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The Library is Open!

The St. Charles Library unveiled its newly renovated and expanded space at a special Grand Re-Opening Celebration July 17. The 100-year-old library was redesigned for the 21st century, while taking special care to incorporate the original Carnegie Library space. The new library is 65,000 sq. ft. and contains more than 300,000 items for patrons, with updated features and modern technologies, including a new drive-up window, teen space, makers space, sound room, 3-D printer, and laser engraver. See what’s new and open the door to a new adventure at the St. Charles Public Library.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a house fire in half. Smoke alarms give early warnings of fast spreading smoke making them a key part of a home fire escape plan.  

Tips from the National Fire Protection Association:  

Tornado Sirens & Safety Information

While tornadoes may occur anytime of the year, they are most likely in April, May, and June. Over half of all tornados occur between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., or on hot and humid days. One of the most important things you can do to prevent being injured in a tornado is to be alert to the onset of severe weather and reach shelter in time. The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement, or in a small interior room like a closet or bathroom, away from outside walls and windows. 

Fourth of July Fireworks & Celebration

Join us on July 4th and enjoy an extraordinary fireworks display! The party kicks off at 6 p.m., when the band, Soda, takes the stage until the start of the fireworks at dark. The fireworks will be launched from Boy Scout Island and can be enjoyed from many locations in the City, so spread out and watch the fireworks this year. For more information, visit the St. Charles Park District website at

Join the Community Art Project

This summer, volunteers are invited to join artist Amanda Browder in creating a fabric art installation for the St. Charles Municipal Building, and there’s more than one way to help!

Fabric Donations Needed

One Yard Minimum. Cotton fabric only; no stretchy fabric. Deep colors are preferred.

There are donation bins at Blue Goose, St. Charles Police Station, St. Charles Municipal Building, Pottawatomie Community Center, All Things Arts Studio, and the St. Charles Public Library.

Discover the Best Things to Do in St. Charles

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Find all the “Instagram-worthy” public art, food, & scenic views, as well as the best things to do in St. Charles. Are you tired of eating the same thing...can’t decide where to go for date night? No worries, let influencers on the @TravelStCharles Instagram page find your new favorite local spot. Hit that follow button and learn everything you need to know before you go. Check out the page here. The @TravelStCharles Instagram page is managed by the St. Charles Business Alliance.