Becoming Jane Jacobs

For Halloween 2017, the Social Sciences Librarian looked around the room for her annual "dress like someone from the collection" costume and settled on "Becoming Jane Jacobs" (for the 2016 costume choice, see last year's blog post). Jacobs was an author, urban planner, and activist who had a lasting effect on urban planing and design with […]

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“It is about a search, too, for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.” STUDS TERKEL - WORKING XI Studs Terkel’s Working was first published in 1974. As […]

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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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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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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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