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What's New @ SLCL

Chess at the Library

Learn to play chess at the library! The Saint Louis Chess Club will provide free chess instruction for youth ages 5-18 at seven library branches starting in September 2019. Learn more

Diaper Drive

St. Louis County Library is hosting a Diaper Drive benefiting the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank from September 10-30. Donations of size 5 and 6 diapers and training pants of all sizes are most needed. Bring your donation to the service desk of your local SLCL branch.

National Library Card Sign-up Month

St. Louis County Library and the St. Louis Cardinals are teaming up to offer a limited edition Cardinals library card in September for National Library Card Sign-up Month. Sign up for a library card online or in-person at any St Louis County Library location. A photo ID and proof of current address will be required. Library cards are free to those who live in or pay property taxes to St. Louis County, St. Louis City or St. Charles County. 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.

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.