Calendar of Events

One way The Friends invests in the Library is by connecting people to libraries through a range of cultural programs. For more than 25 years, we have offered programs that entertain, enrich, and nourish curious minds.

Our events are always open to the public and most are free. You can make an investment in the library simply by joining us at one of our upcoming programs.

Full Calendar of Events

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Books & Bars: “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things “ 5:00 pm
Books & Bars: “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things “ @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
May 1 @ 5:00 pm
Books & Bars: "All the Ugly and Wonderful Things " @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
With The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, moderator Jeff Kamin brings his unique take on a public book club show to Saint Paul every first Tuesday of the month (with some exceptions). Even…
Elizabeth Faue: Rethinking the American Labor Movement 7:00 pm
Elizabeth Faue: Rethinking the American Labor Movement @ Merriam Park Library
May 1 @ 7:00 pm
Elizabeth Faue: Rethinking the American Labor Movement @ Merriam Park Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Learn the story of the labor movement and the various groups that helped form the political and social efforts that shaped our country. Author Elizabeth Faue will discuss these ideas and more from her book,…
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William P. Jones: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Memphis Strike, and Public Sector Unions 6:30 pm
William P. Jones: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Memphis Strike, and Public Sector Unions @ Rondo Community Library
May 3 @ 6:30 pm
William P. Jones: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Memphis Strike, and Public Sector Unions @ Rondo Community Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Professor William P. Jones will discuss the sanitation strike that Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated for prior to his death in 1968, as well as the broader history of public sector unions. The night before his assassination in…
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Jimmy Patiño: “Raza Sí, Migra No” 7:00 pm
Jimmy Patiño: “Raza Sí, Migra No” @ East Side Freedom Library
May 7 @ 7:00 pm
Jimmy Patiño: "Raza Sí, Migra No" @ East Side Freedom Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Author Jimmy Patiño will discuss his new book that explores the rise of the Chicano/Mexicano movement and the struggle for human rights as immigration from Mexico to the United States grew significantly during the 1970s…
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It Can’t Happen Here: Play Reading and Discussion 7:00 pm
It Can’t Happen Here: Play Reading and Discussion @ Arlington Hills Community Center
May 14 @ 7:00 pm
It Can't Happen Here: Play Reading and Discussion @ Arlington Hills Community Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
photo credit: Kari Elizabeth Godfrey In this 1936 play read by local actors, a small-town news editor struggles with the election of a fascist demagogue to the U.S. presidency. The play is an adaptation of…
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Gary Kaunonen: “Flames of Discontent” 2:00 pm
Gary Kaunonen: “Flames of Discontent” @ Hayden Heights Library
May 19 @ 2:00 pm
Gary Kaunonen: "Flames of Discontent" @ Hayden Heights Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Author Gary Kaunonen tells the story of the 1916 miners’ strike in northern Minnesota, one of the most important events in organized labor history of the 20th century, and what it meant for workers, immigrants,…
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Forging the Farmer-Labor Coalition 7:00 pm
Forging the Farmer-Labor Coalition @ Rice Street Library
May 24 @ 7:00 pm
Forging the Farmer-Labor Coalition @ Rice Street Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Learn about the rise of the progressive Farmer-Labor movement, the most successful third party in U.S. history that would go on to form the DFL. Tom O’Connell and Randy Croce will lead a discussion and…
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Ongoing Series

Behind The Curtain with Park Square Theatre

Periodically throughout the year, The Friends and Park Square Theatre present an evening in conversation with cast members from the latest Park Square Theatre production. Attendees of the program can purchase half-priced tickets to see the Park Square production.

Visit our secure registration page to reserve your spot at the program. Receive a special reservation code and call Park Square Theatre at 651-291-7005 for standard half-price tickets (subject to availability). Meet the artistic team at the Library for a “Behind the Curtain” discussion and pick up your tickets to the show. Must attend library program to receive discount.

Friends members always receive a $5 discount on Park Square Theatre tickets.

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Behind the Curtain with Park Square Theatre: “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” @ Saint Anthony Park Library
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm

Join The Friends and Park Square Theatre for an evening with cast members from the upcoming production of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

The game’s afoot in this hilarious thriller that’s anything but elementary! Five actors play over 40 comical characters in this fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit.

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at this evening of mayhem and mystery with cast members McKenna Kelly-Eiding (Sherlock Holmes), Sara Richardson*(Watson), and set designer Eli Schlatter.

SPECIAL HALF-PRICE TICKET OFFER:

Attendees of the library program are invited to purchase up to four (4) half-priced, standard tickets to see a performance of the show at Park Square Theatre (June 28 – August 5). All tickets must be purchased in advance of the June 27 discussion program at Saint Anthony Park Library and can be picked up that evening. Register for the event below and get the code to access the discount.

*Member of Actor’s Equity Association