Community Interest

New Tech Tools at the Library

By Tiffani Stewart
St. Charles City-County Library 

So you’ve taken a technology class at the Library. You’ve read an eBook, you’ve streamed a movie, maybe you’ve even learned to knit or speak German using resources from our eLibrary. But did you know that the Library also has technology TOOLS? That’s right! You can check out computers, hotspots, and more.

Want to start a podcast? Stream movies during a road trip? Take your YouTube viewers on a Katy Trail bike ride? We have the tools to help you turn your ideas into reality. These items are now available for use in-branch or at home:

  •  MacBooks that contain the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, InDesign, Premiere Pro) for use at four branch locations, including the Corporate Parkway Branch. These can be reserved in advance.
  •  Mobile Hotspots for access to WiFi internet anywhere a phone signal can reach
  •  GoPro action cameras
  •  Portable Chromebook laptops, available at every branch on a first-come, first-served basis
  •  Microphones that connect to a computer and record voice for video or podcasts
  •  VHS-to-digital converters 

Use our MacBooks with Adobe to create professional flyers for the business you want to start. Check out a GoPro to film your favorite hiking route, then edit the video in a Library branch. Turn your family VHS movies into DVDs, then share them at your next reunion. The Library’s tech collection has tools that can inspire you to finish a project, help you create special moments with the people you love, and encourage you to dream big. 

When is the last time that you got to a new place without using directions on your smartphone? When is the last time you called a friend instead of texting? When is the last time you looked up information in an encyclopedia instead of using Google - for everything!? Technology is here to stay, and the Library’s classes and tools can help. Explore the Library’s new tech collection and create something special. And don’t miss these special classes and events at the Boone’s Trail Branch and Augusta Branch Libraries. 

FAMILY:
  •  Let’s Create: Perler Beads (Augusta), Mon., Mar. 2nd, 1:00 p.m.

Design your own art using perler beads and the magic of heat. Supplies will be provided.

  •  LEGO Builders (Boone’s Trail) Thurs., Mar. 5th, 5:30 p.m. 

Come create with the Library's extensive collection of LEGOs. Your finished masterpiece could be displayed at the Library.

  •  Let’s Create: Cuddly Snakes (Augusta), Mon., Mar. 16th, 4:00 p.m.

Legend has it that all of the snakes were driven out of Ireland. Learn about this fun myth while creating a cuddly version of your own - either by finger knitting or using a recycled tie. Supplies will be provided.

  •  Let’s Create: Wax-Resist Watercolor Painting* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Mar. 17th, 6:00 p.m.

Explore how wax repels water using crayons and watercolor paints. Create a work of art!

 

ADULTS:

  •  Book Discussion: Your Favorite Cookbook* (Augusta), Mon., Mar. 2nd, 6:00 p.m.

Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes? Do you enjoy sampling and sharing new dishes? Then grab your oven mitts and sign up for this new book club!

  •  I Love Quilts (Augusta), Tues., Mar. 3rd, 10:00 a.m.

You love quilts. We love quilts. Let’s get together! See demonstrations, bring your Show and Tell project, and keep working on Block of the Month.

  •  Crafting Connections: Make Your First Quilt (attend three sessions)*

(Boone’s Trail), Tues., Mar. 10th, April 14th, and May 12th, 4:00 p.m.

At the conclusion of these classes, you will have a baby-sized quilt top! Along the way, you will learn the quilting basics of fabric selection, rotary cutting, and sewing accuracy. This is a hands-on class for BEGINNERS only. A supply list will be sent to you via email in February. We will be sewing in class, so get your sewing machine dusted off and ready! (If you do not have a portable sewing machine, please indicate in the "note" field when you register.)

  •  Hand and Foot Canasta (Augusta), Tues., Mar. 10th, 4:00 p.m.

Learn to play Hand & Foot Canasta. Playing cards is a fun way to socialize & exercise your brain. Cards & instructions provided.

  •  Discover Crafting: Leprechaun Gnome* (Augusta), Thurs., Mar. 12th, 5:30 p.m.

Create a cute little trickster out of a sock, faux fur, and felt. Supplies will be provided.

  •  Augusta Book Discussion* (Augusta), Mon., Mar. 16th, 2:00 p.m.

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Read Educated: A Memoir, then join us to discuss this captivating true story.

  •  English Paper Piecing* (Augusta), Tues., Mar. 17th, 4:00 p.m.

Carry a project in your purse and work on it anywhere! Learn the art of English Paper Piecing. 

  •  New Melle Nonfiction Book Discussion Group* (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Mar. 19th, 10:00 a.m.  

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict is based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist, Hedy Lamarr, whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication. Pick up your copy at the Library.

  •  Crafting Connections: Project Wrap-Up* (Augusta), Thurs., Mar. 19th, 5:00 p.m.

Finish your projects and keep your kitchen table clean. Come to the Library to work, socialize, and share the progress you’re making.

  •  Discover Crafting: Yarn Birds* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Mar. 24th, 6:00 p.m.

Welcome springtime by creating cute and colorful yarn birds!

  •  Discover Technology: Android Intermediate*

(Boone’s Trail), Mon., Mar. 30th and April 6th, 2:00 p.m.

For those ready to go beyond the basics, this class will show you tips and tricks for the calendar, email, text, and camera apps on your Android device.

  •  Let’s Play Crazy Rummy* (Boone’s Trail), Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Crazy about rummy? Want to be? Join us for a weekly game of fun. Beginners welcome.

  •  Write Your Life Story* (Augusta), Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Want to write? Get your stories down on paper while you remember them. Come weekly for support, guest speakers, and a variety of topics to help you stay motivated. 

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

Find coffee, treats, and conversation every Thursday morning at the Library. Browse materials and make new friends in the community.

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

Keep your brain active while you enjoy time with other players. Beginners welcome.

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

If you knit, crochet, embroider, or cross stitch, join us to finish your next Yarn Arts project.

 

CHILDREN:

  •  Let’s Create: Moon Sand (Augusta), Mon., Mar. 23rd, 1:00 p.m.

This DIY moon sand uses only two ingredients for hours of fun. Come, make, and play!

  •  Let’s Create: Crayon Melt (Augusta), Tues., Mar. 31st, 1:00 p.m.

It's National Crayon Day! We will re-purpose broken crayons into new pieces of art.

  •  Tale Waggers: Read to a Dog* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Mar.31st, 6:00 p.m.

Build confidence by reading out loud to a furry friend. Share your favorite book or try a new one from the Library.

 

TEENS/TWEENS:

Crafting Connections: Make Your First Quilt (three sessions)*

(Boone’s Trail), Tues., Mar. 10th, April 14th, and May 12th, 4:00 p.m.

At the conclusion of these classes, you will have a baby-sized quilt top that is all yours! This is a hands-on class for BEGINNERS only. A supply list will be sent to you via email in February. We will be sewing in class. If you do not have a portable sewing machine, please indicate in the "note" field when you register.

  •  Discover Crafting: Leprechaun Gnome* (Augusta), Thurs., Mar. 12th, 5:30 p.m.

Create a cute little trickster out of a sock, faux fur, and felt. Supplies will be provided.

  •  Discover Crafting: Yarn Birds* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Mar. 24th, 6:00 p.m.

Welcome springtime by creating cute and colorful yarn birds!
 

*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.