Before expanding to Read Brave Saint Paul in 2018, Read Brave was Saint Paul Public Library’s annual program encouraging youth and adults to read and come together around a young adult novel. The program encourages intergenerational dialog about thought-provoking, contemporary issues facing teens and culminates with a visit by the author.
Each year, hundreds of copies of the Read Brave book are distributed to the community, primarily to teens in the Saint Paul Public School system. When teens own the book, they take ownership of the reading, get the thrill of a personalized autograph, and are able to share the book with friends and family.
Previous Read Brave books:
- 2013: Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King
- 2014: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- 2015: How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
- 2016: Stick by Andrew Smith
- 2017: Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
- 2018: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
YouMedia Radio interview
Listen to an interview with Marika Staloch, Youth Services Coordinator at SPPL, about what goes into organizing Read Brave, and how we work with teens and community partners to make it a transformative opportunity for the community. (25 minutes)
Read Brave has fostered partnerships and programs with Avalon School, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Schools, adult and teen book clubs, Shakopee Women’s Prison, local booksellers, and Lady Gaga's Born Brave Bus tour. Avalon School received both state and national Promising Practices awards for their participation in the Saint Paul Public Library's Read Brave initiative.
Read Brave is a partnership between the Saint Paul Public Library, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, and Saint Paul Public Schools. It is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.