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I have discovered that my literary heroes aren't strong, self-controlled or mature. They aren't even adults, but confused, impulsive teenagers. One of them likes to steal books and the other prays to trees. The books "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak and "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech present two teenage...

This book may be the most frequently published book in history. Many people have them, but hardly use them properly. Many of us have sat on them to boost ourselves at tables to eat with family. If this makes you want to hear more, then this is your book,"The Phone Book: the curious history of the book that everyone uses but no one reads" by Ammon Shea. 

Shea's...

 

Ben Aaronovitch is one of the fresh, new voices in paranormal fiction. He takes the traditional British police procedural, mixes in a dash of Harry Potter, adds a "disagreement" between the human incarnations of the river gods of London, and gives us "Midnight Riot."

The book introduces us to  Probationary Constable...

 

Are you looking for a quick-paced, funny, and entertaining book? Need a novel to curl up with during these cold nights? Dean Bakopoulas' second novel, "My American Unhappiness" is a smart tale that will put your life and the anxiety of the times in perspective. Bakopoulas takes a satirical approach as he explores the end of...

There's a corpse in the library. In fact, there are many, lying like rows of bricks, silent, unmoving. Though resting in peace, these bodies are far from dead. Some may even be more alive now than ever.

Each month select SLCL branches host free yoga. The stillness usually occurs at the end of 20 minutes or more of a yoga practice. Called Savasana (sah-VAH-sah-nah), the corpse pose can be more difficult than it looks, especially if you work at it too hard. The goal is quietude, breathing and relaxation of...

One of the best things about working at a public library is coming across random jewels that I wouldn't intentionally seek out. Case in point, I recently rediscovered a new Broadway recording of the defining rock musical "Hair." The last time I listened to "Hair" was probably in my childhood living room spinning my father's vinyl copy. Although I was used to the 1968 original Broadway recording...

Interested in starting a garden or raising chickens but worry you don't have the space? Then check out Scott Meyer's "The City Homesteader Self-Sufficiency on Any Square Footage." 

In this book you'll learn to grow vegetables in a container, get tips on food preservation techniques, find out how to raise baby chicks and keep honey bees, and how to make your own cold frame. The book also has...
The Jayhawks released their latest offering "Mockingbird Time" on September 20th. Customers of the library have shown much interest, with multiple holds on the copies owned by the library.  While you're waiting for your chance to hear their new album, the library does have several other titles available, including "...
"Agnes and the Hitman" by Jennifer Cruisie is a funny romance that avoids a formulaic plot. Agnes is an engaging character who's found uses for frying pans beyond cooking. Agnes isn't a typical heroine. She has curves like a real woman and has difficulty paying her mortgage just like normal people.

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If picking a book for your group makes you anxious or stressed out, then a book discussion kit may be just what you need. Don't have a title in mind? The library can help with that too. We'll help you find that perfect book.

Did you know St. Louis County Library has over 400 book discussion kits for your book discussing pleasure? The book kit collection includes adult, teen and young readers titles. A kit consists of copies of books that...
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