Zeta Phi Beta performs at Steppin’ Into Higher Ed

Last Saturday, Zeta Phi Beta performed at the Schlafly Branch Library as part of our Black History Month program on the "Crisis in Black Education." Panelists representing all levels of education were on hand to field questions and different organizations were on-hand to give out information about financial aid, educational opportunities and institutions from all over […]

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Step on over to Schlafly for Black History Month

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Steppin’ Into Higher Ed Saturday, Feb. 11, 11 am-4 pm @ Schlafly Branch   Does a college education seem out of reach? For many college students, finding a path to their educational goals can be discouraging, even after they have graduated from high school, been accepted at a college or university, and received financial aid. This […]

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Checkout, checkmate

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Right around the corner from the Schlafly Branch Library is the World Chess Hall of Fame. Originally founded in 1984, it has changed locations several times before settling in the Central West End in 2011. A non-profit institution, it bridges the gap between chess and art. It regularly holds exhibits that showcase the dynamic design […]

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An Easy Way to Fulfill a New Year’s Resolution – Step for Fitness

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Every year it is the same thing,  "Lose weight, work out more".  We make the resolution and usually abandon it within a month. We don’t need to tell you that exercise has many benefits to the human body.  However, it does not have to be boring.  Join Schlafly Library for a social, interactive experience with its own […]

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Staff Pick: Night by Elie Wiesel

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This internationally acclaimed book was an engrossing, in-depth and sometimes hard-to-read account of Elie Wiesel’s life as a Jewish teenager in a small town in modern-day Romania. It details the deportation of he and his father’s internment at Auschwitz-Birkenau. He relates their treatment at the hand of the Nazis, the horror he and his father […]

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New Non-Fiction at Schlafly

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We're always looking to find new and interesting titles to add to our collection at Schlafly. Here are some of the new non-fiction titles we've recently purchased: Ghostland - Colin Dickey travels the United States to make sense of some of its most haunted places. It's much more than a list of local ghost stories, but […]

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Modern African Music

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Historically, colonialism has had a devastating effect on the native people of Africa. The Berlin Conference in 1884 began the "Scramble for Africa," and in the thirty years that followed, European powers quickly colonized over 90% of the continent. All of the Western World powers fought bitterly over land, displacing and wiping out native populations. […]

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Graphic Novels Set in the Middle East

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Graphic novel journalism began in its modern form with Joe Sacco’s Palestine. Originally published in serialized form in 1996, the book details his time in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1991 and 1992. Sacco’s unique drawings helped humanize the plight of those living in Israel’s occupied territories. Sacco’s work helped to usher New […]

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The Literary History of the Central West End

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T.S. Eliot was born on September 26, 1888 at 2635 Locust, the last of six surviving children. Eliot was a sickly child, and this precluded him from socializing or participating in physical activities. As a result, he found himself drawn to literature. At sixteen, the family moved to 4446 Westminster and he attended the Smith […]

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A Shared Culture

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When the ending of Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop was written, crowds reportedly waited on the New York docks asking if Little Nell was dead.  More recently, people waited in line for the last Harry Potter book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows but such excitement about a book is a rarity today.  Part of the reason for […]

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