Your Library Podcast: S1E4: Pollinator Garden


In our fourth episode of Your Library Podcast, we tour the new pollinator garden at Central Library and hear from four people whose involvement made the garden possible. the installation of the Manolo Valdez sculpture Mariposas in April of 2017 sparked the idea of a pollinator garden. Chief Operating Officer of the St. Louis Public Library, Justin Struttmann noticed there was this lovely sculpture of a head surrounded by butterflies in an area that was essentially a desert for pollinators. With help from his wife, Nicole Miller-Struttmann, a Webster University professor who specializes in plant pollinator interaction, the plan for an all native species pollinator garden with food, water, and nesting resources began to fall into place.

Design of the pollinator garden with images of the native plants and the pollinators that will visit!

he next step involved funding. Liz Reeves, Director of the Library’s Foundation, had a donor in mind: Harvey Harris. Harvey became involved with the Library Foundation via his wife, Judy Harris, a member of the SLPL Foundation Board. Harvey, a local attorney for 55 years and the last remaining trustee of the Pride of St. Louis Redevelopment Corporation Fund, was excited about the project and the potential to have a wonderful impact on downtown St. Louis. He made the gift to create the pollinator garden and also provide for a maintenance plan for the years to come! In September of 2018, the garden was installed providing pollinators a new space in downtown St. Louis. In this episode, you will hear Nicole take us on an audio tour of the garden--describing the plants we see now and how they will develop over time. See below for a list of native plants you can grow in your home garden to benefit pollinators!

The Manolo Valdez sculpture, Mariposas, surrounded by the new pollinator garden at Central Library

Native Plants for Your Garden!
Prairie Dock

Next, we hear from Your Library Podcast’s own Mary Meyer, Manager of Digital Library Services. Mary shares some information on the EBSCO Discovery Service, a relatively new feature available on the Library’s website. It provides access to nearly all of the Library’s databases from a single search bar. Explore this new feature on www.slpl.orgIn the middle of the page find “Search the,” select the drop down menu, choose Research and begin searching!

Access this drop down menu on to begin searching the EBSCO Discovery Service

Finally, Scott Wolfe, Visitor Experience Specialist at Central Library, visited Creative Experience to tell us about the tours of Special Collections. On the third Thursday of every month from 6:30pm-8pm at Central Library, join library staff for a tour of the Steedman Architectural Library and the Rare Books and Manuscripts department. These tours will focus on different, fascinating items from our collection so no tour will be the same!

Your Library Podcast is a monthly audio program that takes you behind the scenes of St. Louis Public Library and features resources, events, and people from throughout the library system. It is produced and hosted Honna Veerkamp and Mary Meyer. Your Library Podcast theme song is by Garry Moore. Transitional music for this episode is by Thomas Park.

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