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St. Charles Library Foundation to celebrate 25 years with special event

Last month, I mentioned the St. Charles Public Library’s upcoming move to a larger network of libraries. The time has come. On May 1, you will have seamless access to 97 libraries throughout northern Illinois for more of what you love.

As we transition over to the new SWAN consortium, the library will experience three days of down time. From April 28 to 30, the library will be unable to place holds or check in returned materials. Your account information may not be up to date as we move to the new consortium within these three days. If you want to check out physical materials (e-materials are all available), please make sure to bring your library card to help us check out your items quickly. We also are asking our patrons to check their PINs. Anyone with a library PIN that contains special characters or letters will be required to change their PIN to reflect an all-numeric code.

There are wonderful changes ahead with our move to the SWAN consortium. If you need information, visit scpld.org/swan.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14, the St. Charles Public Library Foundation will hold its annual Books & Brunch fundraiser at the St. Charles Country Club, 1250 Country Club Road, St. Charles. Enjoy a delicious brunch and help the foundation celebrate its 25th anniversary. Inspired by the library’s popular cooking series, this year’s event features a special presentation by “The Chicago Food Encyclopedia” authors Carol Mighton Haddix, Bruce Kraig and Colleen Taylor Sen. The acclaimed writers and food historians will share insights into the rich history of Chicago’s culinary culture. The event also features a silent auction and drawings for literary-themed gift baskets.

For the past 25 years, the foundation has supported and enhanced the library’s programs and services. The foundation sponsors the popular culinary programs that fill to capacity within days. In addition, continued contributions to the Sunday Concert series allow the library to attract award-winning musicians who contribute to enhancing cultural literacy in our community. We are proud of being able to complement the value of our library for our residents.

For information about the event, email ecraig@scpld.org. Tickets are $45 a person and can be purchased online at https://goo.gl/vQr5pC or in person in the administration office at the library.

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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