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Columns

Discover Your Library: Looking back at the past year

November is the month to take some time to reflect and be thankful. We, at the St. Charles Public Library, are thankful for our beautiful community, engaging patrons and dedicated board and staff.

As I look back at our most recent fiscal year, I see all of the wonderful things our library has accomplished for St. Charles and its surrounding areas. We kicked off our local authors’ website, scplreadlocal.org; we created many new partnerships, including Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital and the Tri-City libraries; and we created Early Literacy theme bags to help parents and caregivers engage with their children. We have done so much; it is hard to list them all at once. Our downloadable materials, like e-Books, movies and music, are reaching new circulation highs, as people are able to stream directly onto their devices. Over 30,000 people enjoy our various programs – from those little learners to lifelong learners.

If you are interested in seeing how the library uses our taxpayers’ dollars, view our fiscal 2016-17 Annual Report on our website at scpld.org/annual-report-summary. Thank you all for being so supportive of our mission to support the growth and creativity of the individual and foster the spirit of community and local economy.

Sharpening your
culinary holiday skills

With the year end quickly approaching, the need to brush up on new holiday recipes is upon us! The library has a list of cookbook suggestions for you if you need one in a pinch. Our “Conversations with the Cook” site, scpld.org/conversations-cook, has a variety of titles with links that will lead you directly to the book on the library shelf!

At the end of the month (7 p.m. Nov. 30), join acclaimed cookbook author Anupy Singla for a discussion and demonstration about how the right spice can add flavor and nutrition to all of your food, especially Indian. If your middle school child is not the chef in the family, try having them come to our Life-Size Game: Hungry, Hungry Hippos from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27. This crazy game is for students in grades six through eight. Register for both of these events today!

For more fun and engaging events, visit our website (www.scpld.org) or follow us on Facebook (@stcharleslibrary), Twitter (@STCharlesPL) or Instagram (st.charlespubliclibrary).

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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