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Programs for Children & Students K - 8

Youth Services programs are offered for children and students residing in the St. Charles Library District. A child's, student's or parent's St. Charles Library card is required.

Registration Information
Winter 2014 - Registration Form
In Person:
• Register everyone in your family with one Library card and a completed registration form at the ASK ME Desk.
Online registration:
• Register members of your family with each person’s individual Library card via the Library’s website
Telephone registration:
• Register everyone in your family with one Library card by calling the ASK ME Staff at 630-584-9390.


Grandparents & Grandchildren
Sharing time with your grandchildren is great fun. You are invited to register for Youth Services events this summer. Just look for the G for events for you and your grandchildren
to attend!

Story Times & Book Discussions

story times• Story Times
for Infants - Age 5

Traveling Tales   G

Traveling TalesDiscover your Library out and about at St. Charles businesses that partner with the Library. Stories will be shared, services highlighted and you may register for a Library card. Already have a St. Charles Library card? Show it to receive a special gift. There will be plenty of surprises. REGISTER or DROP-IN

• Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center
2010 East Main Street, 630-377-6288
Winter:  Tuesday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m.
Spring:    Thursday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m.

• Chili’s
3795 East Main Street, 630-584-8013
Spring:  Friday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m.

• Norris Recreation Center
1050 Dunham Road, 630-377-1405
Spring:    Tuesday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m.

• Culver’s
4068 East Main Street, 630-444-1700
Spring:   Wednesday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m.

• Gino’s East 
1590 East Main Street, 630-513-1311
Spring:    Monday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m. 

You Design with LEGO®                      

Grades 3–8

You Build with LEGOThursday, March 13       4:00–5:00 p.m.  •   House floor plan
Wednesday, April 16      4:00–5:00 p.m.  •  Book character
Wednesday, May 14      4:00–5:00 p.m.  •   Car

Use your imagination in designing and building a LEGO® creation in the designated theme. Creations that meet the criteria will be judged and awards presented for 1st and 2nd place. Work as an individual or as a member of a team. Evaluation criteria: creative interpretation of theme; complexity; thought process behind the design; and completion within designated time (45 minutes). We have all you will need to create with LEGO® bricks. Think ahead and come with your plans. All creations will be displayed in Youth Services until the next event and also posted on the Kids Facebook page.  REGISTER

Movie Night

Grades 4–8

Winter:  Friday, March 14      4:30–7:00 p.m.
Spring:  Friday, April 25      4:30–7:00 p.m.
               Friday, May 16      4:30–7:00 p.m.  

Watch a recent release on the big screen. Titles will be posted on the Library website and at the ASK ME Desk. Pizza provided by Gino’s East; popcorn and lemonade will be served. Registration closes on Thursday at noon the day before the movie.  REGISTER

April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s DayFamily

Tuesday, April 1  • 1:30–5:00 p.m.

Join in an afternoon of fun with marionettes, balloons, the library wheel and more, including some surprises!

Dave Herzog’s Marionettes: Circus Days   G

Tuesday, April 1  • 1:30–2:15 p.m.

Ringmaster Sir Percy Pearly will introduce his fantastic troupe of performers including Señor Froggy the juggler, Billy Glitzatron on his warp-powered trapeze, Mr. Raj Mahal and his amazing snake Tandorri and, as always, Walter the Basset hound will be on hand to greet the audience with a friendly wag of his tail.  REGISTER
Families living outside the Library District may attend for $2 per person on a space available basis.

Suzette, Balloon Artist   G

Tuesday, April 1  • 2:30–4:30 p.m.

The fun continues with Suzette who will be making balloon creations. Children and students will select from the balloon display chart and then watch as Suzette makes the amazing balloon creation right in front of you. Numbers will be distributed after the marionette show. Enjoy the other activities until your number is called.
Families living outside the Library District may attend for $2 per person on a space available basis.

Babysitter Training

Babysitter with First Aid and CPR for Infant & Child

Babysitter TrainingAges 11–15

Wednesday, April 2 AND Thursday, April 3

Two 6-hour training workshops • 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Fee: $45 REGISTER        

Become a Red Cross certified babysitter. Training will cover all aspects of babysitter responsibilities and includes a Babysitter Training set with handbook, emergency reference guide and CD–ROM with templates, organizer, activities and more. Students must attend the entire training workshop and successfully pass all observable skills to receive First Aid certification valid for three years, CPR certification valid for one year and Babysitter certification. Additional training workshops will be offered in June, August and November 2014.

Grant funding provided by the Friends of St. Charles Public Library and St. Charles Kiwanis. Min. of 8 / max. of 10 students

Registration Requirements:

  • A completed Babysitter application form, including student and parent signatures, is due at registration. The form is available at the ASK ME Desk and online. In-person registration only.
  • Full payment (cash or check payable to St. Charles Public Library) is required to register or to add your name to the waiting list. Cancellations must be made by noon on Friday, March 28. Late cancellations or no-shows will result in loss of fee/no refund. In the event that a student on the waiting list is not called to attend, a refund will be mailed.
  • Waiting List – Up to two applications will be accepted per training session. All applicants will be contacted after the cancellation deadline regarding registration status.
  • Students living outside the Library District may register beginning March 19 for $65.

