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
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
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
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,…
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
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…
Jimmy Patiño: “Raza Sí, Migra No” 7:00 pm
Jimmy Patiño: “Raza Sí, Migra No” @ East Side Freedom Library
May 7 @ 7:00 pm
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…
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
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…
Gary Kaunonen: “Flames of Discontent” 2:00 pm
Forging the Farmer-Labor Coalition 7:00 pm
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.
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
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.