Not everyone who wanted to hear author and Holocaust survivor Ben Fainer’s presentation at Library Headquarters was able to. Well before the program started all the seats were filled and a line stretched all the way to the north foyer.* Those who did get in heard the charming, kind, now elderly gentleman talk about his experience living for six years in Nazi concentration camps. 

*Mr. Fainer has agreed to present his program again in August. 

SLCL hosts a variety of thought-provoking author events each month, get the full schedule here

Teens created their own Rube Goldberg machines at the Cliff Cave Branch last week. The challenge was to build a machine that could complete a simple task using as many steps as possible, hence the name of the program: Chain Reactions. 

Find more fun, science-based programs at SLCL right here

St. Louis welcomed a favorite son at Library Headquarters last night. Jerry Reuss, former pitcher for the Cardinals, among other teams, told stories from his career in the Major Leagues. His new book, “Bring in the right-hander! : my twenty-two years in the major leagues” has recently been published, so Reuss came home to promote it and to share what it was like to go from the sandlots of Overland to the World Series. 

More author events are happening all summer long at SLCL. Full schedule here

Chris Colfer fans can out en masse on Tuesday…over 800 people purchased tickets for the event at Library HQ. The adored actor and author took questions from the audience, then signed books for fans. 

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Suspense authors John Sandford & Michele Cook introduced their new YA suspense series, “Uncaged,” at Library HQ last night. There was some discussion of the current trend in YA books of writing about dystopias, but since both authors have spent time as reporters, they tend to see the world with more grey areas instead of pure good and evil–in the book, it’s not always clear who the actual villains are.
SLCL brings some of the biggest names in literature to the library each month. Get the full schedule here. 

Suspense authors John Sandford & Michele Cook introduced their new YA suspense series, “Uncaged,” at Library HQ last night. There was some discussion of the current trend in YA books of writing about dystopias, but since both authors have spent time as reporters, they tend to see the world with more grey areas instead of pure good and evil–in the book, it’s not always clear who the actual villains are.

SLCL brings some of the biggest names in literature to the library each month. Get the full schedule here

SLCL’s 5th annual Battle of the Bands took place on Saturday. Five local teen bands competed for a cash prize. Guava (pictured first) and Coi & Quiet (pictured second) tied for first place. Congrats to the winners!

Author Jacqueline Winspear, best known for the Maisie Dobbs mystery series, spoke about her new stand-alone novel, “The Care and Management of Lies” at Library HQ last night. Winspear discussed how it’s not always easy for an author of a series to switch gears–but she had the full support of her publisher. Fans were harder to convince–many thought she had ended the beloved series (not true). Winspear said she even received letters from readers with splotches of tears on the paper.
Don’t miss another author event at SLCL. Get the full schedule here. 

Author Jacqueline Winspear, best known for the Maisie Dobbs mystery series, spoke about her new stand-alone novel, “The Care and Management of Lies” at Library HQ last night. Winspear discussed how it’s not always easy for an author of a series to switch gears–but she had the full support of her publisher. Fans were harder to convince–many thought she had ended the beloved series (not true). Winspear said she even received letters from readers with splotches of tears on the paper.

Don’t miss another author event at SLCL. Get the full schedule here

Kids went on an insect scavenger hunt at the Cliff Cave Branch yesterday. Entomologists from the Academy of Science brought cases of insects for the kids to examine before they went out into the branch’s community garden to look for specimens of their own. 

SLCL is hosting a variety of science-based programs this summer, find one near you by visiting our events calendar

Various forms of Chinese dance were on display at the Sachs Branch last week. The program was presented by the St. Louis Chinese Language School as part of SLCL’s Art @ Your Library series. You can find a full schedule of events here.

Acclaimed novelist Jonathan Lethem visited Library HQ to discuss his latest book, “Dissident Gardens” on Friday night. Lethem talked about his mother and grandmother, who were inspiration for the book. Both were often protesting for just about any cause, and he was moved by their legacy of commitment. There were still a lot of mysteries to their lives, though. His mother died when he was 14, and his grandmother suffered from dementia. Without any real resources, he used writing as a way to “throw myself into the mystery” that marked their lives. 
Don’t miss another thought-provoking author at SLCL, get the full summer schedule here. 

Acclaimed novelist Jonathan Lethem visited Library HQ to discuss his latest book, “Dissident Gardens” on Friday night. Lethem talked about his mother and grandmother, who were inspiration for the book. Both were often protesting for just about any cause, and he was moved by their legacy of commitment. There were still a lot of mysteries to their lives, though. His mother died when he was 14, and his grandmother suffered from dementia. Without any real resources, he used writing as a way to “throw myself into the mystery” that marked their lives. 

Don’t miss another thought-provoking author at SLCL, get the full summer schedule here