Monday, November 7, 2016

Our Blog Has Moved


The Digital Library Services blog has moved onto the SLPL website. Please follow us there for all future postings.
 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Classic Movies on Hoopla Digital: Horror

Horror Films are designed to frighten us. There is a thrill of being entertained by these scary movies with terrors of the unknown and intrusions of an evil forces. These classic films of horror and suspense were made by Universal Studios during the 1920s through the 1950s. Watch these Universal Monsters from the Hoopla Digital collection.


https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11023074
 
Quasimodo is sent to kidnap Esmeralda, a gypsy girl. She is rescued and Quasimodo is sentenced to flogging. This is the well known story by Victor Hugo.

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11031535
 
Despite warnings that the region is dangerous, Botanist Wilfred Glendon (Henry Hull) travels to Tibet in search of the "Marifasa Lupina", a rare flower which blooms only in moonlight. Back in London, Glendon is visited by the enigmatic Dr. Yogami (Warner Oland), who tells him that a current rash of murders is the work of two werewolves. Yogami also claims that the only antidote is the blooming "Marifasa" flower, which keeps the werewolves from harming the ones they love. Glendon scoffs at Yogami's stories, until the next full moon!

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11031942
 
In this acclaimed follow-up to the popular original, an expedition of American archaeologists, headed by Steve Banning (Dick Foran) and Baby Jenson (Wallace Ford), travels to Egypt in search of the undiscovered tomb of the Princess Ananka. There they soon discover the clues that lead them to a 3000-year-old mummy, who is guarded by a sinister high priest (Eduardo Ciannelli). Reluctantly funded by a magician (Cecil Kellaway) and his beautiful daughter (Peggy Moran), the expedition has its hands full battling the mummy, who goes on a killing rampage during each full moon, in this frightening chiller masterpiece.

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11031833
 
Amateur astronomer John Putnam (Richard Carlson) and his fiancée Ellen Fields (Barbara Rush) are stargazing in the desert when a spaceship bursts from the sky and crashes to the ground. Just before a landslide buries the ship, a mysterious creature emerges and disappears into the darkness. Of course, when he tells his story to the sheriff (Charles Drake), John is branded a crackpot; but before long, strange things begin to happen, and the tide of disbelief turns...Based on a story by acclaimed writer Ray Bradbury, "It Came From Outer Space" is a science fiction classic that is as thought-provoking and tantalizing today as it was when it first "landed" on the sliver screen.

Friday, October 28, 2016

New Music Friday

It's Friday, and It's time to kick off your weekend with some new music releases! These brand new records can be downloaded now, for FREE, with your St. Louis Public Library card. The Library's subscriptions to Freegal Music and Hoopla Digital give you 24/7 access to free music and music videos for download to your computer or mobile device.


With Freegal, each week you receive five credits to download. Songs are downloaded at the cost of one credit, and music videos for one additional credit. Hoopla offers full music albums available for download. Albums are available for instantaneous download; there are no hold lists, which means no waiting for your favorite tunes. You’ll receive ten Hoopla checkouts per month.


http://slpl.freegalmusic.com/artists/view/RGVlIFNuaWRlcg==/886446042688/aW9kYQ==


https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11753444


http://slpl.freegalmusic.com/artists/view/S3VydCBCYWtlciBDb21ibw==/190374763073/aW9kYQ==


https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11753441



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Can't Decide Who to Root For?

Your home team didn't make it to the World Series. Which team should you root for now? As a baseball fan, you can show good sportsmanship by rooting for the team from the same division as your home team. Why? Because it could of been your team playing the other division's team. Read about the teams that made it to the World Series Championship games from these digital titles from our collections.

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11313149

Demonstrating that claiming the most sought-after moniker in baseball is truly an epic journey, this record explores what separates World Series victors from those who come up short. More than 50 current and former Major League Baseball players, managers, and coaches from the last 50 years all of whom have World Series championships under their belts are interviewed, including Jack Morris, Lance Parrish, Kent Hrbek, Jim Kaat, and Dave Winfield. Packed with never-before-published stories, this chronicle includes hilarious tales from the clubhouse and dugout as well as inspirational and educational anecdotes. Answering questions such as How are great teams built? How do you keep players motivated when momentum seems to be turning against them? and What are the key qualities that every leader must possess? this investigation illustrates how championship baseball teams offer valuable lessons that can be readily applied to everyday life.

