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Grand Re-Opening Activities & Events


Grand Re-Opening Celebration

Click here to view the video of our Grand Re-Opening Ceremony!

Main Parking Lot
Saturday, July 17 | 2:00 p.m.
The festivities will kick off with a grand re-opening celebration including a ribbon cutting ceremony, guest speakers and dedications. The grand re-opening is the culmination of a renovation and expansion project which began in 2019.  

Library Tours  

Library Lobby

  • Saturday, July 17, 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.   
  • Sunday, July 18, 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. 
  • Monday, July 19–Friday, July 23, 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. 

Spend an hour with us for a tour of our newly-renovated Library. This hour-long guided tour will take you into staff spaces, meeting rooms and other areas of the LibraryIf you need accommodations during this walking tour, please call 630-584-0076 ext. 273. REGISTER 


Flowering Trees with Christine Thornton:Take Home Kits
Huntley Community Room
Saturday, July 17 | All Day 

Try your hand at panting these beautiful flowering trees. Christine will teach you easy watercolor techniques to do at home. Stop by the Library during our Grand Re-Opening Celebration for a complimentary bag of supplies to complete your painting. Register to receive the instructional video sent directly to your email. REGISTER 

Genealogy @ Your Library 
Carnegie Community Room
Saturday, July 17 | All Day 

Did you know the St. Charles Public Library subscribes to numerous databases to get you started with your genealogy research? Are you familiar with the FamilySearch Wiki and catalog?  Visit the Carnegie Community Room to learn about our available genealogy reference materialsWe have the tools to help get you started. Stop by to pick up a genealogy packet including forms, archival pencil and a magnifying ruler. DROP IN  

Friends of St. Charles Public Library
Bisbee Conference Room
Saturday, July 17| 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  
Stop by the Bisbee Conference Room to browse the gently-used books the Friends of St. Charles Public Library will have for sale. Information will be available to learn how you can be a part of this worthwhile organization. DROP IN 

Computer Lab    


Pre-recorded Instructional Videos – Saturday, July 17, All Day 

Stop by the computer lab to watch samples of our self-study instructional videos created by our IT EducatorPick up a handout containing descriptions and dates of upcoming in-person computer classes. An IT Staff will be available to answer your questions. 

In-Person Classes 
Space limited. REGISTER

Google Docs  
Tuesday, July 20, 6:30–8:00 p.m.  

New to Google Docs? Our IT educator will walk you through the basics. (A Google Account is needed to participate in the class.) 

Using the Library’s Digital Resources on Your Tablet or Phone  
Wednesday, July 21, 10:00–11:30 a.m.  

Bring your device. The Library offers a mobile app and ways to access ebookseAudiobooks, music, TV and more. 

MS Word 
Thursday, July 22, 6:30–8:00 p.m.  

If you’re new to MS Word 2016 or just need a refresher, our IT educator will cover the basics of this word processing program.  

STC Creative  

Space limited. REGISTER.

Button, Stickers, and Magnets 
Saturday, July 17 10:00 a.m.  

A maker-learning opportunity. Learn how to use the button maker and the Xyron Creative Station. 

String Art 
Saturday, July 17 11:30 a.m.  

Embroidery thread and push pins can make beautiful art. Join us for an introduction to string art.  


Take & Make Kits 
Saturday, July 17-Friday, July 23  

Supplies and directions are provided. Stop by and pick up an easy DIY project. 

  • Paper Flower Kit – Wild Rose  
  • Paper Flower Kit – Thistle  
  • Macrame Kit – Keychain  
  • Shrinky Dinks – Magnets & Pins 

Demonstration Programming 

Monday, July 19–Friday, July 23.  
An IT staff member will be available to demonstrate the maker tools and answer questions about STC Creative. 

  • Button Maker 
  • Vinyl Cutter 
  • 3D Printer  
  • Heat Press 

Giveaways available while supplies last. 

July 17 – July 23 

3D printed bookmarks, touch tools and garden tags 
Buttons, magnets and stickers 


Sign up for a library card at the Welcome Desk 

Youth Services  

All YS programs are drop in and during regular Library open hours 

Learn about Summer Reading 
Helen Gale
 Story Room 
Saturday, July 17| All Day  
Learn about our Summer Reading program, Reading Colors Your World, and log your reading online.  

Welcome to Your New Community Room  
Miller Haase Community Room
Saturday, July 17  
Check out all of the available virtual programming for our city’s youth while exploring our new community room.  

Grab and Go Kits
Youth Services
Saturday, July 17-Saturday, July 24 
Each day, a new kit will be available in person onlyOne kit per child; available while supplies last. 

  • Saturday – Ink and Quill – Pre-K-8th grade  
  • Sunday – Fingerprint Portraits – Pre-K-2nd grade  
  • Monday – Baby Take and Make – Ages 0-2 
  • Tuesday – Animal Stick Puppets – Pre-K-2nd grade 
  • Wednesday – Rock Painting – Grades K-5th  
  • Thursday – Sensory Fine Motor Activity – Ages 3-5 
  • Friday – Crafternoon: DIY Birdhouse – Grades K-8th  
  • Saturday – DIY Parachutes – Grades K-8th  

Scavenger Hunt  
Youth Services
Saturday, July 17-Saturday, July 24 
Discover your favorite collections and new locations with a fun, clued hunt through our department.  

Photo Op 
Youth Services
Saturday, July 17-Saturday, July 24 
Take a moment to pose with our cute animal cutouts! 

Look and Find in the Window Well 
Youth Services
Saturday, July 17–Saturday, July 24 
I spy with my little eye... What animals can you find in our sculpture garden? 

The Writing on the Wall 
Saturday, July 17–Saturday, July 24 
Share your thoughts and memories about the Library. 

Pin the Tail on the Fox
Saturday, July 17–Saturday, July 24 
Enjoy a round of the classic game! 

Young Adult 

The Loft 

Stop by and visit this brand-new destination for high schoolers: a teen center in the Library! The Loft will feature ample room for you to study and/or use our computers, whether you’ve got homework to finish or just want to chill with your friends. Board games, video games, comics, books and more will be shelved inside for your pleasure if you need a break. Located on the second floor and named after the original teen space, The Loft is the first official teen-only area in the entire Library. The Young Adult collection and a staffed Research & Reading desk is just outside the room, making it the perfect place to go after a long day of school. Come visit this exciting new space.

Teen Grab and Go Kits 

  • Rainbow Beach Toppers
    Saturday, July 17| All Day 
    Drop in and visit The Loft anytime on July 17 to grab a fun fondant-focused kit where you’ll make your own beach setting atop of a classic treat: Rice Krispies Treats! Available while supplies last. DROP IN

  • Pom-Pom Pokémon 
    Monday, July 19-July 26
    Register to pick up these adorable craft kits that will help you make your favorite Pokémon characters: Pikachu, Charmander and Gengar. Pick them up in The Loft the week of July 19-26. Available while supplies last. REGISTER

Outreach Services Library Van Tour 

Saturday, July 17| 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Did you ever wonder what is inside the Library van? In celebration of the grand re-opening, the Library van will be open. Stop by to have a look inside and learn about senior services. Activity kits will be provided featuring a timeline of the Library’s history as well as activities to all senior facilities to engage and include them in the grand re-opening of the Library.