Greetings! This is the site where we post all of the articles, calendars, and other content from CheckItOut! – the monthly newsletter of the St. Louis Public Library. We deliver CheckItOut! via email every month and then we post the articles here to create a running archive that you can read at any time.
Mark your calendar for three FREE evenings of exploration and play at The Magic House just for Summer Reading Club members and their grown-ups: July 23, July 24, and July 31. Doors open at 6 p.m. Buses leave from several Branches each evening, but registration is required. You can also load up the family car […]
Climb aboard for the ultimate mobile video gaming experience. The Game Theater rolls up to Cabanne on July 9, and then cruises to Central on July 16. Both events are from 2-4 p.m. With four screens inside and another three outside screens, up to 28 teens can play comfortably inside the climate controlled, plush, limousine-like […]
A Perfect Day for a Picnic: Over 80 Recipes for Outdoor Feasts to Share With Family and Friends by Tori Finch Hop on your bike to work up an appetite, visit the park for a cook-out, or host a teddy bears picnic for little ones. All of these feature in Finch’s 10 themed menus, each […]
Did you know that a Librarian may be able to help with your next community event? Of course they’re at your favorite Branch. But they’re also at schools, daycares, nursing homes, and community events. They do book talks, staff Library tables and booths, and much more. Need a guest speaker at your community meeting or […]
Young would-be Walt Disneys and Steven Spielbergs can view movies and learn the art of film making again this summer as the Library and Cinema St. Louis present the Second Annual St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival (SLIFF/Kids) from August 1-10. All events are FREE. Central Library will host nine screenings of animated and live-action […]
Good readers enjoy reading, but to become good readers, kids need to practice. Read Aloud/Read Along is designed to provide some of that practice. Look for the Library staff and volunteers wearing a “Read With Me!” button. They’re happy to read aloud with children, help children “sound out” words, or listen to a child reading […]
…all the way to Central Library. The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile, an 18-wheel, 74-foot long, hi-tech tour de force rolls up to Central on July 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s an update of the traditional bookmobile and showcases the St. Louis Public Library’s vast downloadables collection. The event will be an awesome way […]
July 22 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Central Library’s Carnegie Room Jennifer Markee, certified diabetes educator with OASIS, and pharmacist Amy Drew, discuss the latest diabetes news and treatments and take an in-depth look at measures that can help reduce the risk of developing the disease. For more information, call 314.539.0390 or visit the Library’s consumer health […]
The NOT SO QUIET! Concert Series is proud to present the legendary Jake’s Leg at Central Library’s Auditorium on July 17 at 7 p.m. For nearly 40 years, Jake’s Leg has been one of St. Louis’ consistently excellent bands, its musical spirit and intent remaining rock solid. More than a Grateful Dead tribute band, Jake’s […]
This July through November, the Library and OASIS will offer “Better Choices, Better Health® – Diabetes” workshops for adults with Type 2 diabetes. These FREE seven-week workshops will be held at the Baden, Buder, Cabanne, Carpenter, Julia Davis, and Schlafly Branches and will help you: Understand dietary limitations while still enjoying delicious meals Monitor and […]
The St. Louis Zoo is bringing some friendly critters to eight Branches near you. Zoo Clues A hands-on opportunity to solve puzzles and learn more about animals. Use animal calls and tracks to identify local animals; you’ll even meet a few. 15 Barr 11-11:45 p.m. Artistic Animals Elephants that paint? Frogs that sing? […]
Fanfare presents Dancing Through the Decades Rated one of the Top 10 bands in St. Louis by The Riverfront Times, Fanfare gets audiences of all ages up on their feet. Everything from “Jump, Jive, and Wail” to the “Electric Slide” and disco favorites. Put on your dancing shoes! 9 Buder 3-4 p.m. 21 Cabanne […]
July 10 • 7 p.m. Central Library Terri Barnes discusses and signs her book Spouse Calls: Messages From a Military Life. Barnes continues to bridge generations with a “best of” collection sure to touch the hearts and homes of every reader. From her own kitchen table to Capitol Hill, she takes readers beyond the headlines […]
