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What's New @ SLCL

eMedia Help

Did you get a new eReader or tablet over the holidays? SLCL offers a variety of free eMedia to download or stream including books, audiobooks, magazines and more. Learn how to download free eMedia to your device at these upcoming workshops. Learn more.

Born to Read Program Expands

The Born to Read program is expanding! Starting in January 2019, Mercy Hospital will participate in the program, which provides new parents at area hospitals with a bag containing baby’s first library card, a board book, a Cardinals beanie, information about infant development and other items. In 2018, over 12,000 bags and library cards were delivered to new parents. The addition of Mercy Hospital St. Louis will reach an additional 9,000 parents and newborns. Learn more.

Computer Classes

SLCL offers a variety of free computer classes for all skill levels. Our trained instructors can help you learn basic word processing, or more advanced skills like Excel and PowerPoint. Learn more.

Sci-finders Kits

Keep your kids engaged and excited about learning over winter break–check out a Sci-finder kit from your local branch. The kits contain everything parents and kids need to engage in hands-on activities at home. Each kit comes equipped with learning activities and experiments centered on a variety of science and technology topics. Learn more.

Plans for New History and Genealogy Center and Administrative Building Announced

St. Louis County Library has purchased approximately six acres near the intersection of Clayton Road and Spoede Road in Frontenac, Missouri for the construction of two buildings: a new History & Genealogy Center and an Administrative Building. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2019. The projects are part of a multi-year, $120+ million campaign to renovate or replace 19 branches within the Library District. Learn more.

SLCL Named 2018 Star Library

St. Louis County Library has been ranked as a four ­star library in the 2018 Library Journal Index of Public Library Service for the fifth consecutive year. SLCL is one of six star libraries in the state of Missouri. The rank of four stars indicates a high per capita use in five major areas of library service: library visits, circulation, program attendance, circulation of electronic material and public Internet computer use. The ranking is based on statistics from 2016, when SLCL circulated over 13.6 million items despite having six branches closed for part of the year.

New Streaming Service Available

Use your library card to stream your favorite films! Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Learn more.

Auto Renewal Starts in November

Starting November 12, SLCL will begin automatic renewals on eligible items. If there are no holds or if the item hasn’t reached the max number of renewals, SLCL will automatically renew your non-digital items two days before the due date, for an additional 14-day period. Learn more.

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. SLCL is celebrating with a series of programs exploring the history and influence of Native Americans in our region. Learn more.

National Novel Writing Month

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) at SLCL in November. All across the country, individuals are taking the challenge to write a novel in one month. SLCL will support participants with writing workshops and write­-ins at several branch locations. Learn more.