St. Louis County Library

Thanksgiving
1:36 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Groups Mark Thanksgiving With Good Deeds

Credit St. Louis County Public Library | Dave Moore

Several community organizations are using the Thanksgiving holiday to give back -- especially in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson.

That includes the St. Louis County Public Library system, which has been offering special events this week for north county students whose schools have been closed because of the unrest in Ferguson.

Officials decided to restart the program after first offering it in August.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:25 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

A Look At How Vigilante Justice Shaped Missouri

Author Joe Johnston
Credit Courtesy of the St. Louis County Library

From the Louisiana Purchase through the Civil War, Missouri was shaped by vigilante justice.

“The state was filled with people before there were laws and lawmen,” author and historian Joe Johnston told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday. Johnston’s latest book, “Necessary Evil: Settling Missouri with a Rope and a Gun,” chronicles the implications of vigilantism in the state.

Missouri was part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. After Louisiana became a state in 1812, the area became the Missouri Territory.  

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St. Louis on the Air
4:41 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Inauguration Poet In St. Louis To Talk About Growing Up, Home And Poetry

Poet and author Richard Blanco
Credit Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Poet Richard Blanco is best known for “One Today,” the poem he wrote and read at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013. Blanco was the first Latino, first immigrant and first openly gay writer to be commissioned as an inaugural poet.

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Astronomy
11:15 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Check Out This Telescope — Literally — From A St. Louis-Area Library

Twelve-year-old Ben Gremaud gets a preview of one of the telescopes at the St. Louis County Library's main branch, with the help of the St. Louis Astronomical Society's Don Ficken.
Véronique LaCapra|St. Louis Public Radio

Starting Nov. 10, you’ll be able to check out something a little unusual from some St. Louis-area public libraries: a telescope.

The program is a collaboration between the St. Louis Astronomical Society and public libraries in the city of St. Louis,  Kirkwood, University City and St. Louis County.

Anyone who is at least 18 years old and has a valid public library card and state I.D. will be able to check out a telescope for free for one week.

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Spanish Lake Bookmoblie
3:45 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

A Sweet Answer For A Library Desert In Spanish Lake

Lavonda Logwood and 2 year old Lei’onna Hawthorne look for books about animals from the Sweet Reads truck.
Credit Emanuele Berry

A white van travels though the Spanish Cove apartment complex in North St. Louis County. On top of the vehicle a loud speaker blasts classic ice cream truck tunes. The van pulls over on the side of the road. The driver flings open the doors to reveal a wide selection of … books.

The St. Louis County Library’s Sweet Reads program provides a traveling collection books to Spanish Lake residents during the summer. This is the program’s second year.

Starting this fall, however, the program will run year long.

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Other News
10:37 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

New Initiatives At St. Louis County Library As Building Plan Moves Forward Despite Controversy

Teen scavenger hunt at Grand Glaize branch of the St. Louis County Library
St. Louis County Library

In 2012 St. Louis County voters approved a $.06 tax increase to fund a capital improvement plan for the St. Louis County Library. As Phase I of the project gets underway, the library’s new director Kristen Sorth was Don Marsh’s guest on St. Louis on the Air to discuss the project and new initiatives at the library.

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Instant access
8:45 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

St. Louis County Library Patrons Can Stream Movies, Music and More

Credit Screen shot

Starting May 5, the St. Louis County Library system will be the first in the area to offer instant streaming of movies, TV shows, music and audio books.

All a person needs to access the system is a county library card, the PIN number he or she received a couple of years ago and an email address. The streaming is available through hoopla, and people can sign in through the library’s emedia site. (www.slcl.org/emedia)

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Preservation
11:55 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Controversy Brews Over Plans To Change Lewis & Clark Library Branch

Lewis & Clark Library Branch
Credit Provided by Modern STL

The potential of a merger between the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County has prompted lots of talk about differences and similarities between the two.

Here’s just one example. Both have public library systems. Each has a very different philosophy when it comes to balancing upgrades and improvements of their buildings with historic preservation.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:32 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Caroline Kennedy On Poetry and Youth Literacy, Addresses Possible Diplomatic Appointment

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy and her brother John grew up in a culture of words and reading.  Their mother was particularly fond of poetry dating back to experiences as a child with her Grandfather.  On gift-giving holidays, she requested that her children select and recite a poem rather than purchase a gift, which helped them develop a sense of language and rhyme.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:39 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Al Gore Considers The Future

Don Marsh and Al Gore
Dave Moore

Former Vice-President Al Gore appeared at the St. Louis County Library on Saturday, February 9 to open the Buzz Westfall Great Authors Series.  He spoke to a sell-out crowd of 800 about his new book, "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change." Host Don Marsh introduced Gore and engaged in a discussion with him following the talk.

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