EVENTS

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The Largest Book Party in St. Louis, 2022

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

at the James J. Eagan Center

Outdoor Ice Rink

Florissant, MO

We are at capacity for this year's Largest Book Party! We are so excited to be back in person for our 10th year of this project, and we look forward to welcoming 500 children ages 4-8.

The children will be grouped into reading stations and will hear stories read by local firemen, policemen, librarians and other volunteers. They'll have a snack and get to choose 4 new books to take home and keep.

For groups who are not able to take field trips yet or can't attend the event due to our capacity limit, Books for STL Kids will still be providing new books for them! Although they cannot attend, an additional 300+ children will receive new books from The Largest Book Party this year, for a total of over 800 kids who will have new books in their hands.

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We'd like to acknowledge our sponsors who helped make this project a success this year:

Presenting Sponsor

Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation

Sponsors

  • Saigh Foundation

  • Staenberg Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of Jewish Federation of St. Louis

  • Sam's Club Store #8182 and #8125

  • David & Valerie Weber

Books for STL Kids would also like to thank:

  • St. Louis County Library Foundation

  • Delta Dental

  • Eye See Me African American Children's Bookstore

  • The City of Florissant: Parks & Recreation Department

  • The James J. Eagan Center

Other events and programs

We participate and host many events throughout the year:

 

Book Parties  -  Book parties are held with a variety of groups at any time during the year. Age-appropriate stories are read to the children, a snack is provided and then the children are able to pick out a variety of books. In some cases, the children take home as many as five books to keep!

 

The Largest Book Party in Saint Louis  -  This is one of our favorite initiatives to make a real difference in the lives of disadvantaged children in our community. At The Largest Book Party, 400+ children from low-income families enjoy story time, snacks and picking out three to four new books to take home.

 

Penny-A-Page  -  For 12 years, this annual read-a-thon in local schools was our signature fundraiser. Over the years sponsors have included St. Louis Suburban Reading Council, Baskin Robbins, Commerce Bank, UMB Bank, the St. Louis Rams and The Magic House. This highly successful project resulted in 5,700 students reading 1,061,045 pages and collecting $84,821 in donations! Any school is welcome to contact us for details on how to participate.

 

Fatherhood Walk & Rally  -  For 5 years, we distributed new books to participants in this fantastic event and spread the word about our mission.

 

NCJW Back to School! Store  -  For more than 10 years, we have helped the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) with a book corner for their event. More than 1,000 children from low-income families enjoy an afternoon of “shopping” for school supplies and clothes and a few new books from us.

 

Strong Women & Families Health & Resource Fair  -  Books for STL Kids provides books to this Junior League of St. Louis event. In its 10th year, this resource fair was held at Grace Hill and brought women and resources together in the St. Louis community. More than 500 underserved women received information and services. We have been pleased to provide the children of these families with new books to take home and keep.

 

Gift Wrapping at Barnes & Noble  -  Volunteers wrap books and other items at various Barnes & Noble stores during November and December. Donations are made for the gift wrapping service and customers learn more about Books for STL Kids while they wait.

 

Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive  -  In 2021, we were again named the recipient group for Barnes & Noble - Chesterfield as well as Barnes & Noble - Fenton. During the two-month holiday season, customers were asked to donate a book. Customers donated more than 2,000 new books between the two stores.  

 

Motion for Kids  -  This annual holiday party, formerly called Project Angel Tree, is a partnership project between the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL), the Saint Louis Bar Foundation, the St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, Saint Louis University and the Isaac Bruce Foundation.  The party is for St. Louis area children with a parent in the Missouri prison system. For many years, we helped this worthy cause by giving books to their reading corner. The event served more than 3,000 underprivileged children annually.

Holiday Breakfast  -  Books for STL Kids sponsors an annual Holiday Breakfast. This event honors grant recipients, local partners and friends of Books for STL Kids. A video overview of the year’s activities is shared at the event.