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.
Experts, Amateurs and Teams solve original crossword puzzles created and edited especially for the tournament by professional crossword creators whose work is published in the New York Times, LA Times and other publications. Solvers with the highest combined scores from the first three rounds move on to the finals, with championship puzzles solved in front of the audience.
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.