Summer Stories


Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson
A mouse and its mother celebrate summer with a picnic in the park!

Chicky Chicky Chook Chook by Cathy MacLennan
Chicks, kitties, and bees play in the morning, but get sleepy in the afternoon heat. Their nap is interrupted by a storm that leaves them all icky and soggy. How will they get dry?

Katie Discovers Summer by Liesbet Slegers
Katie enjoys the beautiful weather outside.

Summer is Summer by Phillis & David Gershator
Presents a celebration of summer from a child’s perspective.

Summer Days & Nights by Wong Herbert Yee
A little girl enjoys the activities of a warm summer day and night.

After sharing these stories, cool down with a giant paper popsicle craft!  Take a look at the popsicles that Schlafly’s storytime attendees made, and find the instructions here courtesy of Tiny Rotten Peanuts.

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Pixel Press Game Jam at Central Library

Did you know that St. Louis has a super-innovative video game company right in our back yard?  Pixel Press allows YOU to create your own video games by drawing designs on paper or creating them with blocks!  In June, kids and teens at Central got the chance to test out Pixel Press’s new Bloxels game, with some fabulous results.  Check out their designs and a video of the program below; for even more info about the event, head over to Pixel Press’s blog.  Keep an eye on our calendar of events for future library programs presented by Pixel Press.

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Shaun the Sheep Movie

Drop by Central Library this week for your chance to win tickets to an advanced screening of Shaun the Sheep Movie and a prize package!

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for.  A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.


While you’re at the library, don’t be sheepish, check out some of these books featuring our favorite woolly characters:


Another Brother by Matthew Cordell
Davy the sheep wishes he had time alone with his parents, as he did before his twelve brothers came along and started imitating his every move, but when his wish comes true Davy misses playing with the youngsters.

Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing.

Can’t Sleep Without Sheep by Susanna Leonard Hill
When counting sheep doesn’t help Ava fall asleep and the sheep complain that they’re exhausted, they send in replacements, including cows, horses, penguins, and pigs, but none prove satisfactory.

Boo and Baa in a Party Mood by Olof and Lena Landstrom
Whenever Boo and Baa decide to do something, it usually gets all muddled. And they are always surprised. But in the end it all works out even though the two don’t really understand how.

Little Lamb, Have You Any Wool? by Isabel Minhós Martins
A boy asks his friend the lamb for wool so he can make himself warm clothing for winter, and the lamb is always willing to help.

Book Weekend – Swimming!

PoolPool by Jihyeon Lee.

oTTERA boy in a crowded swimming pool dives down to avoid being squashed.  Under the water he discovers a girl with a magical secret!  The gentle colors are cool and soothing, but the imaginative creatures are truly delightful.  Originally published in South Korea, this wordless book was uses subtle clues to let thoughtful readers in.

The Otter Who Loved to Hold Hands by Heidi Howarth.  Charming and traditional, this is the story of a baby otter learning to swim, but only while holding his mother’s hand.  With her firm but loving encouragement, he discovers the courage he needs to let go.  The otters look like cuddly stuffed animals, sure to charm little ones.

SWIMMINGSwimming, Swimming by Gary Clement.

Ah, the best days of summer are spent in the pool!  The simple text begins only when the boy and his friend reach the pool, and follow a familiar tune.  Swimming strokes are vaguely shown, keeping time to this cheerful song.  Great read aloud to a group of kids, age pre-school to first!

Summer Reading Club: Every Hero Has a Story

Superheros continue to take over the library this summer!  Heroes at Barr branch flew in for a superpowered party, heroes at Carpenter perfected their costumes, heroes at Divoll created shields to ward off attacks from their arch-nemeses and even Iron Man made an unscheduled appearance!

Heroes at Barr Branch

Heroes at Barr Branch

Heroes at Carpenter Branch

Heroes at Carpenter Branch


Heroes at Divoll Branch

And last but not least - Iron Man

And last but not least – Iron Man!

PlayDate Theater: Edi’s Fairytale Theater presents Little Red Riding Hood

redridingSt. Louis Public Library welcomes Edi’s Fairytale Theater back to the PlayDate Theater stage (in Central’s Auditorium) Saturday, July 18th  from 2-3 p.m.

Edie’s Fairytale Theatre presents: Little Red Riding Hood, a favorite tale about a free spirited girl in a red cloak off to her Grandma’s house to bring her goodies and to cheer her up. Along the way she meets up with her animal puppet friends and her loveable rabbit friend Allouwishes who warn her about the Big Bad Wolf. When she gets to Grandmas she trusts her instinct and saves the day thanks, of course, to the audience’s help.


Don’t be shellfish, share these ocean tales with your favorite little guppy!


This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
A giant squid brags about being bigger than everything else in the ocean–almost.

Tickly Octopus by Ruth Galloway
Octopus enjoys tickling other creatures, although most of them want him to stop, but one day his tickling causes big trouble and while he is trying to set things right, he discovers that he is good at doing other things, as well.

Birthday Fish by Dan Yaccarino
Cynthia has always wanted a pony for her birthday, but when she blows out the candles on her cake this year, she gets a surprise.

Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
After Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs on Mr. Seahorse’s belly, he drifts through the water, greeting other fish fathers who are taking care of their eggs.

After enjoying these stories, dry yourself off and make sure there isn’t any sand in your hair, then make your own adorable seahorse inspired by Eric Carle’s Mister Seahorse.  Template courtesy of Making Learning Fun!