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Per Pitchfork, "With each passing breath, [St. Paul's] Allan Kingdom strives to expand his universe, creating safe spaces for outcasts in the process."

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The Salesman represents director Asghar Farhadi's second Oscar win, following 2011's arthouse smash A Separation.

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HBO's The Young Pope seems to have been the breakout hit of the last year. Jude Law and Diane Keaton star, Paolo Sorrentino directs.

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Claude Barras' deceptively cheerful-looking My Life as a Zucchini scored an Oscar nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. Rotten Tomatoes summarizes the critical consensus that its "silly title and adorable characters belie a sober story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths."

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Tell your story at Saint Paul Public Library's Story Fair

Date: Apr 12th, 2017

SAINT PAUL, MN – In honor of several branches celebrating 100-year anniversaries this year, Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) will host a Story Fair at Arlington Hills Community Center, May 21 from 12 to 3 p.m. The event will launch a series of celebrations that will run through the fall at the four centennial branches: Arlington Hills (originally housed in what is now East Side Freedom Library), George Latimer Central, Riverview, and Saint Anthony.

The aim of the Story Fair is to showcase and collect stories from community members about living and learning in Saint Paul. Guests will include: Mark Moran from “Antiques Roadshow” who will assess antiques (call 651-632-3870 to register); Saymoukda Vongsay, the “Poet of Payne Avenue,” who will conduct a teen writing workshop and performance; Saint Paul Almanac’s Storymobile team, which will record stories on site; and DJ Kool Akiem of Rhymesayers Entertainment, who will deejay the event.

Interested parties can start the day earlier, with a 10:30 a.m. historical walking tour of Payne Avenue, led by Macalester history professor Peter Rachleff. (To register for the tour visit sppl.org/storyfair.)

Additionally, community members are invited to display objects that represent their personal libraries -- be they books, artifacts, artwork, or collectibles -- at an on-site “pop-up museum.” SPPL will also unveil several new storytelling platforms, including a digital scrapbook; StoryKits that contain recorders, cameras, scanners, and other tools to collect stories; and a StoryPhone, which people can call at 612-314-9662 and “leave a story after the tone.”

SPPL’s Bookmobile, which is also celebrating 100 years of serving Saint Paul, will be on site and open for business, sharing the parking lot with two food trucks: The Cave Café, which serves Afro-Italian fare, and Sumo Eggrolls.

For more information on the Story Fair and other SPPL centennial events, visit sppl.org/storyfair and follow SPPL on Facebook and Twitter.

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About Saint Paul Public Library
Saint Paul Public Library connects people in Saint Paul with the imperative and the joy of learning through a lifetime. Saint Paul residents can enjoy free access to technology, books, movies, music, classes and more. We are at 12 neighborhood libraries, George Latimer Central Library, the Bookmobile, and online at sppl.org.

Remodel of Rondo Library to begin in June

Date: Mar 20th, 2017

Rondo Library on the corner of Dale Street and University Avenue will undergo a $500,000 interior remodel beginning in early June. The library will close during construction from June through early fall. Capital Improvement Bonds, issued in March, will fund the remodel. The ten-year-old space is Saint Paul Public Library’s busiest site, with nearly 365,000 patrons visiting each year.

In January and February, the library solicited on-site input from patrons as to how to improve the space. A larger homework center was at the top of the list. Rondo’s homework center often sees more than 100 students in a night -- far exceeding current capacity. Patrons also asked for more quiet spaces for Rondo’s varied audiences, a dedicated teen space, and a more open floor plan that lets in light and makes it easier to find materials, including books, magazines, music, DVDs, and more.
   
“Rondo is in clear need of a reboot,” says SPPL Library Director Jane Eastwood. “It’s a beloved and essential space for many Saint Paul residents, and it’s showing signs of wear and tear due to high traffic. We are eager to act on the community’s feedback and create a space that will better meet patrons' needs.”  

Because Rondo is busiest during the school year due to its homework help services, SPPL planned the closure for summer. Other SPPL branches, including nearby Hamline-Midway and Rice Street, will assume some Rondo programming, and the SPPL Bookmobile will increase service in the Summit-University and Thomas-Dale neighborhoods. The library will also partner with community organizations to maintain some of its regular services within the area. Details will be published on the library’s website, sppl.org/rondo, as they become available.

A construction firm has not yet been awarded the remodel. Interested parties may attend CERT Certification Workshops on March 22 and April 26 at 1:30 p.m. at Rondo Library, to learn how to bid on this and other City of Saint Paul projects.
  
Further information, including an official closing date for construction, will be released in the coming weeks. Visit sppl.org/rondo throughout the process for updates.