Monday, January 26, 2015


If you like to play chess (or would like to learn how), and would enjoy doing so in a truly awesome setting, we've had a chess board set up in the Great Hall at Central Library (2nd Floor) for the last three months. While many persons use this board, very few people are aware that we have two more boards in ELB (Entertainment, Literature, & Biography Room) that can be used in the Great Hall or in ELB itself. What's more, when staffing allows ELB staff are willing to teach novices how to play.

Need more info? Ask a Librarian!

Saturday, January 24, 2015


The current slate of Veteran's Writing Classes runs from January 10th through February 28th (every Saturday from 10:30am-12:00pm).  This is a small writing and discussion class that focuses on writing assignments week to week, and then uses class time to critique assignments. There are currently four additional spaces available.  If you know of any veterans who might be interested in learning how to write about their military experiences, please have them email or call me.

Scott Morris or 314-539-0336.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Not watching the new episode filmed at Central Library as we speak? It repeats on Thursday at 1 am on Channel 9.

Haven't learned how to work that DVR yet? You can also catch it later on the Genealogy Roadshow website.


OK, it's too late to see tonight's film (Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson), but that's just the start of a great new film series at Central Library: New Release Tuesday.

You say that you're 40th in line to borrow a new DVD from the library? Can't get it on streaming or rental services yet? Come see that blockbuster the day it releases to DVD at Central Library. Bring your favorite movie candy and we'll provide beverages. Films are shown at 6:30 pm in the Carnegie Room (3rd Floor at Central Library).

You can keep track of upcoming New Release Tuesday films on The Studio's Facebook page (we'll also let you know here on the Genealogy Room News blog).


Steedman Library books and other materials are not usually on view to the public, but from December, 2014 through February, 2015, you can see them in the eight display cases in Central's Great Hall.  View one of the elephant folio Piranesis, the collection's oldest book (1521),  a recent artist's book that recreates Palladio's Villa Rotonda, and much more.


The Steedman Architectural Library and the St. Louis Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) present the SAH 2015 Speaker Series, Architecture Around the World. We start out right here in St. Louis, with Justin Scherma, visiting professor at the Washington University School of Landscape Architecture, who will discuss "79 Views (of the Gateway Arch)", a photographic and historical survey of the official neighborhoods of St. Louis. This event will take place in the Carnegie Room from 6:30 - 8:00 pm on Thursday, Feb. 19.

For more information about the photographic exhibit of the same name, see:


Friday, January 16, 2015


St. Louis Public Library offers several types of downloadable and digital materials to enhance the electronic library experience. With a valid library card, patrons have the option to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, television episodes, eMagazines and even free music. The number of items we offer increases daily – check often for new titles!

SLPL Downloadables Page

A quick PDF guide for getting started with SLPL’s Downloadables is available below:


SLPL has taken the plunge into social media, and here are links to our various sites:




You Tube

Feel free to help spread the word!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Medal Presentation for ALVIN T. SMITH
Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1 pm.
Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
1315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

Alvin T. Smith was one of 2,753 St. Louisans who made the supreme sacrifice in WWII. His name is in the Court of Honor at Soldiers Memorial.

Alvin T. Smith's name is on the west wall, second panel from the south.

The nonprofit organization Purple Hearts Reunited will be presenting a military medal that belonged to PFC Alvin T. Smith to the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis, MO. On 17 January 2015, at 1:00pm, a ceremony, led by Purple Hearts Reunited founder Zachariah Fike, will honor PFC Smith’s service and sacrifice. The museum is located at 1315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63101, and the ceremony will be open to the public and media. Alvin T. Smith was born on 21 November 1921 in St. Louis, MO to Thomas and Virginia Smith. On 30 November 1942, he enlisted in the Army at Jefferson Barracks, MO. During World War II, Smith served in the Army with Company L, 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division. The young soldier was killed in action during defensive operations at Anzio Beach Head, Italy on 02 May 1944. He was awarded a Purple Heart posthumously and is buried in Zion Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. PFC Smith’s additional decorations include the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, World War II Victory Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge.

PFC Smith’s Purple Heart medal was discovered in a recycling bin at a Sherman, TX apartment complex. Mrs. Juli Whittaker, a member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy and the operator of Genealogy Safari was able to track down PFC Smith’s nephew, Mr. Jim Brueggenjohan. Whittaker submitted a report about the lost medal to Purple Hearts Reunited, and the organization contacted Brueggenjohan. Brueggenjohan explained that PFC Smith had a son, who adopted the name Alvin Thomas Brinkman, and had passed away in TX. Brueggenjohan and family requested that Purple Hearts Reunited find a home of honor for the medal in PFC Smith’s hometown of St. Louis, MO.

The Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis will accept and display PFC Smith’s medal. Dr. Lynnea Magnuson, Superintendent of the Museum, will receive the framed medal from Fike at the end of a public ceremony. Purple Hearts Reunited, founded by combat-wounded veteran Zachariah Fike, works to return lost or stolen military medals of valor in order to veterans or their families in order to honor their sacrifice to the nation. The organization is funded by donations and has returned medals to more than 100 military families and museums to date.

Monday, January 12, 2015