Reading Resolution: Stop Worrying about Your Numbers

I'm sure you've noticed the trend: Right after Christmas, you start seeing television commercials for Weight Watchers, diet and fitness plans, exercise equipment, gym memberships, etc., and all in the name of "start your new year off right!" Of course the "a new year, a new you" idea isn't limited to physical appearance, however -- many resolutioners take […]

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Adventures in La La Land and the Year’s Best Short Fiction

La La Land ran away with the Golden Globes, and we've compiled a list of Hollywood-set fiction to go with! You can view the whole kit and caboodle (digitally) here, on display outside of Center for the Reader (see the photo below), or peruse just a few of the headliners right now: The Gilded Life of Matilda […]

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Was your 2016 reading list a little ho-hum?

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It's okay. We all need a shake-up or two now and then. If, like me, you're looking to expand your literary horizons in the new year, consider taking a swing at Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge! 2017's includes additions from authors Daniel José Older, Sarah MacLean, Roxane Gay, Celeste Ng, Ausma Zehanat Khan, and Jacqueline Koyanagi. Following […]

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Let’s take a moment to swap perspectives.

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What with all the hullabaloo of the election and the past year in general, it seems an appropriate time to listen, reflect, and empathize. Gather your wits before and after the holiday madness. Center for the Reader's December display of swapped perspective novels -- and one play! -- may provide the requisite breathing room. Take a look at […]

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Black Snowflakes

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This time of year, it's easy to reach for a feel-good, holiday read. You know the type, with book covers featuring happy people, snow, maybe some mistletoe. Maybe pretty bows or pine trees. However, those of us with a tendency to lean toward the dark side might want some different selections to page through. On […]

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*Hot hockey hunks* to melt even the iciest of hearts

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Preparations are underway for the 50th anniversary Blues exhibit at @STLpubLibrary, which opens Monday! https://t.co/g2ONgh4xaF #stlblues pic.twitter.com/p9ttXEZH53 — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) November 30, 2016 SLPL is decking the halls with boughs of... Blues? Come to Central to check out our latest Great Hall trimmings, and cozy up with a holiday treat: hockey-themed romances! You're not […]

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Inspired by Westworld

Have you been exploring HBO's series, Westworld? Intrigued by this vision of the (mostly) Wild West? Whether it's the intricate plotting or just the setting that catches your interest, we think you might enjoy some of the stories we have to offer here at the Library. This month in the Center for the Reader, you'll […]

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Anxious to help?

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In the wake of the election, Book Riot's come up with a list of literary charities and volunteer opportunities: What You Can Do: Bookish Charities You Can Donate to Right Now Bookish Ways to Fight the Good Fight I'd also recommend taking a look at the American Library Association's recent "A Message to Members." It's […]

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Staff pick: The Other Sister

Ever wonder what our staff is reading? We like to highlight some of their choices and reviews, including this recent one from Julie: THE OTHER SISTER by Dianne Dixon: The cover of this book beckoned me. The old brown suitcase on the old chair is just too much to resist. When I was about 20 pages […]

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