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.

The Library Changes Lives:
Your Stories


As part of our ongoing series of stories by patrons describing how the Library has changed their lives, we present the following submission by Susanne Knese. As you’ll see, it’s especially appropriate now that the Charing Cross Branch has returned to its longtime home on Skinker. I really do not know if this would apply […]

Your Next Great Read


In Their Own Words: American Veterans Tell Their Stories Redeployment by Phil Klay Klay shares stories from the frontlines of The Surge. Through stories of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, he explains what happened there and what happened to the warriors who returned.   A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo […]

Charing Cross Open House


The Charing Cross Branch moved back to it renovated location at 356 N. Skinker last month. We’re holding a special OPEN HOUSE on November 8 from 2-4 p.m. Here’s what you’ll find at our “new” Branch: A completely renovated interior Twenty-five percent more space Public Internet Access Stop by and check out the space!  We’re […]

Check Out a Telescope — FREE!


How many times have you looked up at the night sky and wondered what that object was? Or maybe you’re curious to see what can’t be seen with the naked eye. It’s often difficult finding locations that offer telescope viewings. Those days are over. Thanks to an exciting new partnership with the St. Louis Astronomical […]

All About Adoption


In celebration on National Adoption Month, the Library and the Missouri Children’s Division host a panel discussion about the thousands of children are waiting to find their forever family on November 3 at 7 p.m. in Central Library’s Auditorium. Brad Besse, a single adoptive father; Libby Eversgerd, a social worker; Denise Kelley, Director of Programs […]

Central Library Cinema Presents “Remember, Remember, MOVEMBER!”


Enjoy FREE movies in Central Auditorium on Thursday nights (except third Thursday of month) at 6:30 p.m. November’s theme is “Remember, Remember, MOVEMBER!” Movember is an international effort to raise awareness about men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. The November line-up includes: 6          Smokey & the Bandit (1977)* 13        The […]

Take the NaNoWriMo Challenge


During November, all across the country and around the world, writers take up the challenge of National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo. The contest is for writers to produce a 50,000 word novel in 30 days or less! Last year, many hundreds of thousands of famous, infamous, and not-so-well known authors accepted the […]

Author Event – Julius Hunter


November 5 7 p.m. Schlafly   Veteran broadcaster and author Julius Hunter discusses and signs his new book, Priscilla & Babe: From Slavery’s Shackles to Millionaire Bordello Madams in Victorian St. Louis. This true story features Priscilla Henry, fresh from an Alabama cotton plantation, and Sarah “Babe” Connor, who walked free from a Tennessee plantation […]

Recording Room Workshops Now Available


We recently introduced you to our new Recording Room, which is housed in the Central Library’s Creative Experience. Your response has been overwhelming, and we appreciate it. Scores of you have been recording music, poetry, and spoken word. But many of you have also asked, “Where do I start?” and “How do I get better?” […]

What Can You Build?


Have dreams of becoming an engineer or an architect?  Or do you simply like to make things?  Regardless, the Library is here to help you construct those ideas. Preschoolers and kids can spend every Saturday morning from 11 a.m.-Noon for LEGO Lab in Central’s Children’s Library. Teens can join the LEGO Mindstorm Robotics Lab that […]

Author Event – Trudy Lewis

Trudy Lewis

November 4 7 p.m. Central’s Carnegie Room   St. Louis author Trudy Lewis discusses and sign her novel, Empire Rolls. University of Missouri-Columbia professor Lewis brings us the unforgettable protagonist Sally LaChance, park ranger by day and roller derby emcee by night. The novel captures the changing cultural landscape of the Midwest on the brink […]

Author Event – Terri Barnes


November 13 7 p.m. Central’s Training Room   Terri Barnes discusses and signs her book, Spouse Calls: Messages From a Military Life. From her kitchen table to Capitol Hill, Barnes takes readers beyond the headlines and homecoming videos for an inside look at the day-to-day hardships, victories, and ways that military life shapes, challenges, and enriches […]

Movember Challenge: Grow a Moustache for a Cause


This November, the Library, in conjunction with the Movember Foundation, is hosting an online moustache competition to raise awareness about men’s health issues. To take part: Start with a clean-shaven face on November 1. Grow a moustache only (no beards or goatees allowed!) throughout ‘Movember’. Submit photos of your growing moustache. Tell everyone you know […]

Start Something @ Central Library: November 2014


Start Something: LinkedIn Bootcamp November 10 9:30-11 a.m. Central’s Training Room Have you received an invitation from friends and colleagues to join LinkedIn but aren’t sure what it is, much less how it works? LinkedIn guru Kathy Bernard explains the ins and outs of this social media platform in a fast-paced seminar. She’ll quickly and painlessly […]

2014-2015 Winston Churchill World War II Film Series

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Memphis Belle November 2, 1:15 p.m. 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. Discussion led by Kit Freudenberg, […]

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 […]