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This Week at the Library: St. Louis History, Perfect Pie Crusts, #LoveYourLocalWater, Local and Global Adventures and Celtic Music

The City of St. Louis was a wild and wooly place in 1849, making it the perfect setting for author Christopher Gordon’s book “Fire, Pestilence, and Death: St. Louis, 1849.” Gordon, director of library and collections for the Missouri State Historical Society in St. Louis, will recount her surprising past at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13in the Library Center auditorium.

St. Louis was a frontier town with an exploding population, a riverfront decimated by fire and disease, and greed and crime running rampant, Gordon says. Using diaries, government records and letters, he reconstructs one of the most turbulent – and fascinating – years in St. Louis history. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
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You can find all kinds of cookbooks on how to make the perfect pie, but you can only get in-person advice from an expert pie maker today Monday, March 12, at 6 p.m. in the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch.

Eleanor Taylor, founder of Prairie Pie, will share pie crust tricks and a recipe, answer questions and share samples of her pie. Call today to register at 883-1974.
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The Midtown Carnegie Branch “Midtown Workshop Series” this week features another local expert – this one on water – at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the upstairs meeting room.

The James River Basin Partnership wants you to #LoveYourLocalWater, and Project Manager Brent Stock will be there to talk about runoff and water conservation efforts for homeowners. Rain barrels and other equipment will be on display.
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Speaking of experts, who else but Dan Nash, founder of Satori Adventures and Expeditions, could describe fun and interesting day and weekend trips in the Ozarks? Nash will cover adventures close to home and around the globe at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Library Center auditorium.
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Start your St. Patrick’s Day festivities with a concert of Celtic music by Turner Collins at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Midtown Carnegie Branch. It’s part of the Cocoa Sessions for all ages – with hot cocoa and green whipped cream – and coloring activities for kids.

Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at

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