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
Book Artist Award Winner Reception and Artist Presentation 6:00 pm
Book Artist Award Winner Reception and Artist Presentation @ Open Book
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Erica Spitzer Rasmussen is the 2018 Book Artist Award recipient for her piece The Love Affair, a mixed-media sculptural book handcrafted from pieces of old family letters. View the award-winning piece and hear the artist…
Meet the Finalists 6:00 pm
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.
Celebrate the best in local literature at the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony. Readers, writers, and book-lovers from all over the state gather together for one incredible evening to honor stories of Minnesotans that connect us all.
6:30 p.m. – Preface Reception
Meet the finalists, book sales and signing, and cash bar.
8:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
Wine and refreshments, celebrity presenters, and live music.
9:30 p.m. – Epilogue After-Party
Complimentary champagne and desserts. Toast the winners and finalists and listen to live music.
Awards will be presented to the winners in nine book categories, the 2018 Book Artist Award winner, the 2018 Hognander Award winner, as well as the 2018 Kay Sexton Award honoree.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public February 5, 2018.
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.