Friends of the Library Foundation enjoyed a pre-event reception with suspense author Sara Paretsky before her appearance at Library HQ last night. Friends of the Foundation get lots of great perks like preferred seating at author events and the chance to mix and mingle with bestselling authors.
Paretsky was in town to promote her new thriller, “Critical Mass.” The author joked about the file the NSA must have on her–in doing research for her books she’s had to look up how to make meth, and at one point downloaded ‘The Anarchist’s Handbook,’ though she added she hasn’t tried to actually follow through on any of its instructions.
SLCL has a great line-up of authors this fall. Get the full schedule here.
Zombies, makers, anime and comic fans each got their own mini-con at SLCL this month. Teens were invited to wear costumes and participate in fun activities like laser tag, candy sushi, duct tape art, chopstick relays and more. Want to see more photos? Go here.
Hilarity ensued when children’s authors Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett visited SLCL on Wednesday night. Approximately 70 kids and adults were entertained by the authors’ banter. The duo performed a simultaneous reading of their new book “Battle Bunny” and even attempted to demonstrate a battle scene from the book. Scieszka and Barnett have each written several books on their own, but this is the first collaboration between the two authors.
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A. Scott Berg spoke with passion and authority about the subject of his latest book, “Wilson” at Headquarters on Monday night. The auditorium was packed for the presentation which summarized Berg’s lifelong fascination with Woodrow Wilson.
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Rick Riordan fans started lining up around 2:00 for the 7:00 program on Saturday. By the time the author took the stage, Headquarters was packed to the brim with 865 kids, teens and adults, some from as far away as New York, Michigan and Florida. Riordan talked about his path to becoming a best selling author, using amusing slides to illustrate his various hair lengths. He answered questions from the audience who left with a copy of “The House of Hades” and memories of a great evening.
The kids at the Eureka Hills Branch made some fun crafts at the Color Splashed Blocks program today. Check out the fun here: http://bit.ly/1g6XBy2
China historian Paul French visited SLCL last night to discuss his newest book, “Midnight in Peking,” which chronicles the last days of China before the Japanese invasion in 1937. Mr. French noted that while he wanted to write a story about that era of Chinese history, “the world doesn’t need another history of China.” So he went to the Shanghai libraries to do some research and to find a story to hang his tale upon. He found himself drawn to times in history when “everybody knows everything is going to go very bad very soon.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/slclevents/
Playoff baseball wasn’t enough to keep nearly 70 of Shannon Hale’s fans from attending her talk at SLCL HQ last night. The author talked about her new series, Ever After High, which chronicles the children of famous fairy tale characters at a boarding school. The project was conceived by toy company Mattel, and was pitched to Mrs. Hale using the code name “Project Lightning.” She talked about writing in someone else’s world, describing it as “a big playground.” More photos here.
It was all-hands-on-deck Friday night at the Florissant Valley Branch, site of the first Maker-Con. The Hazelwood West robotics team (the Shrapnel Sergeants) showed up with some of their machines, and Arch Reactor was on hand to demonstrate some of its members’ skills. Other projects included Perler beads and DIY toothbrush robots. The Maker-Con was the first in the Mini-Con Madness series Fridays in October. For more information, visit www.slcl.org/teens.
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Former UMSL chancellor Blanche Touhill visited Library HQ last night to share her book of historic photos, documenting the university’s progress. Established in 1963 as the region’s first public university, UMSL has seen tremendous growth over the past 50 years. The campus began as only one building, and is now comprised of over 50 buildings. Current enrollment is around 17,000 students, and the faculty has grown from around 30 to over 600 full-time staff.
SLCL’s Meet the Author Series brings a diverse mix of authors to the library each month. Get the full schedule here.