This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (December 30, 2012-January 5, 2013)

Remember, we close an hour early on New Year’s Eve, and we will be closed on New Year’s Day!


  • Monday at Kingshighway Branch
  • Thursday at Schlafly Branch
  • Friday at Central Library

Celebrate the New Year!

  • Back to the Future Movie Marathon at Baden Branch on Wednesday
  • Creative Kids: Fireworks Wednesday at Divoll Branch

Winter Fun

  • Creative Kids: Sparkling Ice Crystals Thursday at Carondelet Branch

Live it up Hollywood Style

  • Karaoke Thursday at Baden Branch
  • Watch Toy Story 3 Friday at Walnut Park Branch

Happy New Year!



Make Some Noise!

The new year is nearly upon us, and what better way to celebrate the arrival of 2013 than by making your own kazoo? Grab a bunch of friends, put together your own orchestra, and party the night away!


What you’ll need:

  • paper towel tube
  • wax paper
  • rubber band
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • awesome decorations

What you’ll do:

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Helping Children to Cope with Trauma (Post II of II)

As discussed last week, helping children to deal with an emotionally devastating event can be very difficult. While we decided to post on the subject now due to the Sandy Hook School Shooting, we know these materials may be important at a different time, due to a different tragedy, whether it be international news or just close to home. While we hope you never need them under those circumstances, here they are for your browsing and investigation:

Children Changed by Trauma: A Healing Guide by Debra Whiting Alexander


Dr. Alexander provides a resource forĀ  those who interact closely with children–parents, teachers, etc–on how youth process a variety of trauma and how adults can help them to cope.

The Boy Who Sat by the Window by Chris Loftis with illustrations by Catherine Gallagher


Though targeted towards children, this one is well-shared with adults. The true story of a child killed by neighborhood violence and how a classmate experiences the situation and handles the consequences.

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We May be Closed Now…

…but we still have some cool programs later this week. Join us for some of these awesome activities:

Wednesday 12/26/2012

  • LIVEbrary: Kwanzaa: learn the holiday’s history and celebrate with a story and craft at Central Library
  • Watch Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted at Baden Branch
  • Make New Year Kazoos Wednesday at Barr Branch

Thursday 12/27/2012

  • Join us for our very first Parenting Play Date at Central Library: Enjoy Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson with your children. Then, while the kids play, talk with other parents about child-rearing challenges.
  • Watch Happy Feet 2 at Barr Branch
  • Make Star Wars Snowflakes at Buder Branch
  • Celebrate the meaning of Kwanzaa at Carpenter Branch
  • Watch A Christmas Story at Julia Davis Branch

Friday 12/28/2012

  • Wrap the week up right: Friday Films–Where the Wild Things Are at Walnut Park Branch.

Have a great Week!

St. Louis Public Library Holiday Hours and Closings

Just a reminder that all Branches of the St. Louis Public Library will be closed on December 23rd, 24th, and 25th for the Christmas Holiday.

On New Year’s Eve, December 31st, all locations will close at 5 p.m, and remain closed on January 1st, 2013. We will resume normal operating hours on Wednesday, January 2nd.

We wish you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season.

Keep Warm with this No-Knit Scarf!

Well, winter finally seems to be ready to arrive in St. Louis, so what better time to make some stylish outerwear… Here’s a great craft project to turn an old T-shirt into a real fashion statement:


What you’ll need:

  • an old t-shirt (preferably a men’s size L or XL) or two
  • Scissors
  • a bit of arm strength

Pretty simple so far, eh?

What you’ll do:

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Helping Children to Cope with Trauma (Post I of II)

We all know, no matter how much we would like to at times, that we cannot keep our children permanently wrapped in a bubble of innocence. Part of experiencing life, part of the Human Condition, is learning to handle all that comes with living: the good, the bad, and in the case of the Sandy Hook School shooting last week–the absolutely and terrifyingly ugly.

As with oft-censored books, we recognize the discretion of parents and caregivers to help decide which materials and information may be right for children and at what ages, but an event such as that of last Friday is one against which children are not easily shielded in the modern world.

As a result, many youth may have questions about why, or how, or who or what. These are not easily explainable, but we have gathered together a few booklists that may offer some support for those who wish to discuss the impact of traumatic events–both immediate and lasting–with children. Today we’ll focus on books meant to be read to and with children, and next week in this space, we’ll discuss books geared towards adults.You may also view a previous post on books for grieving children by clicking here.

Some of these books may raise more questions than answers, and none of them are a panacea, but we hope the discussions that come from them are helpful in trying to come to grips with the seemingly unexplainable–whether it the tragedy of Sandy Hook School, or another, perhaps equally devastating event in your life or the life of a loved one.

A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret H Holmes with illustrations by Cary Pillo


After a young boy witnesses something awful, he tries a number of ways to handle it–but finally finds relief when he opens up to an adult whom he trusts.

When Sophie gets Angry–Really, Really Angry… by Molly Bang


A basic story for discussions on emotion-control, Molly Bang reminds young readers–and the adults with them–that it is okay to get angry from time to time. The important thing to learn from the book, is how to direct that anger through a safe outlet.

When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown


More for dealing with grief than trauma, the Browns still provide a good basic primer for feelings children may experience after a loss.

On That Day by Andrea Patel


Originally written in response to the September 11th Terrorist Attack, this book provides excellent, simply written words about the problem of evil as we know it in the modern world.

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