Star Tribune: Looking for books that reflect diverse students, Minnesota teachers publish their own

Educators at several St. Paul schools with large Hmong populations struggled to find materials in their own language and with portrayals of Hmong culture and history. So May Lee Xiong and Bounthavy Kiatoukaysy of Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet School began writing their own and having them published by St. Paul Public Schools. “Zab and…
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Meg Medina wins Newbery Medal for “Merci Suárez Changes Gears”

Meg Medina, the 2019 Read Brave Saint Paul author of Burn Baby Burn, was awarded the prestigious John Newbery Medal yesterday for her 2018 children's book, Merci Suárez Changes Gears, Medina will visit Saint Paul from February 19-21 to participate in Read Brave and will present a book talk and signing on February 20, 6-7:30 p.m. at…
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Hired to help: St. Paul Public Library social worker assists patrons in need

Even though she has more work than any one person can realistically handle, Ruby Rivera would be the first to say that she loves her job. As the St. Paul Public Library’s (SPPL) first social worker hired to assist families struggling with a range of concerns, Rivera gets to combine her passion for libraries with…
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