Welcome to CheckItOut! Online

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.

Animated Picture Books? What’ll They Think of Next?


The Library now offers TumbleBooks for kids. If you’re not familiar with them, TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. The books are created by taking existing picture books and adding animation, sound, music, and narration to produce an electronic picture book that kids […]

Library Exhibits


CENTRAL  • Great Hall Danger! Adventure! Escape! A Salute to Science Fiction and Fantasy. • Special Collections St. Louis Pageant and Masque: A Civic Celebration From 1914 Revisited.   CENTRAL EXPRESS Celebrating St. Louis’ 250th Birthday Through the Paintings of Fred Conway.   MACHACEK Celebrate St. Louis! From the collections of Rosalie and Mary Heuing. […]

SLIFF/Kids Second Annual St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival


Showing in Central Auditorium:   Saturday, August 2 10:30 a.m.                   Nocturna 12:30 p.m.                   The Boxcar Children 2:30 p.m.                     Mary Poppins   Sunday, August 3 1:30 p.m.                     Patema Inverted 3:30 p.m.                     Anina   Saturday, August 9 10:30 a.m.                   Family Shorts Program 12:30 p.m.                   My Dog the Champion 2:30 p.m.                     Boy and the World   Sunday, […]

Veteran’s Writing Workshop: Writing After War


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 homefront. To help returning veterans (from all services and eras), current active duty personnel, and family members adjust […]

Better Choices, Better Health®–Diabetes


Now through November, the Library and OASIS are offering “Better Choices, Better Health® – Diabetes” workshops for adults with Type 2 diabetes. These FREE seven-week workshops are held at the Baden, Buder, Cabanne, Carpenter, Julia Davis, and Schlafly Branches and help you: Understand dietary limitations while still enjoying delicious meals Monitor and manage your blood […]

It’s a LibraryThing


We’ve all been there—looking for a good book but not really sure about exactly what kind. We figure that the Library’s catalog can help, but how? It turns out that it’s not only easy, but it’s also really slick. Just type in one of your favorite titles or authors, and then click on a title […]

Author Event – Carl Weber

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August 20 • 7 p.m. Schlafly   Carl Weber discusses and signs his new book, The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride. Three years ago, Bishop T.K. Wilson’s church, First Jamaica Ministries, was on the verge of bankruptcy, and his only hope to dig his ministry out of its hole was a young, hotheaded, womanizing choir […]

ALL NEW! Teen Website


Finding out what’s going on at St. Louis Public Library just got easier for teens. With a simple click on teens.slpl.org, teens can find up-to-date info on programs and events just for them. But it doesn’t stop there. Follow the teen blog to find out what’s hot, what’s cool, and what’s new at the Library. […]

GRAND OPENING! Urban Eats Café Central

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Make plans to swing by Central Library on August 12 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of Urban Eats Café Central. The Grand Opening promises to be lots of fun. For starters, we’re not having an old-fashioned ribbon-cutting ceremony. We’re having a super-sized, stuffed muffin cutting to […]

Author Event – Laura McHugh

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August 2 • 2 p.m. Central’s Carnegie Room   Laura McHugh discusses and signs her book, The Weight of Blood. It has been seventeen years since Lucy Dane’s mother, a bewitching young stranger named Lila, arrived in a small Ozark town and soon after disappeared. Folks still whisper about Lila—how she had no kin; how […]

Author Event – King L. Taylor, Jr.


August 9 • 3 p.m. Julia Davis   King L. Taylor, Jr. discusses and signs his book, Pennies, Nickels & Dimes: A Historical Prospective of the African American Entrepreneur and the African American Economy. Pennies, Nickels & Dimes is a historical perspective of African-American entrepreneurs and the African-American economy. It features sketches on beauty pioneer […]

FRIENDS Support Educational Programs at Your Library


We’ve said it many times, but only because it is true; we can never have enough FRIENDS. The St. Louis Public Library is nationally ranked and offers programs and services free of charge online and in our Branches. The FRIENDS of the St. Louis Public Library provide crucial financial support for key education and literacy […]

Library Night at The Magic House.


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 […]

GameTime Mobile Entertainment


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 […]