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With the NBA season finally in full swing, now might be the time to check out some new and classic basketball books from the St. Louis County Library. Here are just a few of the many titles available to read during the upcoming NBA season:

"Basketball's Greatest Stars" by Michael Grange is a...

This collection of short stories touches on the personal relationships of people on the verge of anguish and catastrophe. Ross' style is stripped-down and blunt.  In the opening story, an unemployed man is trying to mentor a young neighbor while going through the interview process for a new job.  Both end horrifically.  In another...

Michael Jackson, while once known as the most famous pop star on the planet, was also quite possibly the most eccentric and mysterious one. He had a pet chimp named Bubbles; there were leaked tabloid photos of him sleeping in an oxygen chamber; his children were rarely seen in public without a mask or disguise; his own appearance was greatly distorted over the years from numerous plastic surgeries and skin lightening treatments; he did not want to go grow up, often choosing child companions over adult ones and even naming his California ranch after J.M. Barrie's fictionalized...

 

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...
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