Kate Mulgrew on solitude, dinner parties, and love

We’re so thrilled that Kate Mulgrew will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives as emcee. In preparation for the big event, we asked Kate 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. People may not know…

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We’re Hiring An Intern!

Position: Minnesota Center for the Book InternDuration: Approximately 8 hours per week over 9 months, September – May (Preference is for full 9 months, but individual applications for Fall or Spring only will be considered; please indicate availability in cover letter)Apply to: [email protected] About The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library:The Friends of the Saint…

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Opus & Olives Author Lineup Announced

July 14, 2019 – The Friends is thrilled to announce the 2019 author lineup for Opus & Olives, presented by RBC Wealth Management. The lineup includes Kate Mulgrew (emcee), Mark Bowden, Jennifer Chiaverini, Maaza Mengiste, and Chris Pavone. Kate Mulgrew, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, is an actress and author with an extensive career on stage…

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Summer Staff Book Picks

It is summertime and that means summer reading! We asked our staff what they would recommend, and you are sure to find your next great summer read in this list. AlayneSeasonal Quartet by Ali Smith“I am loving the Seasonal Quartet by Ali Smith. I started with Autumn and just finished Winter (odd choice for a summer book, I…

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You invest in The Friends. Residents Read Brave together.

This past winter, Saint Paul residents across the city came together to discuss a timely and challenging topic: housing. Saint Paul Public Library made these conversations possible through this season of Read Brave Saint Paul. Through books specifically selected by Library staff and community forums for dynamic discussions, Read Brave invited us to think about…

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Donor Perspective: Why I Give to The Friends

I wish I could put into words the feeling that overwhelmed me as a child when I walked into the downtown library. I can almost call it up now. Part of it was the smell, part of it the size, part because even though I was a child on my own, adults were going to…

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State Winners Announced in Annual Student Writing Contest

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, May 10, 2019 – The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Library of Congress-designated Minnesota Center for the Book, announces the state-level winners of the 2019 Letters About Literature writing contest. The contest is supported locally by Red Balloon Bookshop. Nearly 30,000 adolescent and young adult readers nationwide in grades four…

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2019 Minnesota Book Award Winners Announced

April 6, 2019, SAINT PAUL, MN – The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library has announced the winners of the 2019 Minnesota Book Awards, sponsored by Education Minnesota. In addition to winners in nine categories, The Friends presented the Book Artist Award and Kay Sexton Award to previously announced honorees. Over 800 people attended…

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36 Books Blog: Kate DiCamillo

Each day leading up to the 2019 Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony, we’ll be featuring an exclusive interview with one of our 36 finalists. Learn more about these incredible local writers and gear up to see the winners announced live in person April 6. Interview with Kate DiCamillo, author of Louisiana’s Way Home Category: Middle Grade…

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