Read Brave Saint Paul

Read Brave - Celebrating 10 Years 2013-2023

Mental Health

March 1 - 15, 2023

Read Brave is Saint Paul Public Library’s citywide, intergenerational reading initiative that centers the power of books to ignite empathy and help us think of big ideas to move Saint Paul forward. Read Brave connects readers of all ages to one another through one theme, five books and their authors, programs, and a call to action.

Books are also available for purchase at Saint Paul bookstores: Next Chapter, Red Balloon, and Subtext.


Talk about the books and the theme of mental health with your neighbors, friends, and family. Use our toolkit—crafted around each book selection and age ranges—to dig into and facilitate brave conversations that push our city forward. Resources in the toolkit can help you host a conversation or event, or incorporate Read Brave into a classroom, book club, or another group.

Read Brave 2023 Launch with Adib Khorram, author of Darius the Great is Not Okay


Events & Activities

It’s our hope that community members are inspired by the books and mobilize for change in our Saint Paul community. Get started by coming together with fellow Saint Paul community members for Read Brave events and activities at your local library! You’re invited to join us for Q&As with author Adib Khorram, storytimes with Mayor Carter, drumming and sound healing circles, and more!

Volunteer with Read Brave

Join us for a Read Brave volunteer event to assemble mental wellness kits for children receiving mental health services from the Wilder Foundation’s Community Mental Health & Wellness Clinic!

Saturday, March 11, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Otto Bremer Room at George Latimer Central Library

Can’t make it to the in-person volunteer event? Make mental wellness kits at home and drop them off at the Wilder Clinic. All you need to get started are these suggested supplies.

Celebrating 10 Years!

To commemorate 10 years of reading brave together, we’ve created a limited-edition mug, opens a new windowtote, opens a new window, and tee, opens a new window available through the Friends Shop. A portion of each sale goes to support the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, which helps to raise funds to sustain programs like Read Brave! Now through the end of February, use code READBRAVE at checkout for 15% off your order.


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Questions about Read Brave?

Get in touch with the Read Brave Team using the form below with any questions you have about Read Brave books, events, or partnerships.

Read Brave Saint Paul is brought to you by the Saint Paul Public Library and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, with special support from a Saint Paul Public School’s Community Partnership ARP Grant and from The Saint Paul Saints.

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