Pioneer Press: No more late fines at the library? St. Paul mayor says dropping fines is overdue

It’s a penalty almost as old as the American public library system itself. You check a book out from your local library, and return it a few days — or weeks — past due. Then the fines accrue. “If you’ve ever had to turn down a kid and tell them they can’t educate themselves because…
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MINNPOST: The most popular books at St. Paul and Hennepin County libraries

A plane crashes in a remote part of Minnesota, killing a U.S. senator. No, we’re not recounting one of the sadder episodes in Minnesota political history, we’re talking about the plot of “Desolation Mountain,” the most requested book at St. Paul Public Libraries right now. Of course, it falls to sheriff-turned-private investigator Cork O’Connor to…
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Saint Paul-itics Ice Cream Socials

Saint Paul, MN— Saint Paul Public Library is teaming up with the League of Women Voters to host Saint Paul-itics ice cream socials that will include live music, activities for all ages, and free ice cream. In addition to voter registration, the purpose of these events is to celebrate our communities and have fun getting…
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Librarians drop the gloves in bookish battles during Winnipeg Jets playoff run

It was the prolific writer Henry David Thoreau who once described the library as a "great wilderness of books," and this NHL playoff season Winnipeg librarian Monique Woroniak has plumbed the depths of that wilderness for a way to say what's on all Jets' fans minds. She and a colleague at the Winnipeg Public Library have channelled a…
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Pioneer Press: St. Paul Library debuts new, smartphone-friendly website with better searching

  BY JULIO OJEDA-ZAPATA   Until recently, the St. Paul Public Library’s online presence was awkward, to say the least. Its website didn’t work well on mobile devices, had weak search features and did not permit patrons to save book information for future reference — all capabilities that public-library lovers expect these days. This week, the St…
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