By Shawna Wheeler, St. Charles City-County Library
I have been hearing that a lot lately. When we mention our Library of Things, people always reply, “I didn’t know the library had that!” Recently, my own children mentioned a go pro camera, and I said, “Did you know that you can borrow one of those from the library?” And the response was, “What doesn't the library have?” I loved that reply. Go to www.mylibrary.org/library-things to explore our complete “Library of Things” collection.
It doesn’t stop there! Here are a few more fun and unusual resources available with your library card.\
What was happening on the day you were born? We have a resource for that! You can use the New York Times. Access this newspaper using the library website, create your free account and look in the footer for the TimesMachine link.
Ever get the urge to look back in time and see what people were wearing, what children’s toys were popular, or an advertisement featuring the latest kitchen appliances from the 1980s? Well, you can satisfy that urge by accessing the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog through Ancestrylibrary.com. This resource is available when you visit one of the local libraries. The catalog was digitized from 1896 to 1993. I went to the resource and had fun looking at the catalog from 1984, the year I graduated from high school.
The Wall Street Journal has a team of experts who gather and verify coupons and discounts from your favorite brands. Similar to the process for accessing the New York Times, find the WSJ in our electronic resources and create your free account. Then, look for Coupons in the footer on their landing page.
Finally, if you have questions about what the library offers, you can connect with library staff and get quick answers using Askus. Here is an example of a FAQ; - Do you offer digital (online) magazines and newspapers? Yes, you can find full-text articles from current and archived publications in our online databases. A valid library card is required for access. We also have two free digital magazine services - Flipster and OverDrive (also accessible via the Libby app). Log in with your library card number and PIN for immediate access. Download digital copies to your mobile device with the Flipster or Libby apps (available from your app store.)
Wow, did you know we offered all of that?
“You don’t know what you don’t know.” Socrates
Coffee and Conversation
Thursdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Augusta Branch – adults – Enjoy a cup of coffee, a sweet treat, and conversation with others in the community.
Canasta – Game On!*
Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: 1:00 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, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Augusta Branch – adults – Other yarn enthusiasts will keep you company while you work on your knit, crochet, or embroidery project.
Family Blacklight Bingo – Game On!*
Thursday, September 1: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Boone’s Trail Branch – all ages – Join us for a family night as we play a few rounds of Bingo under the black lights!
Crafting Connections – I Love Quilts!*
Tuesday, September 6: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Augusta Branch – adults – What will you create? Meet other quilt lovers at this monthly event.
Tuesday, September 6: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Boone’s Trail Branch – family/preschool – Grow Your Reader with stories, songs, and activities that enhance early literacy skills.
Crafting Connections – Make It Sew Turn Down the Volume Pt. 1*
Thursday, September 8: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Augusta Branch – adults – We will learn about “low-volume fabrics” and start on our project. We will continue work on this project on October 13.
“Read to a Dog” – Tale Waggers - Love on a Leash*
Thursday, September 8: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Boone's Trail Branch – children – Kids can practice reading aloud to an attentive, adorable dog.
Macramé Leaf Wall Decor – Discover Crafting*
Monday, September 12: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 13: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 17: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Boone’s Trail Branch – adults – Make a macramé leaf wall hanging for your home decor! These are repeated classes; please register for only one of the sessions.
Book Discussion – “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert*
Monday, September 12: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Boone's Trail Branch – adults – When 19-year-old Vivian is kicked out of Vassar College, she is sent to Manhattan to live with her aunt, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling theater. When Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in a professional scandal, it turns her world upside down that will take her years to understand fully. Now 89 years old and telling her story, at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life.
Book Discussion – “Catch and Kill” by Ronan Farrow*
Thursday, September 15: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Boone's Trail Branch – adults – In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about; one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers was a predator protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. This is the untold story of wealthy and connected men who threatened journalists, evaded accountability, and silenced abuse victims. It’s also the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.
Book Discussion – “The Mystery of Mrs. Christie” by Marie Benedict*
Monday, September 19: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Augusta Branch – adults – December 1926: England unleashes the largest manhunt in its history. The object of the search is not an escaped convict or a war criminal but the missing wife of a WWI hero, up-and-coming mystery author Agatha Christie.
Monday, September 19: 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Tuesday, September 20: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Boone’s Trail Branch – family/preschool – Grow Your Reader with stories, songs, and activities that enhance early literacy skills. These are repeated classes; please register for only one of the sessions.
Crafting Connections – English Paper Piecing*
Tuesday, September 20: 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.
Adults Blacklight Bingo – Game On!*
Thursday, September 22: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Boone’s Trail Branch – adults – Join us for a fun night as we play a few rounds of Bingo under the black lights!
Crafting Connections – I Love Quilts!*
Friday, September 30: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Augusta Branch – adults – Quilt retreat for Augusta Branch’s “I Love Quilts!” group.
*Register at myLibrary.org/eCalendar 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.