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What's New @ SLCL

Book Buddies

Book Buddies pairs teen volunteers with kids to help improve reading skills. Volunteers and participants are now being accepted, submit an application through September 3, 2019.  Learn more

Mid-County Branch Opens September 4

The new Mid-County Branch will open to the public on Wednesday, September 4 at 9:00 a.m. The new and improved branch is 2,500 square feet larger, and includes a redesigned parking garage, a colorful children’s area, private study rooms, an updated meeting room, comfortable seating and more. Learn more.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Give your child a head start, sign them up for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program! Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help strengthen language skills and build vocabulary–two important tools when children begin learning to read in kindergarten. Learn more.

After School Meals

Operation Food Search will provide a healthy grab and go light meal to children Monday-Friday at seven SLCL branches starting on August 12, 2019. Stop by after school and enjoy a free meal along with fun activities for kids and teens. Meals will be available free of charge for children ages 5-18. Learn more.

Family History Expo

Library Headquarters will host a Family History Expo on Saturday, July 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Representatives from genealogical and lineage societies will be available to discuss their work and provide membership information. Librarians and archivists will be on hand with information about research possibilities in their collections. Learn more.

Borrow a Telescope

Summer is a great time to borrow a telescope from the library. Any SLCL adult cardholder can check-out a telescope for 14 days. Telescopes come with instructions and hints on where to look for various constellations. To request a telescope, visit the circulation desk at your local branch or call 314-994-3300. Learn more.

Binocular Lending Program

You can now check-out binoculars from the library! Adults with a valid library card can check-out a pair of binoculars for a 14-day period at any SLCL branch. The binoculars are great for beginners and are perfect for viewing both wildlife and the night sky. Learn more.

Alive at 25

Several branches are hosting Alive at 25®, a highly interactive four-hour program that teaches young adults how to make safe, respectful and legal driving decisions. Designed for drivers under age 25, the program complements national driver education programs, which focus on laws and vehicle handling. Learn more.


Get your craft on with Creativebug! This new database features over 1,000 art and craft video classes for adults and kids, taught by recognized design experts and artists. All you need is a library card to get started. Learn more.