There's nothing like the power of literature to bring us together.

Make the most of your summer break through the Summer Reading Program!

From June 1-July 31, expect engaging events, entertaining activities, and, of course, a LOT of reading. 

Take a look at everything we've got to offer!

READING | What's better than a summer spent reading? Getting credit for it, too!

The first two books you read will earn you a fun prize! Quantities are limited, so grab yours fast! Two books read ALSO earns an entry into the Grand Prize district drawing plus an entry into your Branch Prize drawing. 

After that, every additional two books read in June and July earns another entry into your Branch Prize drawing, up to 11 entries (22 books read).

Track the books through Beanstack, or, with a paper log from your branch.

The prize details: 

With 3 Grand Prizes possible, each with a value of $200, participation in the program is a no-brainer! Grand Prize winners can choose $200 worth of gift cards from the Fox Theater, Busch Stadium, St. Louis City Soccer Club, Union Station, or a $100 membership to the Zoo. Branch Prizes are valued at $50 each. Drawings for both will be held on August 7. Only one Grand Prize winner per branch.

Prizes will be distributed at the end of the Summer Reading Program. Paper reading logs and Beanstack reading logs must be submitted by July 31.

EVENTS | Celebrate the summer at these exciting events.

Summer Reading Program Preview | Family Fun Friday

Showing Minions: The Rise of Gru - Rated PG

The untold story of one twelve-year-old's dream to become the world's greatest supervillain.

Feel free to bring your own refreshments.

Everyone at the party gets a chance at early sign-up for fast-filling June and July events! We'll be on hand to help you pre-register for the summer reading program itself, too!

Required registration and further information here.

All Together Now: Summer Reading Program Preview

Make a decoration for the library!

Everyone at the party gets a chance at early sign-up for fast-filling June and July events! We'll be on hand to help you pre-register for the summer reading program itself, too!

Monday, May 22, 3:30-5:30 PM at JCL - Arnold.

For all ages!

Summer Kickoff Rally

June 1, JCL - Arnold, 2:30-4:30 PM

Kick off the summer with outdoor games, temporary tattoos, crafts, and more.

Kona Ice will be on-site from 3:00-4:00 PM, and every attendee will receive a $1 off Kona coupon for use at the event.

For all ages!

Summer Kickoff

Stop by to see Open Door Animal Sanctuary and some of their animal friends. A balloon twister and a face painter will add to the fun. And don't forget to grab some cotton candy!

We'll also help you register for the summer reading program or learn how to log your books/hours!

June 3, 12:00-2:00 PM, JCL - Windsor

Best Laid Plans Murder Mystery

Whodunnit? (Or was it you??) Solve it all, with a side of suspense, at this Murder Mystery event!

Appetizers will be served. Evening wear/suits encouraged.

Registration is required, and space is limited, so register now! You can sign up here, email, or call/visit JCL - Windsor. Ages 16+. 

June 10, 6:00-8:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM), JCL - Windsor

Book Discussion: The People We Keep

Join us to discuss "The People We Keep" by Allison Larkin, a novel that speaks to our "All Together Now" summer reading program theme. Registrants will receive a copy of the book to keep while supplies last. 

More info and required registration here

June 13, 6 PM, JCL - Arnold

All Together Now: A Family Night

Group activities in the library!

Start times vary; register to claim yours.

For all ages!

More info and required registration here; registration starts Tuesday, June 20.

Beanstack Basics

Learn how to navigate Beanstack in this hands-on computer class, and you'll be ready to log all your Summer Reading Program hours, books, and activities! Badges and prizes, here you come! 

Information, and required registration, here.

Puzzle Races

What could fit our All Together Now summer reading program theme better than puzzles?! Teams compete to see who can complete a puzzle the fastest. Prizes and bragging rights are on the line!

For teams of two to five people, ages 10 and up.

More info and required registration here.

"Puzzle races, July 11 - 6 p.m., JCL - Arnold." Image of colorful puzzle pieces.

Meet Our Heroes

Watch a K-9 demo from a Sheriff's Deputy and his K-9 partner, and, see a fire truck up close!

This is an outside event, and participants are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket.

July 15, 10:00 AM, JCL - Windsor

Registration for June events opens on May 22; registration for July events opens on June 20. 

Or, pre-register when you attend the Summer Reading Program previews!

Murder Mystery registration open now!