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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SCOTUS Watch

The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services…
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Working redux

"Frankly we will use any excuse to get Terkel’s book into circulation." (Social Science blog post, Sept. 29, 2017) Little did we know when blogging the above-quoted words last year that we would get another great excuse to plug Mr. Terkel's work so soon. Central Library has been hosting a traveling exhibit of Working in…
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Prison Power

On July 10, St. Louis Public Library welcomed Dr. Lisa Corrigan, who discussed her book, Prison Power: How Prison Politics Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation (University Press of Mississippi, 2016), recipient of the 2017 Diamond Anniversary Book Award and the 2017 African American Communication and Culture Division Outstanding Book Award both from the National Communication Association…
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Pride in the Library

June is the month when we celebrate pride and the strides made by the LGBTQ community. The Library is a great place to find resources for everyone under the rainbow in this regard. In our collection you will find books for everyone: People celebrating their identity People questioning their identity People exploring their identity People who…
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Ramadan Mubarak!

With the sighting of the new moon earlier this month (during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar), the holy month of Ramadan began, with a focus on fasting and prayer for those who observe. Ramadan commemorates the revelation by God to the Prophet Muhammad of the first chapters of the Qur'an. St. Louis…
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Hidden Brain

The "about" page for The Hidden Brain claims that the NPR podcast "helps curious people understand the world - and themselves." This would also be a pretty apt mission statement for the SLPL Social Sciences room, which is why we decided to feature the podcast in a book display as a great way to explore our…
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