SLCL broke ground on the new Meramec Valley Branch on May 30. The new branch will be located at 1501 San Simeon Way in unincorporated St. Louis County. The seven-acre site was previously home to Marshall’s Nursery. The new Meramec Valley Branch will be a full service library branch encompassing 21,000 square feet. Amenities will include a Discovery Zone for children, private study rooms, a quiet reading room, a community meeting room, a business center, a community garden, a walking path, and an outdoor reading deck. The branch is expected to be complete in early 2019.
What's New @ SLCL
Calling all aspiring artists and designers! SLCL is seeking creative designs from kids and teens for our Design a Bookmark Contest. Entries are due by close of business on Friday, July 13. The winning bookmarks will be professionally printed and distributed to all open branches this fall. Learn more.
SLCL and Operation Food Search are teaming up to provide lunches to children again this summer. Starting June 4, nine SLCL branches will offer a nutritious lunch along with activities for kids from 12:00–1:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. Meals will be available free of charge for children 18 and under. The summer lunch program will be offered at Bridgeton Trails, Florissant Valley, Indian Trails, Jamestown Bluffs, Lewis & Clark, Natural Bridge, Prairie Commons, Rock Road and Weber Road. Learn more.
This summer, SLCL is hosting a underwear and sock drive for The Little Bit Foundation. Visit any SLCL branch during May 21-August 11 to help local kids in need by donating a new pack of socks or underwear. The most needed sizes are for teen boys. Visit your local branch to learn more.
St. Louis County Library’s popular summer reading clubs will kick-off on May 21 and run through August 4. Last year over 43,000 people participated in the program, which offers fun activities and great prizes for the whole family. Participation is free and registration begins May 21. Learn more.
St. Louis County Library is seeking original music by local musicians to stream on our website as part of the Listen Up STL collection. Submissions will be accepted from May 1-31. The Listen Up STL collection features over 130 albums by local musicians representing a variety of genres including rock, jazz, blues, gospel and country. Learn more.
SLCL will participate in Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Stop by your local branch to receive a free comic book, while supplies last. We’ll have a selection of titles for all ages!
SLCL will host a Hip Hop Architecture Camp this summer at the Natural Bridge Branch for youth ages 11-14. The camp will take place Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. During the camp, participants will be paired with architects, urban planners, designers and hip hop artists to design a unique vision for their communities. They will also participate in an architectural design competition and a rap battle for prizes. The camp is free and lunch is provided. Applications will be accepted May 1-21.