Welcome to CheckItOut! Online

Greetings! This is the site where we post all of the articles, calendars, and other content from CheckItOut! – the monthly newsletter of the St. Louis Public Library.  We deliver CheckItOut! via email every month and then we post the articles here to create a running archive that you can read at any time.

Learn a New Language On-The-Go With Mango

St. Louis Public Library is pleased to announce that it now offers the Mango Languages online language-learning system to its patrons. By using a fun and interactive approach Mango guides users through the enjoyable experience of learning a new language. The lessons provided are dynamic in meeting the needs of the vacation traveler, those looking […]

Central Library Cinema Presents “Order in the Court!”


The Library is proud to host FREE movies in Central’s intimate and acoustically excellent Auditorium on Thursday nights (except the third Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. September’s theme is “Order in the Court!” The line-up includes: 4          To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 11        My Cousin Vinny (1992) 25        Philadelphia (1993) For more information, call 314.539.0395.

Teens Ask: Why Was This Book Banned?


Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 22-27. Classics like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, and To Kill a Mockingbird are often challenged by people who aren’t sure kids should be exposed to the difficult issues they raise. The Giver, almost every title by Ellen Hopkins, and […]

The Library Changes Lives: Your Stories


Earlier this year, we asked our readers to share their personal stories about how the St. Louis Public Library has changed their lives. Many of you were eager to share; some with brief anecdotes about contemporary experiences and others with heartfelt essays about days gone by. They’ve all made for fascinating, oftentimes moving, reading. In […]

Veteran’s Writing Workshop: Writing After War


Every Second and Fourth Saturday Through December 13 10 a.m.-Noon • Central Training Room   We all have stories to tell, especially those who have seen the face of war both on the battlefield and on the homefront. To help returning veterans (from all services and eras), current active duty personnel, and family members adjust […]

Library Exhibits


CENTRAL Great Hall A Tribute to Amadee: Weatherbird and More. Special Collections St. Louis Pageant and Masque: A Civic Celebration From 1914 Revisited.   CENTRAL EXPRESS Celebrating St. Louis’ 250th Birthday Through the Paintings of Fred Conway.   MACHACEK Nature Drawings by Tony Seemiller   SCHLAFLY “Burnt Offerings” by William Burton, Jr. “Soliloquy” by Joe […]

Community Forum: Surviving the System


The Library and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated—Gamma Omega Chapter are proud to host an important community forum. Surviving the System: A Candid Talk About Re-Entry for the Ex-Offender takes place in Central Auditorium on September 30 at 6 p.m. The panel discussion will be moderated by Fox 2 News reporter Bonita Cornute and […]

NOT SO QUIET! Sizzles With Dawn Weber


Things usually cool down in September, but the NOT SO QUIET! Concert Series sizzles when trumpeter/vocalist Dawn Weber takes the stage in Central Library’s Auditorium on September 18 at 7 p.m. Weber is one of the top performers in the region—and so much more than your run-of-the-mill trumpet player. Whether performing solo or with The […]

TV Talk: The Un-Book Club


Okay. Not everyone enjoys reading books. [GASP!] But just because you’re not interested in the latest Nick Hornby novel (which is really good, by the way), doesn’t mean there’s nothing for you at the Library or that you don’t crave the feeling of community people get in a book club. That’s why we created TV […]

Author Event-Ann Leckie


September 15 • 7 p.m. Central’s Carnegie Room Ann Leckie discusses and sign her Hugo Award-winning book, Ancillary Justice. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Years ago, she was Justice of Toren—a colossal starship with artificial intelligence. An act of treachery has ripped it […]

Helping Spanish Speakers Feel at Home


Hispanics are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the city, and the Library’s services to Spanish speakers are rapidly growing as well. As part of its mission to provide learning resources and information services that support and improve individual, family, and community life, the Library provides bilingual materials for Spanish-speaking users. Evaluated regularly to ensure appropriate […]

Author Event-Phil Klay


September 23 • 7 p.m. Central’s Carnegie Room   Iraq War veteran Phil Klay, United States Marine Corps, discusses and signs his book, Redeployment. Klay shares stories from the frontlines of The Surge. Through stories of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, Klay explains what happened there and what happened to the […]

Author Event-Bill Donius


September 3 • 7 p.m. Central’s Carnegie Room   Bill Donius discusses and signs his book, Thought Revolution: How to Unlock Your Whole Brain and Tap Into Your Inner Genius. Discover your hidden brainpower with this newly expanded guide to the simple but powerful technique that unlocks potential in all areas of your life. Books […]

Author Event-Judge Charles A. Shaw


September 10 • 7 p.m.  Schlafly   Judge Charles Shaw discusses and signs his book, Watch Everything: A Judicial Memoir With a Point of View. This insightful and at times humorous narrative demonstrates Shaw’s love for family, hard work, and God. He gives an insider’s view of an often unjust legal system, tales of working […]

2014-2015 Winston Churchill World War II Film Series

Dam Busters

Presented by the St. Louis Public Library and the National Churchill Museum   In commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, this yearlong series features monthly screenings of motion pictures set World War II and includes discussions putting each film in historical context. The Dam Busters • September 7 1:15 p.m.   […]

AWE is Awesome!


In fact, Central Library’s young patrons liked AWE Early Literacy Stations so much we’ve added them at Buder, Carpenter, Julia Davis, and Schlafly. A tablet version is available at Cabanne, Carondelet, and Divoll. These interactive computer stations offer a wide variety of educational applications aligned with state and national curriculum standards. From Reader Rabbit to […]

Talking It Out: ESL Conversation Practice Groups


St. Louis is a rich and varied region with visitors and immigrants from all over the world. The community is very welcoming to newcomers, and there are several programs in the area that offer English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to help them acclimate to their new home. When learning a new language, one […]

Animated Picture Books? What’ll They Think of Next?


The Library now offers TumbleBooks for kids. If you’re not familiar with them, TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. The books are created by taking existing picture books and adding animation, sound, music, and narration to produce an electronic picture book that kids […]