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.
During this unprecedented health crisis, St. Louis County Library Foundation has worked with the library and community partners to assess the needs of our local families. The Foundation helped fund meal kits and weekend meals at nine branches during the pandemic, along with emergency diapers and period supply kits at four area branches. More than two million meals have been served to those in need. Over 10,000 free books, provided by the Foundation and its partners, are being distributed with meals to families to encourage kids to keep reading.
Excel Adult High School offers St. Louis residents aged 25 and older the chance to earn a high school diploma and career certificate, opening the door to new job opportunities. Actor Jon Hamm, a former teacher and St. Louis native, hosted a sold-out event that raised enough to fund 57 scholarships.
Graduated: 13 in 2018, 35 in 2019, 25 in 2020 and 23 in 2021.