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11615065

This lively, detailed book explores the personalities, events, and facts every Cubs fan should know. More than a look at the century-long wait for another World Series win, the book contains crucial information for Cubs fans, such as important dates, player nicknames, memorable moments, and outstanding achievements by singular players. This guide to all things Cubs also includes a list of must-do Cubs-related activities, which include taking in Wrigley field, traveling to Arizona for spring training, and sipping beers at the best Cubs bars around the country.This new, updated edition features the new generation of Cubs stars, including manager Joe Maddon, sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, and ace Jon Lester.

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11751727

First published by G. P. Putnam's Sons in 1949, Franklin "Whitey" Lewis's The Cleveland Indians begins with the organization's early years as the Cleveland Forest Citys, covers the 1920 World Series victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers, and concludes with the excitement of the 1948 pennant race. This early team history covers such Cleveland legends as Cy Young, from his days in Tuscarawas County and Canton and his time with the Cleveland Spiders; Bob Feller, his discovery and development; and Larry Doby, the second African American to play in the major leagues and the first to play in the American League. It also delivers such forgotten and lesser-known stories as professional baseball's first-ever perfect game, thrown by John Lee Richmond of Worcester against the Cleveland Forest Citys on June 12, 1880; the acquisition of Napoleon Lajoie and the city's vote to change the team's name to the Napoleons (Naps) in his honor; and Charles W. Somers and John F. Kilfoyl and the birth of the American League.

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11749802

From the Phillies' first franchise victory in 1980 to the Yankees' 27th and last winning trophy in 2009, we cover every World Series game since 1969. Our content is rich in highlights, tables and trivia notations, making this series an exciting read for sports fans of all ages.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pizza Pie

What is your pizza style? If a thin crispy crust is for you then St. Louis style pizza should be on your take out order. This pizza is not topped with the traditional mozzarella cheese but with provel cheese and a zesty tomato sauce and cut in to squares. Perhaps you like hearty meats on your pizza. Chicago serves up a deep-dish style pizza with a cornmeal flavored and textured crust. The dough is baked in a cake-like pan and filled with meats, cheeses and vegetables. Do you find a whole pizza is too much for you? New York is home of the slice where you can order a single serving with your favorite toppings. The crust is crisp and chewy, the sauce is sweet and toppings are simple. Whether your prefer crisp, thick or thin crust and no matter what your taste for toppings are, you can find a pizza recipe for you in titles from our digital collections.

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11580857
 
In this inspiring cookbook, you'll find everything you need to create delicious dinners featuring pizza for family and friends. Discover more than 50 recipes for fantastic pizzas, from classic favorites to new flavor combinations, plus easy side dishes, salads, clever tips, and more. Whether you're looking for family-friendly recipes for weeknight meals or menus for weekend parties, this helpful guide offers an arsenal of great ideas for pizza lovers everywhere.

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With liberty and pizza for all. There is no doubt that pizza is one of the most popular foods in the United States, cherished by everyone from your average family guy to the Leader of the free world. Americans reportedly eat a combined 350 slices every second! Although pizza has its origins overseas, it has come into full (ahem) flour here in the States. Pizza: A Slice of American History tells the story of how this beloved food became the apple of our collective eye—or, perhaps more precisely, the pepperoni of our pie.

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11580676
 
If you love pizza, consider the delicious satisfaction of making it at home using fresh, wholesome ingredients and according to your own exacting specifications. Thick, chewy crust or thin, crackery crust. Tomato sauce or sliced fresh tomatoes. Generous with the cheese or light on the toppings. With this book in your kitchen, you can bake up Italian classics like Pizza Margherita; American favorites like Classic Pepperoni; inspired appetizers like Pizzette with Garlic, Mushrooms, and Goat Cheese; and even pizza cousins like calzone and stromboli. Fire up the oven and invite your friends and family over for an array of delectable homemade and handcrafted pizzas.

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Since the origins of to-go pizza, pizzerias and pizza chains have taken great pride in covering take-out boxes with captivating designs. They've also wrestled with the best way to manufacture a box that can keep a pizza looking and tasting great. Here, the world's expert on pizza boxes presents more than one hundred weird and wild box designs and explores the curious history of the pizza box. Included are international designs, corporate designs, and dozens of quirky images from mom-and-pop pizzerias.

