Thursday, March 28, 2013
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions about what to read and more in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week we're talking about books. What books should you be reading? What are the hot books right now? Is there a classic book you just can't go without having read? What books should your kids be reading?Patch wants to help you get your questions answered, but we needed some help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:
Monday, March 25, 2013
Patch is looking for experts who can talk must-reads and answer questions for readers.
We want to find the answers to all your book-related questions this week, but we need a little help. In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro" we need local experts who can answer readers' questions and offer advice. What books should you be reading? What are the hot books right now? Is there a classic book you just can't go without having read? What books should your kids be reading? If you consider yourself an expert and can answer these questions and more, let us know two ways. One: You can leave a comment on this post along with your email address. Two: You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need experts to answer questions on Thursday, March 28. Curious as to what we are looking for? Take a look at some of our …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
All you have to do is bring a book or movie that you enjoyed—or hated—that you can use as an icebreaker.
To celebrate Valentine's Day—and potentially snag book-lovers a date—the Thornhill Branch of the St. Louis County Public Library District is hosting its second annual literary speed dating event. The event is free at the Maryland Heights library, but registration is required. Speed dating will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. All you have to do is bring a book or movie that you enjoyed—or hated—that you can use as an icebreaker. Participants will then have five to seven minutes to chat with another person before moving on to the next participatn. Participants will meet potential friends and dates anonymously. Library officials say the event is aimed at adults in their 20s, 30s, and 40s but all are welcome to attend. Space is limited …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Books make great holiday gifts. Give your loved ones these books as stocking stuffers this holiday season.
When you give a child or a teen a book, you're creating a memory that will last a lifetime. What’s more, reading offers so many options. Are you trying to find a book for an early reader? Choose a picture book or a Great Beginner Read from the list below. Does your grandchild love nonfiction? Take a look at the Great Family Reads section. Has your niece read every book known to man? There are some brand new books on this list that she may not have seen yet. Do you struggle to find just the right book to entice your child to read? These selections are sure kid-pleasers that will meet any interest. The ReadKiddoRead holiday gift list has something for everyone: realistic fiction, science fiction, and nonfiction; animal stories, mythology and…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Vicki Erwin, owner of Main Street Books in St. Charles, has 10 books for children in your life.
I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen, Candlewick, $15.99 This picture book has become a classic. Klassen’s bear has lost his red, pointy hat and searchesthe forest asking each animal he meets. Finally, he gives up but in mourning the hat he realizeshe HAS seen it and goes back looking for the culprit who has stolen it. There is subtle humor andeach animal character is imbued with personality. SAFARI, Created by Dan Kainen, Written by Carol Kaufmann, Workman, $24.95 This spectacular picture book gives us color photos of animals in their natural habitat movingacross the page. Informational essays accompany each photo making the book entertaining forall ages. THIS IS NOT MY HAT by Jon Klassen, Candlewick, 15.99 In the follow-up to I WANT MY HAT …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
A study from Central Connecticut State University places St. Louis in the top 10 most literate cities in the U.S.
A new study indicates book worms and bibliophiles populate St. Louis. Central Connecticut State University released a study today naming the top 10 most literatue U.S. cities. The study, according to the university's website, focused on newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment and internet resources. Here's CCSU's top ten most literate cities: We're wondering how often you read. Do you always have a book open, or is it a rare occasion to paruse the library shelves?
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The St. Louis Cardinals are off to the World Series. Prep for these final games by reading up on the home team.
The St. Louis Cardinals start the 2011 World Series Wednesday. Can't wait to get your Cardinals fix? Venture down to your local library, where you can read about the team's past. The Thornhill Branch of the St. Louis County Library has a selection of sports books, several of which focus on the St. Louis Cardinals. For more information on these titles, visit the St. Louis County Library website.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Books for Daniel is a group collecting books to donate to Pattonville School District.
Local residents are raising books in memory of Daniel Metz, the 3-year-old boy who was killed in a gun accident in July. Nicole Vandesteeg of Bridgeton is one of the group’s organizers. She said the group Books for Daniel has collected more than 700 books for Pattonville School District. The book drive started as a way for other children to cope with the loss of Daniel, Vandesteeg said. She and the other organizers knew the Metz family through a mothers' group, and many of their children played with Daniel before the accident. The group’s first goal was 500 books. Now that it has surpassed 700, Vandesteeg said the group hopes to collect 1,000 books. Businesses are also getting in on the donations. The group’s website indicates that …
Friday, July 22, 2011
We caught up with a few people from around the community to see what they recommend reading this summer.
The warm weather that's hit Maryland Heights recently makes staying indoors with the air-conditioning blasting or sitting poolside very attractive. But what can you do when you're lounging about on a hot day? One activity came to our minds: reading. We asked a few members of the Maryland Heights community what book they're either currently reading or they recommend.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Throughout July, Maryland Heights Patch will publish articles that relate to the freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment.
You can find Yankee Girl, by Mary Ann Rodman, in a Pattonville School District library. The novel deals with race issues and, in July 2009, the district received a complaint about the book’s inclusion. Banning books Book challenges are not uncommon in the United States. The American Library Association (ALA) reported 53 texts were challenged, restricted, removed or banned between May 2009 and May 2010. The books range from classics such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird to comic books such as Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier. You can read the entire list here. Tim Pecoraro, Pattonville's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said library book and instructional material challenges are …