The Saint Paul Public Library is Preparing Residents to Work

The Friends invests in the Saint Paul Public Library so that it can connect individuals with resources that enrich and improve lives and make Saint Paul communities stronger. One of the ways the Library strengthens communities is by fostering a healthy, sustainable workforce. Read our recent case statement below about why investing in the Library…

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Erica Spitzer Rasmussen Wins the 2018 Minnesota Book Artist Award

The artist and professor will be honored with an award and a retrospective exhibition for her work The Love Affair. The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announces Erica Spitzer Rasmussen as the winner of the 2018 Minnesota Book Artist Award for her work entitled The Love Affair. Sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group, this…

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Minnesota’s Literary Community Celebrates 30 Years of Minnesota Book Awards

Thirty years of Minnesota literary history flooded the University Club in Saint Paul on Wednesday, November 29. Authors, publishers, and members of the literary community brought their energy, their memories, and even their photos to The Friends’ recent happy hour honoring 30 years of the Minnesota Book Awards program. The event was a book nerd’s…

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Authors on what the Minnesota Book Awards means to them

We sat down with three incredible Minnesota Book Award-winning authors to find out just what the Book Awards have meant to them. Following are our interviews with Maureen Millea Smith, 2007 Novel & Short Story winner for When Charlotte Came Home, Shannon Gibney, 2016 Young People’s Literature winner for See No Color, and David Housewright,…

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Zhen Tu’s Library Story

Watch Zhen Tu’s story   Dear Friends Supporter, A very big THANK YOU to everyone who attended and made the 14th annual Opus & Olives fundraising gala a huge success. Together, we supported the incredible work of the Saint Paul Public Library and raised a LOT of money to continue our efforts in the year…

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The Evolution of the Minnesota Book Awards and Why it Matters

Dear Reader, As we begin our 30th anniversary season of the Minnesota Book Awards, I can’t help but reflect on the storied history of the program and how many times it almost ceased to exist. In addition to the gratitude I will convey to certain individuals who fought to save it over the years, I…

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Tom Perrotta on the guitar and libraries

We are so thrilled that Tom Perrotta will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives. In preparation for the big event, we asked Tom a couple questions to help fans get to know him better in this #opusexclusive. Tell us something that people might not know about you. I play rhythm guitar in a…

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Gabrielle Union on Judy Blume and the library as a sanctuary

We are so thrilled that Gabrielle Union will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives. In preparation for the big event, we asked Gabrielle a couple questions to help fans get to know her better in this #opusexclusive. Tell us something that people might not know about you. All my first lessons about sexuality…

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