The next Science in St. Louis event takes place on Thursday, May 25 at the Samuel C. Sachs Branch. This month’s topic is: “Are we creating a toxic atmosphere? Our planet at the dawn of the Anthropocene.” The program is free and open to all ages, and will feature food and attendance prizes (including a Kindle Fire HD and t-shirts). Learn more.
What's New @ SLCL
SLCL will provide access to YourSTLCourts.com, a new web-based service that helps people navigate the municipal justice system, on all public computers starting in May 2017. YourSTLCourts puts St. Louis County Municipal Court records into one, no-cost, mobile-friendly online portal where people can easily access their traffic ticket information, rights in court, court locations, operating hours and procedures. The program also includes a text message-based notification system to remind people of their upcoming court date. Learn more.
St. Louis County Library’s popular summer reading clubs will kick-off on May 22 and run through August 5. Last year over 47,000 people participated in the program, which offers fun activities and great prizes for the whole family. Participation is free and registration begins May 22. A series of Summer Reading Club kick-off parties will be offered at select branches in June. Learn more.
Play-Well and the St. Louis County Library invite you to join us at the Grant’s View Branch on Sunday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. for a chance to participate in a massive St. Louis Build using LEGO. We’ll construct St. Louis landmarks out of LEGO and explore hands on architecture while learning how buildings are so strong! Learn more.
SLCL is launching a new series this month focusing on the science of food. The Kitchen Chemistry series kicks off on May 17 at Library Headquarters with a program about the science behind flavor creation. Future programs will feature topics such as food preservation and the science of ice cream (including free samples from Clementine’s!).
The Jamestown Bluffs Branch is hosting a month-long celebration of science in May. Science Fest will offer fun programs for all ages including a performance by Nitro Joe, special science-themed story times, telescope viewing with the St. Louis Astronomical Society, movie nights and more. Learn more.
Educators can now check out solar telescopes from SLCL. The library has obtained four Sunspotter telescopes available for use by K-12 educators. The Sunspotters project an image of the Sun onto a white screen, which several people can see simultaneously. The telescopes were donated to the library by the St. Louis Astronomical Society. Learn more.
The Born to Read program is getting a boost from the St. Louis Cardinals. The program provides new parents at area hospitals with a bag containing a book, a toy, information about infant development and a library card. Starting this month, the Born to Read bags will also contain a voucher for two Cardinals tickets that can be redeemed at any SLCL branch. The Cardinals produced a short video about the program, you can view it on the Cardinals Insider blog.
SLCL is partnering with Parents as Teachers (PAT) for a pilot program at five local school districts. The library is creating early literacy kits for PAT educators to take into the homes of their clients. Each kit contains books and interactive activities around a theme. PAT educators will use the kits to help reinforce the importance of reading and play within the home, as well as the resources available at their local library. Learn more.
St. Louis County Library celebrates 70 years this month! The first book was checked out on March 13, 1947 at the first SLCL branch on Woodson Road in Overland. Since then we’ve circulated millions of items and have become the busiest public library in Missouri. We enjoy bringing you innovative programs and services. Here’s to another 70 years!