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Beyond the Book

One Book, One Community 2019

We hope you will join us in this community-wide reading experience, and attend one of the many programs and events based on the book that we have planned throughout the month!

One Book, One Community MAP TO SURVIVAL Guide 

To learn more about our One Book read, visit the "Beyond the Book" website


Knife Skills with Chef Susan Maddox
Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Huntley Meeting Room

Learn everything you need to know to improve your knife skills in the kitchen. Award-winning Chef Susan Maddox will present an entertaining and informative program about cleaning and slicing. You will learn different techniques for cutting vegetables from julienne to different size dices. REGISTER

Shakespeare Plays in Station Eleven
Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Carnegie Community Room

Shakespeare plays are a central plot device in Station Eleven. Shakespeare instructor John Nygro will discuss the plays referenced in the novel including King Lear, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, and Romeo and Juliet. Each of these Shakespeare masterpieces has much to tell us about life, death, separation and reunion, emotional struggle, and the magic of everyday life. REGISTER

One Book, One Community Bash
Saturday, April 6 from1:00-3:00 p.m.
Library & St. Mark’s Parking Lot

Join us as we embark on our month-long celebration of reading together! Come to learn more about Station Eleven and experience scenes from the book at this event complete with food, music, giveaways, hands-on activities and more. Learn camping and survival techniques from our local Boy and Girl Scout Troops, and get emergency preparedness information from the City of St. Charles Emergency Management Agency. DROP IN

The Shakespeare Project: My Name is Will
Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Carnegie Community Room

The Shakespeare Project of Chicago will present their original adaption of Shakespeare's sonnets and songs, "My Name is Will", in a staged reading format. “My Name Is Will” is a theatrical adaptation of 35 of Shakespeare’s sonnets accompanied by songs from eight of his plays. It is presented by two men and two women and takes the audience on an intricate journey through the many dimensions of the deeply personal and complex relationships underpinning Shakespeare’s sonnets. The songs from Shakespeare’s plays provide commentary and counterpoint to the themes explored. With an original score by Chris Walz, the non-baroque music presents these songs in a fresh and newly-imagined context and is the perfect complement to the Bard's poetry and lyrics. REGISTER

2nd Tuesday Book Discussion
Tuesday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.
Carnegie Community Room

Join a discussion of Emily St. John Mandel's book at either the morning or the evening group. If you need help getting a copy, please ask at the Reference or Reader Services Desk. REGISTER

Survival Gardening
Wednesday, April 10 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Carnegie Community Room

Could you grow everything that you would need to survive? Resilient gardeners deal with unpredictable issues to produce food that can sustain during challenging times. Health, diet, weather and finances will be considered as Master Gardeners discuss sustainable survival gardening techniques. Learn about watering, soil fertility, seed selection, seed saving, harvesting and storage. REGISTER

Shelter, Fire and Water
Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Huntley Meeting Room

This 90-minute workshop, taught by Ron Nosek of Medicine Hawk Wilderness Skills, will teach participants how to identify, find, make, and/or use the items that nature provides for human survival. The three basic needs are shelter, water, fire. The presentation will include demonstration of fire by both flint and steel and a primitive bow drill, hands-on construction of a primitive shelter, and a discussion of safe sources of drinking water. Weather permitting, we will go outside for demonstrations. Please dress accordingly. REGISTER

Pandemic Board Game Night
Wednesday, April 17 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Carnegie Community Room

In Station Eleven, a massive pandemic wipes out most of the world’s population. Think you have what it takes to prevent this from happening? Put your board game skills to the test at this special event featuring the board game Pandemic. In this game, you’re part of a team of disease-fighting specialists treating a rapidly-spreading disease and helping find a cure. Snacks, drinks, and other board games will be available as well! REGISTER or DROP IN

Survival is Insufficient: Questions and Lessons from Station Eleven
Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. 
Carnegie Community Room

Station Eleven is the latest in a long line of post-apocalyptic novels but it has a very unique and fascinating focus. Rather than the struggle to live each day, it appeals to the human yearning for art. To better understand the novel, Professor Gary Midkiff will compare this book to its predecessors, discuss the real current threat of a world wide pandemic, and then lead an audience discussion regarding this question: For those who survive, what will they most want? Those who sign up for this program should read the book in advance. REGISTER

Celebrating the Great Lakes: The Future of a National Treasure
Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. 
Carnegie Community Room

In Station Eleven, a traveling Shakespeare troupe traverses the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes on earth by surface area, but what is the future of this national treasure? Dr. John Janssen, Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences, will speak on the important role the Great Lakes plays in our lives as well as the ecological consequences invasive species have on the environment. REGISTER

