Lives Change @your library! – National Library Week 2014

Preschool_story_timeAs we near the end of National Library Week (April 13-19) the Library Foundation wants to highlight the 2014 NLW theme: Lives Change @your library! Readers and tweeters have celebrated the week by posting and commenting on their library experiences with the tags #liveschange and #NLW2014.  So rather than hearing why we think the library is vital in a community, we thought who better to share the impact of libraries than the people all across our nation who use them! We encourage you to take a moment to consider how the library has influenced you personally as you read the comments of these library fans:

For my elementary school librarian who never told me, “that book is too hard for you” – You changed my life. #LivesChange #NLW2014
- @b_netherton

“The rush to be the first to check out the new books was the biggest buzz.” -Jamaica, VT #LivesChange#LibraryWeekhttp://bit.ly/1maz4ur
- @cliforg

Simply put, libraries have been and continue to be a mainstay in my life and education, of which I owe them a great debt. #LivesChange
- @Errwati

It’s National Library Week! #LivesChange at libraries, perfect places for kids to grow their love for learning http://buff.ly/1gyCVKu #NLW14
- @PBUnitedWay

“Whether you’re in a three-piece suit or a three-day beard, you can go into a library and be welcomed.” #NLW2014 http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/14/travel/irpt-library-fascination-travel/ …
- @wichitalibrary     (Okay, this one is from a public library, but we included it because we really love the message!)

Today my child will get a library card & start a lifetime of new adventures! http://bit.ly/1qyeIKX  #TodayInAZ #LivesChange #NLW2014
- @ExpectMoreAZ

Library changed my life twice: once as a child @ the bookmobile, once as an adult by hiring me. #NLW14#LivesChange
- @KateWoodsWalker

Read. Every. Day. #nlw2014 #nlw2014 #liveschange #castleberryisd #be_cato pic.twitter.com/fuCEXfnJVZ
- @SenorMoran

We love coming to the library on Wednesday mornings for story time! #nlw2014 #liveschange pic.twitter.com/zXYw12x3Io
- @stace0328

Thank you for expanding my world @OUPAcademic…and sharing your knowledge for National Library Week: http://j.mp/PZPSq5 #liveschange
- @nevansportland

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April Early Literacy Calendar

Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.

Click here for the April 2014 Early Literacy Calendar.

The April activities were compiled by the staff at the Deer Run Branch in O’Fallon. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!

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IMAGINE the Possibilities.

GALApromoForSPWith great pleasure we invite you to the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation’s first-ever IMAGINE Gala & Auction on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Ameristar Casino, Resort and Spa. Providing an experience that brings the mission of the Library Foundation to life, the IMAGINE Gala & Auction will highlight literacy as a vital component of our community. Proceeds will support the Take 20 and Read initiative and Ready to Read and Books to You programs. Watch our video to learn more about these vital programs. Visit our website www.stchlibraryfoundation.org to purchase tickets and get details on sponsorship opportunities.
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Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
6:00 PM – 10 PM
Location: Ameristar Casino, Resort & Spa
1 Ameristar Blvd.
St. Charles, MO 63301

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March Early Literacy Calendar

Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.

Click here for the March 2014 Early Literacy Calendar.

The March activities were compiled by the staff at the Kathryn Linnemann Branch in St. Charles. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!

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Community Partnership Gives Readers The Chill!

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Success has a simple foundation: Reading. The Library Foundation thinks so, and so does our very own St. Charles Chill professional hockey team! The Chill organization has partnered with us to promote our Take 20 and Read campaign for literacy and shares our belief that a community of strong readers is a strong community.

The Chill hockey players have taken the pledge and you can too! Take the pledge to spend 20 minutes (or more) reading each day. Read for yourself, read with your children, and let your children read to you. Together we can improve literacy in our community.

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Taking the pledge is not just good for your brain, but it also has its rewards!  Library Foundation fans and Take 20 and Read participants can take advantage of an exclusive offer to see the St. Charles Chill play the Allen American’s on Sunday March 9th. Purchase your lower level tickets for just $10 (regular price $15)! Call 636-724-SHOT (7468) to order tickets at the Library Foundation rate! 

The puck drops at 4:05pm at The Family Arena. In addition to exciting Chill hockey, fans can Chuck-A-Puck to benefit the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation that night. Our volunteers will sell foam pucks for $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00 through the end of the second period. During the second intermission, fans will throw their numbered pucks at targets for a chance to win cash and other prizes. Each puck you chuck benefit’s the Foundation’s Take 20 and Read campaign for literacy!

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Learn more about Take 20 and Read and take the pledge at www.take20andread.org.
Take 20 and READ…Enriching Lives. Improving Literacy. Engaging Community.

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February Early Literacy Calendar

Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.

Click here for the February 2014 Early Literacy Calendar.

The February activities were compiled by the staff at the Middendorf-Kredell Branch in O’Fallon. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!

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January Early Literacy Calendar

Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.

Click here for the January 2014 Early Literacy Calendar.

The January activities were compiled by the staff at the McClay Road Branch in St. Charles. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!

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