There is no denying that the summer of 2020 has presented us all with new challenges and unforeseen changes to our everyday lives. Yet while everything is different, sometimes stressful, and often strange, The St. Louis Public Library continues to serve our beloved communities in every way that we possibly can. Whether that means assisting customers in our branches, hosting virtual programming, creating digital content, or finding helpful resources for customers from our community partners.
Operation Food Search's website offers three different ways to quickly find food near you. You can search the map, text your zip code to (785) 503-3310, or call (314) 726-5355 x1 for nearby locations. For more information about emergency COVID-19 resources through OFS, please visit here.
Continuing our partnership with Operation Food Search this year, SLPL will provide meals to children 18 years old and under. Our OFS locations are Carpenter Library, Central Library, and Julia Davis Library, and meals will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 3 to 4 p.m. Please click here to learn more.
St. Louis Public Schools also offer meal support for children. SLPS sites are providing once-a-week service to limit contact and reduce trips for families. Families take home a FREE kit with meals for 7 days. Their website has a schedule with locations and times listed, and is updated as needed. SLPS also has a page with many great resources for families listed here.
The St. Louis Department of Health and the Library are partnering to offer free face masks for the safety of all members of our community. Masks will be available at all SLPL locations while supplies last. Customers must request the masks from SLPL staff and will receive one unit per person. Each unit includes three masks (3-ply elastic ear loop filter masks).
Blueprint4Summer has hundreds of summer programs listed, with convenient filters such as time, price, and interest. Using this site can help you find fun and educational activities for the summer.
And lastly, don’t forget to check out the online content created by SLPL Youth Services staff members that are full of great ideas for themed learning, extension activities, and further exploration. With the Library’s help, even something as common as a picnic can be turned into a learning opportunity.
Stay safe, stay well, and we hope to see you soon.