The Friends supports, presents, and sponsors programs throughout the year. From book discussions over beer to thought-provoking documentaries, author readings to live music – The Friends’ programs have something for everyone. Take a look at our calendar and see what we have coming up.
The Minnesota Book Awards was created in 1988 by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library as part of a larger “Festival of the Book.” The Friends is pleased to continue this long tradition of honoring Minnesota books and authors, publishers and readers – all of which contribute to our legacy as one of the most literary states in the country.
Opus & Olives is a fundraising event hosted by – and supporting the work of – The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and local literacy projects of the Pioneer Press. In nine short years, Opus and Olives has become one of the premiere literary evenings of the Twin Cities. Event attendance has grown to include over 900 community leaders.
The Friends sponsors, supports and/or presents multiple ongoing series throughout the year. Many of the series are original programming developed by The Friends with the support of other community partners. Learn more about our series and find out how you can get involved.
The Minnesota Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, established by law in 1977 to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries, as well as the scholarly study of books. Center for the Book programs include Letters About Literature, and more.