An Evening with Emily St. John Mandel
Monday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. 
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Arcada Theatre 
105 E. Main Street, St. Charles


Award-winning and national bestselling author Emily St. John Mandel will share her story and inspiration for writing Station Eleven in this special free and open to the public presentation at the Arcada Theatre. She will speak about why she chose to use things like Shakespeare plays, comic books, and museums as central plot devices in her book, as well as offer her thoughts about how her novel reflects hope in the ways that humanity can band together in the face of adversity. Bring your questions and copies of Station Eleven, as she will also autograph a select number of copies! REGISTER Registration is for estimated attendance only and does not gurantee a seat. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and seating is available on a first-come, first served basis. For more information, please call us at 630-584-0076 x 246. 


Teen Book Discussion: Station Eleven
Thursday, April 11
4:00 p.m
Carnegie Community Room

Creative Campfire Cooking
Friday, April 19 
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Outside (rain location: Huntley Meeting Room)

No school on Friday, April 19? Come join the fun at the Library with Creative Campfire Cooking! You’ll learn how to safely prepare and cook a variety of savory and sweet camping dishes. Your taste buds will enjoy a bounty of flavors! And no worries if it rains. We have a back-up plan! High school students only. REGISTER

Teen Trivia
April 19
5:00–6:30 pm
Carnegie Community Room

Come test your wits against your peers! This special One Book, One Community edition of Teen Trivia will feature questions about topics related (but not specific) to the book Station Eleven. Topics will include: dystopian fiction, pop culture, and other elements found within the book. Prizes awarded to the winning team. REGISTER


Talent Showcase Tryouts                                                                
Tuesday, March 26 OR Friday, March 29
3:00-6:00 p.m.
Carnegie Community Room

Kids grades K-8 or families are welcome to tryout for our Talent Showcase! Permission slips available at the ASK ME Desk. There are 24 spots available and tryouts are arranged in 15-minute increments. All approved acts, including music and costumes, should reflect OBOC selections. Microphone, piano and stereo are available. Acts are limited to five minutes. REGISTER.

Sticker Mosaic                                                                    
April, all month long
All day

Stop into the Youth Services department during the month of April to help us create our sticker mosaic puzzle poster. DROP IN

DIY Paracord Survival Bracelets                                  
Monday, April 1-Friday, April 5 
Available All Day in Youth Services

Stop by to make a survival bracelet and learn how you can use paracord in case life as we know it changes! While supplies last. DROP IN

Graphic Novels Reimagined! (grades 4-8)                                                                 
Thursday, April 11 
4:30–5:30 p.m.
Huntley Meeting Room

Your life as a graphic novel!  Take samples of real graphic novels and make them your own.  Your own story, your own colors, your own ideas, based on another’s art!  Rewrite the words to make a new story. In honor of National Library Week and One Book, One Community. REGISTER

Talent Showcase!                                                               
Friday, April 12
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Carnegie Community Room

Witness the talent of our community's youth for this one night only show! Presented on the stage in the historic Carnegie Community Room. Admission is free, but we encourage attendees to bring a canned food item for our local food pantries. DROP IN

Family Book Discussion: Life As We Knew It                                                              
Sunday, April 14 ■ 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Huntley Meeting Room

Read a book with a young person in your life and come discuss it together. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer explores life and death matters in the wake of an environmental catastrophe. The first 15 families to register will receive one complimentary copy of the book. REGISTER

Hidden Treasures (grades 1-5)                                                     
Friday, April 26 ■ 3:30-4:30 p.m. 
Carnegie Community Room

What treasures can be found in everyday households?  Learn about interesting artifacts from the past with Alison Costanzo from the St. Charles History Museum, then stay and create your own personal time capsule to be opened in the future! REGISTER

Survivalist Gardening with Master Gardener Ruth Seney (grades 4-8)                            
Tuesday, April 30
4:15-5:15 p.m.
Huntley Meeting Room

What do you do if the shelves in the supermarket are suddenly empty and there’s nothing left in your pantry? Plant a garden! Join us with Master Gardener, Ruth Ann Seney, as she explores gardening tricks that you can do now to add spice to your life, before civilization collapses. Participants will learn how to care for an herb seedling, watch it grow, and eat it. This program was established by the William Russell Family in memory of Karen G. Russell, who had a love of cooking, gardening, arts and crafts. REGISTER

One Book, One Community MAP TO SURVIVAL Guide