Kids, dogs and reading–a perfect combo! The Paws for Reading program helps kids improve their reading skills by letting them read aloud to a friendly service dog. The relaxed atmosphere and cuddly canines put kids at ease. Find a program near you by visiting the SLCL events calendar.

How many rubber bands does it take to explode a watermelon? Teens at Library HQ found out this week at an Explosive Science program. Using basic chemistry, teens explored what makes things expand, explode and ooze. 

Summer is a great time to visit the library–check out our calendar of events here

The five authors visiting HQ for the 9th annual Suspense Night got along with one another, joking and laughing so much that one might have mistaken it for Comedy Night. Reed Farrel Coleman performed emcee duties as authors Ridley Pearson, Meghan Abbot, Marcia Clark, and Tom Schreck described their most recent books for the 300+ fans who came to see them. It was the largest Suspense Night crowd to date!
There’s lots more exciting author events happening at SLCL, get the full schedule here. 

 

The five authors visiting HQ for the 9th annual Suspense Night got along with one another, joking and laughing so much that one might have mistaken it for Comedy Night. Reed Farrel Coleman performed emcee duties as authors Ridley Pearson, Meghan Abbot, Marcia Clark, and Tom Schreck described their most recent books for the 300+ fans who came to see them. It was the largest Suspense Night crowd to date!

There’s lots more exciting author events happening at SLCL, get the full schedule here

 

Dutch suspense author Herman Koch read from his new thriller, “Summer House with Swimming Pool” at Library HQ last night. The book was actually released in Holland three years ago, but has only recently been published in the U.S. Koch said didn’t do any medical research for the book, whose main character is a doctor responsible for the death of a famous actor. Instead, he relied on the experiences of his friends and family.

Is your favorite author coming to SLCL? Find out here.

It was an outdoor art extravaganza at the Oak Bend Branch yesterday! Kids got creative (and messy) using fly swatters, water bottles and other unexpected items to make works of art. 

SLCL offers many fun and educational art programs. Get the full listing here. 

Journalist Scott Anderson discussed his book “Lawrence in Arabia,” last night at Library HQ. Anderson said he had long been fascinated by Lawrence of Arabia, but didn’t know much about his life. In writing his book, the trick was to find a new approach to the topic, since so much had already been written. 

In the end, Anderson went back to the core riddle of Lawrence’s life, which was how a small, enigmatic, shy individual was able to be such an effective force in the Middle East (some of it had to do with Britain being rather busy with WWI, and a lot of it had to do with his knowledge of the Middle East and how to wage war there).

Don’t miss another thought-provoking author event at SLCL! Get the full schedule here

This Friday, June 6, marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, so last night’s event with military historian John McManus was well-timed. McManus has long been fascinated by the events of that day, going all the way back to junior high, when he gave a presentation on the subject. Since then, he’s studied it, read about it, and even been a historical guide, but finds that there’s still more to know.

His new book, “The Dead and Those About to Die” focuses on the 1st Division, also known as the “Big Red One,” which, despite a history of being a troublesome, undisciplined group, played a major part in the success of the invasion.

SLCL hosts a variety of authors each month, get the full line-up here

Emily Giffin drew a standing-room-only crowd at St. Louis County Library for a discussion of her football-based love story, “The One and Only” on Friday night. The book had only recently been published, so no one in the audience had read it yet. Even so, no one was surprised to hear that the book is #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Additional photos from the event can be seen here. 

SLCL’s author series is one of the best in the country, and it’s free! Get the full author schedule here

Author J. Courtney Sullivan developed a passion for writing at an early age–when she was 7, she checked out “Harriet the Spy” constantly from the library. Like the character in the book, Sullivan began writing down bits and pieces of conversation that she overheard. From that, she would write stories, trying to make sense of everything. Sullivan said that’s pretty much why she still writes today.

In her new book, “The Engagements,” Sullivan wanted to look at marriage, and examine how all the recent legal and societal changes have affected it. It also gave her an opportunity to explore her own thoughts and feelings on marriage.

The summer author series is in full swing! Get the complete line-up here

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl were at the Daniel Boone Branch last night to talk about their new book, “Dangerous Creatures,” with local author Ridley Pearson. The book returns to the world of their previous collaboration, “Beautiful Creatures.” The authors hadn’t planned on going back to that world, but found that while on tour for another book, that they would “gossip like old ladies about what was going on in the lives of our characters,” which drew them back in. You can see more photos from the event here

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