St. Paul Citywide Read Brave Takes on Tough Topics

How can a community have brave, challenging conversations? That was the question St. Paul, MN Mayor Melvin Carter III posed to Catherine Penkert, director of the St. Paul Public Library (SPPL). Her response was to launch the citywide reading initiative, Read Brave St. Paul, in January and February.

"Through focused conversations, Read Brave helps us better understand the challenges our children and families face so that we can address those challenges together," said Carter. "Because no institution embodies the free exchange of ideas and information more so than public libraries, our library is the natural convener of these discussions."