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At SPPL we are grounded in our values and focused on our mission, opens a new window: we welcome all people to connect, learn, discover, and grow. This includes our staff members. We strive to uphold a safe, inclusive, and creative environment where staff members feel supported in the day-to-day, empowered to innovate, and, ultimately, prepared to advance in their field.  

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Recent Initiatives

The following recent initiatives showcase our values in action. All SPPL staff members played a role in these efforts.  

About Saint Paul

Mayor Melvin Carter took office in 2018 with a vision to create "a city that works for all." This means discovering and dismantling systemic inequities so that all people can advance and thrive in Saint Paul.

Learn more about how the city is working together to accomplish this shared vision.

The latest news from Saint Paul Public Library.

Mayor Carter Declares Digital Inclusion Week

Oct 06, 2021
Mayor Melvin Carter has declared Monday, October 4th, 2021, through Friday, October 8th, 2021 as Digital Inclusion Week.

SPPL Publishes New Book of Karen Folk Tales and Stories

Oct 01, 2021
SPPL has published “Children’s Stories,” by five local writers from the Karen community in Minnesota.

Staff and hours to be restored to St. Paul libraries in 2022

Aug 26, 2021
The general operating budget would increase from $18.3 million to $18.7 million, inching back toward pre-pandemic levels.

Carter's 2022 budget restores St. Paul library cuts

Aug 19, 2021
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on Thursday proposed a 2022 St. Paul Public Library budget that restores positions and operating hours.

Mayor Carter's 2022 Library Budget Address

Aug 18, 2021
Mayor Carter will deliver his 2022 Library Budget on August 19, 12:30 p.m. The address will be released virtually on the Library's website.

Saint Paul Public Library Is Cooking the Books

Aug 12, 2021
The Cooking the Books blog and podcast series was recently featured in Mpls.StPaul magazine.

SPPL hosts bookmobile and Createch pop-up event

Aug 11, 2021
St. Paul Public Library hosted bookmobile and Createch pop-up event.

In-person Events Return, More Hours and Services Available

Jun 09, 2021
Saint Paul Public Library increases open hours and in-person services available at its 13 locations across Saint Paul and the Bookmobile.

SPPL Extends Community Career Labs Through 2021

Dec 22, 2020
The Community Career Labs program will be extended through 2021, thanks to Community Development Block Grant funds.

Recycle your broken holiday lights at the library

Got broken strings of holiday lights? Don't throw them away—recycle them at the library! STARTS DECEMBER 1

Saint Paul Public Library Receives Major CARES Act Grant

Oct 07, 2020
The grant will support culturally responsive services to Saint Paul’s ethnic and racially diverse communities through December 31, 2021.

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

May 12, 2020
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.

Library Journal names Pang Yang a 2020 Mover & Shaker

May 11, 2020
Saint Paul Public Library is proud to announce that Pang Yang has been named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

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.

Librarians Recruited for Mask Making

Apr 21, 2020
With libraries closed due to COVID-19, library staffers have been redeployed as garment workers to help with the city's pandemic response.

One Book | One Minnesota

A statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read the same book and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect, and discuss.
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