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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Women’s History Lecture Series: Bloomers and Bicycles 7:00 pm
Women’s History Lecture Series: Bloomers and Bicycles @ Merriam Park Library
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm
About the Event: Bloomers and Bicycles: Gliding Toward Women’s Emancipation Professor Jill Zahniser presents a series of women’s history lectures. Susan B. Anthony once declared that bicycles were doing “more to emancipate women than anything…
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Rose Ensemble Lecture & Demonstration: “Welcome the People: The Musical Legacy of the Reformation” 2:00 pm
Rose Ensemble Lecture & Demonstration: “Welcome the People: The Musical Legacy of the Reformation” @ Saint Anthony Park Library
Nov 4 @ 2:00 pm
Rose Ensemble Lecture & Demonstration: "Welcome the People: The Musical Legacy of the Reformation" @ Saint Anthony Park Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
About the Event Lecture and Demonstration: “Welcome the People: The Musical Legacy of the Reformation” Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther set in motion a spiritual movement that would transform church music…
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Books & Bars: “Frankenstein” 5:00 pm
Books & Bars: “Frankenstein” @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Nov 7 @ 5:00 pm
Books & Bars: "Frankenstein" @ 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…
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Women’s History Lecture Series: Amelia Earhart 7:00 pm
Women’s History Lecture Series: Amelia Earhart @ Merriam Park Library
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm
Women's History Lecture Series: Amelia Earhart @ Merriam Park Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Amelia Earhart: Charting a Course Toward Fame, Feminism, and Fulfillment Professor Jill Zahniser presents a series of women’s history lectures. When former St. Paul resident Amelia Earhart accepted the challenge of becoming the first woman…
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Club Book: Edward Kelsey Moore 7:00 pm
Club Book: Edward Kelsey Moore @ Rondo Community Outreach Library
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm
Club Book: Edward Kelsey Moore @ Rondo Community Outreach Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
  Join us for a presentation by Edward Kelsey Moore, with audience Q&A and book signing to follow. Edward Kelsey Moore is the pen behind 2014’s breakout hit The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat. Moore’s debut follows three…
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Women’s History Lecture Series: Pauli Murray and Ruth Bader Ginsburg 7:00 pm
Women’s History Lecture Series: Pauli Murray and Ruth Bader Ginsburg @ Merriam Park Library
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm
Women's History Lecture Series: Pauli Murray and Ruth Bader Ginsburg @ Merriam Park Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Pauli Murray and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Blazing the Trail to Legal Equality Professor Jill Zahniser presents a series of women’s history lectures. As lawyers, Pauli Murray and Ruth Bader Ginsburg both broke new ground by…
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Give to The Max Day
Give to The Max Day
Nov 16 all-day
Give to The Max Day
SUPPORT THE FRIENDS It’s here! Give to the Max Day is today, and we’re hoping to reach our goal of $10,000. Will you help us? You can make a gift right now and start making your…
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2017 Minnesota Book Awards Submission Deadline
2017 Minnesota Book Awards Submission Deadline @ The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
Nov 17 all-day
2017 Minnesota Book Awards Submission Deadline @ The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Now in its 30th year, the Minnesota Book Awards program celebrates the best in Minnesota literature with nine categories. Beginning August 1, authors, publishers, and agents may submit a book by completing the online form and submitting five non-returnable…
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Friends “Dine to Donate” Night 5:00 pm
Friends “Dine to Donate” Night @ Bottle Rocket
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friends “Dine to Donate” Night @ Bottle Rocket | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Gather your friends and help The Friends! Bottle Rocket, the latest offering of Blue Plate Restaurant Group (Groveland Tap, Highland Grill, Longfellow Grill, and more), is donating 20% of all sales for one special night…
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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.

Human Rights Film Series

The Friends and The Advocates for Human Rights present thought-provoking and enlightening films followed by moderated discussions throughout the fall and spring. Films in the series cover a broad range of human rights issues that affect people all across the globe.

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Human Rights Film Series: “Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America” @ Saint Anthony Park Library
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm
Human Rights Film Series: "Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America" @ Saint Anthony Park Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

About the event:

When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico and make the journey across the desert in search of the American dream. Twenty-three years later, as an undocumented gay man in rural North Carolina, Serrano is forbidden to live and love in the country he calls home. This award-winning documentary chronicles his personal journey as an activist fighting for equality, all while trying to forge a path for his own future.

Presented in partnership with the Advocates for Human Rights. A moderated discussion follows the film.

 

The Rose Ensemble

The Rose Ensemble is a renowned vocal music group that produces inspiring performances and educational programs with the goal of connecting individuals to compelling stories of human culture and spirituality from around the world. The Friends partners with the Rose Ensemble throughout the year to bring educational programs, lecture demonstrations, and sing-a- longs in libraries. To learn more about The Rose Ensemble, visit their website.

When you attend one of the library programs, you can enjoy a free ticket upgrade with purchase for most Rose Ensemble performances throughout the Twin Cities. Mention that you are a Friends member when ordering (not available with website purchases) by calling The Rose Ensemble at 651-225- 4340.

Women's History Lecture Series

The Friends and Professor Jill Zahniser present a series of lectures on women’s history that shines a light on influential women who have made important contributions to our society and paved the way for future generations.

Jill Zahniser is an independent scholar who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Dr. Zahniser is the co-author of the book, Alice Paul: Claiming Power, and also authored the And Then She Said series of quotations by women. She sits on the steering committee planning the nationwide 2020 commemoration of women winning the vote. She resides on the West Side of Saint Paul.

Books & Bars

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.

