YMCAs are the places to go for a nice workout in a laid-back environment: no muscle-beach mooks giving you the once-over just 'cause they can bench press you to Beijing and back. The wonderful Y helps tone brains as well, courtesy of its vital literacy programs and annual YMCA Book Fair
. This installment, number 30, provides the usual surfeit of books (more than 60 categories), audio books, magazines, videotapes and music. The money you spend benefits the YMCA's outreach programs — in particular, its efforts to bolster literacy. This year's biblio-bonanza runs from Friday through Wednesday (August 22 through 27) at the Kennedy Recreation Complex in Suson Park (6050 Wells Road; 314-353-4960 or www.ymcastlouis.org
); hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., admission is free every day except Friday (when it's $10). Also of note, Tuesday is half-price day, and Wednesday is $10 Bag or Box o' Books Day.
Aug. 22-27, 2008