Community Interest

Become a Citizen Scientist

By Shawna Wheeler, St. Charles City-County Library

Our Library of Things is expanding!  Our new Citizen Science Kits can help you collect and share scientific data, contributing to scientific research programs being conducted nationwide.

You can learn more about becoming a citizen scientist at, a National Science Foundation-supported hub where more than 3,000 projects have been registered by individual project leaders, governmental and non-governmental organizations and universities.  This is an excellent way for researchers to source large amounts of information and for you to pursue a hobby or an interest while contributing to scientific discovery! 

The library has partnered with International Dark-Sky Association Missouri Chapter to take part in six Citizen Scientist Projects:

Measuring Light in the Night - Help gather light pollution data by using a Sky Quality Meter to measure the sky's brightness. 

Astrophotos - Measuring Light Pollution - Help astronomers study light pollution by taking photos of the sky with your smartphone.

Astrophotos - Lunar Photography - Experiment using smartphones and telescopes for astrophotography.  (This kit is added onto the existing telescopes in the collection.)

Birds of North America - Collect pictures of wild birds of North America (This kit is added to the existing binoculars in the collection.)

Exploring Biodiversity - Document and identify plants and animals around you.

The Great Sunflower Project - Identify and count the number of bees that visit an area to help scientists learn where pollinators need help.

To register, visit,, to participate in one or more of these projects. Check out a kit from the library by, typing the phrase “citizen science kits'' into the library catalog search field. To participate in the Astrophotos Lunar Photography project, check out a  telescope, which is now equipped with the smartphone adapter you will need when taking photos of astronomical objects.

You can check out a pair of binoculars to contribute to the Birds of North America project. The kit includes a phone adapter and instructions to start taking pictures of our feathered friends.

I have just requested the library kit that will let me gather data about light in the night sky. This kit includes one planisphere, one sky quality meter and guide, one red LED flashlight, one datasheet, and one activity sheet. Let the data gathering begin!

Also…Summer Challenge is in full swing at the Library! Perhaps you have already finished your first game board and are working on those bonus sheets. Stay strong and keep getting those entries for the grand prize drawings. The library is giving away $100 gift cards, your choice of Target, JoAnn or Main Street Books, to 48 lucky readers. The Grand Prize drawing will be held Friday, August 12 at 4  p.m. on Facebook Live. Keep on Reading!

There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away.-Emily Dickinson

Canasta - Game On!*

Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Boone’s Trail Branch - adults

Need to get out of the house? Learn to play Hand & Foot Canasta!

Crafting Connections - Yarn Arts*

Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Augusta Branch - adults

Other yarn enthusiasts keep you company while you work on your knit, crochet, or embroidery project.

DIY Ocean Paint Pouring - Discover Crafting*

Thursday, July 7: 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Augusta Branch - adults

Use acrylic paints, dish soap, and pouring medium to create an ocean water design on a wooden seahorse.

Book Discussion - "The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides*

Monday, July 11: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and
Thursday, July 21: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Boone's Trail Branch - adults

Alicia is a famous painter whose life seems perfect; her husband is a fashion photographer, and they live in a grand house in London. One evening, Alicia shoots her husband five times in the face and never speaks another word. Her refusal to talk becomes a mystery while she, the silent patient, is hidden away in a secure psychiatric unit. Theo, a criminal psychotherapist, works with her to try to unravel the mystery, not knowing the path he takes to do so is more unexpected and more terrifying than he ever imagined.

Crafting Connections - I Love Quilts!*

Tuesday, July 12: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Augusta Branch - adults

What will you create? Meet other quilt lovers at this monthly event.

Crafting Connections - Make It Sew*

Thursday, July 14: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Augusta Branch - adults

Join us to make a sunflower hot pad and a sunflower lapel pin. We will also start on a group sunflower quilt project! 

"Read to a Dog" - Tale Waggers - Love on a Leash*

Thursday, July 14: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Boone's Trail Branch - children

Kids can practice reading aloud to an attentive, adorable dog.

Book Discussion - "The Lost Manuscript" by Cathy Bonidan*

Monday, July 18: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Augusta Branch - adults

When Anne-Lise takes a vacation on the Brittany coast, she has no idea this trip will start her on the path to unearthing a mystery. This charming novel is about the love of books and the magical ability they have to bring people together.

Shrinky-Dinks Ocean-themed Bookmark - Let’s Create*

Monday, July 18: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. or

Tuesday, July 19: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Boone’s Trail Branch - children

Let’s create an ocean-themed bookmark! A library staff member will assist with the baking of the Shrinky-Dinks. The process for completion should take about 30-45 minutes, so participants are free to attend any 30-45 minute block within the event time window.

Crafting Connections - English Paper Piecing*

Tuesday, July 19: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Augusta Branch - adults

Learn how to English Paper Piece, a fun method of sewing fabric pieces together.

Black Light Bingo - Game On!*

Thursday, July 28: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Boone’s Trail Branch - all ages

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.- noon. All St. Charles City-County Library locations will be closed on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.