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Your library is a community partner

The St. Charles Public Library will be undergoing a space planning assessment in the upcoming months.

We will be looking at how to reorganize our space for a future renovation and/or expansion of our building.

We will be hosting a community meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the library for anyone interested in sharing their ideas of what your library can look like in the future.

With the help of library planning experts from Kimberly Bolan & Associates, this community input will guide us in our space planning needs. We will also be using all of the data collected during our earlier strategic planning sessions so we can be inclusive in our decision-making process.

I hope that you can join us for this important meeting. We want to be a good partner and community resource by listening to you and what you would like your library to be!

Our fall issue of Discover Your Library newsletter is coming out later this month. One of the things you will notice in our newest issue is the diverse partnerships that the library cultivates in order to bring you outstanding programs.

We have myriad programs that are co-sponsored by the St. Charles History Museum, St. Charles Park District, School District 303, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, Downtown St. Charles Partnership, St. Charles Arts Council, St. Charles Public Library Friends and Foundation and more.

One of the upcoming programs for students entering grades sixth through ninth is Night AT the Museum, which will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St. During this after-hours program, you will discover what happens at the St. Charles History Museum after it closes for the night. In this unique program, students will also go on a scavenger hunt to discover St. Charles historical treasures, explore the exhibits and touch artifacts. This adventure-filled event at the museum will give you a behind the scenes peek at St. Charles history. Call and register your student now.

At 10:30 a.m. Aug. 17 and 24, the library will be visiting Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. This family friendly story telling event is open to children of all ages (especially the young ones) so register at the library today.

Thank you to our partner, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, for allowing us to share stories with our community friends.

September begins a busy month for us here at the library as we kick off National Library Card Sign-up Month.

Stay tuned for library visits in the community where we encourage our patrons to be “Incredible!”

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

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