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Rules of Civility


First time author Amor Towles' "Rules of Civility" is a stylish and sophisticated novel reminiscent of the writings of  F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's a believable not-so-classic love triangle that makes excellent use of the written language.  

Set in late 1930s New York, Towels gives the reader a realistic feel for the lifestyle of this particular time and place. His depiction of Manhattan apartments, restaurants,...


After the Super Bowl ends, many St. Louis residents begin to think about the upcoming baseball season. In honor of Black History Month, you may be interested in reading the following  graphic novels to help pass the time until spring training.

"21" : the story of Roberto Clemente: a graphic novel" by Wilfred Santiago
For teens or adults, this graphic novel tells the story of Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto...

Romance Prepub Alert!


My top picks of upcoming new romance releases:
A sequel to "Me, Myself, and Why," it explores the continuing adventures of Cadence and her trio of personalities. If that...


Some of the information available in databases is fascinating. I've recently become enchanted by the Historical St. Louis Post-Dispatch [ProQuest] database. It has full text articles and images from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1874 to 1922. I'm not a history buff, but you can get an idea of what life was like way back when if you take some time to search.

For example, I wanted to find out about the early days of the suburb I grew up in, so I entered...

Winter Hiking around St. Louis

Although most people prefer to hike in the warmer months, winter can be the best time to experience the tranquility of nature. The obvious benefits include the lack of bugs and the lack of crowds on the trails. But the starkness of the landscape makes for great wildlife viewing and birding.  Also, many of the small streams, springs, and waterways have frozen into beautiful ice sculptures.

If that makes you want to hit the trails, trek over to the library first and pick up a guide for your adventure. Several guides are small, pocket size books that offer a wealth of information...


The Oscar awards are coming up. The red carpet and movies are on a lot of our minds. I started thinking about the St. Louis County Library's book discussion kit titles that have an Oscar nomination. Listed are those nominated for Best Picture:

1937: "The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck.
1939: "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck.
1947: "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens.
1962: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.
2003: "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand.
2009:"Precious" based on "Push" by Sapphire.
2010: "Winter's Bone" by Daniel...

Frugal Gardener

Whether you have a large garden plot or just a few pots on the patio, you can get a jump on the gardening season by starting seeds inside. If you've never done it before, starting seedlings inside is easy and inexpensive.  And the Library is here to help you do it! We have a massive collection of books to aid you in all of your gardening endeavors.  

"The Frugal Gardener" has a great section on how to start seeds indoors for very...

The Ending Changes Everything


Ann Patchett's new novel, "State of Wonder" starts slowly, but picks up speed soon enough. The author of "Bel Canto," "The Patron Saint of Liars," and...

The Hold Steady


For fans of The Hold Steady, the upcoming solo show by front man Craig Finn is met with eager anticipation.  Finn and his cohorts in The Hold Steady arrived on the music scene with "Separation Sunday" in 2005, an album met with critical praise for its power pop sound and dense lyrics reminiscent of 1970s Bruce Springsteen.    

The library has several of their more recent discs in the collection, including 2008's "...

Get Connected


Interested in personal networking, blogging to promote your business or looking for a job? Social networking skills can help! Not sure how to get started? The library has a variety of resources to introduce you to the world of social media.

"Get connected: the social networking toolkit for business" by Starr Hall, Chadd Rosenberg


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