Community Interest

Oceans of Possibilities Summer Challenge 2022

By Shawna Wheeler, St Charles City-County Library

What will you be reading this summer? There are “Oceans of Possibilities” at your library. Our Summer Reading Challenge begins June 1. Maybe you are taking a vacation to the beach, a book makes a great vacation companion.  Books can actually be a great vacation in and of themselves, a vacay taken from your very own comfy chair.

Books are just the beginning of the possibilities for fun at your library. Be sure to check our Classes and Events Calendar. There are several ways to find what is right for you and your family. You can sort, by location or by age, by a certain date or a date range. For example, find out what is happening during the summer challenge, just sort using the dates June 1 to August 8.

Win prizes and books when you keep track of your reading minutes and yes there’s an app for that! Download “Beanstack Tracker'' from your app store and track your reading and activities using your phone or tablet. (Use “St. Charles City-County Library'' as your site when you set up your account.) You can also use Beanstack online through the Library's website. Or, you can track your progress using a paper game board. Print one from our website,, or pick one up at any Library branch.

Once you’re registered the fun begins! Kids, teens, and adults can ALL earn prizes for completing activities. There are lots of opportunities to read, but you can also earn by drawing, writing, cooking or baking, spending time outside, and MORE. Win books (to keep!); a colorful tote or sunglasses; a frisbee or a football rocket; and vouchers for food and fun at Wendy’s, Freddy’s, Amp Up Action Park, Kokomo Joe’s, or the O’Fallon Hoots. We will also have forty-eight grand prize winners, who will each win a $100 gift card. All ages are eligible to win. Can’t get enough? Ask for a bonus challenge sheet and earn more chances to win a grand prize. Keep up the good work to earn a Super Reader window cling or yard sign.

For budding artists ages pre-K to adult, we are looking for beautiful bookmarks to commemorate the Summer Challenge. Design a bookmark that has an Ocean theme and submit it for consideration. Winners will be selected in each age category. The first through third place designs will be printed and made available in our branches for all to enjoy. 

Summer Challenge also encourages you to explore your St. Charles County community with the Summer Tour: Ocean Odyssey. Earn extra Summer Challenge prizes when you visit different library branches this summer. Discover a unique ocean creature at every branch on your tour. For example, the Augusta Branch will be a study of ocean fish. Boones Trail will be the place to study starfish and urchins. Your Summer Tour awaits! The ultimate adventurer will see the different ocean creatures in all eleven branches.

Get registration information, contest details, reading lists, and more information about the  Ocean Odyssey on our Summer Challenge web page. Make sure you are riding the summer challenge wave and be sure to register starting June 1!

Coffee and Conversation: Augusta Branch - adults 
Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Enjoy a cup of coffee, a sweet treat, and conversation with others in the community.

Canasta - Game On!:* Boone’s Trail Branch - adults
Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. & Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Need to get out of the house? Learn to play Hand & Foot Canasta!

Crafting Connections - Yarn Arts:* Augusta Branch - adults
Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Other yarn enthusiasts will keep you company while you work on your knit, crochet, or embroidery project.

Crafting Connections - I Love Quilts!:* Augusta Branch - adults
Tuesday, June 7: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - What will you create? Meet other quilt lovers at this monthly event.

Rainbow Fish - Let’s Read:* Augusta Branch - children
Tuesday, June 7: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  - Celebrate Summer Challenge with a story, and weave a cute paper fish!

Crafting Connections - Make It Sew:*  Augusta Branch - adults
Thursday, June 9: 4:30  p.m. - 6:30  p.m. - Join us in sewing a patriotic pillow! 

"Read to a Dog" - Tale Waggers - Love on a Leash:*  Boone's Trail Branch - children
Thursday, June 9: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Kids can practice reading aloud to an attentive, adorable dog.

Book Discussion - "Life After" by Katie Ganshert:*  Boone's Trail Branch - adults
Monday, June 13: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - When a fiery explosion occurs on an elevated train in Chicago, Autumn is the lone survivor of the tragedy. She is tormented by grief and guilt. A year later she is unexpectedly forced together with a family who lost their wife/mother in the explosion. Paul, the widower, is worried that Autumn will bring more wreckage into his family’s lives. Please join us for the discussion of this compelling novel.

Book Discussion - "18 Tiny Deaths" by Bruce Goldfarb:*  Boone's Trail Branch - adults
Thursday, June 16: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Frances Glessner Lee changed the face of forensics forever. She was never meant to have a career in the 1870s, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. However, she had a fascination with the investigation of violent crimes and made it her life’s work. Her methods are still used today. Join us for this captivating blend of history, women in science, and true crime!

Book Discussion - "The Guest List" by Lucy Foley:*  Augusta Branch - adults
Monday, June 20: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, a young power couple is celebrating their wedding. After the cake is cut and the champagne is popped, resentments and petty jealousies come out. Plus, the weather is shifting and dark clouds are looming overhead. Everyone has a secret…a motive…and someone won’t leave the wedding alive….

Crafting Connections - English Paper Piecing:*  Augusta Branch - adults
Tuesday, June 21: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Learn how to English Paper Piece, a fun method of sewing fabric pieces together.

Pout Pout Fish - Let’s Read:*   Augusta Branch - children
Tuesday, June 21: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Join us for a story about Mr. Fish and a fun craft!

Miniature Ocean Art Show - Family Fun:*  Augusta Branch - all ages
Monday, June 27: All day - Paint your own ocean-themed design on a miniature canvas and display it at the Augusta Branch.

Black Light Bingo - Game On!:* Boone’s Trail Branch - all ages
Thursday, June 30: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Join us as we play a few rounds of Bingo under black lights! We will have snacks, drinks, and small prizes for those who win.

*Register at or call Boone’s Trail at 636-398-6200 or Augusta at 636-228-4855 for more information about classes. 

The Boone’s Trail and Augusta branches are open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon. All St. Charles City-County Library locations will be closed on Sunday, June 19 for Father’s Day.