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Adult Reading Club at St. Louis County Library

Mark your calendars, the 2012 Adult Reading Club will kick-off on May 29. This year's theme encourages participants to "Step Into New Worlds." Here's how it works: complete either 10 books or 50 hours and you'll be entered into a drawing to win great prizes. Not sure where to start? Reading logs will be available in all 20 branches later this month, inside you'll find great sci-fi reading suggestions. Staff can also help you pick your next read, and of course checking this blog will offer plenty of ideas! Prizes this year include gift cards from Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks,...

Meet the Author

 

The St. Louis County Library Foundation's author series is one of the best in the country. Where else can you meet bestselling writers at the top of their game, for free? The Foundation recently announced its summer line-up, which includes something for everyone--mystery fans, historians, teen readers, children and more. My top pick is Chris Cleave who will be at Library HQ on July 14. Cleave first visited SLCL in 2010 as part of Read St. Louis. His novel, "...

Weight Loss Made Logical

Charles D'Angelo spoke at Headquarters on April 25 to an audience hungry for tips on how to diet successfully. What they got was an inspiring pep talk about how to think of eating not as a diet, but as a part of a commitment to health, intelligence and purposeful living. "Think and grow thin : the revolutionary diet & weight-loss system that will change your life in 88 days" is D'Angelo's book,...

Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper

 

In celebration of librarians, below is a list of romances featuring book crazy babes and the hunky men who love them.

If you enjoy a light romp, try the newest release from Molly Harper, "Nice Girls Don't Bite their Neighbors." This series focuses on a former children's librarian turned vamp, Jane Jameson, and her adjustment to nocturnal living. As she plans her wedding to Gabriel, she must deal...

Get to Know Graphic Novelist Rick Geary

 

Rick Geary, artist and former cartoonist for Heavy Metal, Epic, and the National Lampoon, has a really neat series of graphic novels that I must recommend. I picked up "The murder of Abraham Lincoln a chronicle of 62 days in the life of the...

Public Speaking

Two recent documentaries show the tragic side of comedy through comedienne Joan Rivers and literary wit Fran Lebowitz.

"Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" is an intimate look at a comedienne in decline. The documentary doesn't follow her career chronologically, but rather shows the peaks and the valleys in the life of a stand-up comic. There was a lot to overcome in her personal life as...

A friend of a friend--that is, a complete stranger--posted a comment on my Facebook wall. In French. I never studied French and can't even fake it. Nonetheless, my curiosity was piqued. I highlighted the phrase and held down Ctrl then typed C on my keyboard. From the SLCL homepage, I clicked on the link to Research and then clicked on the link to Language & Multinational databases. The Mango Languages...

500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up

 

Remember the days when you and your partner would throw together a suitcase, hop in the car, and drive off on a whim for a little unplanned weekend getaway? Or that wine-addled backpacking adventure through Italy that you shared years ago? All that was before the kids, and let's face it, traveling with kids lacks the glamour that it did in pre-parenthood days. But don't worry--travel with children can be fun, it just requires a different approach... and a lot more preparation.  

Thankfully, St. Louis County Library has some great resources to help you plan the...

The Three Richards: Richard I, Richard II and Richard III

The Three Richards:  Richard I, Richard II and Richard III by Nigel Saul.

On first glance, the title of this book would leave the reader wondering how three English kings, each separated by decades from the next and of different dynasties, could be combined into one book based solely on their names; it...

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

 

The Pulitzer board announced on Monday that, for the first time since 1977, there would be no award for fiction this year. The jury for the fiction prize selected three finalists for the 2011 award out of a group of roughly 300 novels. But the board failed to get a majority vote for any of the three selections. Jury members interviewed insist that this does not reflect poorly on the novels selected. What do you think? The three finalists are:

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