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Read Brave Saint Paul


Read Brave Saint Paul is a new twist on the traditional city one-book program. Rather than a single book, the program revolves around a common theme relevant to our city. All readers — from our youngest children to our elders — are encouraged to engage in the program through reading, discussion, programming, and action.

The 2020 Read Brave theme is “Owning Our Stories: Rising Together for a Better Saint Paul”.

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Read Brave 2020

Here are the Winners of the Read Brave Kids 2020 Art Contest

We are proud to announce the winners of the Read Brave Kids library card art contest. Art was inspired by the environment and natural world.

Read Brave Kids Book Voting Winner Announced

The votes are in! Saint Paul kids ages 0-8th grade voted to choose this year's Read Brave Kids: Our Climate Crisis top reads.

Read Brave 2020 Live Blog

Follow along for the latest news about Cherie Dimaline's visit to Saint Paul.

Meet the 2020 Read Brave Author, Cherie Dimaline

Join author Cherie Dimaline for two public events this week including a Q&A and book signing.

Read Brave: Documentary Series

Come to the library and screen brave films focusing on our climate crisis with a facilitated discussion afterward.

Saint Paul Public Library on Twitter: "We had a great discussion…" | 2340968

We had a great discussion at Sun Ray Library's February book club featuring "The Marrow Thieves." Learn more about upcoming book clubs featuring more #ReadBrave titles:

How climate change, colonialism are spurring mass migration

In 2018, some 13.6 million people were uprooted from their homes, cumulatively adding to a record 70.8 million forcibly displaced.

Ann Griffin on Twitter: "Thanks @stpaullibrary for supporting…" | 2331232

Thanks @stpaullibrary for supporting our first graders with #READBRAVE books. We learned so much about taking care of our environment, we created our own mural to showcase our learning @GlobalArtsPlus @SPPS_Science @MsManthe

Eric Holthaus on Twitter: "So excited to work with the @stpaullibrary…" | 2297840

So excited to work with the @stpaullibrary to help organise community-level conversations about this necessary moment we have to transform and protect the one planet we all share.

McKnight Foundation on Twitter: "Thanks to @thefriends for sharing…" | 2293728

Thanks to @thefriends for sharing copies of @stpaullibrary’s #ReadBrave #OurClimateCrisis books with us! Our staff is excited to dive into these stories and join the @cityofsaintpaul and its residents in working toward #ClimateSolutions!

Climate Justice: Sketch Notes (from Books & Bars)

Sketch notes, created by Rebecca Moss, for the January Books & Bars discussion of "Climate Justice."

Dr. Kate Knuth on Twitter: "I love this civic capacity-building…" | 2283946

I love this civic capacity-building work on climate that is happening in the @stpaullibrary system.

Why Lake Superior Is Rising and What That Means for Duluth

The Great Lakes, to which Duluth owes so much, are changing as a result of slow geological processes as well as rapid climate change.

Weather 2050

America is warming fast. See how your city’s weather will be different in just one generation

Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink

Two-thirds of North American birds are at increasing risk of extinction from global temperature rise.

How climate change will impact the Boundary Waters

The Boundary Waters may seem unchangeable and stoic. But humankind's actions over time are far too much for nature.

Past Programs

2020 | 2019 | 2013-2018

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