Media Contacts: Paul Simon

Schnucks

314-994-4603

Chris Duggan

St. Louis County Library

314-994-9411 ext. 332

Gerald Brooks

St. Louis Public Library

314-539-0315

Aug. 3, 3006

Schnucks, County and Public Libraries Join Forces To Promote Library Card Sign-Up Month

ST. LOUIS - Schnucks, St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library will join forces to promote Library Card Sign-up Month. From August 15 through September 30, visitors to Schnucks stores in St. Louis County and City will be able to pick up information on obtaining a library card. Also, on Saturday, September 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., visitors to participating Schnucks locations can sign up for a library card in the stores and, in turn, receive free goody bags.

"Our company cares deeply about youth education in general and literacy in particular so we are very excited to partner with the St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library on this program especially now when children are returning to school," said Schnucks Director of Sales Promotion Mark Blethroad. "We have 28 stores throughout the county and eight within the city where families will be able to get information on obtaining a library card while doing their grocery shopping."

Library Card Sign-up Month is also co-sponsored by Mary Engelbreit Stores and Cooperating School Districts (CSD). To further support this effort, award-winning author and historian Charles Flood, along with author/artist/entrepreneur Mary Engelbreit, will hold videoconferences with area elementary and high school students through the Cooperating School Districts (CSD) stressing the importance of reading and libraries. CSD is an educational consortium serving St. Louis and other public school districts servicing more than 250,000 children, nearly one-third of Missouri's students.

"We are very excited about this opportunity to spread the word about the many resources available to the person with a library card," said Barbara Brain, St. Louis County Library Senior Manager for Public Service.

The four participating Schnucks store locations in St. Louis County are as follows: Bridgeton, 11253 St. Charles Rock Road, 63044; Cross Keys, 13987 New Halls Ferry Road, 63033; Chesterfield, 141 Hilltown Village, 63017; and Telegraph, 5519 Oakville Shopping Center, 63129.

"All public libraries, city and county, have made it easy for patrons to have access to more books and information than ever before. All you need is a library card! We love the fact that Schnucks is providing the connection between their customers and libraries," said Brenda McDonald, Director of Central Library for the St. Louis Public Library.

The participating three Schnucks store locations in St. Louis City are as follows: City Plaza, 3431 Union, 63115; South City, 3430 South Grand, 63118; and Hampton Village, 60 Hampton Village Plaza, 63109.

For more information on St. Louis County Library call 314-994-3300, (TDD/TTY) 314-994-9255 or visit their website at www.slcl.org. For more information on the city's St. Louis Public Library call 314-241-2288 or visit their website at www.slpl.org.

About St. Louis County Library

With 20 branches, St. Louis County Library serves more than 870,000 people within a 460-square-mile area with over 2 million catalogued items. It is one of the largest circulating public libraries in the country. The mission of St. Louis County Library is to support and enhance the community by providing free and equal access to ideas, information and opportunities for lifelong learning.

About St. Louis Public Library

Our vision for the St. Louis Public Library is built on a foundation of noble traditions and compelling aspirations. It reflects our intention to stretch our thinking and expand our capacity to serve the community while maintaining our reputation for steadfast reliability. Whether you are visiting from within St. Louis or from far away, we invite you to return often. Whether you arrive online or walk though the doors of one of our 16 libraries throughout the city of St. Louis, to use any of our four and a half million items in our collection, you have arrived at one of the best public libraries in the world.

About Schnucks

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 102 stores (including five Logli stores) and 99 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi and Iowa.

About CSD

Cooperating School Districts (CSD) is a non-profit educational service agency that brings school districts together to share resources, information and ideas through exemplary, nationally-recognized services in educational technology, cooperative purchasing, staff development and more. CSD serves as a proactive voice for education. Cooperating School Districts is a voluntary, membership-driven organization owned and governed by 30 public school districts in the St. Louis metropolitan area. CSD also serves 31 additional public school districts that are members of the organization.

About Mary Engelbreit Stores

The Mary Engelbreit Stores are headquartered in Mary's hometown of St. Louis. Thousands of retailers nationally and internationally sell Mary Engelbreit products, spreading what the Wall Street Journal coined a "vast empire of cuteness." Total retail sales near $100 million annually.

About Mary Engelbreit

With a wide range of licensed products that stretches from cards and calendars to dinnerware and fabric, a successful retail store in her hometown, an award-winning magazine, more than 150 book titles published and hundreds of millions of greeting cards sold, the most apt description of artist Mary Engelbreit may be a line pulled from one of her well-known greeting card designs -"The Queen of Everything." Mary's unmistakable illustration style, imbued with spirited wit and nostalgic warmth, has won her fans the world over. PEOPLE magazine dubbed her a Norman Rockwell for our times.

About Charles Flood

Renowned historian and author Charles Bracelen Flood is a Harvard graduate who resides in Richmond, Ky., was a freelance journalist during the Vietnam War. He is also the award-winning author of 12 books, a number of which center on historical subjects and events. Flood's venture into Civil War history led to "Lee --The Last Years," a Book-of-the-Month selection, and more recently, "Grant and Sherman--The Friendship That Won the Civil War."

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