Get Ready to Read!

paint-and-readDo you know a beginning reader?  Try out this fun activity from the bloggers at “No Time For Flash Cards”.  If you’re working with older kiddos, you can use the same method to write and pass top-secret notes!

Paint & Read

Central Library offers a special early-literacy storytime on the first Tuesday of the month – the next Get Ready to Read! program will be Tuesday, November 5th at 7pm.


This Week at St. Louis Public Library (Oct 28 – Nov 3)

Join us for some of these great programs at your favorite St. Louis Public Library locations all week long:

Ready for a story? Join us for storytime:

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

Ready to make something awesome?

  • Rattle them Bones at Kingshighway Branch and Dancing Skeletons at Barr Branch on Tuesday
  • Salt Art at Baden Branch and One World, Many Stories, Many Crafts at Carpenter Branch on Wednesday

Want to celebrate?

  • Fall Carnival at Cabanne Branch on Tuesday
  • Halloween Open House at Julia Davis, Halloween Spooktacular at Baden, Halloween Costume Party at Divoll and Halloween Party at Walnut Park on Thursday

Trick-or-Treat at all full-service library locations on October 31st!

Have a Great Week!

Authors @ Your Library in October!

October is an exciting month here at the library, the weather is cooling, the leaves are changing and the authors are visiting!  This month, there are four great opportunities to see world-renowned children’s authors at St. Louis Public Library:

Ifeoma Onyefulu – October 16, 6 pm – Carpenter Branch

Ifeoma Oneyfulu discusses and signs her books.  Her highly acclaimed children’s books celebrate Africa’s traditional village life and thriving urban culture.


John Bemelmans Marciano – October 17 – 6 pm – Schlafly Branch

John Bemelmans Marciano discusses and signs his new book, Madeline and the Old House in Paris.


Mem Fox – October 21 – 6 pm  – Central Library

With more than 40 children’s books to her credit, Fox is Australia’s best-loved picture-book author.  The program is part of Read St. Louis, a community-wide initiative created by the St. Louis Public Library, St. Charles City-County Library and St. Louis County Library to encourage reading and discussing books.


Michael Buckley & Shannon Messenger – October 22 – 7 pm – Central Library

Michael Buckley, this year’s Reading Pays – Pass It On! author, discusses and signs his latest NERDS book.  Plus, Shannon Messenger discusses and signs her new book Keeper of the Lost Cities.