The Friends Blog

We Need Your Library Story!

July 15, 2020

A Call for Video Submissions The Friends knows how important the Saint Paul Public Library is to our community, and we need your help to show it. We are asking library users like you to tell us what the library means to you by recording and sending us a short video. We’ll use the footage…

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Friends Advocacy Letter

July 15, 2020

The Friends does more than raise funds to support the Library. We are also the citizen voice of support for the work of the library with our elected officials at City Hall. For decades, The Friends’ board, staff and volunteers have worked closely with mayors, city council members, and other elected officials to ensure that…

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Summer 2020 Impact Report

July 14, 2020

We Believe in Our Community.We Invest in Our Library.  Your support makes a difference – now and in the future. We Invest in the Library. Our Community Stays Connected. The need for library services is greater than ever. In the midst of a pandemic and a time of social upheaval, residents – including neighbors facing social…

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A Statement from The Friends

June 4, 2020

Dear Friends, Like you, I am mourning the death of George Floyd, killed just over a week ago now. His name joins too long a list of people whose lives and promise have been cut short by systemic violence and inequity toward people of color. I am inspired by courageous protesters, disheartened by violence and…

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2020 Minnesota Book Awards Winners Announced

April 28, 2020

April 28, 2020, SAINT PAUL, MN – The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library has announced the winners of the 2020 Minnesota Book Awards, sponsored by Education Minnesota. In addition to winners in nine categories, The Friends presented the Book Artist, Hognander Minnesota History, and Kay Sexton Awards to previously announced honorees. The Ceremony…

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“Meet” the Finalists

April 25, 2020

The finalists for the 32nd annual Minnesota Book Awards talk about their work and inspiration in online panel discussions. Instead of an in-person event, this year we held online video discussions with the 2020 Minnesota Book Awards finalists from each category so you can get to know them and their work. Winners will be announced…

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