Community Partnership

St. Louis County Library partners with a number of community organizations to provide innovative programming and services. Some of our current partnerships are listed below. If your organization is interested in collaborating with SLCL, please call 314-994-3300.


Born to Read:

The Born to Read program provides every baby born in St. Louis County with their first library card. SLCL partners with 17 area hospitals and clinics to provide library goodie bags to new parents. Each bag contains a book, a bath toy, information about infant development and a library card. Parents also receive an invitation to celebrate their child’s first birthday at the library where they will receive another free book. Born to Read expects to reach over 15,000 families in 2016. Support for the program comes from the St. Louis County Library Foundation.

Gateway Greening:

SLCL and Gateway Greening work together to create community gardens at library branches throughout St. Louis County. Local gardeners and Gateway Greening volunteers assemble raised garden beds in early spring. The gardeners choose what to sow and tend the beds from planting to harvest. Gardening programs are also offered throughout the year in conjunction with the partnership. 

Mid East Area Agency on Aging:  

St. Louis County Library and the Mid East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA) offer Choice: Healthy Living for Seniors programs and lunch for older adults at multiple library locations. Programs cover a wide range of subjects of special interest to older people, including health and wellness, nutrition, scam prevention and retirement. MEAAA offers transportation to and from the programs. A current list of programs can be found at

MU Extension Small Business & Technology Center:

St. Louis County Library partnered with the University of Missouri Extension, the Missouri Small Business Technology & Development Centers, and the Small Business Administration to offer a monthly program called “Mind Your Business: A Small Business Lecture Series.” The lecture series started in September 2012 and was designed to reach out to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals thinking about starting a small business in the St. Louis area.

St. Louis Astronomical Society:

In 2014, the St. Louis Astronomical Society and SLCL joined forces to start a telescope lending program. SLCL has 35 telescopes available for check out by the public. The telescope comes with tools, instructions and hints on where to look for various constellations. Volunteers from the St. Louis Astronomical Society help assemble the scopes and make them more durable for patron use. The group also presents star parties at several branches to show how the telescopes work and to help area residents learn more about objects in the night sky.

St. Louis Byte Works:

Kids have the opportunity to earn a computer and learning programming skills, thanks to a partnership between SLCL and St. Louis Byte Works. During six sessions, kids get hands-on, technical training–they learn how to solve problems, to work together, and to value persistence as they fulfill the program’s responsibilities. 

Science in St. Louis

In 2015, SLCL began offering a series of informal science talks featuring local scientists and engineers discussing important scientific discoveries and breakthroughs taking place in our community.  Science in St. Louis is a partnership between SLCL, the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC)*, Washington University’s Gephardt Institute (under a St. Louis Project Grant), and The Academy of Science of St. Louis.


*Science in St. Louis is based upon work partly supported as part of the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC), an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number DE-SC0001035. We also would like to thank the National Science Foundation for support awarded to K. Faries through the Graduate Research Fellowship Program under Award Number DGE-1143954

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