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Calvin Coolidge By David Greenberg

 

"Calvin Coolidge" by David Greenberg , part of the American Presidents series, illustrates the story of another lesser-known president. Greenberg details Coolidge's rise to political power from Governor of Massachusetts to Vice President to President. Known as "Silent Cal," Greenberg shows how Coolidge's silence worked to his advantage, even citing an instance when Coolidge states that a president's words are powerful and should be used infrequently. His approach to the presidency is also shown fascinatingly in his decision not to run for reelection in 1928 because it would...

Teen Summer Reading Club

 

The Adult Reading Club kicked off earlier this week, but the clubs for babies, kids and teens kick-off today. Summer reading is a great time to share books and conversation with the whole family. As an added incentive to get your kids signed-up, the library is waiving fines for preschoolers-teens entering 12th who register for summer reading club!  Details about the library's summer reading clubs can be found here. Not sure what to read? Ask a staff member or check our blogs for...

The Forge of Christendom by Tom Holland

 

The years following the collapse of the Roman Empire were stressful ones for Europe, leading many to think that the end of the world was quickly approaching. In "The Forge of Christendom," Tom Holland describes how this feeling of imminent apocalypse drove the development of medieval Europe over a period of several centuries. He discusses political, military, and religious developments and how each affected the others,...

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection

 

Some movies are so bad they're good and some movies are so bad they're just laughable. The long lamented television show, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" made an art form out of mocking bad movies. Under the premise of being trapped in space and forced to watch bad movies, the show's host and his robot pals would verbally pick apart some of the worst movies ever filmed. Some bad movies are a bit more ripe for the riffing and four of the classic shows are found on...

Best Coast

Best Coast  is a newer band that sounds a lot like Neko Case and Rilo Kiley. Fronted by Bethany Cosentino (who is the songwriter as well) and backed up by multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno, this duo has released...

 

A whimsical tale that dances back and forth in time during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, "The Night Circus" is the story of the magical and mysterious "Le Cirque des Rêves," which translates from French as "The Circus of Dreams."

Conceived by the eccentric theatrical producer Chandresh Christophe Lefèvre, "Le Cirque des Rêves" takes on a life of it's own at the hands his assistant, Marco Alistair,...

St. Louis Parks

 

One great thing about living in St. Louis is the access to so much beautiful green space. From tidy urban parks covering one city block to huge conservation areas of over a thousand acres, the St. Louis area offers ample opportunities for outdoor enjoyment.

Many of these treasures are featured in the new book "St. Louis Parks" by NiNi Harris and Esley Hamilton. Produced by local publisher Reedy Press, the book features full...

Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver

"Carte Blanche" continues the James Bond legacy with quick wit and fast women. Author Jeffrey Deaver follows the path Ian Fleming started years ago, sending James Bond to risk his life and save the world, not missing a chance to romance ladies along the way. Similar to Fleming's style, fast-paced with concrete prose, the story starts with a train derailment in the Balkans, moves to London temporarily and ends in South Africa.  Deaver's...

Chess for Everyone

You may have heard that St. Louisan Hikaru Nakamura won his third U.S. Chess Championship title this week. Since 2009 the competition has been hosted by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. If this news has inspired you to learn how to play chess, improve your skills, or read about some of the game's great players, St. Louis County Library has plenty to offer.

Beginners might try James Eade's book ...

Most Talkative

 

On May 11, over 900 pop culture enthusiasts packed themselves into the Reading Room at Headquarters to see local boy made good, Andy Cohen. In addition to being the Executive Vice-President in Charge of Programming for Bravo TV, Cohen hosts a late-night talk show and has even found time to write a memoir. Growing up in Clayton, Cohen didn't just want to crawl to the TV, he wanted to crawl into the TV. As a youth at summer camp his mother sent him letters updating the goings on in Port Charles - the fictional city in the daytime soap, "All My Children." This devotion to all...

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