The Library Lends a Hand

LibraryI’m pleased to announce that the St. Louis Public Library is pitching in to help in my efforts to interview more than 100 people for my upcoming book Growing Up St. Louis.

The library has offered the use of four of its branches for preinterviews of people who wish to be included in Growing Up in St. Louis. From those I’ll call back a group for final 85-minute interviews. It’s an exciting opportunity to hear the childhood memories of a truly diverse group of St. Louis.

The preinterviews will be held all day on Saturdays in October and November at these branches:

  • Buder, 4401 Hampton Ave., Oct. 7.
  • Carpenter, 3309 S. Grand Blvd., Oct. 21.
  • Schlafly, 225 N. Euclid Ave., Nov. 4.
  • Julia Davis, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave. Nov. 18.

If you’d like me to consider you for an interview, send an e-mail to And stay tuned. This is getting exciting.



Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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