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.

Halloween Boo-nanza!

Spooky things are happening at the Library in October! You’ll find parties, crafts, and treats at almost every Branch. Start the season with Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe at Carondelet on October 9. Then visit our online calendar for other special events like parties, making Halloween decorations, costume contests, face painting, and Trick-or-Treating on the big day. Celebrate […]

Charing Cross: Back, Bigger, and Better Than Ever!

Charing Cross: Back, Bigger, and Better Than Ever! Following a complete renovation, the Charing Cross Branch, located at 356 North Skinker Blvd., is almost ready to reopen! The temporary location on Delmar’s last day is Saturday, October 11. The new “old” Charing Cross will open for business on Tuesday, October 21. We’ll be hosting an […]

Your Next Great Read – Real Life Chillers and Thrillers

Nothing is more frightening in the spookiest of seasons than the stories of real killers. You might not want to read these late at night!   Murder at Morses Pond by Linda Rosencrance The upscale suburb of Wellesley, Massachusetts, hadn’t seen a murder in 30 years. Then came Halloween 1999. Dr. Dirk Greineder led police […]

Author Event – Michael Kahn

October 15, 7 p.m. Schlafly Michael A. Kahn discusses and signs his book, Face Value: A Rachel Gold Mystery. As St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold knows firsthand, the grueling hours and demands of Big Law take their toll on young lawyers. Some turn to drugs, some quit the profession, and occasionally one quits altogether. According to […]

Central Library Cinema Presents “Halloweird!”


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.   October’s theme is “Halloweird!” The line-up includes: 2     Labyrinth  (1986) 9     Being John Malkovich (1999) 23   Double Feature: Cabinet of Dr. Caligari  (1920) Freaks  (1932) 30   Pi  (1998) For more information, […]

Author Event – G. Neri

October 14 7 p.m. Carpenter Award-winning author G. Neri discusses his book, Knockout Games. Part Oliver Twist, part Fight Club, and set in St. Louis City, Knockout Games was inspired by crimes Neri heard about while visiting St. Louis for the Library’s Read It Forward program. Teens can enter a special raffle for prizes. (Must […]

Mango Yields Sweet Fruit for Language Learners

Have you always wanted to learn a new language but never thought you’d be able to? The Library now offers the Mango Languages online language-learning system. By using an intuitive and interactive approach, Mango makes learning new languages fun. The lessons are ideal for the casual traveler, anyone seeking professional development, and even people who […]

Start Something @ Central Library: October 2014

Start Something: Doing Good While Doing Well Central Library October 20 9-11 a.m. Training Room Want to start a business with high social as well as financial returns? One where you can do well for yourself while doing good for others? Join us for coffee and a light breakfast and learn about the growing field […]

The HiSET® Exam: Your Path to Success

In January 2014, Missouri began offering a new High School Equivalency test. Developed by the Educational Testing Service, the HiSET® exam has replaced the GED as the state’s standard in high school equivalency testing. Simply put, like the GED, HiSET is a different brand of equivalency test. It is aligned to College and Career Readiness […]

Author Event – Susan McBride

October 23 7 p.m. Schlafly Susan McBride discusses and signs her new young adult novel, Very Bad Things.   Katie never thought she’d be the girl with the popular boyfriend. She also never thought he would cheat on her—but the proof is in the photo that people at their boarding school can’t stop talking about. […]

Grupo Atlantico Heats Up Central!

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month as Grupo Atlantico presents A Night of Dance and the Rhythms of Colombia and the Caribbean. The show takes place in Central’s Auditorium on October 7 at 7 p.m. Led by Carmen Dence, Grupo Atlantico promotes the folklore and rich heritage of the Caribbean coast of Colombia as well as other […]

Author Event – Allysha Hamber

October 9 7 p.m. Schlafly St. Louis author Allysha Hamberdiscusses and sign her novels, Vashon High, Mimika Avenue, and the Unlovable Series. Hamber has been featured on Tony Scott’s Entertainment Channel, The St. Louis American, and STL TV. She uses her writing to lend a voice to multi-generational groups of women that can no longer […]

Never Too Early (or Late) to Think About College!

If you’re in high school or are a parent with a teen in high school, now is a good time to be planning ahead for college. If you are in your twenties—or even seventies—it’s still not too late for college! There are many resources available to help you with the process no matter what your […]

Learn How to “Get Connected”

Get Connected

If you use the Library regularly or are a Check It Out! reader, you know about our awesome collection of downloadable materials. But you may not be sure how to access it. Well, help is here. We’re now offering FREE, drop-in training sessions at Branches around the system. “Get Connected: eBooks, eAudiobooks and More!” makes […]

All-New Teen Website Debuts

If you’re a teenager, it’s now easier than ever to find out what’s going on at the Library! Our new website especially for you is up and ready to roll. Just log on to teens.slpl.org, and with a mouse click you’ll find out up-to-the-minute info on teen programs, news, and events. But the fun doesn’t […]

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 […]