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We’re more than just books. We’re also building a better community. The Library Foundation supports a variety of programs that open doors – to healthy food, education, job opportunities, and a safe, fun, comfortable home away from home.

Community Services and Support

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Providing meals, diapers, access to social workers and other support

The Library Foundation is committed to work with the St. Louis County Library and community partners to assess the needs of our local families. Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to fund meals along with emergency diapers and period supply kits at various branches. Since 2020, more than two million meals have been served to those in need. In 2023, SLCL launched the Community Resource Initiative, which strategically connects high-need patrons with experienced social workers at five branches. 

Community support and services like these helps the entire region to thrive.

Summer Lunch at the Library

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Food and Fun for Families

St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search provide free meals to kids throughout the year at select library branches. The Library Foundation takes the program further by sponsoring Pizza Fridays during the summer and weekend food packs for families in need.

Programs like these combat child hunger, especially during summer months when many students do not have access to the school provided meals they depend on.

Excel Adult High School

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A Second Chance for a High School Diploma

Excel Adult High School offers St. Louis residents ages 25 and older the chance to earn a high school diploma and career certificate. Since 2017, 117 students have completed the program, increasing their abilities to explore better employment opportunities and higher education pathways. 

The Library Foundation works diligently to provide scholarship opportunities for applicants to participate in the program. Past supporters of the program include actor Jon Hamm, a former teacher and St. Louis native, who hosted a sold-out event that raised enough to fund 57 scholarships.