Thursday, May 26, 2016


Do you enjoy discussing books with your friends? If so, why not start a Book Club?  We can help make it easy with our Book Club in a Bag titles.

Each Book Club in a Bag has fifteen copies of the same book, so every person in your group can take a book, read it, and be ready for the discussion. Also included in the bag is a list of possible discussion questions, some suggested read-alike titles, and information about the author.

There are over 150 titles available, from provocative tales to classics to movie tie-ins to riveting non-fiction. Each of these titles will give your group plenty to discuss.

To find a list of all the wonderful Book Club in a Bag titles, click the image below.

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ProQuest is the parent company for many of the reference databases St. Louis Public Library subscribes to. To name but a few:

*  Ancestry LE
*  HeritageQuest
*  Historical Newspapers (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
*  Sanborn Maps

Some of these, like Ancestry LE, can only be used at Central Library or our branches. Others, like and HeritageQuest, can be used from home by persons with valid SLPL cards.
ProQuest provides lots of training materials that can help you become a better, smarter user of their products. Go here to get started:


ReferenceUSA is the premier source of business and residential information for reference and research. ReferenceUSA offers the most up-to-date data available in the market. In fact, their business and consumer databases are continuously updated from more than 5,000 public sources. With their help, you will be able to:

*  Find jobs by job skills, location, and industry
*  Find business opportunities
*  Research business executives
*  View historical market trends
*  Track down addresses and phone numbers
*  Discover news articles for research

St. Louis Public Library subscribes to ReferenceUSA, so persons with a valid SLPL card can use it from home.
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Friday, May 20, 2016


Ready…set…read! The 2016 season of the St. Louis Public Library's Summer Reading Club and Pageturners kicks off tomorrow.

Summer Reading Clubs for kids and teens, and Pageturners for adults begins May 21 and runs through July 30. Readers can sign up at any St. Louis Public Library Branch or online at

This year's theme is Worlds of Wonder, because the St. Louis Public Library has something for everyone: Picture books, novels, facts that astound—wherever your imagination can take you— your Library card is the key. Check out fantasy; science, both fictional and factual; romance; travel guides; manga; comics; art books; history and mystery. Plus we have e-books, audiobooks, videos and music. And there's more: Arts! Crafts! Games! Contests! Prizes! Fun is only a book away at your neighborhood Library.

Club goals include: 
  • Kids (Preschool – Grade 5) -- Read 600 minutes to claim your prizes. That's just nine minutes a day! Books read aloud by a parent, friend or sibling count also. 
  • Teens (Grades 6-12) – Read six books or read three books and attend three Library programs to earn prizes. 
  • Adult -- Read six books or read three books and attend three Library programs to earn prizes. 
Prizes include books, St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets, passes to The Magic House or Missouri Botanical Garden and the surprise Grand Prize drawing!

Summer Reading Club is organized by the St. Louis Public Library and is sponsored by the St. Louis Public Library Foundation, St. Louis Cardinals and an LSTA Grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the State Library. The Magic House Education Fund provides Library programs and hosts Family Nights at The Magic House. 

To register, visit or any Library Branch. For more information, visit or call 314.539.0384.

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