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Relax, Recover and Read
With so much uncertainty in the world right now, it's hard to stop thinking about the "what-ifs" and "what-nows." We all deserve to take a moment for ourselves to relax, recover, and read. We've created a list of self-care and self-help books to draw your attention inward and give some healthy distractions.

Baseball is Back!

The boys of summer are finally back! Baseball will look much different this year, so if you are feeling nostalgic for baseball of yore check out these books and movies for all ages!

New and Hot in August
Here is a list of the most requested titles of the summer – see what your neighbors are reading!

 

Beginner Family Chess
Want to learn the basics of chess? Sign-up for a session taught by “Chess Maestro” Brian J. Feel confident in how to get successfully started and set up for continued play. Classes will meet via Zoom for instruction with play details set up through ChessKids.com. Families choose one session.

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The Ville and The Hill: Examining Race in St. Louis
In this time when the complex issues of racism are at the forefront of the American mind, open conversations are important to bring about healing. In our upcoming event, “The Ville and The Hill: Examining Race in St. Louis”, we hope to provide a place for those conversations to start. Bobby Norfolk and Beverly Brennan will share stories of growing up in St. Louis from two different perspectives – a Black Man from The Ville and a White Woman from The Hill. Their goal is to open dialogue and address the unique problems with racism in our community.

With personal stories, poetry, humor and music, Bobby and Beverly engage and motivate their audience to discuss important and even tragic issues regarding race in St. Louis. Selections include James Patrick Kinney’s insightful poem “The Cold Within,” along with original poetry written by local teenagers, “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost, rap, songs by the Temptations, stories from local news reports, as well as humorous and poignant personal stories. The show asserts that in spite of all our differences, as people we all have a lot in common.

This virtual performance will be live streamed on the KPL YouTube channel on Saturday, August 15th at 2pm. Adults and teens age 12 and up are welcome to attend! After their performance, join us for a discussion with the presenters.
This program is presented with support from the Missouri Humanities Council.

 

Have You Signed Up for Summer Reading?
Our Summer Reading program is in full swing, but it’s not too late to join the fun. Imagine a wide world of stories, tackle your summer book list, and win prizes for your pages. We have programs for Babies, Children, Teens, and Adults. Each program has fun activities and extra challenges too! Visit our website to sign up, and check out our event calendar for special crafts, virtual story times and programs and more. Summer Reading ends Monday, August 31st!

 

Exploratory Packs
Imagine Your Story with Exploratory Packs for Summer learning and fun! These kits will be incredibly helpful for kids in preK-5 grade, and they will include essential school supplies, 4 prepackaged crafts, and instructions for activities that they can do with a guardian’s help or on their own. Click here to request your pack. Quantities are limited.
 

Curbside Pick-Up Service
We are happy to be offering contact-free curbside service to pick up library materials that are on hold.

Hours of operation:

  ● Sunday 1-4:30pm
  ● Monday through Thursday 9am-8pm
  ● Friday and Saturday 9am-4:30pm

Park in a designated space in the library's Taylor parking lot and call us at 314-821-5770. Follow the prompts for curbside service. All we need is your name and your library card number. Someone will deliver your items to your car.

Pedestrians will walk up near the Taylor side lot.

Curbside service is limited to items ready to be picked up. If you need assistance placing holds or finding your next good book, contact us at (314) 821-5770 and follow the prompts to speak to a reference or youth services librarian.

All returns must go in the drive up or exterior book drops. Returned items are quarantined for 3 days, so will remain on your library account for at least 3 days before being checked in. Thank you for following these procedures for your safety and that of our staff.

Please visit https://kirkwoodpubliclibrary.org/curbside for more information.

We look forward to seeing you again!



Though the Library doors are closed there is much we can offer. Check out these resources and more on our website!

Library Closings
Your Kirkwood Public Library will be closed on Sunday, September 6th and Monday, September 7th in honor of Labor Day.

Eligible items will be automatically renewed 24/7 on our online catalog. eBooks, audiobooks, music and movies are always available for checkout through OverDrive, Hoopla and Kanopy.

3000+ Publications Now Available!
Thanks to a grant awarded to the Municipal Library Consortium, library users now have access to the entire Zinio collection from RBdigital for a full year! Available content includes magazines, coloring books and other publications in multiple languages.

Check out all the available titles here!

Dial a Story
We are creating content for you daily! Click here to learn about Dial a Story.

OverDrive
Access ebooks and downloadable audiobooks with OverDrive! Or download the OverDrive app.

Universal Class
Universal Class offers over 500 different courses to help your educational goals.

Kanopy
Stream award-winning films, documentaries, and kid’s programming with Kanopy. Available to Kirkwood residents only.

Virtual Storytimes
Our doors may be closed but that does not mean you cannot enjoy storytime with our youth staff. Check out new Virtual Storytimes on Facebook and Instagram every Tuesday and Sunday!

KPL Blogs
KPL staff love to read. We also love to blog about what we’ve read. Take a look!

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