This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (May 19-25, 2013)

The school year may be winding to a close, but programs at the St. Louis Public Library are heating up for summer! Join us for some of these great activities:


Monday at Baden Branch, Barr Branch, and Kingshighway Branch

Friday at Central Library

Get Creative:

  • Decorate hacky sacks Tuesday at Baden Branch
  • Make an animal shaped notebook Tuesday at Barr Branch
  • Build your family tree Tuesday at Divoll Branch
  • Launch into designing paper plate astronauts Tuesday at Kingshighway Branch
  • Create post-impressionist art Wednesday at Central Library
  • Show off your talent making decoupage notebooks Thursday at Walnut Park Branch


Feeling competitive?

  • Videogames Monday at Central Library
  • Videogames Wednesday at Machacek Branch
  • If it’s Wednesday it’s Wacky at Walnut Park Branch


Time for a movie? Watch:

  • Rise of the Guardians Wednesday at Baden Branch
  • Journey 2 Thursday at Barr Branch
  • Toy Story 3 Thursday at Carondelet Branch
  • Toy Story Friday at Walnut Park Branch


Ready to celebrate Summer?

  • End of School Party with homemade Ice Cream Tuesday at Schlafly Branch
  • Summer Reading Club Kick-of Carnival Saturday at Cabanne Branch

Have a great week!


SLPL Patron Reviews!

HOT ENOUGH FOR YA???? Ready to sit under the AC unit in a deep freezer? It might not be that hot (yet) but if you are making your disaster plan to beat the heat, we’ve got some suggestions. Curl up with one of these titles–as recommended by youth patrons of the St. Louis Public Library. Check one out today!

Marvel Superhero Squad: Squad Up! by Paul Tobin with art by Dario Brizuela

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It’s about funny things that happen to the superheros while they were on vacation. My favorite part was when Hulk Traded Falcon to the Super Villain team in exchange for two baby ducks.

–Joschula P.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart


Trenton Lee Stewart has a LOT of talent. This book was written very well. I’m glad I decided to read it. He makes all the characters pop out and I couldn’t stop turning the pages. My favorite character was Sticky. His real name is George Washington but people call him Sticky because everything he has seen or heard sticks in his head. He is scared of almost everything, but  he overcomes his fears by the end of the book.

–Claire A.

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan


This Book is about three friends who go on an adventure to return Zeus’ lighting bolt. I did not like this book because it was boring and too long. Their adventure was only exciting if they encountered a monster. It goes on and on and on and on and on about nothing at times and it makes me zone out. I also don’t know anything about Ancient Greek monsters and heroes. If you don’t know much about that, you might not know what’s going on. If you are interested in Ancient Greek heroes and know a lot about them you might enjoy this book!

–Lauren D.

How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg; illustrations by Kevin O’Malley

(Albert Einstein’s chapter)


Albert Einstein was born in Germany and his mother noticed he had an overly large head. He was 26 when he came up with a general theory of Relativity. Albert also won the Nobel Prize. Einstein died in New Jersey on April 18th, 1955 form a burst artery. He was 76 years old. his body was examined in a so-called autopsy. They sliced open his body, right down the middle! His rib cages jammed right open. They also combed Einstein’s hair and then scalped him ear to ear. They cut his skull in half, just above his eyebrow with a special tool.  Einstein’s cranium came off with a sticky, sucking sound.  Everything that was wired from his brain like his spine, etc. was snipped free then the doctor reached into Albert’s head and grabbed the brain. The doctor took the brain to a grocery store and weighed it. It was actually a tad less smaller than the average brain. As you can see, Albert holds a lot of facts.

–Carly S.

Spider-man: Secret Wars by Paul Tobin with art by Patrick Scherberger

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Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-man is a superhero. So are Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, and the Human Torch, etc. What was to happen if all these superheroes were to be transported to an alien world where they were to fight super villains? What if they got buried under a 5,000,000,000,000 ton mountain that only the Hulk could lift??? This is what happened. If you want to know what happened next you will have to read the book. Well no, I will tell you. They won and even had wishes granted!

–Jordon L.

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 (May 12-18, 2013)

Lots of fun stuff to do this week at your favorite locations of the St. Louis Public Library. Besides these great programs, don’t forget that Summer Reading Club 2013 is already here! Sign up today, and while you’re at it…

Join us for storytime:

  • Monday at Barr Branch, Carpenter Branch, & Kingshighway Branch
  • Tuesday at Central Library (wear your Pajamas!)
  • Friday at Central Library

Make Something Awesome!

