November 27: All locations closed; no Bookmobile service.
November 28: Dayton's Bluff and West 7th libraries closed; no Bookmobile service.

Browse by month: June, 2014


    June's Almost Over!


    Hey Teens!

    You have four days left to reduce your fines by reading. $1 will be subtracted for every 15 minutes you read. Just come in to your local Saint Paul Public Library branch, and ask a librarian about it!

    You also have four more days to help SPPL reach our goal of 14,800 ebooks checked out for the OverDrive Challenge. You can check out up to ten at a time. We'd love to have your help!


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    Tags: OverDrive, Read Down


    Get Paid to Write, Direct, and Perform a Play!

    May Lee-Yang, a playwright and performance artist, will work with youth to explore stories and then create and produce an original play in a multi-session series of workshops, culminating in two public performances.

    This opportunity is open to youth ages 13 through 19 to learn about theater, meet new people, and gain valuable experience. It requires a commitment of two hours per week (Wednesday evenings, 6-8 p.m.) from July 7 through October 10, and participants meet at the Arlington Hills Community Center. Youth accepted to the workshop that regularly attend meetings, contribute to the development of the play, and participate in final performances will receive a $100 stipend upon completion.

    Interested? Yes? Good! Fill out ...

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    Tags: programs, theater


    Grasshopper Jungle

    Grasshopper Jungle

    Admittedly, this is not the best place for a book review.  But selfishly, I want more people to read this book so I can talk about it.  I'm a grown-up.  When I read YA fiction (which is almost exclusively what I read), I often try to think if teens I know would like it.  With this book, I knew most teens would enjoy it, and, as much I hate to say it, especially boys.  Not because books are "guy picks" or "chick flicks" but because boys are so often misrepresented in books.  I've never felt so much like I crawled into the skin of a 17-year-...

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    Tags: Andrew Smith, books, Grasshopper Jungle, reviews


    Maker Fest on June 28

    Maker Fest

    Come join us on Saturday, June 28 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Arlington Hills Community Center!

    The Maker Fest is a gathering of artists, crafters, technologists, and tinkerers who will be sharing their creations and explaining how they were made. Expect hands-on activities, exciting demonstrations, and fun -- and no charge for admission.

    Here's a preview of some of the activities:

    Learn some basic drawing techniques and create your own anime and manga artwork Create your own mini sketchbook to take home Design and print custom-made vinyl stickers Create a light-up sculpture using LEDs

    A climbing wall will be onsite along with food trucks and live music.

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    Tags: maker fest


    Letters at the Library - Design Workshops for Teens

    Letters at the Library

    We're teaming up with some great designers to offer teen only design workshops here at the library.

    Ever wonder how fonts are made? Next week, work with local font maker Chank Diesel to help make a font that you can actually install on a computer and use! Here's the class description:

    Let's make a font! Using your hands and brain, you'll work with a mystery medium to create a letter of the alphabet. Then you'll get to see your letter combined with the letters made by other participants to make a real, typable font. After the workshop, you can get the font file to keep and install on a computer.

    The following week, designer Zach Keenan will help make your own emblem/logo stamp. Here's some of that class description:

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    Tags: Createch, design, programs