Brave Art: Youth Art Gallery

In late  December 2018, Brave Art brought together youth of all ages to express what home means to them with the use of paint and canvas. The workshop was supported by artist Sarah Nelson of Inverted Arts. Sarah had great discussions with participants about home and how it can manifest in many different ways, especially…
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Strategic Plan Resources

Partner Reports “Juxtaposition Arts Community Engagement Report.” Imagine Deliver/JXTA and Saint Paul Public Library, June 2018. “National Public Library Issues & Trends: An environmental scan to support Saint Paul Public Library’s strategic planning process.”City of Saint Paul and Saint Paul Innovation Team, June 2018. “SPPL 2022 Community Learning Insights.” Imagine Deliver and Saint Paul Public…
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Strategic Plan Timeline

January - March 2018 Stakeholder mapping Interview questions identified 53 Library Design Fellows trained to conduct empathy interviews April 2018 400 stakeholders and community members interviewed More than 200 people attend two public listening sessions Seven community pop-up meetings are held throughout Saint Paul More than 1,600 Library users complete an online survey Nearly 250…
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Community Insights

Our community engagement sessions were dynamic, energizing, uplifting, and eye-opening. We heard from thousands of people across Saint Paul from all ages, races, backgrounds, and life experiences. Several common themes emerged from this process. People want libraries to focus on young people and families. Emphasis was placed on providing young people and families with access…
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Community Learning Process

To inform our strategic planning goals, we completed four major learning and engagement efforts between March and May 2018. Every neighborhood in Saint Paul and every library location was represented in this community learning effort. Empathy Interviews More than 50 Library staff members were trained in the process of conducting empathy interviews — an approach…
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Meet the Strategic Planning Team

Many people were instrumental to the creation of the Library’s new strategic direction. It evolved collaboratively and in strong partnership with the communities we serve. We asked questions, shared stories and experiences, and listened intently. We distilled everything we heard into the mission, vision, values, and direction that you will find in this document. More…
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Top 5 Resources for History Day

Every Year, National History Day challenges thousands of middle and high school students to engage in historical research. There is a theme each year, and this year’s theme is Triumph and Tragedy in History. The Saint Paul Public Library has several useful resources to get your History Day project started and take you all the…
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