Friday, October 21, 2016

New Music Friday

It's Friday, and It's time to kick off your weekend with some new music releases! These brand new records can be downloaded now, for FREE, with your St. Louis Public Library card. The Library's subscriptions to Freegal Music and Hoopla Digital give you 24/7 access to free music and music videos for download to your computer or mobile device.

With Freegal, each week you receive five credits to download. Songs are downloaded at the cost of one credit, and music videos for one additional credit. Hoopla offers full music albums available for download. Albums are available for instantaneous download; there are no hold lists, which means no waiting for your favorite tunes. You’ll receive ten Hoopla checkouts per month.


http://slpl.freegalmusic.com/artists/view/SmltbXkgRWF0IFdvcmxk/32503904/c29ueQ==


https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11747595


http://slpl.freegalmusic.com/artists/view/UGVudGF0b25peA==/32468491/c29ueQ==


https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11749954



Thursday, October 20, 2016

Spend a Supernatural Afternoon With Paranormal Author Jeff Belanger





In the spirit of all things Halloween, the St. Louis Public Library presents A Supernatural Afternoon With Jeff Belanger on October 22 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Central Library’s Auditorium. The night before the event, Belanger will stay at St. Louis’ Lemp Mansion, in an attempt to meet and hopefully communicate with the many discarnate souls rumored to dwell within.



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The World's Most Haunted Place, Revised Edition explores the history, folklore, and ghostly legends behind some of the world's most fascinating points of interest. Now in its second edition, Belanger revisits some of the most famous haunts with new first-hand accounts, chapters, and locations.Ghostly legends abound wherever history has made its mark. Battlefields, prisons, asylums, national monuments—all of them have stories to tell. Their ghosts still lurk, demanding that we remember the past. They're real. They're out there. And Jeff Belanger has found them.


Have you ever felt that you weren't the only person in the room? Then all of a sudden you hear a strange sound, feel a breeze past by or see something flash. These titles from our digital collections can help you understand why some people see ghosts.
 
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11488706
 
Alongside the nostalgic appeal of Route 66 lurk ghostly roadside hitchhikers, the Goatman of Rolla, amusement park spirits, Civil War dead and the shadows thrown by the mighty Thunderbird. Spanning three hundred dangerously curving miles, the stretch of the Mother Road in Missouri earned the title of "Bloody 66," and some of its stopping places are marked by equally grim history. The Lemp Mansion saw family members commit suicide one by one. Springfield's Pythian Castle was an orphanage before becoming a military hospital and housing World War II prisoners of war. Follow Janice Tremeear as she takes a detour down Zombie Road, peers into the matter of the Joplin Spook Light and even stays overnight in Missouri's most haunted locations to discover what makes the Show Me State such a lively place for the dead.
 

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In America's Most Haunted, "Haunted Housewife" investigator Theresa Argie and journalist Eric Olsen team up to take you on a first-person tour of some of America's most active paranormal hotspots. Experience the crawl through the death tunnel where visitors have reported sightings of an inhuman creature that creeps along the walls and ceilings. Walk the decks of the Queen Mary with the hundreds of souls that met their ends in watery graves. And get to know the spirits that wait in jails, mansions, lunatic asylums, and even a stately old hotel. 

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Revealing a side of the famed city that tourists rarely experience, this handbook uncovers a hidden realm of ghosts, apparitions, and paranormal phenomena in San Francisco. The guide delves into the haunted hotspots that unsuspectedly lie in the city’s most famous landmarks and neighborhoods, including Alcatraz, Chinatown, and the Presidio, while directions to each hair-raising location are provided, encouraging adventurous sightseers to seek out their own ghostly encounters. With the history of each frightening locale, the probable life stories of their resident spirits, and actual transcripts of their conversations with a psychic, this supernatural study delivers a realistic feel for encountering the uncanny.

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11484428

The team investigates the Rose of Denmark pub in Bristol. Reports of paranormal activity include a falling chalkboard, rolling of barrels and taps turning on. After a technical investigation a spirit medium is brought in who makes contact with a woman named Victoria who gives details of the events that led to her death.