An Evening with Author Sara Paretsky
Trailing After Dickens: Why I Write the Books I Do
Thursday, January 23 • 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Suspense and mystery fans take note. The Library is pleased to welcome New York Times best-selling suspense author and Chicago resident Sara Paretsky to the Library. Paretsky reflects on her life and work, and how she often feels as though she is following in the footsteps of Charles Dickens. In this engaging presentation, Paretsky discusses her admiration for Dickens and how his work has inspired her own success. A question and answer session will follow.
Sara Paretsky is the author of 19 books translated into nearly 30 languages, including her renowned V. I. Warshawski novels. She was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and also is the recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award given by the British Crime Writers’ Association. Her latest novel, Critical Mass, published in October 2013, is the sixteenth in the popular V.I. Warshawski series. Copies of the bookwill be available for purchase and signing.
This visit is sponsored by the St. Charles Public Library Foundation. Space is limited. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Sign up in person at the Reference Desk or by calling 630-584-0076, ext. 1 or at stcharlesil.org/calendar/library.
Chocolate 101 with Kevin Roblee
Thursday, February 6 • Noon • Carnegie Community Room
Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Chocolatier Kevin Roblee will be on hand to talk about the flavors and nuances of chocolate from around the world and explain the finer attributes of chocolate enjoyment. Tastings included! Register. Sign up in person at the Reference Desk or by calling 630-584-0076, ext. 1 or at stcharlesil.org/calendar/library.
Friends of St. Charles Public Library
Monday, February 10 • 6:00 p.m. • Carnegie Community Room
The Friends are committed to raising funds to support Library services, programs, facilities, staff and the community it serves. If you have a love of books and a desire to help support your Library, you are just who the Friends are looking for! More information is available at www.friendsofstcharleslibrary.com or by contacting Judi Asselborn at 630-584-0076 ext. 242.
Wednesday, February 26 • 7:00 p.m. • Carnegie Community Room
The Envelope, Please! The Academy Awards
Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire, president of the Chicago Film Critics Association, will discuss what makes an Oscar-winning contender, and preview the 86th annual Academy Awards with clips from potential winners such as “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity,” “Captain Phillips” and “Blue is the Warmest Color.” Refreshments will be served. This program is sponsored by the St. Charles Public Library Foundation. DROP IN
Cooking with Chef Dave
Wednesday, March 5 • 6:30 p.m. • Huntley Meeting Room
Award-winning chef, TV and radio personality Dave Esau will share his passion for cooking with a fun and inspiring class on savory, comfort food from the Italian countryside. Samples will include: soft polenta layered with spinach and shredded pork, orechiette with
mascarpone and chopped spinach, and pine nut caramel cake. Recipes will be available. REGISTER. Sign up in person at the Reference Desk or by calling 630-584-0076, ext. 1 or at stcharlesil.org/calendar/library.
AARP Smart Driver Course – New Course!
Tuesday & Thursday, April 15 & 17 • 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Huntley Meeting Room
AARP Smart Driver is the nation’s first and largest driver safety course designed especially for drivers age 50 and above. The course covers defensive driving techniques and provides tips for adjusting to the normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging. Participants will learn about current rules of the road and how to operate their vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly-challenging driving environment.
A participation fee of $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members includes a guidebook. Attendees pay the instructor directly. Maximum of 35 per class. REGISTER. Sign up in person at the Reference Desk or by calling 630-584-0076, ext. 1 or at stcharlesil.org/calendar/library.
Invite Nature to Your Yard with Conservation@Home
Wednesday, April 16 • 7:00 p.m.
Huntley Meeting Room
This Conservation@Home program is all about creating more eco-friendly yards. The program will cover a variety of techniques for transforming your yard, including the use of rain barrels, rain gardens, and the selection and use of native plants to solve yard problems. Participants will receive a butterfly attraction and identification pamphlet, and a native plant guide. DROP IN
Planning and Planting a Vegetable Garden
Wednesday, April 23 • 7:00 p.m.
Carnegie Community Room
Feed your entire family the fruits and vegetables they enjoy from your own garden. From site preparation (size,
location and soil) through harvest, a University of Illinois Master Gardener will share tips and tricks for successful vegetable gardening. DROP IN
Books and Brunch Fundraiser
Saturday, April 26 • 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Dunham Woods Riding Club - 33W333, Army Trail Rd, Wayne
Tickets: $40 per person
Here’s your opportunity to enjoy a delicious brunch at the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club, as well as meet and mingle with fellow book lovers and local authors. Authors include D.C. Brod, Doug Cumming, Richard Holinger, Fran Manos, Bruce Steinberg and more. Books will be available for purchase. Also, be sure to take your chance to win one of our exciting gift baskets. This is a great way to support the Library Foundation.
Space is limited. Reserve your tickets now by calling Ginni Tsipas at 630-584-0076, ext. 230, or by seeing Ginni in person at the Library Business Office.
This special fundraising event is sponsored by the St. Charles Public Library Foundation.
Lee Murdock in Concert
Sunday, April 27 • 2:00 p.m. • Carnegie Community Room
Songs of the Great Lakes Region
Songs of the Great Lakes Region brings history to life in the stories, song, and pioneering spirit of the people who settled the Great Lakes and Midwest. Some songs are over 100 years old, but Murdock’s fresh new arrangements reach across the years to provide a living link with the heritage of the Inland Seas. Sponsored by the St. Charles Public Library Foundation. DROP IN
Herbs for the Garden and Kitchen
Thursday, May 22 • 7:00 p.m.
Carnegie Community Room
Herbs are a healthy way to introduce new flavors into your diet, new fragrances into your home and add texture to your garden. A University of Illinois Master Gardener will discuss growing, collecting and preserving techniques for all kinds of herbs and offer suggestions for using herbs in cooking. DROP IN
Fascinating Women of History: Amelia Earhart
Thursday, May 29 • Noon • Huntley Meeting Room
Never Lost: Amelia Earhart Before the Legend
Historian Leslie Goddard introduces you to the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart. Goddard reviews her upbringing, the records she broke, and her tireless work to promote opportunities for
women before her mysterious disappearance in 1937.
This program is cosponsored by the Library and the
St. Charles Heritage Center. Bring your lunch; we’ll supply the tea and coffee. REGISTER. Sign up at the
Reference Desk, by calling 630-584-0076, ext. 1 or at stcharlesil.org/calendar/library.