Saturday, July 26, 2014



The Sorkins Missouri business database has been added to can now access it from home! You'll find the link under the "Business" heading on our Databases page:

Sorkins Directory of Business and Government

What is Sorkins Directory of Business and Government?

Sorkins is the largest publisher of comprehensive regional databases in the U.S.

What do we mean by Comprehensive Business Profiles?

When you name a major city, everyone knows the largest public companies which produce well known products. There are only 4000 public companies in the country. No one else--except Sorkins--covers these companies providing the best coverage available for the other 99% of the area's economy.

Sorkin’s coverage includes:

Complete editions for the St. Louis, Kansas City, and Chicago metro areas.

Detailed listings include:

* Company name & parent company name
* Company headquarters & major locations in the region
* Detailed descriptions (of whatever length necessary) that tell the company story
* Executives, managers, officers, and boards
* Encompasses everyone in charge of sales, marketing, public purchasing, human resources, logistics, and information technology
* Companies indexed by proprietory industry codes.
* Sorkins Directory of Industry Categories (SDIC's), as well as, the widely used SIC/NAICS industry codes.

Search Capabilities include:

* Search by keyword
* Ability to look up a person and find all of their companies and board memberships
* The family tree of a company
* Saving companies
* Selecting & Sorting

Thursday, July 24, 2014


You can now read our monthly newsletter (Check It Out!) online:



Have you taken a tour of Central Library since our massive renovation was completed? If not, you've got a treat in store:



Have you checked out our online exhibits? There's sure to be something of interest:



Assistance for Job Seekers: Internet Job Search Course Offered at Central this Friday

This Friday, SLPL Training is offering the Internet Job Search Workshop. The workshop offers an opportunity for individuals to work at their own pace to search and apply for jobs online, construct or format an effective resume, create a cover letter, and more.

The workshop is a three-hour block, conducted open classroom style. We're assuming you have basic keyboard skills, some previous experience using computers, and already have your own email account.

July 25 at Central (Training Room, 2nd Floor), beginning at 1:00 p.m.

If your job search is not working out like you'd hoped, maybe you should join us...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


General Ulysses S. Grant died on this day in 1885 at Mount McGregor, New York. He was only 63 years old.

You can search for these (and other) books about General Grant on our catalog.


Of possible interest to those with kids / grandkids...

Monday, July 14, 2014


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.

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


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, call 314-539-0390, or visit the Library's consumer health blog at

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


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


Thursday, July 3, 2014


Although SLPL offers free access to 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 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…


Matthew Deighton
Sr. Public Relations Specialist U.S. Census Collection

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


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.
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. | 314.880.8759