Monthly Archives: July 2016

“There was once a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself — not just sometimes but always.”

This is the beginning of one of my favorite books, The Phantom Tollbooth. You may have seen the map in our exhibit in the Carnegie Room here at Central Library. Haven’t seen the Fantasy Maps exhibit yet? Come to the Library!! … Continue reading

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First Lines from the New and Noteworthy

Some first lines from hot-off-the-presses fiction (to whet your summer reading appetite): “Some people hate cats.” How to Set a Fire and Why (Pantheon, July 2016) by Jesse Ball. Fourteenth book, seventh novel. “In exercises 1 through 24, mark the option … Continue reading

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Trump’s Campaign Slogan Courtesy of Butler And yes, we have the clairvoyant text, Parable of the Talents, right here. It’s #2 in Butler’s Earthseed duo, #1 being the famous Parable of the Sower. Be sure to check out our Presidential Fiction display if you happen to be in … Continue reading

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Comic Con Returns to Central Library

Mark your calendars and get yourself ready: Comic Con returns to Central Library on Saturday, July 30th! This day-long event runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and will feature crafts, cosplay, vendors, speakers, food trucks, and more! You’ll find … Continue reading

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There’s plenty of summer left!

There’s still plenty of summer left (I mean, we’ve got all of August to look forward to)! To me, summer reading means an extension of the general laid-back feeling that accompanies warmer weather. Books that you can take on vacation … Continue reading

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… and Present

See some stunning photographs of America’s myriad libraries (my personal favorites being the miniatures in Tulare County, California, and Post, Texas) courtesy of Library Journal: You can reserve a copy of Dawson’s book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, right here.

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A Peek into Libraries Past

Some images from our fellow Midwesterner’s special collections, just in time for the RNC!: Surely SLPL took advantage of similar technologies! You are welcome to visit our surviving card catalog up on the third floor in the St. Louis Room, … Continue reading

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A Quick Suggestion . . .

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Scott Westerfield’s Fantastic Leviathan Series

If you’ve seen our Fantasy Maps exhibit up in the Carnegie Room here at Central Library, you’ll note we used one of the maps from the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld. This steampunk/biopunk series begins with Leviathan and is set … Continue reading

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More Summer Recs

And by “recs” I mean both “recommendations” and “recreations.” Strand Books presents: Track down your pick(s) in the catalog! And remember, we’re nearing the end of Pageturners’ third and final month — you’ve got until July 30th to log those summertime reads and claim … Continue reading

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