Kamin has taken the suburban book club tradition and put it in a public bar where opinions flow freely with a little “liquid courage.” Even if you don’t like the featured book, he “guarantees a good time at our entertaining discussions.” All are welcome to try this moderated reinvention of the book club.

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Books & Bars: “The Annie Year “ @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm
Books & Bars: "The Annie Year " @ 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 if you don’t like the featured book, he “guarantees a good time at our entertaining discussions.” All are welcome to try this moderated reinvention of the book club. No registration required.

5:00 Happy Hour Social | 6:15 Discussion


The Annie Year by Stephanie Wilbur Ash (author attending)

 Tall, trusted Tandy Caide, CPA, is a long-time patron of the arts in her town, which is why you will find her sitting in the front row of the high school’s annual musical production. But embarking on an affair with the new vocational agriculture teacher leads to instant repercussions in Tandy’s small town. Soon she is dealing with the secrets of an old lover, her husband’s breakdown, and exploding meth labs, all somehow tied to her ex-best friend’s daughter – the star of this year’s Annie. As Tandy pieces together the puzzle that has become her life, it becomes clear she must embark on a journey of self-discovery that might even include leaving town for good.

Author Stephanie Wilbur Ash is a former editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and one of the literary/musical comedians behind the Lit 6 Project, the Electric Arc Radio Show, and Don’t Crush Our Heart! (the world’s only twee-pop courtroom drama musical). Currently she directs editorial services at Gustavus Adolphus College and splits her time between Minneapolis and Mankato.

Untold Stories

In celebration of labor history month each May, the Untold Stories series presents programs and talks on both local and national labor history topics. Past programs in the series have featured historian Robin D.G. Kelley, singer Larry Long, author Cheri Register, and walking tours by local historian Dave Riehle. The series received the 2003 John Sessions Memorial Award from the American Library Association for service to the labor community. All events are free and open to the public.

The need for a strong library is greater than ever.

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Women’s History Lecture Series: Bloomers and Bicycles 7:00 pm
Women’s History Lecture Series: Bloomers and Bicycles @ Merriam Park Library
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm
About the Event: Bloomers and Bicycles: Gliding Toward Women’s Emancipation Professor Jill Zahniser presents a series of women’s history lectures. Susan B. Anthony once declared that bicycles were doing “more to emancipate women than anything…
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Rose Ensemble Lecture & Demonstration: “Welcome the People: The Musical Legacy of the Reformation” 2:00 pm
Rose Ensemble Lecture & Demonstration: “Welcome the People: The Musical Legacy of the Reformation” @ Saint Anthony Park Library
Nov 4 @ 2:00 pm
Rose Ensemble Lecture & Demonstration: "Welcome the People: The Musical Legacy of the Reformation" @ Saint Anthony Park Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
About the Event Lecture and Demonstration: “Welcome the People: The Musical Legacy of the Reformation” Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther set in motion a spiritual movement that would transform church music…
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Books & Bars: “Frankenstein” 5:00 pm
Books & Bars: “Frankenstein” @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Nov 7 @ 5:00 pm
Books & Bars: "Frankenstein" @ 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…
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Women’s History Lecture Series: Amelia Earhart 7:00 pm
Women’s History Lecture Series: Amelia Earhart @ Merriam Park Library
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm
Women's History Lecture Series: Amelia Earhart @ Merriam Park Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Amelia Earhart: Charting a Course Toward Fame, Feminism, and Fulfillment Professor Jill Zahniser presents a series of women’s history lectures. When former St. Paul resident Amelia Earhart accepted the challenge of becoming the first woman…
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Club Book: Edward Kelsey Moore 7:00 pm
Club Book: Edward Kelsey Moore @ Rondo Community Outreach Library
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm
Club Book: Edward Kelsey Moore @ Rondo Community Outreach Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
  Join us for a presentation by Edward Kelsey Moore, with audience Q&A and book signing to follow. Edward Kelsey Moore is the pen behind 2014’s breakout hit The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat. Moore’s debut follows three…
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Women’s History Lecture Series: Pauli Murray and Ruth Bader Ginsburg 7:00 pm
Women’s History Lecture Series: Pauli Murray and Ruth Bader Ginsburg @ Merriam Park Library
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm
Women's History Lecture Series: Pauli Murray and Ruth Bader Ginsburg @ Merriam Park Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Pauli Murray and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Blazing the Trail to Legal Equality Professor Jill Zahniser presents a series of women’s history lectures. As lawyers, Pauli Murray and Ruth Bader Ginsburg both broke new ground by…
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Give to The Max Day
Give to The Max Day
Nov 16 all-day
Give to The Max Day
SUPPORT THE FRIENDS It’s here! Give to the Max Day is today, and we’re hoping to reach our goal of $10,000. Will you help us? You can make a gift right now and start making your…
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2017 Minnesota Book Awards Submission Deadline
2017 Minnesota Book Awards Submission Deadline @ The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
Nov 17 all-day
2017 Minnesota Book Awards Submission Deadline @ The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Now in its 30th year, the Minnesota Book Awards program celebrates the best in Minnesota literature with nine categories. Beginning August 1, authors, publishers, and agents may submit a book by completing the online form and submitting five non-returnable…
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Friends “Dine to Donate” Night 5:00 pm
Friends “Dine to Donate” Night @ Bottle Rocket
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friends “Dine to Donate” Night @ Bottle Rocket | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Gather your friends and help The Friends! Bottle Rocket, the latest offering of Blue Plate Restaurant Group (Groveland Tap, Highland Grill, Longfellow Grill, and more), is donating 20% of all sales for one special night…
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