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2011 was a year of great change for the St Louis County Library. Among the projects that we completed in the past year were the following: self-check kiosks at all branches, credit card payment for fines, a new and more sophisticated Wi-Fi system at all locations, a new and improved library website, and the relocation of the existing Eureka Branch to a new facility more than twice the size of the old...

 

Since 2011 is winding down, I thought it might be the appropriate time to make a list of some of my favorite paranormal reads of the year. It's no secret that I love books about things that go bump in the night. These five titles might not be on a best books of the century list, however, the authors have the ability to make their vampires, werewolves, witches, wizards and other creatures believable, fun, and entertaining.
 
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My music taste is varied, so hopefully many of you can find something on this list that will please your ears. The library has most of the selected CDs below, so check one out today. Don't see your favorite on the list or in our catalog? Suggest we purchase the item by completing this form
 

 

Directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, "Rio Bravo" illustrates why Wayne became an American icon. The intense plot is galvanized by the excellent cast and sharp dialog. Wayne's character, Chance, arrests Joe Burdette, the spoiled brother of a rich cattle baron, Nathan. Nathan threatens trouble. A test of wills begins while they wait for the U.S. Marshall....

 

Have you ever left something inside a returned library book? Given the amount of things we find in our books, you may have. Michael Popek became fascinated with the things he found in the pages of the books he sorted for his family's used book store. Popek began sharing with friends descriptions of some of the more unusual things he found. He then started a blog and now has a new book titled "Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's...

As much as I dislike the thought, I have resolved this holiday season to make at least one dessert that I can eat without guilt. That way I can also have some of my full fat, full sugar delights without a qualm, because hey, those other things were low-fat! It's all about the rationalization, and in that spirit I present several healthier recipes from the St. Louis County Library collection that not only will excuse that late night dessert plate on Christmas Eve, but also will taste fabulous. These two recipes you see below I even made myself, to make sure of...

 

Bon Iver's "For Emma, Forever Ago" is a sparse collection of deeply personal songs on mostly guitar that weave together the story of love lost. There are unexpected moments of harsh vocal phrasing like on "Skinny Love" dispersed with lovely baritone. There's a jazzy drum mash up on "The Wolves (Act I and II)" that, to me, sounds like...

 

Dexter Morgan, America's favorite "good guy serial killer" returns in his fifth book. This time, he is spotted early on in his "hobby" and must deal with being seen as well as raising a family and doing his job for the police department. He juggles all of this while trying to keep what he calls his "Dark Passenger" as secret. Jeff Lindsay keeps the continuity flowing by weaving in references to his previous four Dexter novels...

 

In the spirit of those "Best of" lists that pop up during this time of year, I thought readers might be interested to know the ten highest circulating CDs of 2011 by St. Louis County Library customers. There's four "Now That's What I Call Music!" compilations, three bands (Bruno Mars, Black Eyed Peas and Lady Antebellum), but it's the female artists who take the top three: Taylor Swift's "Speak Now," Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and the indelible Adele with her record breaking "21" in the number one spot. Taylor Swift's...

 

When librarians are getting ready to host a program or plan a story time, we start researching months in advance. People must have laughed when people saw me carrying around a stack of holiday books back August. Whether you're looking for a fun craft or neat gift idea or a new recipe, try out some of these festive favs:

"Martha Stewart's Handmade...
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