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You invest in early literacy. Saint Paul kids build a foundation for lifelong learning.

October 23, 2019

Grace loves the library. She loves the friends she meets there: Ms. Kim, Ms. Heather – and Mr. Owl and Baby Bear, of course. She’s sees these friends each week during storytime at George Latimer Central Library, where she gets to sing, dance, and play.  Saint Paul Public Library staff have created programs like storytimes…

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2019 Opus & Olives Video Highlights Early Learning

October 15, 2019

Saint Paul Public Library builds a foundation for learning and sets kids up for success in school and in life. In this video from our annual fundraiser, Opus & Olives, Jane and her daughter Sylvia, as well as Patricia and her son Daniel, highlight their learning journeys at the Saint Paul Public Library. The Friends…

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Saint Paul Public Library Receives $100K Investment For Innovation Center

September 25, 2019

New funding is part of $2 million commitment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in St. Paul SAINT PAUL, MN, September 25, 2019 – The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announced last week that it received a new $100,000 investment on behalf of Saint Paul Public Library from the John…

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Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony Moves to Ordway

September 19, 2019

September 19, 2019, SAINT PAUL, MN – The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announced today that the Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony, which annually recognizes the state’s best books, will move to the Ordway in 2020. The Ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2020 in the Ordway Concert Hall. The decision to change…

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Jennifer Chiaverini on computer programming and the Nazi resistance

September 12, 2019

We’re so thrilled that Jennifer Chiaverini will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives. In preparation for the big event, we asked Jennifer a few questions to help fans get to know her better. This is an #opusexclusive. Tell us something that people might not know about you. My first publication, in 1982, was…

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Mark Bowden on mistaken identity and the patience of following a plot

September 5, 2019

We’re so thrilled that Mark Bowden will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives. In preparation for the big event, we asked Mark a few questions to help fans get to know him better. This is an #opusexclusive. Tell us something that people might not know about you. I am one of eight children,…

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