  • Secret Keepers Tuesday at Schlafly Branch
  • Perler Bead Fun Tuesday at Kingshighway Branch
  • Little Lords & Ladies Wednesday at Central Library
  • Recycled Bag Jump Ropes Thursday at Kingshighway Branch

Feeling Competitive?

  • Board Games Wednesday at Walnut Park Branch
  • Board Games Thursday at Carondelet Branch
  • Video games Thursday at Baden Branch

Don’t forget–Thursday, May 16th is our next parenting playdate at Central Library! Join us as we read Judith Viorst’s classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day followed by a discussion of child rearing challenges while the kids play.

Have a great week!

Good Clean Mother’s Day Fun

It’s Friday. Mother’s Day is Sunday. Trawling the internet for last-minute ideas on what you can do for/give Mom as a token of your appreciation? Look no further; here’s a craft that it easy to do, easy to clean up, and even involves some science–Personalized Soap Shapes!

Ready to get started? Great. You’re going to need:

  • A large microwave safe bowl
  • a microwave
  • Ivory Soap (yes, it does need to be Ivory Brand)
  • Cookie Cutters
  • rose-water or other fragrance (optional)
  • food coloring (optional)
  • sheet of wax paper

Here’s what you’ll do:

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Thanks, Mom.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and we thought what better way to celebrate than providing a few great titles available from your favorite Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. These titles all have distinct Mom characters, but they’re not necessarily about Moms, or Mother’s Day on the whole. Rather, they’re like Moms we remember: stern when they needed to be, embarrassing (all the time!) smart, witty, and down-right loving. Be sure to share them with all the Moms in your life–and don’t forget to say “Thanks, Mom.” She’ll probably appreciate that more than the flowers…

Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy

Five Minutes Peace

All Mrs. Large wants one morning is Five Minutes to herself–and all her children want is Mrs. Large’s undivided attentions. Jill Murphy provides a tale that one need not be a pachyderm to relate to and understand.

Max and the Dumb Flower Picture by Martha Alexander with James Rumford

Max and the Dumb Flower Picture

Remember when you were picking out a Mother’s Day gift with the help of Dad, and you were sure that Mom would be way more impressed (and entertained) by that awesome Lego set instead of the chocolates and aroma candle? Welcome to Max’s world: his teacher wants him to color a picture of a flower for Mom, but Max is the expert on what HIS mom likes, right?

Our Granny by Margaret Wild, illustrations by Julie Vivas

Our Granny

All Grannies may be different, but they’re all a lot alike too. Chances are, you’ll recognize lots of different Grannies in this book.

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza

A Mother for Choco

Choco the bird is all alone, but he is sure he must have a mother somewhere among all the animals in the world. Could it be Giraffe, Penguin, or Walrus? No, not them… Who then? This warm story reminds readers and listeners that mothers and families come in all shapes and sizes.

Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein

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This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (May 5-11, 2013)

It’s a big, big week at the St. Louis Public Library! Summer Reading Club kicks off on Monday–be sure to sign up so your reading can earn you prizes all summer long. We’ll also have some great activities for you to get involved with–drop in and check out some of these great programs:


  • Monday at Baden Branch, Cabanne Branch, Carondelet Branch, Kingshighway Branch, Machacek Branch, & Walnut Park Branch
  • Wednesday at Julia Davis Branch
  • Friday at Central Library

Make something awesome:

  • Photo Frames Tuesday at Barr Branch
  • Suncatchers Tuesday at Walnut Park Branch
  • May Flowers Wednesday at Baden Branch
  • Flower Carts Wednesday at Carondelet Branch
  • Mother’s Day Gifts Thursday at Divoll Branch
  • Mother’s Day Cards Thursday at Buder Branch
  • Mother’s Day Sugar Scrub Thursday at Kingshighway Branch
  • Duct Tape Fashions Thursday at Baden Branch
  • Puzzle Planks Thursday at Carpenter Branch
  • Felt Pillows Thursday at Machacek Branch
  • Charm Pins Friday at Cabanne Branch

Learn From an Expert!

  • Drums and Drumming Wednesday at  Central library
  • Comic Book Design Friday at Julia Davis Branch

How about a Movie?

  • Watch Tron Friday at Walnut Park Branch