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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If you can get a free card with any of the above libraries, you are also eligible to get a free card at the other two libraries, thanks to the magic of reciprocal borrowing agreements...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


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Monday, May 16, 2016


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If you are actively researching the history of your family, you may already be aware that the Library subscribes to HeritageQuest. a genealogy reference database. Unlike, however, HeritageQuest can be accessed from home by persons with a valid Library card.

If you haven’t accessed HeritageQuest either here at the Library or from home recently, however, it’s probably time for a second look. They recently made significant additions to their already substantial database, and some of that material may be just what you’ve been looking for.

Recent additions include a number of map sets:

U.S. Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918: You can do a name search, or browse by state and county.

U.S. Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898: You can do a name search, or browse by state, principal meridian, and township and range.

Their map coverage also includes the Map Guide to the Federal Census, 1790-1920, and U.S. Enumeration District Maps and Descriptions, 1940.

If you are researching immigrants, HeritageQuest now includes numerous collections of foreign records. Coverage is most extensive for European countries, as you might expect, but there is also significant coverage for other continents/geographic areas, including Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Pacific Islands, Africa, India, and Asia.

European countries with significant coverage include Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Channel Islands, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Wales.

Foreign records are generally searchable (as opposed to browse only), but are ordinarily recorded in the native language, and are best searched using name and location spellings commonly used in that language.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


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