Students waiting for classes to start in the Ferguson-Florissant School District found plenty to keep them busy at the Florissant Valley Branch today. The branch is providing art supplies, board games, LEGOs and other fun activities for the remainder of the week (August 20-22) from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Magic House will be there with make and take projects, and a free lunch will be offered at 12:00 p.m. courtesy of Operation Food Search. There is not cost to attend, students are welcome to drop by at any time. Call 314-994-3300 for more information. 

More photos from today can be seen here

The Quilters of the Rock brought their colorful display of handmade quilts to the Natural Bridge Branch this month. The group meets once a week at St. Alphonsus “ROCK” Catholic Church (hence the name), and is comprised of 13 members, many of whom have never quilted prior to joining.

If you’re interested in learning a crafty hobby, SLCL offers tons of free programs including knitting, crocheting, quilting and more. Search our events calendar for a happening near you. 

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale. He did not come to SLCL to lecture a group of students, but to describe his newest novel, “Back Channel.” Professor Carter described the atmosphere in which the book took place before talking about his characters and thrilling drama in which they become embroiled. The novel takes place in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Carter uses real and fictional characters to demonstrate how close that event brought the world to a nuclear war. 
Don’t miss another author event at SLCL, get the full schedule here. 

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale. He did not come to SLCL to lecture a group of students, but to describe his newest novel, “Back Channel.” Professor Carter described the atmosphere in which the book took place before talking about his characters and thrilling drama in which they become embroiled. The novel takes place in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Carter uses real and fictional characters to demonstrate how close that event brought the world to a nuclear war. 

Don’t miss another author event at SLCL, get the full schedule here

Deborah Harkness laid down the ground rules early in her presentation at Library Headquarters: no spoilers in the question and answer period! The author was here to talk about “The Book of Life,” the third book in her All Souls trilogy. The auditorium was packed with her fans, most of whom steered clear of divulging any plot or character points. Ms. Harkness is a professor at UC—Davis and, as such, has spent quite a lot of time in libraries including some of the best: the Bodleian, the Newbery, and the Folger Shakespeare, among others. We thank her for including SLCL on her list. 

Find out if you favorite author is coming to the library right here

We promised mayhem and Babaloo delivered! Kids got a chance to dance, drum, sing and engage in all kinds of silliness during Babaloo’s performance at Library HQ on Saturday night. The event coincided with the end of Summer Reading Club, which set a new record this year–over 145,000 people signed up! You can see more photos from the celebration right here

There was lots of singing, dancing and tickling at the Pajama Jam with children’s author Eric Litwin on Friday night. Mr. Litwin played music and read from his new book, “Bedtime at the Nuthouse,” which was inspired by his own family. Over 500 people attended the event, you can see more adorable photos here.

Zumba at the library? Yes! SLCL offers yoga and other free fitness programs for all ages. Search our events calendar for a happening near you: www.slcl.org/events

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