Survival, art, memory and community are the central themes in our 2019 One Book, One Community read, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The St. Charles Public Library will celebrate this award-winning and national bestselling novel that follows the journey of a troupe of actors and musicians, known as The Traveling Symphony, who have dedicated themselves to the mission of keeping cherished art, music and theatre alive following a global pandemic. How do we survive as a new community? What brings us together as a civilization?
One Book, One Community promotes a shared, city-wide reading and cultural experience. It’s a unique opportunity to connect the entire community through a compelling book, engaging discussion and a variety of events for all ages.
Throughout the month of April, we will be holding events, discussions and programs based upon these central themes and questions from the book. Our goal is to engage readers of all ages in a celebration of our community’s love of reading and fun for the whole family – teens and kids are invited to join in the celebration too by reading the companion novel Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, and the picture book Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy.
We will bring the community together from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 6 in the shared library and St. Mark’s parking lot for hands-on and public awareness activities, food, music and giveaways. The City of St. Charles Emergency Management Agency will join our local BSA and Girl Scout troops for an afternoon you won’t want to miss. Other community partners include the St. Charles Public Library Foundation, Friends of St. Charles Public Library, St. Charles History Museum and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
In all, there are over 30 programs and events held throughout the month. Children and families are invited to participate in a talent show that will showcase their talents. Adults and teens can learn basic survival gardening skills, just in time for spring. The Shakespeare Project of Chicago will present their original adaption of Shakespeare’s sonnets and songs.
We have also partnered with St. Charles School District 303 to bring the author to speak to an English class at St. Charles North. We are thrilled to be able to share the author will our high school community members.
We conclude our month-long celebration with a special evening with the author at 7 p.m. April 29 at the Arcada Theatre. She will share her story and inspiration for writing Station Eleven in this special free and open to the public presentation. Bring your questions and copies of the book as she will autograph a select number of novels. Together, we will find that “survival is insufficient.” Registration is recommended for this event.
For more information about One Book One Community visit www.scpld.org or call 630-584-0076, ext. 246.