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Discover Your Library: Ribbon cutting for new student area at the St. Charles Public Library coming soon

Summer reading program to encourage imaginative transportation

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St. Charles Public Library's theme this year for summer reading is Reading Takes You Everywhere.[]

Next time you visit the St. Charles Public Library’s youth services department, you’ll see the newly painted bright calypso orange walls. We are getting ready to unveil our new Student Street area that will be a dedicated space for students in middle school. The space will complement our engaging Literacy Lane area that is dedicated to infants through elementary school-aged children. With the help of a generous donation from the St. Charles Public Library Foundation and the Jensen family, we were able to transform this space to include a mobile maker table, an inviting display case to feature student art and collections, and comfortable furniture for studying or working on projects.

On June 8, the library and St. Charles Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting at noon in the youth service’s department. Mayor Ray Rogina, the Jensen family, members of the St. Charles Public Library Foundation and staff will be there to introduce this interactive space. An invitation will follow to create activities using the new maker table.

We are thankful for the generosity of the Jensen family and the foundation to allow this project to come to fruition.

The library also is busy putting the final touches on our Summer Reading program, Reading Takes You Everywhere. Books can truly take you everywhere to meet people, explore places and let your imagination transport you to other continents, planets, eras or even other dimensions. We welcome you to begin your summer reading journey by visiting the library to explore all we have to offer. Your library is at the heart of the community as a gathering place with millions of resources, hundreds of programs and amazing services including this year’s summer reading book clubs.

The benefits of summer reading are clear. Children who read over the summer are better prepared for starting the next school year, so it is important to not let reading skills slide. Reading will allow teens and young adults to continue exploring, learning and growing, essential skills to prepare them for their exciting futures. Adults will benefit from reading by increasing their memory and comprehension skills.

Everyone is invited to pick up a book in any format – print or digital – turn a page or download to read or listen as you let Reading Take you Everywhere! It all begins May 30. Thank you to our community sponsors for their generous donations to support our summer reading programs. For a complete list of our sponsors and programs, visit www.scpld.org.

Edith Craig is director of the St. Charles Public Library District. The “Discover Your Library” column runs the second Thursday of each month. Feedback can be sent to editorial@kcchronicle.com.