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Discover Your Library: A showcase of student involvement

The St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave., St. Charles, is hosting the St. Charles School District 303 Student Art Show through July 31. The exhibit contains works from elementary through high school students.
The St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave., St. Charles, is hosting the St. Charles School District 303 Student Art Show through July 31. The exhibit contains works from elementary through high school students.

In grand tradition, the St. Charles Public Library once again has the honor of hosting the St. Charles School District 303 Student Art Show. Running through July 31, the exhibit contains works from elementary through high school students.

Throughout the year, the library maintains a rotating art gallery in our mezzanine featuring local artists. During the month of July, it is a pleasure to reserve this space for these talented student artists. Who knows? Maybe the library will have been the first to feature a young Picasso or Renoir.

In addition to this student-library relationship, we also are very proud of our library student volunteers. We have a variety of volunteer programs that engage our middle school and high school students. Our Junior Friends, students in grades six to eight, sponsor the Used Book Sale: Everything for Kids, which is coming up on July 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale offers picture books, fiction and nonfiction books, puzzles, audiobooks and more at bargain prices. The Junior Friends work really hard to put this book sale together. We are lucky to have such a dedicated group.

Before back to school

The library has many more events for you to enjoy with your kids before school starts. On July 24, the library is bringing in an action-packed comedy show featuring Circus Boy. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., St. Charles residents can laugh and smile as they watch Circus Boy’s balancing, spinning and juggling antics. Circus Boy has been on “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” doing all of his tricks while riding on the world’s smallest bike. Yikes! You will not want to miss this special performance so sign up today by visiting our website, www.scpld.org.

As you take a break from juggling your many to-do tasks, join us for a presentation on vermicomposting at 1 p.m. July 15 in the Huntley Meeting Room. Vermicomposting is using worms to recycle your kitchen waste and newspapers into something you can use. You will learn how to keep happy and productive worms that will create rich castings to use as fertilizer in your houseplants and garden. This is presented by the Master Gardener program from the University of Illinois Extension Office. Register now for this interesting and educational program.

Edith 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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