Summer Reading Club 2012 is Almost Over!!!

There are only SIX more days to turn in your reading cards! That is plenty of time to finish, even if you haven’t started… or maybe it gives you six more chances to turn in your ORANGE cards for the grand prize drawing.

Either way, St. Louis Public Library is happy to help you find some great books as your summer winds to an end. Stop in and tell us what you have read, what you are reading, and what you have planned.

Don’t forget, we still have lots of fun stuff to do–this week you can join us to:

  • Watch The Goonies on Monday at Baden Branch and make pirate paraphernalia
  • Make Night Blooming Flowers Tuesday at Carpenter Branch
  • Create Handprint Lilies Wednesday at Kingshighway
  • Enjoy a scary stories pajama party Thursday at Carondelet Branch
  • Visit your favorite location to see what else is going on!

Happy Reading!


Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance


Share this book with the animal lovers in your life! Each page of great photos and text invite the reader into the life of this pit bull puppy who is rescued from a dog-fighting ring and thrives with the right type of care. Second or third graders and older will learn about people and organizations who help Audie and other dogs like him. The photos will keep the attention of younger readers who may need some help with the text.

This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (July 15-21, 2012)

There are less than three weeks to go in Summer Reading Club 2012! We hope you are well on your way to finishing, and remember there is still plenty of time to accumulate orange cards for additional drawing chances. Come visit us at your favorite Branch and tell us what books you are enjoying, and how you’ve spent your summer so far.

It is going to be H-O-T this week again, so keep cool with us! This week we’ll be:

  • Testing your movie trivia knowledge at Julia Davis Branch with a rousing game of Scene It? on Monday
  • Making Monster bookmarks At Barr Branch on Tuesday
  • Watching E.T: The Extraterrestrial Wednesday at Buder Branch
  • Celebrating “Arabian Nights” style with stories and games Thursday evening at Carondolet Branch
  • Closing out the week With Fun Friday’s Movie Finding Nemo at Walnut Park Branch

Plus, there more than a dozen other activities designed specifically for school-aged kids this week alone! Grab your “Dream Big” Summer Reading Club 2012 guide and join us.

Happy Reading!

I Scream, You Scream? No Need to Scream for this Ice Cream…

A Sweet, Cool, Beat-the-heat Summer Treat: Homemade ice cream in just five freezing minutes.

This great warm weather activity will have everyone enjoying their own individual serving of ice cream out of a Ziploc bag in no time at all…



Books to Help Children Deal with Loss

Many parents ask for books to help their children understand death. As difficult a topic as this is, there are books to assist with broaching this subject to help children cope with loss.

 The Purple Balloon by Chris Raschka is a picture book for children as young as preschool that talks about the grieving process. This book uses minimal text and delicate illustrations of various balloons to depict the emotional experiences a child may have following the loss of a loved one.





Another title, Saying Good-bye to Uncle Joe, from Nancy Loewen details the process a family goes through following the news that someone has passed away. The book details the events that follow discovering someone has died from the perspective of a young boy to display the range of emotions children may experience throughout the mourning period.





This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (July 8-14, 2012)

It’s another great week at the St. Louis Public Library! With today’s expected high temperature being ONLY 90 degrees, we hope that you are ready come enjoy some cool summer fun…

This week you can:

  • Make Night blooming flowers at Machacek on Monday
  • Make Salt Paintings Tuesday Afternoon at Schlafly
  • Join us for an ice cream social Thursday evening at Julia Davis
  • Close the week watching Beauty and the Beast Friday at Walnut Park
  • Visit your favorite Branch to find the other eight great activities we have planned this week.

Don’t forget, there is less than ONE MONTH LEFT of Summer Reading Club 2012! Make sure that you are continuing to collect all your wonderful prizes and adding extra drawing chances for the grand prizes!

One more thing… Tuesday, July 10th, is the first Library Night at the Magic House of the summer. Check in with your favorite Branch if you would like to join us. The other trips will take place on July 19th and July 24th. We hope to see you there!


Got Popsicle Sticks? Then you’ve got a craft…

Popsicle sticks are an easy go to for a whole variety of crafts. With St. Louis still broiling under triple-digit temperatures, hopefully you are bound to be collecting some while you eat the popsicle to stay cool.

Once you have enough, you can build houses, shelves, picture frames, etc–just about anything you set your mind to do.

If you’ve got an afternoon of staying cool out of the sun in front of you, here is one of our favorites: