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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36 Books Blog: Dianna Hunter

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 Dianna Hunter, author of Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life…

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36 Books Blog: Kimberly J. Brown

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 Kimberly Brown, author of The I-35W Bridge Collapse: A Survivor’s…

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36 Books Blog: David Mura

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 David Mura, author of A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity, and…

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36 Books Blog: Brian Freeman

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 Brian Freeman, author of The Voice Inside Category: Genre Fiction,…

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36 Books Blog: Maya Dusenbery

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 Maya Dusenbery, author of Doing Harm: The Truth About How…

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36 Books Blog: Cori Doerrfeld

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 Cori Doerrfeld, author of The Rabbit Listened Category: Children’s Literature,…

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