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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MPR News: New program is bringing the library to a St. Paul laundromat

BY MIKE MOEN A new program starting in St. Paul this weekend combines laundry and learning. Starting Saturday, the St. Paul Public Library is joining a national effort that provides "pop-up" libraries in laundromats. The "Wash and Learn" program will debut locally at Giant Wash, 1675 Rice St. Under the program, laptops and WiFi hotspots…
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Library Makerspaces Are Ideal for Co-Working and Innovation

BY RAJIV TANDON TWIN CITIES BUSINESS    In ancient times, artisans labored in a small workshop with manual tools. Today, we have some extraordinary digital tools that enable the present-day “artisans” to create contemporary new products. These newer tools, to be used effectively, require the operators to have a practiced mind rather than just manual…
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Meet this year’s Read Brave rock star

This article originally appeared in the Pioneer Press on Sunday, February 25, 2018. By Mary Ann Grossmann | mgrossman@pioneerpress.com For everyone who loves Ben Saenz’s award-winning novel “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” the author says the much-anticipated sequel is finished, scheduled to be published in 2018. “The title is not ‘There…
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Editorial: A workforce focus in our libraries

This editorial originally appeared on February 8 in the Pioneer Press Editorial Section BY THE PIONEER PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD The St. Paul Public Library is spotlighting a powerful theme that unites its work and the fundraising that supports it: preparing St. Paul’s workforce. The system and the nonprofit Friends of the St. Paul Public Library have a compelling message…
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