Drum Roll Please…

It’s that time of year again in the world of books—when the Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Awards are presented.  As usual, there were lots of great books highlighted this year. Below, find a listing of winners and honorees, and don’t forget to check out a copy from your favorite Branch of the St. Louis Public Library to share with your friends and family!

John Newbery Medal–‘… for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.’

This year’s winner is…….

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


Ivan, a captured gorilla on display, has a distinct narrative voice, filled with “wry humor, deep emotion, and thought provoking insight into the nature of friendship hope and humanity.” Also available as a downloadable ebook!

Honor Books are:

Splendors & Glooms by Laura Schlitz.  Available as downloadable Electronic books, and hardback

Three Times Lucky by Shiela Turnage.  Available as audiobook CD and Playaway, and hardback

Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the worlds most Dangerous Weapon! by Steve Sheinkin.

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This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (January 27-February 2, 2013)

As always, we have some great things in store for you this week at the St. Louis Public Library. An Artist’s birthday, kicking off Black History Month activities, and celebrating Groundhog Day (only one time, we hope!) are all on the list. Join us for any of these great programs–


  • Monday at Kingshighway Branch
  • Tuesday night (wear your Pjs!) at Buder BranchWednesday at Buder Branch
  • Friday at Central Library
  • Plus, come here storyteller Loretta Washington bring you into the lives of Phyllis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman to learn more about their lives before, during & after the Emancipation Proclamation Friday morning at the Julia Davis Branch

Make something awesome!

  • Splatter and Drip Art in honor of Jackson Pollock. Make your own abstract expressionism styled work–Monday at Julia Davis Branch and Wednesday at Central Library
  • More art–make marbled paper Tuesday at Barr Branch
  • Make pop-up groundhogs Tuesday at Kingshighway Branch

Ready to party? Join us for the Baden Branch Midwinter Luau on Thursday

Time for a movie? Watch:

  • Winnie the Pooh Tuesday at Julia Davis Branch
  • The Lorax Wednseday at Baden Branch
  • Smurfs Wednesday at Kingshighway
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 Friday at Walnut Park Branch

Have a great week!

Football Fever

Remembering the struggles of the 2011 season, St. Louis Rams fans may already feel like Super Bowl champs thanks to the progress under Coach Fisher this season—though the nagging “what ifs?” of at least a few of those losses will not depart anytime soon. As the clock ticks down towards Super Bowl XLVII, here are a few titles sure to keep young readers entertained as they await the start of the big game.

Great books to read to young children:

T is For Touchdown by Brad Herzog with illustrations by Mark Braught


A simple, classically designed alphabet primer that provides plenty of football basics with watercolor illustrations—from Amazing Athletes to Zebra Striped referees.

My Football Book by Gail Gibbons


Another primer on the sport, Gail Gibbons provides simple guidance on equipment, plays, and positions. Also included is a glossary at the end.

Little Granny Quarterback by Bill Martin, Jr.  and Michael Sampson. Illustrations by Michael Chesworth martin

When Granny sees her team is in trouble, she leaps into the television, but can she lead them to victory? Find out in this funny, silly picture book from the mind of Bill Martin, Jr.

Home-Field Advantage by Justin Tuck. Illustrations by Leonardo Rodriguez


What makes and NFL player tough enough to step on the field? Being fearless?

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Peace Flowers

In Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday next Monday, St. Louis Public Library locations will be CLOSED on 1.21.2013. Why not take some time this weekend to make a craft celebrating the work and beliefs of Dr. King?

How about a Peace Flower? IMG_0402[1]

What you’ll need:

  • A smattering of construction paper


  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • green pipecleaner (0r two…)
  • glue

What you’ll do:

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In Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s easy to look at this coming Monday as a vacation day–time off work and school, a day to kick back and relax, or maybe catch up on projects around the house. However, there are very important reasons that Dr. King’s birthday is observed as a holiday, so here are a few titles that can be used to re-acquaint your family to the life, work, and legacy of Dr. King:

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By Doreen Rappaport with illustrations by Bryan Collier


Mr. Collier’s brilliant illustrations wonderfully complement this short biography of Dr. King, with his own quotations used throughout. Also included is a bibliography of other titles relating to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.

I Have A Dream By Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr with illustrations by Kadir Nelson


Kadir Nelson provides rich illustrations to the text of Dr King’s speech that he gave August 28. 1963 in Washington DC.

My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Christine King Farris; illustrations by Chris Soentpiet


Providing a perspective that only a sibling could, Ms. Farris does much to humanize her brother, and writes of his childhood antics and experiences and how they shaped the man he would become.

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This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (January 13-19, 2012)

Plenty of stuff to do this week, whatever the weather!

Storytime! Join us:

  • Monday at Cabanne, Barr, Machacek, and Kingshighway Branches
  • Wednesday and Thursday at Buder Branch
  • Friday at Central Library

We also invite you to take part in out Parenting Playdate and Storytime Thursday at Central Library

Make something awesome:

  • bird-feeders Tuesday at Kingshighway Branch
  • Paper Penguins at Machacek Branch on Thursday
  • Pasta Sculptures Tuesday at Barr Branch
  • LIVEbrary Tuesday: Learn more about the science of snowflakes at Central Library and make a craft to take home.

Ready to celebrate The Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? So are we!

Join us to make a:

  • Hand-print craft Thursday at Buder Branch
  • Coloring book Thursday at Carpenter Branch
  • Peace Flower Thursday at Baden Branch

Get active! Try:

  • Karaoke Thursday at Schlafly Branch
  • Board games Thursday at Julia Davis Branch

…and don’t forget to wrap up the week by watching Cars 2 Friday at Walnut Park Branch Library

Have a great week!

This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (January 6-12, 2013)

Plenty to do this week as we continue to celebrate 2013!


  • Monday at Baden, Carondelet, Kinshighway, Machacek, and Walnut Park Branches
  • Pajama Storytime Tuesday evening at Central Library
  • Wednesday at Divoll and Julia Davis Branches
  • Wednesday and Thursday at Buder Branch
  • Friday at Central Library

Make something cool!

  • New Year’s Silly Banks Tuesday at Cabanne Branch
  • Cozy Caps Tuesday at Kingshighway
  • Homemade Harmonicas Tuesday at Schlafly Branch
  • Paper Sack Puppets Tuesday at Walnut Park
  • Colorful Mosaic Coasters Wednesday at Central Library
  • Stained Glass Snowflakes Thursday at Machacek
  • MLK Container Flowers–Presented by the Walnut Park Community Garden Club–Thursday at Walnut Park Branch

Ready to get moving?

  • Balloon PingPong Tournament Tuesday at Carondelet
  • XBox and Wii Gaming at Baden Branch on Thursday
  • Karaoke Thursday at Carondelet

Ready to settle down?

  • Watch Tangled Thursday at Schlafly

Have a great week!