from “Love on a Leash”.
• Let’s Create: Snowmen (Augusta), Mon., Jan. 27th, drop in all day. Have fun with snowmen…indoors! Listen to stories and create a snowman of your own without getting cold or wet.
• Let’s Explore: Density* (Boone’s Trail) Mon., Jan. 27th, 6:00 p.m. Is a cup full of feathers the same as a cup full of dirt? Join us as we use different materials to explore density and make dancing drawings!
*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 Wednesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day. Branches will be open regular hours on Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King Day.