Show the library some love…The stunning $70-million restoration of the ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY’s Central Library is getting some international recognition: It’s been named as one of five finalists for Architizer’s A+ Library Award. Architizer, a leading architecture news website, has opened the voting to the public to determine the winner in the Popular Choice category. Voting runs through March 8, with the announcement of the winner expected on March 19.

A couple of St. Louis institutions have attracted some national attention recently. The March issue of Town & Country magazine mentions MARY INSTITUTE AND SAINT LOUIS COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL (MICDS) as one of the country’s top private kindergartens, sharing the billing with the likes of The Hockaday School in Dallas, The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, and Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C.

And, PROVEL CHEESE was the star of a recent National Public Radio story titled, One City’s Love Affair with Processed Cheese. The report by Alan Greenblatt not only features pizza maven MARGE IMO and Joe Fassi’s owner TOM COLL, but also reveals that 30 Rock’s JUDAH FRIEDLANDER (the one with all those hats) has been ‘obsessed’ with provel for the past several years.

One Sunday is the title of a new book by CARRIE GERLACH CECIL, the wife of St. Louis Rams defensive coach CHUCK CECIL. While the story—about one woman’s journey of learning to love and forgive herself—is ‘fictional,’ the story is based on the Cecils’ romance. The author also is a public speaker, and creates material for online, print, TV and film.

St. Louis businessman and comedian GREG FISHER has written a book he says is a “must-read lesson in manhood for the single and divorced, written like you’ve never read before.” The book, The Divorced Men’s Survival Guide, contains a self-guide and simple steps that Fisher says helped him and many of his friends get through tough times.

Attention, parents! Does your child have the ‘Write Stuff?’ As part of the ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY’s Art @ Your Library program, a contest is underway for kids and teens (8 to 18 years old). ‘The Write Stuff’ challenges participants to write an original story that begins with the sentence: It started out like any other family road trip…Stories can be truthful or fictional; funny, serious or sad, etc., just as long as they are completed by the contestant. Entries may be submitted between March 1 and March 31. Winners will be chosen from three age groups: ages 8 to 10, 11 to 14, and 15 to 18. For more info, visit

Hats off to University City H.S. senior DANIEL POLITTE, who earned a perfect score on the ACT! Daniel received a composite score of 36, which is earned by less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all test-takers. Daniel has applied to six universities, and plans to study computer science.

Happy 100th birthday to FRIEDA HANDELMAN of Frontenac. In a few days, the birthday girl and her family will gather at Westwood Country Club for a celebratory luncheon. She also will be featured on the TODAY Show’s birthday segment on March 1. Ms. Handelman, who was married for 70 years to the late Lester Handelman, has three sons and two daughters-in-law, 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She enjoys surfing the Web and playing bridge on her computer.