Book drops at all 20 St. Louis County Library locations will reopen to the public on Tuesday, May 26. Patrons may return books, music and movies to the book drops. Patrons should continue to keep items at home that can only be returned inside a branch, which includes musical instruments, puzzles, telescopes, Sci-finders kits, binoculars and other items that will not fit through book drop slots. Due dates on materials checked out prior to closure have been extended through June 30.
Curbside service will begin at all branches on Wednesday, June 3. This contact-free service allows patrons to reserve and pick up books, movies and more while practicing social distancing. Patrons will also be able to request and pick up print-outs. All SLCL branches continue to offer password-free wi-fi that can be accessed from the parking lots.
Curbside hours are: Monday through Thursday, 1-6 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m.
To place a hold, visit www.slcl.org, call or use the SLCL mobile app. Patrons will be notified via email with instructions on how to pick up their holds using curbside service.
Digital resources have also been expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic and are available through the Library’s Virtual Branch at www.slcl.org/virtual-branch.
Visit www.slcl.org for additional details about book drops and curbside service.
St. Louis County Library’s Summer Reading Club starts June 1 and runs through Aug. 8. This year’s club will take place exclusively online. The program is available for all ages. Participation is free and registration begins June 1. Visit www.slcl.org/summer-reading for details.
Summer Reading Club participants can track their reading online or by printing a paper log, available at www.slcl.org/summer-reading. Readers can collect virtual badges for reading, attending virtual library events and visiting participating area attractions like the Saint Louis Zoo, The Magic House and the Science Center (if open for visitors and still able to participate).
Prizes will be awarded for each age group (early readers, kids, teens and adults) and will include books, sponsor coupons and more. Raffles for bonus prizes will be available for individuals who complete additional reading. Visit www.slcl.org/summer-reading for more details.
A series of virtual programs for kids, teens and adults will be shared weekly on the Library’s Facebook page starting in June.