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.
FREE High School Equivalency (HiSET) Programs FREE Computer Training Sessions! Talking It Out: ESL Conversation Practice Groups
September 27 • 3 p.m. Schlafly Authors Alice Clayton, Alexandra Ivy, Jeanette (Kat) Murray, and Lillian MacKenzie Rhine discuss the infamous drama of romance in popular culture plus their current projects and their favorite romances. Books available for purchase courtesy of the authors.
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.
September 27 • 9:15 a.m. Carondelet Enjoy a light breakfast with eight of St. Louis’ favorite authors: Jennifer Adele, Laura Benedict, Heather Brewer, John Dalton, Irene Hannon, Jim Merkel, Judy Moresi, and John F.D. Taff. Check-in at 9:15 a.m. Event starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. Each author will spend 15 minutes chatting at each […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Kate DiCamillo is the Fall 2014 Reading Pays—Pass It On! author. Two of her books, The Magician’s Elephant and Bink & Gollie, are the featured titles. Beginning September 22, children in Grades 2-5 can ask for a FREE copy of one of the books at any St. Louis Public Library location (while supplies last). All […]
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 […]
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 […]
Now through November, the Library and OASIS are offering “Better Choices, Better Health® – Diabetes” workshops for adults with Type 2 diabetes. These FREE seven-week workshops are held at the Baden, Buder, Carpenter, and Julia Davis Branches and help you: Understand dietary limitations while still enjoying delicious meals Monitor and manage your blood sugar levels […]
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 […]
Central Library’s Auditorium comes alive with the R&B sounds of Larry Rodgers and special guest Milk & Honey. The concert is part of the Library’s Contemporary Tuesday Nights series and takes place on September 9 at 7 p.m.The event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. St. Louis native Larry Rodgers […]
Ahoy! Avast! Arrrr you ready for International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19? There’ll be fun aplenty at Pirate Parrrties on September 18. Peg legs and eye patches are optional, but ye youngsters are invited to dress up and search for hidden treasure. Beware: Ye may have to walk the plank! Central […]
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 […]
Open enrollment for the 2015 Affordable Care Act plan year will soon be here. Certified Application Counselors from Grace Hill Health Centers will be at Central Library on September 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to help patrons enroll for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Counselors will also be available to discuss Medicare and […]
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 […]
I live not far from the Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. In my 10th year in St. Louis, I’ve seen this marvelous building on Olive Street transform. When I came here it was a stately old structure in need of some attention. That attention came in the form of a splendid renovation, […]
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 […]
Amanda Ripley September 18 • 7 p.m. St. Louis County Library Headquarters Ripley discusses and signs her book, The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way. The program is part of READ SAINT LOUIS 2014. Books available for purchase.
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 […]
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 […]
Disfruta de estos títulos de ficción y no ficción, disponible en español y en inglés, en la colección de la Biblioteca Pública de St. Louis. Enjoy these fiction and nonfiction titles, available in both Spanish and English, in the St. Louis Public Library collection. Ficción – Fiction Lujo y poder – The Power Trip […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Need something fun and easy to keep your young children entertained—and maybe teach them something too? Try a FLIP Kit. The program has been expanded to Central Library, and new titles have been added at Buder, Carpenter, Julia Davis, and Schlafly. FLIP stands for Family Literacy Involvement Program, which simply means a fun way to […]