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
CANCELED Writers in Conversation: Minnesota Book Award Finalists 10:00 am
CANCELED Writers in Conversation: Minnesota Book Award Finalists @ Police Annex Community Room
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am
THIS EVENT IS CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST FOR SATURDAY. Join a panel of current Minnesota Book Award finalists in the Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature categories for brief readings and conversation about their…
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.
THIS EVENT IS CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST FOR SATURDAY.
Join a panel of current Minnesota Book Award finalists in the Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature categories for brief readings and conversation about their work. The program is moderated by Geoff Herbach, Minnesota Book Award-winner and professor of English at Minnesota State, Mankato and Angela Kelly, assistant director of the North Mankato Taylor Library. Sign language interpretation and other accommodations available with advance notice.
The Minnesota Book Awards is a program of The Friends, as the Library of Congress-designated Minnesota Center for the Book. This program is made possible, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Minnesota through a grant to the Minnesota Department of Education.
Meet the four Minnesota Book Awards finalists in the Young Adult Literature category. Join Sarah Ahiers (Thief’s Cunning), Sara Biren (The Last Thing You Said), Peter Bognanni (Things I’m Seeing Without You), and Andrew DeYoung (The Exo Project) to learn more about their books, chat with the authors, meet other YA fans, and get your books signed. More info here.
Dive deeper into the work of two acclaimed storytellers in this writers in conversation event. Minnesota Book Award winners Ed Bok Lee, author of the poetry collections Real Karaoke People and Whorled, and memoirist, poet, and novelist Kaethe Schwehn, author of Tailings: A Memoir and the recent novel The Rending and the Nest, discuss how the personal becomes poetic, their influences and writing life, and read excerpts. Sign language interpretation and other accommodations available with advance notice.
This event is free and open to the public and presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library with the Viking Library System and Thorson Memorial Library. Funding was made possible in part by the State of Minnesota through a grant to the Minnesota Department of Education, as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and monies from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
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.