Let’s Get Ready to… Thumble?


We’ll just stick to thumb-wrestling…

Here’s an awesome craft inspired by the great wrestling masks of Lucha Libre but meant for those epic bouts of Thumb-wrestling with siblings, cousins, and friends that may spring forth at any moment.

While making this craft at the Baden Branch of the St. Louis Public Library, several of our youth patrons alerted us to the fact that thumb masks and rings are available for purchase around the web, and that there was even a TV show dedicated to the cause.

Still, we like ours just fine.

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Jack Tales Revisited

One of the greatest things about children’s literature through the ages is that many old classics are constantly reinvented for new audiences, new times, and new places and cultures.

For those of us that grew up hearing The Jack Tales–be it from our grandparents, Ray Hicks, or Donald Davis–we knew that the story would always be a bit different with each telling but the result, and the underlying truths, would remain.

Now, author and artist Elizabeth Dulemba re-imagines a classic Jack story in a modern bilingual version that is sure to please the next generation of listeners–and readers:

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This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (November 25-December 1, 2012)

If you have been to any St. Louis Public Library location recently, you know that we are counting down the days until Central Library reopens–and we are now at the TWO week countdown!

While we’ll have more on the blog about Central Library as the big date (December 9th, 2012) gets closer, in the meantime, there is still plenty to do this week at your favorite Branch:

Baden Branch

  • Watch The Muppets on Wednesday
  • Craft Bonanza on Thursday! Come make a variety of crafts perfect for gifts and keepsakes while supplies last!

Barr Branch

  • Did you miss The Muppets at Baden Branch on Wednesday? Watch it at Barr on Thursday!

Julia Davis Branch

  • Catch some big air with a paper airplane contest on Wednesday afternoon

Kingshighway Branch

  • Storytime on Monday
  • Family Night on Thursday: Nutty November!

Machacek Branch

  • Got game? Check out XBox and Wii gaming on Wednesday

Walnut Park Branch

  • Storytime on Tuesday evening
  • Wacky Wednesday on Friday–naw, just kidding. It’s on Wednesday
  • Films on Friday: Join us for Joyful Noise

Have a great week!

Got Gourds?

As promised earlier, we’re back with today’s craft activity!

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. If it was anything like ours, you now have lots of decorations to put away, and maybe a few dishes still waiting in the sink.

We can’t help you with those remaining pots and pans, but here’s a great way to give more life to some of those perishable fall decorations–the assorted gourds that were probably placed all around the house and dining table:

Make your own Gourd Characters!

What you’ll need:

  • Gourds
  • paints (alternatively, Sharpies Markers will work in a pinch too)
  • brushes
  • paper plates to paint on
  • old newspaper or other surface/table cover that can get dirty

What you’ll do:

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St. Louis Public Library “Black Friday” Spectacular

Well, it’s the day after Thanksgiving and we hope you all enjoyed the holiday. Our regular craft will be up later today, but we thought we would get a head-start on the post-holiday action… Everyone knows that today is the biggest shopping day of the year, and everywhere you look there are a myriad of offers awaiting you. The St. Louis Public Library would like you to know we have lots of great deals today and every day, and we will not be under-sold!

We have lined up some great deals for your enjoyment, and we hope you’d like to take advantage of them–among our spectacular every-day offers are free download and use of:

Feeling old-fashioned? Great! We still rent real books, CDs, DVDs, Wii and Xbox games, audiobooks and more–all included with the activation of your St. Louis Public Library Card.

Drop by and visit one of your favorite local Branches today to get started enjoying all these awesome deals–plus our in-house programs and services.

Hurry, these deals will last!


A Veritable Feast of Thanksgiving Books

While Thanksgiving is a day usually known for gorging on food, we would like to offer a cornucopia of bountiful books about one of our favorite holidays. It’s a feast for the mind! Forget getting a head start on Black Friday shopping–hurry over to your favorite Branch of the St. Louis Public Library and pick up a few of these must have items of the season:

Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn: The Story of the Thanksgiving Symbols by Edna Barth; illustrations by Ursula Arndt

Ms. Barth explores the multicultural origins and evolution of the familiar and not-so-familiar symbols and legends associated with Thanksgiving. The book is full of fascinating historical details and little-known stories.

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

This award-winning picture book tells the story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer whose marionette creations were the inspiration behind the giant helium balloons that have graced the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for more than eighty years.

Thelonius Turkey Lives! (On Felicia Ferguson’s Farm) by Lynne Rowe Reed

Thelonius Turkey is sure he is meant to be the “guest of honor” at this year’s Thanksgiving feast, so with the help of the other farm animals, he sets out with a plan–and the misadventures begin.

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This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (November 19th-24th, 2012)

Rocky… Road?

While we may have a day less (St. Louis Public Library locations will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd in celebration of Thanksgiving) this week, we still have plenty to do:

Want to listen to a story? Check out:

  • Storytime: Monday at Baden, Cabanne, Divoll, Kingshighway, & Machacek¬† Branches; Wednesday at Buder Branch.

Want to make something cool and new? Try these:

  • Creative Kids: Gourd Art–Baden Branch on Tuesday
  • Creative Kids: Thanksgiving Turkey–Tuesday at Barr Branch
  • Creative Kids: Sweet Turkey–Wednesday at Julia Davis Branch
  • Creative Kids: Turkey Paper Plates–Wednesday at Carpenter Branch

Do the Truffle Shuffle!

Want to do something? Get a little competitive? We have two great game activities on Wednesday! Check out:

  • Family Gaming at Barr Branch
  • Wacky Wednesday at Walnut Park Branch Library

Ready to kick back and chill during this holiday week? Join us for one of our favorite movies:

  • Watch The Goonies Tuesday afternoon at the Carondelet Branch Library

Goonies never say Die!”