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What's New @ SLCL

Kitchen Chemistry

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!).

Science Fest

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

Sunspotter Telescopes

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.

Cardinals Support Born to Read

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.  

Early Literacy Kits

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.

SLCL Turns 70

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!