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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SPPL and The Guthrie Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Seeing Frankenstein Through the Eyes of a Guthrie Dramaturg Editor's Note: Dramaturgs have been the mainstays of theater for centuries — and for good reason. The amount of reading and research required to understand a play’s script (text) and the world it was written in (context) is staggering, especially when it relates to a novel published…
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Homework Center Opening and Closing Dates: 2018-2019

2018 First Day Open: Tuesday, September 4, 2018  Fall 2018 Closed Dates: Staff Day: October 8 (Monday) MEA: October 18 (Thursday)  Election Day: November 6 (Tuesday) - Rice Street Library only Veteran's Day: November 11-12 (Sunday-Monday) Thanksgiving: November 21—November 25 (Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday) Winter Break: December 20 (Thursday)—January 6 (Sunday) Homework Centers reopen: Monday, January 7, 2019 …
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On the heels of the library’s Drag Story Hour, a Q&A with the Guthrie Theater’s costume artist about her work on “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

When the Guthrie Theater heard the buzz around our Drag Story Hour series in June, they reached out to say it was producing a drag-inspired show this summer. “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” now on stage at the Guthrie, tells the tale of an Elvis-impersonator-turned-drag-queen complete with bedazzled outfits and costume changes galore. Library guest…
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Congratulations to the 2018 I Read! I Vote! Bookmark Contest Winners

On Sunday, April 15, 2018 Library Director Catherine Penkert unveiled the winners of Saint Paul Public Library's annual I Read! I Vote! bookmark contest. I Read! I Vote! is SPPL's program celebrating the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards (MYRA). The contest challenges students to design bookmarks based on one of the nominated MYRA titles. This year…
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Library Go and the New Website: What You Need to Know

Saint Paul Public Library just launched a new website that includes an integrated events calendar and a more user-friendly catalog. What does this mean for students using Library Go? Using online resources like CultureGrams and Britannica There is no impact. You can continue accessing resources that require a library card login using your 22091600 …
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Improving Createch: When data led to an “aha moment” in Saint Paul

This blog post first appeared on Bloomberg's What Works Cities blog Creating goals and analyzing data led staff from Createch, a teen program at the Saint Paul Public Library, to uncover an unanticipated challenge in serving their patrons—that fewer girls than boys were accessing services—and paved the way for identifying unexpected solutions. As part of…
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