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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St. Paul libraries go fine-free — and overdue notices of 51,000 people erased

By FREDERICK MELO | fmelo@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press PUBLISHED: December 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm | UPDATED: December 20, 2018 at 8:25 am   If you’ve shied away from your local library because of overdue book fines, you’re in luck. The St. Paul Public Library system has officially done away with overdue fines — but you’d still get charged eventually for materials…
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From library fines to police investigators: 5 things to know about the St. Paul budget and tax levy

LIBRARY FINES If you’re one of one the 51,000 patrons blocked from borrowing materials from the St. Paul Public Library system because of unpaid late fines, you’re in luck. With encouragement from the mayor’s office, the Library Board wrote off $2.5 million in uncollected debt from late returners. Late fines will now be a thing of…
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