Remember when you used to hear “Don’t play with your food!” growing up?

Not anymore…

Here’s an easy to make, easy to use, easy to eat recipe for edible, peanut butter-based playdough!

You’ll need:

  • honey
  • powdered milk
  • sugar
  • and of course, peanut butter

Let your imagination run wild. Use it to make buildings, cars, or even…

Edible mice!

Check out the full recipe and directions by clicking here.


Here’s one for the older kids…

As kids grow up, they become acutely aware of how they are different from one another–whether it’s a haircut, new shoes, or neighborhoods, there is always something that can make them feel alone or left out. Often, a new school year can bring out many of these ways of separating out individuals rather than bringing them together. For upper elementary and middle schoolers, here’s a great story about not always “belonging.”

Invisible Lines

by Mary Amato

If you’ve ever felt like you have a lot going against you, and are doing your best to rise above your situation, you will enjoy reading Trevor Musgrove’s story in Invisible Lines. Trevor wants to fit in at his new school. But his single mom is poor and Trevor is often stuck taking care of his little brother and sister while she works. Things look good when he gets on the good side of Xander, one of the best soccer players in the school and one of the richest students at Buckingham Middle School. However, when Trevor makes the mistake of “crossing Xander’s line,” he faces a challenge he never imagined.


This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (September 23-29, 2012)

Come see us this week, we have plenty to do! Don’t Let September end without taking part in one of these great activities:

Baden Branch

  • Storytime on Monday
  • Family Movie: Hugo on Wednesday
  • Make a handheld game on Thursday

Barr Branch

  • Storytime for Preschoolers on Monday
  • Family Movie: Hugo on Thursday


  • Family Movie: School of Rock on Thursday

Carpenter Branch

  • Make a Library Card holder on Thrusday
  • Dog Safety Safari on Saturday! Join us as the APA of Missouri teaches kids how to avoid dog bites. Participants learn how pets communicate, the proper way to approach a dog, and what to do if approached by a stray animal. A craft (making a fleece dog toy!) is also included.

Divoll Branch

  • Friday night Game Night!

Julia Davis Branch

  • Sculptionary on Monday
  • Edible necklaces on Wednesday
  • Video games on Thursday

Machacek Branch

  • Video games on Wednesday

Schlafly Branch

  • Karaoke on Tuesday
  • Family Movie: Chicken Little on Thursday

Walnut Park Branch

  • Monday Storytime
  • If it’s Wednesday, it’s Wacky! Come and join the fun

Double Helping of Friday Crafts!

We’re sorry we missed you last week, but to make it up to you here are TWO great crafts for you to try this week:

Duct Tape Library Card Holders

If you have trouble keeping track of your library card, this activity is for you!

What you’ll need:

  • four pieces of duct tape 8 ¾ “ long
  • one piece 4 “ long (cut in half the long way)
  • one piece 3 ½ “ long (cut in half the long way)
  • one 1” piece
  • one piece of cord or string 23 inches long
  • one velcro closure
  • scissors

What you’ll do:

  • Lay two 8 ¾ inch long pieces of duct tape on a table, sticky side up and overlap the sides a little less than ½ inch.
  • Lay the third and fourth pieces of 8 ¾” tape sticky side down on top of the stuck-together pieces, carefully matching the edges. Trim the sides with scissors if they are uneven.
  • Fold the bottom of the sheet of tape up a little more than 3 ½” to form a pocket.
  • Join the sides by taping with one piece of the 4” tape along each of the open sided edges
  • Trim edges if need be and fold the top flap down inside the pocket.
  • Tape one 3 ½ “ piece to the bottom of the pocket and another to the edge of the cover flap for smooth lines, folding it so half is on the front and half on the back.
  • Tie a knot in the length of cord or string and secure the knot under the flap with the 1” piece of duct tape.
  • Apply the Velcro closure inside the flap.

Add your library card to the pocket and you’re ready to go!

