This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (April 28-May 4, 2013)

Could it be that out wonderful spring weather has finally arrived? Let’s hope so, as we cross our fingers that all the April showers will provide for some great blooming May flowers!

Wednesday is El Día de los Niños! Celebrate with us:

  • Mix & Match Cinderella  at Carpenter Branch
  • Papel Picado Banners at Kingshighway Branch

We’ll have all our regular awesome activities too. Try–


  • Monday at Kingshighway Branch
  • Wednesday at Buder Branch
  • Wednesday at Carpenter Branch
  • Thursday at Schlafly Branch
  • Friday at Central Library

How about some competitive action:

  • XBox and Wii Gaming Wednesday at Barr Branch
  • XBox and Wii gaming Thursday at Baden Branch and Carondelet Branch

Want to show off your creative side?

  • Key Chain Design Tuesday at Baden Branch
  • May Day Colorful Craft Wednesday at Central Library

How about a movie? Join us for:

  • Gnomeo & Juliet Tuesday at Julia Davis Branch

Have a great week!




SLPL Patron Reviews!

Need something to read during these dreary, rainy spring days? Curl up with one of these titles–as recommended by youth patrons of the St. Louis Public Library. Check one out today!

The Watsons go to Birmingham,–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis


The Watson Family decided to take a trip to Birmingham, Alabama to escape the winter weather. It was a long trip and when they got there, they learned a lot of things… One of the sons even has to live with his grandmother until he gets his mind right! My favorite part is when Byron got his lips stuck to the car mirror.

–Jasmine I.

The Mailbox by Audrey Shafer


The Mailbox is a book about how two lonely people can come together to achieve happiness. It starts when Gabe, a foster child, comes home to find his uncle Vernon dead, and a note in the mailbox that reads:

“I have a secret, do not be afraid.”

The next day Gabe comes home and the body is gone. Gabe and the card writer interact throughout the story, forming  a relationship through their pain for Vernon’s death. Flashbacks show hoe Vernon and Gabe lived, and by the end you have a firm understanding of how wars permanently haunt soldiers. This book was beautifully written with 3-D characters and interesting plots. I would recommend it to any reader aged 10 and up! Four Stars (Out of Five)

–Allison W.

I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll; illustrations by Howard McWilliam


The Book I  Need My Monster is about a little boy named Ethan and he is trying to find a new monster to live under his bed for the week. The first Monster wasn’t good enough and three more monsters came but they weren’t good enough either. When he is ready to give up he wonders if his old monster will come back soon. He wasn’t sleepy, so he looked under his bed when he heard voices down there. When he saw green slime he knew it was his monster Gabe! Gabe slid out from under the bed and Ethan was happy AND scared. He hid under the covers and fell asleep.

–Aja S.

Have a book you want to recommend? Tell us about it in the comments, or visit the Youth Services Staff at your local Branch of the St. Louis Public Library!


This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (April 14-20, 2013)

April Showers are here  in full force! Come in out of the rain and join us for some of the great programs going on this week at your favorite Branch(es) of the St. Louis Public Library:


  • Monday at Baden Branch
  • Monday at Cabanne Branch
  • Monday at Kingshighway Branch
  • Monday at Machacek Branch
  • Wednesday at Buder Branch
  • Thursday at Buder Branch
  • Friday at Central Library

Don’t forget about our Parenting Playdate Thursday evening at Central Library!

Celebrate Earth Day and make something awesome!

  • Wednesday at Central Library
  • Tuesday at Barr Branch
  • Tuesday and Thursday at Kingshighway Branch

Get Competitive!

  • Wacky Wednesday at Walnut Park Branch
  • Board games Thursday at Julia Davis Branch
  • X-Box and Wii Games Thursday at Baden Branch

How about a movie? Join us Thursday at Divoll Branch for Hop.

Have a great week!

April is Poetry Month! Celebrate with St. Louis Public Library

St. Louis Public Library welcomes 7th Grade Poetry Project Awards Ceremony!

The 7th Grade Poetry Project Awards Ceremony will be held in Central Library’s new auditorium on Wednesday April 17. Over 60 young poets, chosen to represent every middle school in the metro area, will take the stage to share poetry they created.

“I was impressed with the depth and vigor of the poetry last year,” said Patty Carleton, Director of Youth Services for St. Louis Public Library. “This is well crafted and meaningful poetry inspired by teens’ real lives–everything from violence, to family situations, to nature, and the meaning of live.”

Each winning student receives a $25 cash prize, has their poem published in an anthology donated to the students, their school libraries and the Library, and is featured in a YouTube video clip.

Can’t make it to Central Library on the 17th? No problem. Watch a live stream of the event by from anywhere via the world-wide web.

Find out more by clicking HERE.

For more information about the 7th Grade Poetry Project, contact Aaron Williams, Champion and President of 7GP at:

We hope to see you there!