Friday, September 26, 2014


The following book is just one of the how-to guides in the Genealogy Room that can be checked out and studied at home:

This handbook and other how-to books can be found in the SLPL Catalog by using this search term:

United States -- Genealogy -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.


Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, FREE courses that SLPL cardholders can take entirely online. You can enroll in courses with your valid library card. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. You can take up to six courses per session, with no annual limit:

In addition to accessing Gale Courses through the banner above, users can now also find the courses listed in SLPL's catalog. Click on Advanced Search, then:

Find items that have-->All these words: online learning
Format type: Electronic Resources

While there are literally hundreds of courses available, some are likely to be of special interest to genealogists (the following courses merely scratch the surface):

Accounting Fundamentals
Discover Digital Photography
Introduction to PC Security
Mastering Public Speaking
Navigating the Internet
Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials
Protect Your Money, Credit, and Identity
Publish and Sell Your E-books
Skills for Making Great Decisions
Starting a Consulting Practice

Whether you are home-bound, home schooling, trying to start a second career, or just like challenging yourself mentally, Gale Courses offer you and your family members a great FREE opportunity to study subjects of special interest!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014



Sure, you love this blog--but SLPL has lots of other blogs to love:

SLPL Blogroll


Now available from your home for SLPL cardholders;

By using a fun and interactive approach, Mango guides users through the enjoyable experience of learning a new language. The lessons provided are dynamic in meeting the needs of the vacation traveler, those looking for professional development, as well as learners of English as a second language. Start learning your new language today!

Monday, September 8, 2014



Through a partnership between TEDMED and St. Louis Public Library, the Library is pleased to offer a free opportunity to view a live-stream of the TEDMED 2014 conference this week, September 10-12, at Central Library, 1301 Olive St., 63103.

For those who are not familiar with TEDMED, the three-day conference is a meeting of more than 2,200 creative leaders from medical and non-medical fields, coming together to shape a better future for health and medicine. The conference will take place simultaneously at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco; a live feed of those speakers as they present on stage at those locations will be available at Central Library in downtown St. Louis.

Live-streaming will take place throughout the day on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, but feel free to come and go as you please. A brief description of the sessions is below; each session features several speakers discussing similar topics. For more information on speakers and sessions, visit For information about the live-streaming sessions at Central, call 539.0390. Hope to see you this week!


We Just Don't Know 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
This session explores the liberation that can happen when we recognize the limits of our knowledge – those transformational moments when we realize that the more we know, the more we realize how little we know.

Flat Out Amazing 3:45-5:30 p.m.
This session focuses on imagination at the far edge of possibility, featuring stories of the seemingly impossible acts, facts or events that should inspire and dazzle even the most cynical or sophisticated listener.

Turn It Upside Down 6:45-8:30 p.m.
This opening session of TEDMED 2014 introduces surprising insights that flip beliefs, question standard operating procedures, discard some closely held assumptions and lead to fresh insights about health and medicine.


Don't You Dare Talk About This 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
This session will raise controversial issues in health and medicine that many people are reluctant to discuss publicly.

Play is Not a Waste of Time 3:30-5:20 p.m.
This session reveals the many ways that imagination rewards us, specifically how health and medicine are enhanced through the extraordinary power of play.

Stealing Smart 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The session demonstrates how some of the best solutions to problems in health and medicine come from other worlds than the domain where the problem originated or is usually addressed.


Weird and Wonderful 10 a.m.-noon
This session offers a joyful survey of surprising combinations and remarkable results. It’s about science and health trends that came out of left field, defied expectations or simply seem completely off the wall, in a good way.

I Was Just Thinking Too Small 1:30-3:20 p.m.
This session encourages us to step back and see the full picture, realizing that a narrow focus can be as limiting as it is productive.

Note: This notice was originally posted on SLPL's Good Health Blog.

Thursday, September 4, 2014