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.
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.
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.
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.