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Special Events

Fascinating Women of History: Bette Davis

Tuesday, March 17  ■  Noon  ■  Huntley Meeting Room

Co-sponsored by the St. Charles Heritage Center

Few actresses in Hollywood have rivaled her for longevity and appeal. A star for almost 60 years, Bette Davis appeared in 101 major studio films and created a new kind of film heroine: strong, outspoken and even wicked.  Her personal life was as tempestuous as her life on screen. Meet the ultimate star from the golden age of Hollywood—brought to life by Leslie Goddard.  REGISTER

The Lure and Lore of Spices

Thursday, March 19  ■  7:00 p.m.

Carnegie Community Room

John Cirpinski of The Spice House in Geneva will share the fascinating history of the spice trade through the ages and bring some samples to taste.  REGISTER

Armchair Tour of the Universe

Wednesday, April 8  ■  7:00 p.m.       

Carnegie Community Room

Explore our Solar System without stepping foot outside the Library! Michelle Nichols from the Adler Planetarium will showcase some of the latest NASA spacecraft images of our Solar System. Her commentary will touch on our stunning Sun, giant planet Jupiter, dwarf planet Pluto, and everything in between.  

Plant Exchange

Saturday, May 16  ■  9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Huntley Meeting Room

Stop in any time during the day to drop off, exchange or take plants. All sizes and types of plants are welcome.  DROP IN

Healthy Brain, Healthy Memory

Wednesday, May 20  ■  Noon             

Huntley Meeting Room

Would you like to maintain your cognitive vitality? In this educational and entertaining presentation, Linda Sasser, Ph.D., will share facts about the brain and activities which can help maintain and even improve brain function. Dr. Sasser will also discuss how memory works, age‐related memory changes and strategies for improving retention and recall.  


The Battlefield Balladeers: Songs of the Civil War Era

Wednesday, May 13  ■  Noon

Huntley Meeting Room

Funded by the St. Charles Public Library Foundation

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the Battlefield Balladeers will present patriotic, sentimental and comic songs of the era with a brief explanation of each. Audience members are encouraged to sing along. 


Great Presidential Decisions

Thursday, May 21  ■  7:00 p.m.                         

Carnegie Community Room

Professor Gary Midkiff will investigate momentous Presidential decisions—some good, some bad, and all important. Will a president seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that ignores his political principles? Or use his newly-acquired military knowledge and power in previously inconceivable ways?  Midkiff will take a look behind the scenes at executive branch decisions that have shaped our country.  


The Spirit of St. Louis

Wednesday, May 27  ■  Noon

Huntley Meeting Room

Retired United Airlines pilot and president of the Chicago Flight Instructors Association, Verne Jobst, will share his memories from a 50-plus year flying career, focusing in particular on his role as chief pilot for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 1977 Lindbergh Commemorative Tour.  Jobst will discuss Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.