Learn Something New Every Day: Free, Fun Programs in Hazelwood for the Whole Family

The St. Louis County Library-Prairie Commons Branch has a full and diverse schedule of free programming that offers something for everyone in the family, from ages 2 to 109. We've got the rundown on the programs for next month, right here.


As the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder, many Hazelwood parents may find themselves with antsy and restless kids. While some play winter sports, dance or join clubs at school, most kids could use a boost in learning-based and constructive (but still fun) activities.

And thanks to the St. Louis County Library - Prairie Commons Branch, located on Utz Lane in Hazelwood, you can get your kids (and yourself) involved in such acitivites without breaking your budget. Most activities sponsored by the library are free, and some don’t even require you to sign up in advance.

Not sure you’ll find something that interests you or your kids?

Don’t worry—they’ve got something for everyone, from arts and crafts to science and literature and more, and each activity involves a healthy connection to peers and community.

The programs aren't just for the kids--there are plenty of activities designed for teens and adults, too. And great news for homeschooling parents: there are special activities and groups just for you and your homeschooling students.  

Here’s a rundown of the November programming, shared with Hazelwood Patch by St. Louis County Library - Prairie Commons Branch.

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Programs for Kids

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 4:30 p.m.--Art @ Your Library: Candy Creations

  • Did you ever think that candy was for creating? Surprise! We will be using candy as building materials to make unusual things, so be sure to bring your imagination.
  • Ages 7–11. Registration required. Auditorium.

Thursday, November 8, 10:00 a.m.--Art @ Your Library: Play with Your Food

  • Are you tired of hearing adults tell you “Don’t play with your food?” Well, now is the time to play and have fun! We’ll take a look at Saxton Freymann’s books filled with cool creations made using fruits and vegetables. Then, each child will create his/her own food art and take it home as a yummy treat.
  • Ages 3–6. Registration required. Auditorium.

Thursday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.--Pajama Story Time

  • Snuggle up with a good book at the Prairie Commons Branch. Wear your favorite jammies and enjoy a bedtime story as we settle down for the evening. Kids are encouraged to bring a special stuffed friend, doll, or blanket.
  • Ages 2–5. Small meeting room.

Monday, November 19, 4:30 p.m.--Thanksgiving Craft

  • Drop in and make an edible Thanksgiving craft.
  • Ages 8 and up. Registration required. Auditorium.

Wednesday, November 21, 4:30 p.m.--LEGO Club

  • Love LEGOs? Design and build fantastic creations with us! We’ll provide the LEGOs and you provide the imagination for all the wacky LEGO creations we can make at the library.
  • Ages 8 and up. Registration required. Auditorium.

Monday, November 26, 2:00 p.m.--Homeschool Explorations

  • Make St. Louis County Library a partner in your homeschool programming as we explore various topics and ideas through hands–on learning. We’ll explore Thanksgiving this month. Learn the story behind the first Thanksgiving celebration and tell us how you celebrated the holiday.
  • Ages 5–11. Registration required. Auditorium.

Monday, November 26, 7:00 p.m.--World Bird Sanctuary: All About Owls

  • Come see the owls from World Bird Sanctuary. Meet several of the different types of owls while learning the importance of their existence. Gain insight into those mysterious birds of the night.
  • All ages. Auditorium.

Story Time  

  • Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. 
  • Ages 3–5.

Programs for Teens

Monday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.--Just For Teens: Chopped Challenge

  • Join us for the (no–cook) cooking challenge! You will be competing Chopped style! Do you have what it takes to create a three­–course snack using challenging ingredients?
  • Ages 12–18. Registration required. Auditorium.

Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 p.m.--Art @ Your Library: Cupcake Decorating for Teens

  • Learn decorating techniques from a professional decorator and snack on your creation.
  • Ages 12–18. Registration required. Auditorium.

Programs for Adults

Thursday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.--Thread Heads

  • Come join us for crafting in a social setting! Bring your current knitting, crocheting, needlework, or other craft project and enjoy light refreshments and conversation while you work.
  • The Thread Heads meet on the first Thursday of every month.
  • Registration requested. Small meeting room.

Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.--Scrapbooking

  • Come crop with us! Bring your own scrapbooking materials and projects for a fun evening with fellow scrappers.
  • All skill levels welcomed. Supply table always open.
  • Registration required. Auditorium.

Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.--Adult Book Club

  • Do you like to chat with friends about your favorite books? Join our book club! This month’s selection is “The Reversal” by Michael Connelly. Stop by the circulation desk to pick up your copy of this month's selection today!
  • Visitors and prospective members welcome. Auditorium.

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