Books to You
The Books to You program is sponsored by the Library Foundation and is committed to ensuring every citizen in St. Charles County is able to enjoy a true library experience, even if they are unable to come to us. Books to You provides services by matching our senior and homebound community to a volunteer for personal library delivery. This one-on-match facilitates lifelong learning, builds relationships and makes life just a little bit easier.
In addition, we provide rotating collections to senior residential centers, the jail, behavioral health facilities and other locations throughout the county. Each month materials are refreshed at over 50 locations. This service keeps new titles in the hands of our patrons and allows them to select a book of high-interest right from their location. We provide a wide variety of materials including large print books, DVDs, audio books, music CDs, and more.
The Books to You program now includes Book Discussions at select senior residential locations throughout St. Charles County. Even if patrons can no longer attend one of our branch discussions there is a chance they can participate in an active discourse in their community residence.
To receive homebound services or to volunteer to support Books to You, please call the Extension Services office at (636) 441-2300 x. 1517 or visit the Foundation website. Referrals for customers and community partners are always welcome.
Oasis Connections Technology classes
Computer skills are becoming essential for older adults to access benefits, connect with family and friends, and succeed in the workplace. The St. Charles City-County Library District has partnered with The OASIS Institute, a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote successful aging through a three-fold approach: lifelong learning, healthy living and social engagement. The District utilizes a combination of staff and volunteer instructors and the Connections curriculum to bridge the digital divide.
OASIS Connections is an evidence-based curriculum of computer courses designed specifically for mature adults. Classes are offered throughout the St. Charles City-County Library District and cover a variety of topics such as:
*Basic computer skills
*Searching the Internet
*Online job searching and resumes
*Word processing and spreadsheets
*Social networking online
*iPad/iPhone, Android Tablet/Phone
Large Print collection
Each library branch has a collection of large print books that includes a variety of popular fiction and classics as well as non-fiction. Large print books are also available through interlibrary loan if a specific title is not available within the Library District. Anyone with a library card can check out large print books.
CD Spoken Collection
Each library branch has a collection a CD spoken books as well. These audio books can be especially beneficial for patrons with low vision or vision-impairments. Anyone with a library card can check out materials from the CD Spoken Collection.
Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library
Each library branch has applications for Wolfner Library services. Wolfner Library is a free library service for Missourians who are unable to use standard print materials due to visual or physical disability. Materials are mailed to and from library patrons at their homes, postage paid.
For more information about free library services from Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, visit the Wolfner Library website or call 1-800-392-2614.
Consumer Health Collection
700 health pamphlets, medical databases, magazines and peer reviewed journals, medical reference books, and librarian recommended websites. Customized research assistance from trained library staff is also available. In partnership with Progress West Hospital and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, the library hosts a number of health-related programs each month.
Some library branches host tax assistance services for seniors during tax season. Contact your local branch for more information.
The library hosts many author and book programs throughout the year. Check out our author and book event program calendar for upcoming events.
Book Discussion groups
Each library branch has a book discussion group that meets on a regular basis. For more information or to join, see our Book Discussion calendar.