The Library features Cardinals library cards and still has summer reading programs; Adults can get in on the fun

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For a limited time the County Library system is offering St. Louis Cardinals themed library cards. When you sign up for a card they give you a choice of what you would like the design to be. The Cardinals library cards come in credit card size and also key chain size.

We always like to encourage reading– maybe because we write books or maybe because we write articles for the website, but mostly because we love to read. The St. Louis County Library’s summer reading clubs kicked off on June 1 and runs through August 6.

It’s not just for the kids– you can join in hopes of winning prizes including Cardinals tickets. The program offers great prizes for the whole family. If an adult reads to a child, they can count that as their reading as well as the child’s reading. The Library wants to encourage everyone to read– no matter your age.

Twenty minutes of reading equals 20 points. There are different incentives for number of points earned. At the end of the program– when a person finishes his or her individual reading sheet, they take it to the library and get to fill out a card to be entered in the raffle.

Raffle prizes include Cardinals tickets, Union Station attractions card, membership to the St. Louis Zoo, Target gift cars and much more.

Sign up online beginning June 1 and be entered in an electronic raffle for a chance to win a $50 Target gift card each week.

With all the internet offers, and all the different cable and satellite channels, we often forget about good old books. A trip to the library is a nice air-conditioned way to spend an afternoon on a hot day. There are magazines, DVDs, books and activities for children.

On a recent trip to a branch of the library we were happy to see a few Rains books o the shelves. For all the grandparents out there, you could join the summer reading program with the youngsters. Parents can also sign up with their children. It’s not too late to sign up. There are signup tables at the various locations.

The County library is not the only one doing special things for the summer. The  St. Louis Public Library (city) offers free summer camps for kids. For information on that CLICK HERE.

Whether you join a program or just check out books on your own, summer is a great time to read books.

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