Calling All St. Louis City Voters! (books & resources for the coming elections)

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While some people may wonder What Government Does and Why Public Service Matters, as the saying goes, if you Don't Vote, you can't complain. You Have the Power to help choose the next Mayor of St. Louis and the first new mayor in sixteen years; there will also be races for aldermen ("odd" wards and one "even" special election) and some propositions […]

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You Can’t Handle the Truth!

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Actually you can, but first you need to be able to recognize it. St. Louis Public Library has some great resources - including our librarians and staff - to help you evaluate the veracity of the information that is swirling around us, especially over the internet. First, it is important to know what “fake news” […]

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Hanukkah Reflections

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In anticipation of the last night of Hanukkah this evening, we share a cover page from a December 1941 edition of The Modern View, A Weekly Journal of Modern Jewish Life and Thought that is one of the treasures we have in the stacks here at Central Library. In that year the 1st night of […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from St. Louis Public Library!

The Social Sciences room at Central Library is home to books on family (#Dewey* 306.85), communication (153.6) and interpersonal relations (158.2), politics (320.973), and gratitude (179.9) and we gathered some of those together for a Thanksgiving prep book display (click here for the related list in our catalog). We even have books about Native Americans (323.1197) […]

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Remembering the Armistice

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Veterans Day, which we celebrate today, was originally known as Armistice Day (& still is in Great Britain and the commonwealth states, as well as in France and Belgium). It was first celebrated to commemorate the end of the (then only, now first) World War. A search of the St. Louis Public Library catalog provides […]

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Trick or Treat for Democracy

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For Halloween the Social Sciences Librarian chose to dress as a "Golden Lane" suffragist, honoring the women who made inroads toward universal U.S. suffrage when they gathered in St. Louis from around the country in 1916 to stage a protest at the Democratic National Convention. Dressed all in white with yellow sashes, the ladies silently […]

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ELECTION 2016 – Resources for the Informed Missouri Voter (like YOU!)

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There is a LOT on the Missouri ballot this November 8 - the St. Louis City ballot, for example, in addition to the Presidential race also has: U.S. Senate U.S. House of Representatives FIVE statewide offices (Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, & Treasurer) FIVE state amendments One state proposition One City proposition […]

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Zines at Central Library!

St. Louis Public Library has added a collection of zines to the Entertainment, Literature & Biography Room & is celebrating with a grand opening this Thursday October 13, 2016. Click here for more information. What is a zine, you ask? According to early "ziner" Malcolm Gladwell (in interview with Vox's Ezra Klein), "A zine is […]

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Read a Banned Book Lately?

Banned Book Week 2016 is THIS WEEK, September 25-October 1, so hurry in if you are a purist and want to read your banned book(s) during the official commemoration. If you are less orthodox in your observance, feel free to come by the library any time and we will help you find something racy, salacious, […]

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Happy International Day of Peace!

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"Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind."          - UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon Today we observe the International Day of Peace, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly: “a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of […]

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