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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...



 In the midst of all the summer blockbuster superhero movies, "Chronicle" may just slip under your radar. I can assure you that it is not to be missed if you are a fan, obsessed or casual, of the superhero and/or sci-fi genre.  

The movie centers around three characters: loner Andrew, his cousin Matt, and a fellow student and popular football star, Steve. The three bond...

Titanic, First Accounts


The 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking rekindled my captivation with the tragedy. I watched a lot of the TV specials, and read one book: "Titanic, First Accounts" edited with an introduction by Tim...

Adult Reading Club


Summer reading clubs aren't just for kids! The library offers an Adult Reading Club too, which means the whole family can read together this summer.

The Adult Reading Club kicks-off on May 29 with an outer space theme: "Step Into New Worlds." Reading logs with lots of great sci-fi reading suggestions will be given to participants at sign-up. Individuals who complete the club will be entered into a drawing to win gift cards from Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks and the St. Louis Bread Company. Other prizes include Mary Engelbreit tote bags, signed first editions...

Teens at the Jamestown Bluffs branch created poetry for National Poetry Month in April. At a "poetry station" they shared their words, rhymes and thoughts. Here are some of the fabulous words they left behind:

Come darkness, Come light
Thou both mark day and night, life and death
Here and now.

Life may only seem and
Look as a dream. But you
Have the faith to know
It's all real. Go for any and

Remembering MCA (Adam Yauch)


I would be remiss in not mentioning the passing of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys who died on May 4 of throat cancer at the age of 47. The Beast Boys were a band I knew since the release of "License to Ill" in 1987, but I wasn't into rap, so I discounted the value of the music they made.  It wasn't until the mid-1990s that I actually started listening to their music and I quickly regretted not taking them seriously from the beginning. I guess it was easy to dismiss them since their first hit was titled "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)" They struck me as...

How Do You Do by Mayer Hawthorne


Mayer Hawthorne, a 33-year-old singer from Ann Arbor, MI, started off as a rapper and was toying with the Motown Sound when a  record producer heard him and immediately signed him to a contract. Hawthorne has released two albums, "A Strange Arrangement" in 2009 and "...

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