Community Interest

Library Introduces Community Reading Initiative: St. Charles County Reads

St. Charles County, Missouri – The St. Charles City-County Library invites all residents to participate in its inaugural community reading event, St. Charles County Reads, from April 20 through May 17, 2020. Through this shared experience, we can all be a part of a movement that brings us together.  

Library staff members have selected How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman as the first St. Charles County Reads selection. Families are invited to discover over 2000 recipes that will educate and entertain readers of all ages. Customers can commit to read (and bake) with the community and the Library by registering for this free event at Each registrant will be entered into a drawing to win baking supplies or gift cards from local bakeries and community partners. 

How to Bake Everything is available through the eLibrary, where customers can borrow the eBook using a library card. Those without a card are invited to apply online. The Library is encouraging customers to read and bake, then share their thoughts, pictures, and experiences with the book on social media using the St. Charles County Reads hashtag, #SCCReads. 

Library Director Jason Kuhl says, “This staff-conceived community initiative is tailored specifically for our current environment. It gives people in St. Charles County a way to come together and share a book that teaches new skills while also providing comfort during a difficult time.” 

In addition to shared reading, the Library is planning online baking demonstrations, virtual classes, and partnerships with local businesses. Readers and bakers can find more information about St. Charles County Reads, including food-inspired book recommendations, recipes, baking ideas, and a registration link at