“Let Your Words Be Heard” Contest Winner, 2nd Place

For National Poetry Month, the Schlafly region asked Library patrons to submit original poetry. We were overwhelmed by both the number and quality of the submissions. We've chosen three winners and will count them down over the course of the month. Our second place winner is Samira Hicks. She is a resident of the Central West…
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“Let Your Words Be Heard” Contest Winner, 3rd Place

For National Poetry Month, the Schlafly region asked Library patrons to submit original poetry. We were overwhelmed by both the number and quality of the submissions. We've chosen three winners and will count them down over the course of the month. Our third place winner is Arthurine Harris, a self-described "butterfly in the wind, riding the…
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Author Shout Out 2017

Get ready for Schlafly's Annual Author Shout Out! This annual celebration of local talent in St. Louis will take place on Saturday, April 22, at 2 PM.  The Schlafly Branch Library loves to showcase home-grown St. Louis author talent. Each author will host a table and give a 5-minute presentation about themselves and their work…
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Schlafly Artist Spotlight: “The Mourners” by Joanne Kluba & David Ottinger

In the late Fourteenth and early Fifteenth Centuries, small figures carved in alabaster were created to commemorate of the line of the Duke of Burgundy.  The figures, between fifteen and twenty  inches in height, depict heavily robed monks and other members of the clergy in a state of mourning.  Philip the Bold and his son…
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New Non-Fiction at Schlafly for March 2017

We're always looking for new and interesting non-fiction titles to add to our collection. Here are a few titles we've recently purchased: Blitzed - Norman Ohler's surprising history outlines the role that drugs played in the Nazi regime. Companies like Bayer and Merck developed cocaine, opiates and methamphetamines to keep Germany's factory workers, citizens and soldiers running…
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The Dust Bowl

Despite its massive impact on American agriculture and commerce, the Dust Bowl is misunderstood. As a child, I thought that it was simply a period of drought, where hardscrabble farmers struggled to make ends meet. The truth is much, much worse. Reckless farming practices removed thousands of acres of topsoil that acted as an anchor against…
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“Let Your Words Be Heard” Poetry Contest Submission Guidelines

  Let your Words be Heard Poetry Contest Calling all poets to participate in the Let your Words be Heard Poetry Contest sponsored by the Schlafly region of the St. Louis Public Library. Participants are encouraged to submit up to three poems, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style or form. Entries must comply…
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Author Event: Augusten Burroughs 3/30

Left Bank Books and the St. Louis Public Library welcome bestselling author Augusten Burroughs, who will sign and discuss his memoir, Lust & Wonder! Picking up where Dry left off, Augusten Burroughs, with his signature wit, candor, and unique observations, chronicles the development and demise of three major relationships: Mitch, a famous author Augusten dates fresh out of…
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Staff pick: “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance

  J.D. Vance’s memoir tracks his life from a gut-wrenching childhood through the Marines, Ohio State University and Yale Law School, to his current career as a lawyer. Vance writes about his success against long odds and why so many of his peers experienced failure. If you could imagine Vance not as a blue-eyed “hillbilly…
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