Sideshow Acts

Summer is a time for circuses, so we’d like to recommend some books that are all about sideshow acts. From the world’s strongest man to sharpshooters to a fartiste, there’s sure to be something that interests you!


“The Piano Man” by Debbi Chocolate

A young girl remembers her grandfather’s life story, who played piano for the silent movies and performed in vaudeville.

“Strongest Man in the World: Louis Cyr” by Nicolas Debon

Louis Cyr amazed audiences in North American and Europe with his feats of strength. Learn more about this extraordinary man through his graphic novel biography.

“Fartiste: An Explosively Funny, Mostly True Story” by Kathleen Krull.

Joseph Pujol was a little boy growing up in 19th century France who could control his own farts! He grew up to become Le Petomaine and performed at the Moulin Rouge, making audiences laugh with his animal noises, songs, and other sounds.

“Bull’s Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley” by Sue Macy

Annie Oakley’s amazing story comes to life in this biography. Annie Oakley was famous for her horseback riding stunts, trick shots performances, and sharpshooting abilities.

“Sandy’s Circus: A Story about Alexander Calder” by Tanya Lee Stone

Sandy, or Alexander Calder, love to make wire sculptures. First he made a lion. Then he made a lion cage. Before he knew it, he was traveling between Paris and New York with his very own sculptural circus. 


Diary of a Wimpy Kid Website

If you loved Diary of a Wimpy Kid (we know you do!), you’ll love Jeff Kinney’s website too! You can read an author interview, play the Cheese Touch Game, or Wimp Yourself (and see what you look like in cartoon form). 

If you haven’t read Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, stop by any St. Louis Public Library to get your hands on a copy.

It’s a Gas: Nitro Joe’s Science Show

Nitro Joe will amaze you with the power of  gas! Coloring changing potions, exploding balloons, bubbles, fog and more. So, get to a St. Louis Public Library branch and be wowed by science!

June 8 from 2-3 p.m. @ Barr

June 12 from 11-Noon @ Central Express

June 14 from 4-5 p.m. @ Julia Davis

June 24 from 4-5 p.m. @ Baden

June 29 from 10-11 a.m. @ Schalfly

June 30 from 4-5 p.m. @ Walnut Park

Life-Size Dolphin Sculpture

Leave your mark on the St. Louis Public Library by helping us create a Summer Reading Club Mascot! You can help make a life-size dolphin sculpture at the following branches:

June 7 & 8 from 2-4 p.m. @ Buder

June 10 & 11 from 3-5 p.m. @ Schafly

June 14 & 15 from 2-4 p.m. @ Carpenter

June 29 & 30 from 12-5 p.m. @ Julia Davis

Kick Off Your Summer!

School’s out and you need something to do. Why not attend a Summer Reading Club Kick-Off party? The following libraries will have Kick-Off parties where you can sign up for the Summer Reading Club, make a craft, or play a game.

Saturday June 5th:
Carondelet 9-6 p.m.
Cabanne 9-6 p.m.
Central 1-3 p.m.
Julia Davis 1-3 p.m.
Schlafly 2-4 p.m.

Monday June 7th
Carpenter 2-3 p.m.
Barr 2-4 p.m.
Walnut Park 3-5 p.m.
Divoll 3-5 p.m.
Baden 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Tuesday June 8th
Machacek 9-6 p.m.