Used Book Sale!

Used Book Sale!Everything for Kids

Sponsored by the Junior Friends

Thursday, April 3 • 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

You Build with LEGO®                                  

You Build with LEGOFamily

Friday, April 4   •    10:30–11:30 a.m.OR   2:30-3:30 p.m.

Bring your imagination. We have all you will need to create with LEGO® bricks. Your creation will be displayed in Youth Services until the next event. Children through age 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Students in grades 3–8 may attend without an adult.   REGISTER

Comic Book Day

Comic Book Day Family

Saturday, May 3

Children and students may drop by the ASK ME Desk to select a free comic book while supplies last. Comics provided by Graham Crackers Comics (610 S. Randall Road, St. Charles).

Celebrate Children’s Book Week:  May 12–18                

It’s a week-long celebration! Stop by Youth Services to spin the Library wheel, go on a Library hunt, browse the Children’s Choice Book Awards winners display and much more. Discover your Library this week and return again and again.

Celebrity Readers

Tuesday, May 13   •    4:00–5:00 p.m.

This year’s Celebrity Readers are: Mayor Raymond Rogina; Lori Hewitt, Director of Development CASA Kane County; Mike Hill, Library Trustee; and Linda Horneck, Director Hosanna Preschool.   REGISTER or DROP IN

Children’s Choice Book Awards

The Children’s Book Council has announced the finalists for the 7th annual Children’s Choice Book Awards. Here’s your chance to vote for the best children’s book in three categories, as well as the author and illustrator of the year. Visit the book display of finalists in Youth Services this spring and then cast your ballot at the Library or online at beginning Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Winners will be announced during Children’s Book Week, May 12–18.

Book Buddies – Summer 2014

Grades 5–8
Application Required
Applications will be available April 1. Application deadline is May 7.

Book Buddies is a great way to have fun with books. Young readers who have completed 1st and 2nd grade are paired with middle school students to read aloud to each other, play literacy-focused games and talk about books. This program provides literacy enrichment and promotes reading as fun and entertaining.
We are seeking middle school students interested in volunteering who can commit two hours a week for six weeks during the summer. REGISTER

Junior Friends of the Library

Grades 6–8

Middle school students are eligible to volunteer weekly in Youth Services. Due to the high return of experienced Junior Friends, there are limited openings for new volunteers. If you are interested, we recommend placing your name on the waiting list at the ASK ME Desk. Thinking about next summer? We will contact students on the waiting list in May for summer 2014.

Museum Adventure Pass

Museum Adventure Pass

Use the Smartest Card – your Library Card – to receive free admission or a special discount at unique Chicago area cultural destinations. Passes are available on a first–come basis each week. Learn about each of the destinations at Then come to the ASK ME Desk with your library card and driver’s license during the week you wish to visit. Passes are issued to adults for their immediate family. See complete information.


Registration & Attendance Procedures

Fall - Registration Form
Winter - Registration Form

In-person and online event registration begins:
Winter Saturday, January 4
Spring Saturday, March 22
Summer Saturday, May 17

Telephone registration begins:
Winter Tuesday, January 7
Spring Tuesday, March 25
Summer Tuesday, June 17

Youth Services events are offered for children and students through grade 8 residing in the St. Charles Public Library District. A child’s, student’s, or parent’s St. Charles Library card is required. Grandparents may register grandchildren for certain events with the symbol grandparents.

Child or student must be the appropriate age or grade to be registered for an event. Each eligible person attending an event must be registered. Registration is on a first come basis and continues until all openings have been filled. Drop-in seating may be available.

Families living outside the Library District may attend certain events for a fee on a space available basis. Check-in at the ASK ME Desk 15 minutes before the event. All attendees must meet the age or grade requirements. Nonresident seating will begin 5 minutes before the event. Check event listings for those that include nonresident attendance.

Requests for special accommodations must be made 48 hours in advance of a Library event. If assistance is needed in using the Library, please inform a Library Assistant at the Circulation Desk.

Please call the ASK ME Desk at 630-584-9390 when you are unable to attend an event for which you are registered.

Attendance Procedures:

Events will begin and end promptly. Meeting Room/Story Room doors will open 10 minutes before the event is scheduled.
Seating for registered participants will be guaranteed until 5 minutes before the scheduled start time when drop-in seating will begin.
Late admittance is limited.
For your child’s safety, a parent or adult must accompany all children seven (7) years of age and under while in the Library.
Please review the Keeping Safe in the Library brochure with your child.

ASK ME Staff will be glad to assist you in-person or by phone at 630-584-9390.

Three Ways to Register for Programs

Registration Information
Winter 2014 - Registration Form
In Person:
• Register everyone in your family with one Library card and a completed registration form at the ASK ME Desk.
Online registration:
• Register members of your family with each person’s individual Library card via the Library’s website
Telephone registration:
• Register everyone in your family with one Library card by calling the ASK ME Staff at 630-584-9390.

updated 12/2013

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