Even though many of us turn to the internet for fast information, libraries are far from becoming obsolete. These vital institutions are more important than ever to help children and adults learn, find accurate information, and connect with others. We are lucky to have what I consider the gem of all libraries – the St. Charles City-County Library District – in our county. I’d like to share with you how this amazing institution has expanded offerings and resources, and partnered with County government, to enrich our community:
- Finding what you need at the library is easier than ever. The district upgraded their integrated library system (ILS) to help customers find materials quickly, simplify library account management, and better use eBook and electronic resources. Find what you need on the library district’s website.
- Speaking of the library’s electronic resources, the following and more are available through the district online. All you need is a library card to:
- Enjoy eBooks, eAudiobooks, comics, music, movies and television shows on demand on Hoopla or Overdrive.
- Watch edu-cinema, classic films and documentaries with Kanopy.
- Read digital magazines with Flipster.
- Find Spanish language eBooks and movies on Odilo.
- Get homework help with Tutor.com.
- Use digital learning options like Lynda.com and Mango Languages.
- A variety of learning opportunities are available for all ages through the library, including free courses on robotics, coding and science for kids; basic internet and computer skills for adults; interactive classes for families to encourage reading; author tours for all ages; and more. Check out the district’s calendar online for schedules.
County government has partnered with the library for these exciting events:
- For several years, County parks have served as locations for the library’s Storybook Walks. At Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville and Veterans Tribute Park in Weldon Spring once it is complete, children and their families are invited to read a book while taking a walk through the park. Storybook Walks are open daily during park hours.
- The library hosts the bimonthly #SCCMore Speaker Series at branches throughout the community. This series is designed to encourage residents to learn about programs and services provided by County government, and to "see more" of what the County has to offer. Speakers for the bimonthly series are St. Charles County elected officials and County staff. All programs are free and held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at various libraries in the district. Learn more about upcoming programs and register.
- The library’s outreach activities keep expanding. Through several programs, the district delivers books to homebound customers, makes stops and maintains deposits at senior communities, offers multi-sensory programs at senior living and adult day centers, and holds pop-up libraries at community events.
Hope this list has piqued your interest, and that you make plans to visit a branch soon! The library district is in the process of finishing up its strategic plan, so we’ll continue to see even more exciting developments in the years ahead.