In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be…
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Stand Up and Be Counted

The 2020 U.S. Census is around the corner, and the constitutionally mandated enumeration (see Art. 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution) will bring another big dump of data into the world. Your public library (and specifically, of course, St. Louis Public Library) provides access to historical and current census data as well as other…
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The Bill of the Century

"Legally Reading," the joint book group launched last year by St. Louis Public Library and the Law Library Association of St. Louis, met in February to discuss Clay Risen's 2014 book, The Bill of the Century, the Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act. Next up for "Legally Reading" is Geoffrey Canada's Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun: A Personal History of Violence, which we will meet to discuss on May 14 at Central Library (for more information, call 314 241-2288 or 314 622-4470).
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Commemorating the Reopening of the Soldiers Memorial

Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis has reopened after an extensive revitalization project; the Memorial honors our local service members who died serving in the military while the Library has resources that preserve the memory and history of those who fought in the various wars in which the United States has engaged and to help veterans of the armed services and their families.
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2018 Midterms – #VOTE!

This November 6, we head to the polls for the 2018 midterm elections. Turnout is predicted to be high (so make sure you are a part of that!) and the ballot is fairly lengthy here in Missouri, where we have: U.S. Senate U.S. House of Representatives One statewide office (Auditor) Four state amendments Three state…
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Banned Books Week 2018

The annual celebration of Banned Books Week gives libraries an excuse to trumpet all that they do to protect intellectual freedom and to hopefully lure new and past patrons to explore our collections & check out something that folks have found to be subversive, offensive, or even  a little racy. Lists of books and other materials…
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