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Read Brave Saint Paul


Read Brave Saint Paul is a citywide, intergenerational reading program set around a common theme relevant to the city. The 2020 theme will be announced soon.


Read Brave Saint Paul is a citywide, intergenerational reading program set around a common theme relevant to the city.

The city is faced with brave decisions to make about housing in our communities—decisions that start with deep conversations among our residents. When we all read the same books, we all have a common vocabulary, characters, and experience through which to engage in meaningful dialogue around challenging topics.



Read Brave is presented by the Saint Paul Public Library, City of Saint Paul, and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. Read Brave Saint Paul is generously sponsored by Bremer Bank. Read Brave is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the Katherine B. Andersen Fund, the Carl and Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation, and the Saint Paul Saints.

2019 BOOKS

Check out the official 2019 Read Brave Saint Paul book picks for all ages.

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Discussion questions, Q&As, and more to help guide your discussion.

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The latest events, news, and resources for Read Brave Saint Paul.

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Listen to Seeking Home MN, recorded at SPPL. This episode features Valerie, a woman who is currently experiencing homelessness.
Watch Mayor Melvin Carter chat with Meg Medina at George Latimer Central Library about her book, Read Brave, and more.
Read Brave week has arrived! Newbery Medal-winning author Meg Medina touched down in Saint Paul Monday evening ahead of a very busy week.
How can a community have brave, challenging conversations? That was the question Mayor Melvin Carter posed to the library.
Using vintage typewriters, Createch teens reflect on the meaning of home as part of the library's Read Brave Saint Paul program.
Saint Paul Public Library will present a wide array of free events in February highlighting the library's new Read Brave Saint Paul…
Download the February 2019 Read Brave Saint Paul calendar.
Meg Medina, the 2019 Read Brave Saint Paul author of Burn Baby Burn, was awarded the prestigious John Newbery Medal.
Read Brave Storytime with Mayor Melvin Carter at Highland Park Library on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Mayor Carter read "Shelter."
In late December 2018, Brave Art brought together youth of all ages to express what home means to them with the use of paint and canvas.
Even Saint Paul's youngest residents can get involved on our Read Brave discussions! Check out these great pictures books, read them…
Download the Read Brave Saint Paul program flyer, which lists information about all elements of the program.
Civic Lab is an interactive display that addresses issues impacting the community and engages citizens in conversations relevant to them.
These documentaries, narrative films, and streaming videos address the 2018-19 READ BRAVE themes of affordable housing, housing scarcity,…
"Through focused conversations, Read Brave helps us better understand [housing] challenges, so we can address those challenges together."
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