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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...

The only kind of book I enjoy more than a cozy mystery is a cozy crafting mystery. In Lois Winston's "Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun," Anastasia Pollack, the crafts editor of a women's magazine, is in the hot seat after a disliked co-worker is found murdered in Anastasia's office. The murder weapon, her trusty hot glue gun.  

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Below are some pre-pub picks for December romances. You can reserve your copy now, then check out my recommendation while you wait!

 
Lora Leigh, "Lawe's Justice"
I always look forward to the Breed novels, and given that this is her twenty-fifth in the series I hope Ms. Leigh won't be slowing down...
Fairy tales for older teens and adults. Urban fantasy. Metafiction. Fables can be a hard series to categorize, but once started, it is even harder to put down. Created and written by Bill Willingham, Fables is an ongoing comic published by DC Comics' Vertigo since 2002. The overarching storyline stars reinterpreted characters from legends and folklore escaping from "The Adversary" and traveling to Earth, forming communities in New York City and upstate New York.  Within each graphic novel, readers will be introduced to characters...
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