Ongoing Series

Behind the Curtain with Park Square Theatre

Periodically throughout the year, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and Park Square Theatre present an evening in conversation with cast and crew members from the latest Park Square Theatre production. Attendees of the program can purchase discounted tickets to see the Park Square production.

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 a public bar every first Tuesday of the month. Even if you don’t like the featured book, he “guarantees a good time at our entertaining discussions.” All are welcome to try this reinvention of the book club.

Eating, Reading and Living Well

Eating, Reading and Living Well is an annual series of films, readings and presentations for youth and adults focusing on learning to live a healthier life. Join The Friends and Mississippi Market for another series of fun and healthy discussions, films, and demonstrations every spring!

Fireside Reading Series & Podcast

With cookies in one hand and coffee in the other, cozy up to the fire for six weeks of free readings. Now in its 23rd season, the Fireside Reading Series is one of The Friends' oldest and most popular events. The series annually highlights the work of some of Minnesota's finest writers who have published a new work in the previous year. Free podcasts of every author presentation, now available on our website and on iTunes!

Loud at the Library

Live music and craft beer in the middle of the stacks. You've never experienced the library like this before! The last Friday of the month, from January through March, join us at George Latimer Central Library after hours for fresh music from the local scene and beyond. Cash bar, free snacks and good friends in a fabulous setting. Come get Loud!

O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry

The Lawrence M. O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry is presented annually to a contemporary Irish poet by the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas. The award is presented in April, and for the past eight years, The Friends has proudly co-sponsored public events featuring the award-winning poets.

The Rose Ensemble

The Rose Ensemble believes in the power and beauty of vocal music to stir the emotions, challenge the mind, and lift the spirit. The Friends partners with the Rose Ensemble throughout the year to provide lecture demonstrations and sing-a-longs that are culturally enriching and strengthen our Saint Paul community.

Silent Film Series

The Friends present two Buster Keaton classics with live accompaniment provided by Dreamland Faces, an accordion and saw duo who have composed scores for over fifty silent films and regularly play live shows throughout Minnesota and the Midwest.

Twin Cities Jewish Book Series

Each fall, the Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area (JCC) presents an extensive festival featuring nationally renowned books and authors. The series is generously supported by the George Kaplan Memorial Foundation, the Friends of the Arts Fund of the St. Paul JCC Endowment Funds, and The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.

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.

Human Rights Film Series

The Friends and The Advocates for Human Rights present a series of thought-provoking series of enlightening films and discussions in the spring and fall. Films in the series cover a broad range of human rights issues that affect people all across the globe. Learn about the upcoming films and join these free screenings.

Women's History Lecture Series

Join The Friends for a third year of enlightening history lectures from Dr. Jill Zahniser – this year, women lead the way with programs about Sacajawea, Ida B. Wells, and even past presidential campaigns.