Monday, July 14, 2014

DOWNFALL

2014-2015 Winston Churchill World War II Film Series
Presented by the St. Louis Public Library and the National Churchill Museum

On June 6, 1944, Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in what is now recognized as the turning point of World War II. Seventy years later, the St. Louis Public Library and the National Churchill Museum are collaborating on this series which will take you from the beginning of the war through 1945, viewing major films depicting WWII, and listening to commentary on the films while putting each in historical perspective. The series will run through May 3, 2015.

Downfall (German: Der Untergang)

This is a 2004 German war film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, depicting the final ten days of Adolf Hitler's reign over Nazi Germany in 1945. Unlike many other films which use historical footage, this movie is based on a number of books and the memoirs of Hitler’s secretary, Traudl Junge, who was hired in 1942 and was in the bunker at the end. Critics debated whether the film humanizes Hitler too much or shows how a human being can do such things as he did.

Sunday
August 17, 2014
1:15 p.m.

Central Library Auditorium

The next film in this series, The Dambusters, will be shown on September 7.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH--DIABETES

We felt the following announcement was likely to be of interest to some of our genealogists:

St. Louis, MO… The St. Louis Public Library is proud join with other community organizations to combat the growing diabetes epidemic.

First, from July through November, the Library and OASIS will present Better Choices, Better Health®—Diabetes workshops for adults with Type 2 diabetes. The workshops are part of a research study being conducted by Stanford University and is funded by the National Council on Aging. These FREE seven-week workshops will be held at the Baden, Buder, Cabanne, Carpenter, Julia Davis, and Schlafly Branches. Participants will learn how to:

• Understand dietary limitations while still enjoying delicious meals
• Monitor and manage their blood sugar levels
• Start or maintain an exercise program
• Design a self-management program that allows them to participate in their favorite activities

For details or to register for the study, call toll-free at 1-855-805-6168 or contact a participating Branch.

Then, the Library presents the third installment of its Can I Catch That? 2014 Consumer Speaker Series with a discussion on Diabetes: What's New, What Works, and How Can I Prevent It? The program will take place at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street, on July 22 at 6:30 p.m. The event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Certified diabetes educator Jennifer Markee and pharmacist Amy Drew will discuss the latest diabetes news and treatments and offer an in-depth look at measures that can reduce the risk of developing the disease. They will discuss ways that diabetes can be controlled, including exercise and using nutrition labels to make healthy food choices.

The Can I Catch That? 2014 Consumer Health Information Speaker Series is held in partnership with HealthStreet; St. Louis College of Pharmacy; Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine; and Washington University's Bernard Becker Medical Library.

For details, visit slpl.org, call 314-539-0390, or visit the Library's consumer health blog at slplconsumerhealth.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

TALKING FREEDOM

The first official public reading of the Declaration of Independence took place today (July 8) in Philadelphia in 1776:



Search the SLPL catalog for this and other books about the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution

ONE DAY ONLY!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

FREE CENSUS ACCESS THIS WEEKEND!

Although SLPL offers free access to Ancestry.com at Central Library and our branches, you usually can't access it from home without a paid subscription. This weekend, however, a significant part of Ancestry.com is available to you for free:

Happy 4th of July!

In honor of the 4th of July, we will be opening up all of our U.S. Federal Census Records from 1790 through 1940 for FREE. These collections will be open from July 2nd through the 6th.

Hopefully this will distract you from the 12-year-old neighbor kid who hasn’t stopped lighting off fire crackers all week…

Enjoy!

Matthew Deighton
Sr. Public Relations Specialist
Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com U.S. Census Collection

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

AUTHORS @ YOUR LIBRARY

Terri Barnes
July 10 | 7 p.m.
Central Library
1301 Olive St. | 63103

Terri Barnes discusses and signs her book, Spouse Calls: Messages From a Military Life.

Barnes continues to bridge generations with a “best of” collection sure to touch the hearts and homes of every reader. From her own kitchen table to Capitol Hill, she takes readers beyond the headlines and homecoming videos for an inside look at the day-to-day hardships, victories, and many ways military life shapes, challenges, and enriches its families.

Books available for purchase courtesy of the author.

Nicholas J.C. Pistor
July 16 | 7 p.m.
Central Library
1301 Olive St. | 63103

Nicholas J.C. Pistor discusses and signs his book, The Ax Murders of Saxtown: The Unsolved Crime That Terrorized a Town and Shocked a Nation.

The Ax Murders of Saxtown is a gripping tale of suspense and suspicion that exposes brand new information about the century-old killing of the Stelzriede family of Saxtown, Illinois, and showcases the flaws of the nineteenth-century justice system.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

Jim Merkel
July 17 | 7 p.m.
Buder
4401 Hampton Ave. | 63109

Jim Merkel discusses and signs his book,The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers,The Schemers and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch.

The dreamers included Luther Ely Smith, the St. Louis mover and shaker who envisioned a riverfront memorial to Thomas Jefferson, and architect Eero Saarinen, who spent fourteen years designing the Arch but didn’t live to see it.

Books available for purchase courtesy of the author.

slpl.org | 314.880.8759
Dream