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

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. 

Additional photos are available on the SLCL Flickr page

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