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Discover Your St. Charles Library: Looking back on 2019 and ahead to 2020

Sl. Charles Public Library
Sl. Charles Public Library

As we prepare to begin a new year and decade, let’s take a look back at 2019 and the many new services and materials we brought to our patrons. The St. Charles Public Library strives to be responsive to our community members’ needs and wants. In 2019 we introduced:

wireless screen-sharing technology in our meeting and study rooms new online resources like AtoZ World Foods, Kanopy (a free movie streaming service), Creativebug and FamilySearch gaming consoles available for checkout the D303-led student café, The Daily Bean a Book Club Service that makes it easy to select titles and run book club discussions amazing new STEAM kits that allow for simultaneous learning and playing

Looking ahead to 2020, please save the date for the St. Charles Public Library Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Books and Brunch, on Saturday, April 4, beginning at 11 a.m. at the St. Charles Country Club. Internationally-acclaimed author Scott Turow will be the featured speaker at this year’s brunch event. Tickets are $55 per person and are on sale at the library or online. Proceeds will go to the foundation which supports the library with capital projects, programming and material expenses.

Past examples of the foundation’s charitable giving initiatives include the library’s cooking table, the restoration of the Carnegie Community Room and the Sunday Concert series. This year, the foundation is raising funds for the library’s eBook collection and a signature art piece that will go above the new fireplace in the renovated building. For more information about Books and Brunch, the foundation or ways to give, visit scpld.org/foundation.

The St. Charles Public Library will be closing temporarily and moving to the Haines Middles School in March 2020. The library plans to open in April 2020 with limited services at Haines. We will be at Haines for the duration of the construction project which is estimated at 12 to 14 months.

I am giving monthly behind-the-scenes tours of the current building as well as sharing detailed information about the construction plans. Stay tuned to next month’s article for more details about our closure, temporary location and construction project. More information including budgets, drawings and presentations can also be found on our website at scpld.org/library-renovation-project or by contacting me via phone, 630-584-0076 extension 273 or email ecraig@scpld.org.

Edith G. Craig is director of the St. Charles Public Library District. The “Discover Your Library” column runs the second Thursday of each month. Feedback can be sent to editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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