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.

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 […]

Enjoy the Outdoors With Food and Fun


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 […]

Ask Your Neighborhood Librarian


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 […]

St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival Returns to Central


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 […]

Read Aloud / Read Along


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 […]

Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’…


…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 […]

Put on Your Dancing Shoes!


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        […]

Author Event: Terri Barnes


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 […]

Author Event: Karin Slaughter

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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 […]

FREE Computer Training Sessions!


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 […]

Food for Fines @ Your Library: July 1-31


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 […]

Author Event: Nicholas J.C. Pistor

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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 […]

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 home front. To help returning veterans from all services and eras, current active duty personnel, and family members […]

Central Library Cinema Presents Beach Mode


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.

Author Event: Jim Merkel

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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 […]

Gateway Family Historian Goes Green!


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 tpearson@slpl.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 […]

Library Exhibits


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 […]