Love this idea but don’t have duct tape at home? No problem! Make a library card holder in traditional duct tape gray or choose from brighter colors and colorful designs when you join us at Carpenter Branch on September 27th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Now, let’s get (a little bit) messy…

Here’s an awesome way to create one-of-a-kind paintings: Paint with marbles. Seriously!

All you’ll need is a box, some marbles (don’t lose them,) paints and containers, and paper. For full directions, click here or on the photo above to see where we found this cool idea.

Have a great weekend!

SRC 2012 First Pitch Winners!

This summer, we asked kids from all around St. Louis to tell us why they are the best pitcher for the St. Louis public Library. The winners would have a chance to throw out the first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game.

Well, tonight’s the big night! As the beloved hometown Cardinals take on the Houston Astros and the season (again) comes down to the wire, two local teens will take to the field:

Ezekial M. J., age 12, a student from Lift for Life Academy who uses Barr Branch will throw out the first pitch. He wrote:

I am the Library’s best pitcher because I just might be the Library’s top reader. I love going to the Library. I am also a big fan of baseball. I’m a big fan of Cardinals especially. I love playing baseball also. I love pitching but I also love batting. Baseball is one of the two sport I’m good at. Baseball and soccer, unless singing counts as a sport. I don’t know the national anthem but I know other songs. Even if I don’t get to throw the first pitch, thanks for the opportunity to try.

The back up pitcher is Lamisha S. an 11-year-old student at Duchesne Elementary who uses Cabanne Branch when she visits her dad in the city. She wrote:

I am the Library’s best pitcher because I read until I fall asleep. Without books, I don’t know what I’ll do. Also, because I’m so supportive. Once, these bad kids become better in school with an advice book. It was so cool! I’m also funny. I’m not like joke funny. I mean like crazy funny. I’m also a great actress. I always act in front of my mirror. Since I’m going to the Junior Olympics in Houston, Texas for track & field, I’m going to read 10 books. That’s amazing! I’m very athletic. I’ve never been to a baseball game before, and if I win, I’ll be very happy. I’ll also tell my friends “In your face.” They’ll be jealous. I’m crossing my fingers and my toes that I win! Thank you!

Congratulations to both winners and thank you to everyone who participated. Please be sure to cheer on Ezekial and Lamisha tonight, and be sure to cheer on any young readers you may know each any every chance you get.

Go Cardinals!

This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (September 16-22, 2012)

More great stuff at your favorite Branch! Come see us this week, we have plenty to do:

Baden Branch

  • Autumn Tree Sculptures on Wednesday
  • X-Box and Wii videogaming on Thursday

Barr Branch

  • Storytime for Preschoolers on Monday-For You, For Me, For Later
  • Talk Like a Pirate Day! Make a Pirate Hat on Wednesday

Buder Branch

  • Make a Pirate eyepatch on Wednesday, and show us your best pirate impression! Costumes encouraged!

Cabanne Branch

  • Storytime on Monday–stories & a craft
  • Creative Kids: Design a fabulous notebook on Tuesday


  • Creative Kids: Back to School Backpack Buddies on Thursday

Divoll Branch

  • Talk Like A Pirate Day Wednesday! Crafts, stories, & a treasure hunt!

Kingshighway Branch

  • Thursday is family night! Make a Library card holder!

Machacek Branch

  • Storytime for preschoolers on Monday: For Me, For You, For Later

Schlafly Branch

  • Storytime for preschoolers on Thursday!

Walnut Park Branch

  • If it’s Wednesday, it’s Wacky! Come and join the fun
  • Friday is movie day! Enjoy Puss in Boots

One last adventure story before summer sails beyond the horizon…

Secrets at Sea

by Richard Peck

Helena is a mouse of the Cranston house. She is also Louise, Beatrice and Lamont’s older sister and takes care of everyone. The Cranston humans are planning a trip to England and Helena doesn’t know what to do. If they stay, the house will be shut up and there won’t be any food. If they go with the humans, it will mean a trip across the ocean and they are terrified of water. Helena decides they must go, despite the danger and adventure that will surely await!