Naughty or Nice?

Among the (many) great books in the Social Science room is a series on the Seven Deadly Sins from Oxford University Press and The New York Public Library – seven brightly colored, tempting (as befits a sin) books, each by a different author with expertise on the various sins: pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, & […]

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Altruism – give it a try?

“All things are already complete in oneself. There is no greater joy than to examine oneself and be sincere. When in one’s conduct one vigorously exercises altruism, humanity is not far to seek, but right by him.” The Book of Mencius* bk. 7, pt. A, v. 4 (as found in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations […]

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Juneteenth at SLPL

Juneteenth, which was celebrated earlier this week, commemorates the end of legal slavery in the United States, although June 19, 1865, the date that “Juneteenth” references, was in fact nearly two and a half years after the effective date of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and over two months after Confederate General Lee surrendered at […]

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Happy (Last Day of) May Day!

While May Day (May 1, celebrated in much of the world as International Workers' Day) has come and gone and we are taking down our work- and worker-related book display, the work (as always) continues and the books will continue to be available at St. Louis Public Library for your perusal. Perhaps pick up a […]

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Money Smart Week runs from April 22-29 and gives us an opportunity to highlight the smart money resources available year-round at St. Louis Public Library. The bulk of our "how to be smart with your money" books can be found in the vicinity of #Dewey 332.024 (& J332.024 for books geared toward our younger patrons) […]

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Earth Day 2017

Have you seen Central Library's gorgeous new sculpture? Manolo Valdes' Butterflies was installed earlier this month on the 13th Street side of the Library thanks to the generosity of the Gateway Foundation and it alone is worth a visit. But while you are here, you will probably want to wander inside the Library (right?) and […]

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Libraries Transform

National Library Week is celebrated April 9-15 this year but of course the good news is that libraries - especially the many branches of St. Louis Public Library - are available (and worthy of celebration) year-round. Library science books reside in the #Dewey 020 range (which, luckily for this librarian, is in the Social Sciences […]

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

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!

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

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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