July 15 • 7 p.m. Central Library Karin Slaughter discusses and signs her book, Cop Town. Atlanta 1974: Dawn breaks over a city nearly paralyzed by social upheaval and political change. A cop killer is on the loose. A brand new female police officer is thrown into the deep end her first day on […]
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced computer user, the St. Louis Public Library has FREE computer training classes to help you become a “master of the machine.” Classes are PC-based and cover everything from basic computer skills and surfing the Web to using Microsoft productivity software (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and developing online […]
Presented by the St. Louis Public Library and the National Churchill Museum In commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, this year-long series features monthly screenings of motion pictures set World War II and includes discussions putting each film in historical context. The Great Escape July 13 • 1:15 p.m. […]
So you’ve got some Library fines. You can pay them off and help your neighbors. For the seventh straight year we’re partnering with the St. Louis Area FoodBank to present Food for Fines. Receive $1 off* overdue fines for each non-perishable item you bring in. It’s as easy as that! Last year, Library users donated […]
Erica and her furry friendtake over Central Library Auditorium on July 20 from 2-3 p.m. for a rockin’ musical experimental experience. Wear your crazy socks; the Sock Rockerz will knock them right off your feet. Everyone gets in on the act—laughing, singing, making silly faces, and bustin’ crazy dance moves! Erica worked her way through […]
Movie and art fans! Create a poster based on a movie you watch at Central Library. This month we’ll screen The Fifth Element (126 min.) on July 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Creative Experience. Work on your design during the film. If you need more time you can reserve it in the Creative Experience […]
The last day to claim your Pageturners and Summer Reading Club prizes is July 26. Check with the Branch where you signed up to see if you’ve won! But the fun never stops. See the Calendar to find out what’s going on at your Branch.
July 16 • 7 p.m. Central Library Nicholas J.C. Pistor discusses and signs his book, The Ax Murders of Saxtown: The Unsolved Crime That Terrorized a Town and Shocked a Nation. An entire household massacred. A family feud. A sheriff found dead. Neighbor turned against neighbor. Reports of ghosts, bounty hunters, deathbed confessions, and legacy […]
Every Second and Fourth Saturday Through December 13 10 a.m.-Noon • Central Training Room We all have stories to tell, especially those who have seen the face of war, both on the battlefield and on the home front. To help returning veterans from all services and eras, current active duty personnel, and family members […]
The Library is proud to host FREE movies in Central’s acoustically excellent Auditorium on Thursday nights (except the third Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. July’s theme is Beach Mode. The line-up includes: 3 Couples Retreat (2009) 10 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) 24 Cast Away (2000) 31 Point Break (1991) For more information, call 314-539-0395.
For students everywhere, summertime is synonymous with summer vacation. HiSET students get their much needed break during July, with classes resuming in August. Questions? Call 314-338-7799.
July 17 • 7 p.m. Buder Jim Merkel discusses and signs his book, The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers and The Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch. The Making of an Icon compiles well-known and rare stories about the visionaries, finaglers, protesters, and fearless-but-skilled hands involved in an incredible undertaking that […]
Our quarterly newsletter for genealogists is the latest Library publication to go green. To get information to readers quicker and more efficiently, Gateway Family Historian is going all-electronic beginning with its next issue. If you’d like to sign up, just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and put “DIGITAL GFH” in the subject line.
These film favorites will get you in the mood to revel in the summer sun. Beach Party (1963) Directed by William Asher Anthropology Professor Robert Orwell Sutwell and his secretary, Marianne, come to the beach to study the sex habits of teenagers. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) Directed by William Asher A […]
CENTRAL Great Hall Danger! Adventure! Escape! A Salute to Science Fiction and Fantasy. Special Collections St. Louis Pageant and Masque: A Civil Celebration Revisited. CENTRAL EXPRESS Celebrating St. Louis’ 250th Birthday Through the Paintings of Fred Conway. CARPENTER Rivers of Tea: Teapots Made and Collected by Craft Artists From Muddy River Arts MACHACEK Inspiring […]